Conventional vs. Digital Impressions
Using an iTero™ scanner, we are able to take highly accurate digital impressions. This new technology completely eliminates the tray and putty impressions, which in the past meant that you had to wait up to 6 minutes for the material to set in your mouth. In addition to Invisalign® treatment, the iTero™ scanner can also be used for digital study models or to fabricate orthodontic appliances. Unlike traditional impressions, digital scans cannot be misplaced or damaged.
The iTero™ scanner ensures a more accurate impression from the start, and results in improved treatment and a more comfortable patient experience. Digital impressions also give you the ability to see your teeth instantly in 3D, which improves communication during the consultation and treatment process.
How Does it Work?
The iTero scanner digitally captures the structure of the teeth and gums using the latest optical technology. The scanner is a compact, hand-held wand. Once we begin the scanning process, it can be stopped and started as many times as necessary.
Your mouth is scanned with a radiation-free laser, and in as little as 2 to 3 minutes, the laser renders a digitally perfect, 3D impression of your teeth and soft tissue structures. Through digital software, you’ll then be able to follow the progress of the scans, including a 3D model of your teeth on our computer screen.