iTero digital scanners are intraoral scanners that are used to scan the mouths of patients. These are used by dentists to produce detailed physical dental models for reconstructive treatment such as crowns
, and implants
. Instead of taking physical impressions of the teeth, the iTero digital scanner takes a virtual impression of the mouth, thus improving the treatment process. With the advancement of technology, the digital files of the scans are easily shareable with dental labs as well as patients for future reference.
How Does an iTero Digital Scanner Work?
The iTero digital scanner is a compact, enlarged pen that is moved around inside a patient’s mouth by a dental professional. It captures thousands of images per second which are combined together to produce a 3-D image of the patient’s mouth. The thin wands present on the digital scanner allow easy access to the molars in the back of the mouth that was not possible using traditional scanners.
The scanner uses a radiation-free laser, and the whole process needs no more than 2 to 3 minutes. The images are displayed on a computer screen in real-time, allowing for the immediate checking for anomalies. As the whole examination is digital, it can be stopped and started multiple times until the dentist obtains a perfect 3-D impression of the patient’s mouth.
Along with detecting any orthodontic abnormality, it is primarily used before and during clear aligner treatment to check the progress of the alignment periodically.
iTero Digital Scanners and Clear Aligner Orthodontics
Invisalign clear aligners are widely used to straighten teeth in an individual. We will scan your mouth using an iTero digital scanner and show you how the treatment will look. Only after the fitting is perfect and fully customized, the digital files containing the teeth molds are sent to dental labs to create the Invisalign aligners
. Using a digital scanner saves a lot of time and energy, unlike the traditional methods of teeth impression whose fit needs to be physically checked and sent back to dental labs for modifications.
In the follow-up appointments, the dentist continuously checks the progress and changes the aligners likewise. The realigning of teeth is faster and more accurate.
What Are the Benefits of iTero Digital Scanner?
- It is a painless procedure.
- The scanning usually needs only a few minutes.
- In digital scanning, no molds, gels, or impression trays are required to create an impression of your mouth and thus are very comfortable.
- They are more accurate than traditional scanners.
Please reach out to iTooth Family Dentistry in Springfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Robbins. Call us at (417) 883-8515 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.