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
, orthodontics, and implants
. Instead of taking physical impressions of the teeth, the iTero digital scanner takes a digital impression of the mouth, thus improving the treatment process and accuracy. 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 camera that captures thousands of images per second which are combined together to produce a 3D image of the patient’s mouth. The thin wand allow easy access to the molars in the back of the mouth
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 accuracy. As the whole examination is digital, it can be stopped and started multiple times until a perfect 3-D impression of the patient’s mouth is obtained.
Along with detecting any orthodontic abnormality, it is primarily used before and during clear aligner treatment to check the progress periodically.
iTero Digital Scanners and Clear Aligner Orthodontics
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. 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 accordingly. 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 takes 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 impressions.
Please reach out to iTooth in Springfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Robbins or Dr. Fincel. Call Dentist in Springfield MO at (417) 883-8515 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.