For the longest time, dentists had no choice but to use manual impressions. The process was uncomfortable for patients and did not always produce reliable results. Today, many dentists, including the ones at Polished General Dentistry in Carlsbad, have upgraded to something better. We use the advanced iTero intraoral scanner. This remarkable piece of dental technology allows us to make sure our patients experience only the best care that modern dentistry has to offer. On this page, you’ll learn more about the iTero scanner and how it can take your care to the next level.
The iTero scanner captures detailed, three-dimensional images of patients’ mouths. These images can be used for a number of applications, including the creation of crowns, bridges, and other restorations. However, the scanner’s most notable application is its usefulness in the Invisalign process.
In order for Invisalign treatment to be successful, the aligners must be snug but not too tight. Any missteps in the design process could lead to significant delays and extra costs. The iTero intraoral scanner is extremely precise and helps to eliminate such issues. It even has open architecture software, which makes it easy for us to share patient impressions with the Invisalign laboratory. The software also has an Invisalign Outcome Simulator, which can help you picture the results of your treatment well before you put that first aligner in your mouth.
Some of the iTero scanner’s most outstanding benefits include:
The machine has a small, pen-like wand that we simply move around a patient’s mouth. It captures thousands of frames per second and assembles them into a three-dimensional representation of the mouth. The images go to a nearby computer, and the iTero software lets us know if the scan is of a high enough quality to be used for Invisalign or other purposes.
After the scan, we send its results, along with detailed notes, to the appropriate party. Then, all you have to do is wait while your team of dental professionals gets the ball rolling on your treatment, whether it is Invisalign, a crown, or another type of restoration.