ITERO® DIGITAL IMPRESSION SYSTEM
Conventional vs Digital Impressions
Digital impressions eliminate the goop, gagging, and discomfort associated with conventional impressions. Using an iTero scanner, our doctor can take a highly accurate digital impression of your teeth and jaw. The new technology completely eliminates the tray and putty impressions, and the unpleasant experience which has been compared to stuffing a big wad of gum in your mouth. The old technique is incredibly unpleasant and frequently results in taking multiple rounds of impressions that can be rejected, broken, or misplaced. The iTero scanner ensures a more accurate impression from the start, resulting in improved treatment and more comfortable patient experience. Digital impressions also give you the ability to see your teeth instantly in 3D, improving 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 your orthodontist begins the scanning process, it can be stopped and started as many times as necessary until the correct images are obtained.
Your mouth is scanned with a radiation-free laser, and in as little as two to three 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. The iTero also offers the ability to visualize the progress expected from the treatment plan and a preview of your final results. The iTero scanner can be used for any orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign®.