Say Goodbye to Dental Impressions with the iTero Scanner
Our iTero intraoral scanner provides a 3D model of your mouth without the need for messy orthodontic dental impressions.
Every dentist and orthodontist has an array of tools they use, and if you’re a patient at Langley’s Amazing Smile Dental, you may have seen our dental practitioners wielding the iTero Element 2 intraoral scanner. Here’s an overview of how this particular tool can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
What’s an iTero Scanner?
The iTero intraoral scanner is a tool used to create a three-dimensional model of your mouth prior to orthodontic treatment. This model allows orthodontists to design braces or aligners that are a perfect fit for your teeth.
Previously, orthodontists created these models using dental impressions. The process involved pressing a tray filled with a thick paste into the patient’s mouth. Today, state-of-the-art technology allows orthodontists to take accurate digital images of your teeth, gums and palate in just minutes — no pasty goo required.
How does an iTero Scanner Work?
The iTero scanner consists of two main components: a hand-held wand and a high-resolution screen. An orthodontist moves the wand around your mouth to capture images with a radiation-free laser. The process takes as little as two minutes.
The scanner’s digital software then uses the images to produce a three-dimensional model of your mouth. The model is immediately displayed on the scanner’s screen. This allows your orthodontist to determine whether the scans are viable or need to be retaken before you leave the clinic.
iTero’s open software system means the scans can be shared easily between dental clinics, laboratories and third-party providers such as Invisalign. This facilitates consultations and speeds up the process of making your aligners or retainer. The scanner’s software is also compatible with the Invisalign Outcome Simulator, which allows your orthodontist to show you how your teeth alignment will change throughout treatment.
The Benefits of iTero
The iTero scanner produces more accurate, detailed models than dental impressions or two-dimensional imaging systems. It also eliminates the need to use dental impressions. The wand is small enough to accommodate patients who can’t open their mouth wide or who have a tendency to gag. Unlike with dental impressions, orthodontists can pause the scanning process at any time to ensure patient comfort.
Orthodontic Treatment in Langley
At Amazing Smile Dental, we offer orthodontic treatment for issues such as crowded or spaced teeth, malocclusions and more. If you’re looking for an alternative to braces, we also offer Invisalign treatment to patients in and around Langley. Begin your journey toward a more beautiful, healthy smile. Book an appointment today.