We are happy to announce, no more goop! For our Invisalign patients, we can now use the iTero® digital impression system by Align Technology. Using this technology, we will take three-dimensional (3-D) digital images, or impressions, of your teeth and bite. This digital impression system replaces messy and sometimes inaccurate traditional putty impressions. No bulky trays or sticky putty needed! These impressions will help us formulate a personalized treatment plan that best meets your specific orthodontic needs and desires. We can also use iTero to show you how your teeth may look following Invisalign treatment.
For patients who are candidates for Invisalign aligners, an accurate impression is essential for effective treatment planning and orthodontic care. The accuracy and detail of the iTero scan vs a putty impression are comparable to watching HDTV over standard definition TV.
How iTero Works
The iTero handheld wand takes a digital, 3D image of your prepared teeth, stopping as needed. The wand is non-invasive and you can breathe and swallow as needed during the procedure. If you need to move or adjust, you can do so – the accuracy of the handheld wand is first-rate. Needing to “re-do” impressions is rare. Plus, you can look at the iTero 3D image on the screen in real-time as the orthodontist moves the wand!
Instead of shipping impressions to the lab to be scanned, the digital image of your teeth is sent electronically to the lab and is available in the Invisalign Clincheck system the very next day. This 3D model of your mouth can be used with all Invisalign services – including the Invisalign Outcome Simulator, which shows what your new smile might look like after treatment is completed.
This new technology is the wave of the future. Come in for a free consultation and check it out!