If you’ve been putting off visiting the dentist for a while because you can’t face biting into the sticky material that’s used to take impressions of your teeth and jaws, we have great news for you – 3D scanners have replaced traditional alginate impressions at Blyton Dental. Read on to find out all the ways the iTero scanner can improve your next dental appointment.
How does the iTero scanner work?
With the use of a small, handheld scanner (called a ‘wand’), your dentist will take thousands of pictures of the inside of your mouth. By gradually rotating the wand around your mouth to capture every possible angle, he or she will be able to get a complete scan in a matter of minutes. The images are sent to the computer and rendered to create a 3D model of your teeth. Your dentist can use this model to assess your dental needs and determine what treatment options are available to you to give you the best possible outcome.
What are the benefits of the iTero scanner?
More comfortable – Traditional alginate impressions use gloopy, clay-like material that can be messy and uncomfortable for patients. The iTero scanner eliminates the need to bite into a tray of impression material, making the process far less stressful for patients.
More accurate – With a 3D digital model to work from, dental devices can be created with a flawless fit, improving the performance of crowns, aligners, or veneers. Traditional impressions often need to be retaken from scratch, which can be costly and inconvenient. In contrast, if any data is missing from a digital scan, your dentist will notice immediately and be able to rescan the area during the same appointment.
Predictable results – One of the most satisfying aspects of using the iTero scanner is that you will be able to see the effects of a treatment before you have it. By viewing a simulated model showing what your teeth will look like after you complete your treatment, you can be reassured that the time, money, and effort you are putting into your dental treatment is worth it.
What treatments is the iTero scanner used for?
The iTero scanner can be used to create impressions for the following treatments:
· Invisalign/Inman/Six Month Smiles aligners
· Dental implant crowns
If you would like more information about the services we provide here at Blyton Dental, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly team members today.