Orthodontics Treatments: iTero™

iTero Digital Impression System

iTero™ Digital Impression System in San Clemente

Conventional vs Digital Impressions

No more goop, gagging, or discomfort! Using an iTero™ scanner, Dr. John Redmond takes a highly accurate digital impression. The new technology completely eliminates the tray and putty impressions where the experience is comparable to stuffing a big wad of gum in your mouth. The old technique is unpleasant and frequently results in taking multiple rounds of impressions that can be rejected, inaccurate, or misplaced. The iTero scanner ensures a more accurate impression from the start, resulting in improved treatment and a more comfortable patient experience. Digital impressions give you the ability to see your teeth instantly in 3D, improving communication during the consultation and treatment process.

How Does it Work?

iTero Digital Scanner

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 the scanning process begins, it can be stopped and started as many times as necessary.

Your mouth is scanned with a radiation-free laser and in as little as fifteen minutes 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 three-dimensional model of your teeth on our computer screen.

In 2007, iTero launched its very first intraoral scanner. Since then, it has become a favorable piece of orthodontic equipment and has changed the industry for good. iTero allows both dentists and orthodontists to work better and more efficiently by utilizing digital scanning. If you have not heard of iTero or would like to learn more, take a look at this device’s benefits or call John Redmond Orthodontics.

The Benefits of iTero

iTero is a scanning device for orthodontic treatment. Prior to getting Invisalign or an oral splint, impressions must be made of your bite, mouth, and teeth. The impressions will act as a foundation and guide for determining your treatment needs. Prior to iTero technology, impressions were made with a physical mold. Not only was the process messy and time consuming, it was also not always accurate. Furthermore, it made the entire treatment less pleasing as many patients found the impressions to be some of the most difficult part! With iTero scanning, digital impressions can be made. The scans are very accurate, precise, and fast. 

iTero Impressions Are Cleaner

Physical impressions involved a putty-like goop that was placed into a metal mold and pressed into the patient’s mouth for 1-2 minutes. They were uncomfortable, messy, and could trigger the gag reflex leaving some people feeling sick.The iTero scanner is a wand and is in no way similar to traditional methods. 

iTero Impressions Are Less Stressful

If you ask anyone who used to have braces prior to the iTero technology about the braces process, they will likely tell you the impressions part were some of the most stressful. The iTero device is compact and can record the exact dimensions of your teeth and gums. It takes just three to five minutes and can be stopped and started again as needed. You can sit comfortably while the orthodontist scans your mouth. This benefit is one of the leading reasons why iTero has become one of the best pieces of orthodontic technology in recent times. 

iTero is Very Precise

iTero involves digital scans; therefore, it provides better accuracy than traditional impression methods. The technology can also forecast what your mouth will look like during and after treatment. If you’re considering Invisalign, your orthodontist may use iTero to assess what can be expected during the treatment. Scans provided by iTero will be communicated efficiently through software; thereby, allowing your orthodontic treatment to be perfectly crafted according to your needs and goals. Whether you are getting Invisalign or a mouth guard for TMJ, iTero is effective and efficient. 

Are You Interested in Orthodontic Treatment or iTero Technology?

At John Redmond Orthodontics, we utilize the latest in orthodontic technology, including iTero, to suit the needs of each patient. We help adults, teens, and children to improve their bite and straighten their teeth. What we achieve is desired results that puts smiles on each patient’s face. For an appointment with an orthodontist from John Redmond Orthodontics, and to explore your treatment options using iTero, call us today.

To see if you are a candidate for iTero™, contact our San Clemente office today to schedule your initial consultation.