To us, it’s extremely important that our patients are comfortable from check-in to checkout and every moment in between. One big way we make this happen is by not using traditional dental impressions that call for messy, odd-tasting dental putty. With our iTero digital scanner, we’re able to create highly-detailed impressions in just a matter of minutes while keeping the putty safely locked away. Now, we can make sure our treatments are not only effective, but that they fit like a dream as well.
We use impressions for a number of treatments, but they are particularly important when it comes to Invisalign. An impression gives us the opportunity to actually design a patient’s treatment plan and ensure that their aligner trays fit properly.
In the past, the only way to get an impression was to create a physical model using dental putty. If you’ve ever had an impression taken this way, then we’re sure it wasn’t exactly your favorite experience! The putty typically got everywhere, and it even caused many patients to gag! That’s why, in our effort to deliver a consistently smooth and relaxing patient experience, we’ve invested in the iTero digital scanner.
With the scanner, impressions are quicker and easier than ever. First, a small handheld device is guided around the mouth while taking dozens of close-up images of the teeth and gums. These images are then sent to a program to be “stitched” together to create a fully 3D model of the teeth. You can watch the entire process on a nearby monitor, and it only takes a few minutes. Not only is this approach much faster and more comfortable than the traditional one, but it also creates a more accurate impression!
With this image, Dr. Fulks can then figure out the most efficient paths for the teeth to move into their ideal positions. He’ll have full control in order to ensure that a patient’s Invisalign treatment is as effective as possible. Even better, he can do this all while you’re at the office. When he’s done, he can actually show you what your new smile will look like in the future! This is wonderfully motivating for patients.
After getting your final approval, this impression and treatment plan will be sent instantly to a trusted Invisalign lab to fabricate your custom-made trays. You’ll get to pick them up a few weeks later, and then you’ll be well on your way to getting a beautifully straight smile!
When you come to Orthodontic Specialists of Marquette, you can trust that you’re experiencing the very best that modern-day orthodontics has to offer. We make it a point to only use the latest technology so we can have our patients in and out as quickly as possible while providing only the highest level of care.
To learn more about iTero digital imaging, Invisalign, or if you’d like to see what your smile could look like after Invisalign, be sure to give us a call today.