What is the iTero intraoral scanner?
The iTero intraoral scanner is an alternative to old-fashioned impressions of your mouth.
In the past, you had to bite down on oozing, messy putty to create accurate molds of your teeth. This type of “old school” impression is also subject to imperfections such as tears and voids, which can affect the fit and efficacy of orthodontic hardware. With the iTero digital dentistry advancement, you can skip the goop altogether because the impressions process is digital. At V Smile Dentistry, Dr. Kallam uses the iTero intraoral scanner to evaluate teeth and create Invisalign® teeth straightening treatment plans for both teens and adults.
How does the iTero scanning process work?
You or your family member can relax in the chair while your Frisco Dental Professionals care provider moves the small scanning wand around your mouth.
The small scanning unit combines laser and LED light to scan and record 3D images of your teeth and soft tissues. The iTero intraoral scanner captures 6,000 incredibly detailed and accurate images per second, which means that your whole mouth scan is complete in a matter of minutes.
In about a minute, you can view the impression of you or your child’s mouth on a nearby screen, allowing for participation in the process and a greater understanding of the planned orthodontic adjustments or appliances. The 100% digital impression is then forwarded to our dental laboratory, where custom Invisalign trays or other orthodontic appliances are made to exact specifications, ensuring a perfect fit and great results!
What happens after my iTero mouth scan?
After your iTero intraoral scan, Dr. Kallam has a 3D model of your mouth.
She then uses sophisticated software to create an Invisalign treatment plan specifically for you. You can even see an Invisalign outcome simulator to understand how Invisalign treatment improves your smile.
Benefits of iTero
iTero at Frisco Family Dental Professionals offers several benefits over traditional dental impressions.
Benefits of iTero™ include:
- No thick, uncomfortable, goopy molds
- Increased Patient Involvement
An accurate and detailed dental impression is essential to any orthodontic treatment plan. With iTero™, every party involved benefits: the patient has a better and more involved experience, Dr. Kallam enjoys a more efficient process, less waste, and a happier patient, and the dental laboratory receives the most detailed and accurate dental impressions available.
If you are interested in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® or traditional braces, start with a customized, comfortable, and state-of-the-art digital impression with iTero™ at Family Frisco Dental Professionals.
To schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation with Dr. Kallam, call the office or book an appointment today online today. (214) 872-2700
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign is a clear plastic teeth straightening device. The removable Invisalign aligners fit perfectly over the top of your teeth because they’re custom-made using your iTero intraoral scan. You have one aligner for each arch (top and bottom), and you generally wear the aligners for 20-22 hours daily.
You change into a new set of aligners every 1-2 weeks, according to your treatment plan. Invisalign gradually moves your teeth using low force until they’re properly aligned, and you have a beautiful new smile. The treatment process usually takes around 12-18 months but can vary by patient. Dr. Kallam can tell you more about how Invisalign can give you a whole new smile.
Ready to take your first step to straight teeth? Call V Smile Family Dental Professionals in Frisco to schedule your iTero intraoral scan to get started now.