iTero is a digital dental impression scanner that lets your dentist take digital images of your mouth in order to plan your Invisalign treatment in real-time. Here, our Port Moody dentists explain what this device is and how it helps you get the most out of our treatments.
The iTero Impression Scanner takes highly accurate digital images of your mouth to help your dentist diagnose orthodontic issues and develop a custom treatment plan for you.
This intraoral scanner features a "wand" that our dentists move around your mouth to create a 3-D dental impression of your bite.
The small wand design allows them to scan hard-to-reach places in the back of your mouth.
iTero & Invisalign
Invisalign is a series of removable clear aligners that can help you achieve a straighter smile without traditional metal braces.
iTero is compatible with Invisalign clear aligners' treatment system and can help our dentists plan your orthodontic treatment.
iTero can also easily send the digital data it captures to Invisalign Technologies to create your custom aligners.
The iTero Process
This process is easy and will take place during the planning phase of your Invisalign treatment process. Our dentists will use the iTero scanner to take a total 3D scan of your mouth.
After that, your dentist will project this image for you to see on a computer screen or to show you how your current smile looks from every angle.
They will then use iTero technology to show you a complete 3D simulation of what your smile may look like once your Invisalign treatment is complete.
Once your scans are finished, your dentist sends them electronically to Align Technologies so that they can begin to create aligners just for you.
Benefits of iTero
Your dentist can create an effective Invisalign treatment plan for you using the iTero intraoral scanner. There are a number of benefits of using the scanner during the treatment planning process.
- You can see how your smile looks before and after treatment.
- Your data can be stored digitally and easily shared with other professionals and third-party providers, like Invisalign.
- Your dentist can adjust your treatment plan in real-time.
- You don't have to deal with the goopy mess of traditional impressions.
- You can track your treatment progress along the way.
- Your treatment is more efficient and convenient for you.