The iTero Intraoral Scanner utilizes digital image-making technology to take a virtual impression of the teeth, rather than having to use conventional trays and impression material. The scan creates an incredibly accurate 3-D model for use in diagnosis, treatment planning and appliance fabrication.
In most instances, the iTero Scanner effectively eliminates the need for traditional impressions. As we all know, impressions can be unpleasant and extremely uncomfortable and are often a source of stress, especially for orthodontic patients with a strong gag reflex.
The iTero scanner is comfortable. There is no gooey mess associated with impression materials. Patients can breathe and swallow naturally during the digital 3-D scan, and there’s no unpleasant taste. And because it uses a laser to generate the images, there is no exposure to radiation.
How Does it Work?
The iTero Scanner creates a digital “map” of the patient’s mouth as a wand is moved over the surfaces of the teeth – quadrant by quadrant – collecting a series of extremely high-resolution pictures. The software then pieces the quadrant scans together to create a full-mouth 3-D view of the arches and occlusion.
Dr. Dykman and his team continually strive for excellence by making investments in continuing education and technology to provide patients with the best possible patient experience and clinical outcomes.