Before anybody can begin orthodontic treatment with braces, we first need to get a complete look at your teeth. By getting a comprehensive view of your teeth from all angles, we can create a precise treatment plan with the type of braces that work best for you. Gathering impressions of your teeth allows us to see things we that we can’t just by looking at your teeth and gives us a more thorough look at all the issues with your teeth that we can fix, including correcting crowding, excess gaps, and malocclusions.
Dental Molds and Impressions
For the longest time, gathering impressions of teeth meant having to use messy molds made with a putty-like material. You may have used this type of impression before if you have ever needed a crown or veneer for your teeth, or had braces when you were a kid. These molds can be pretty offputting due to the fact that it involves having a gooey material sit in your mouth for about five minutes while the material sets. This requires you to sit still while the uncomfortable material sits in your mouth.
Many patients also have a hard time not gagging with the conventional mold material sitting in their mouth, both due to the invasive feeling and the unpleasant taste. And if you move at all during the process, it can mean you need to start the whole thing over. You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, I’ll pass on that.” We feel the same way, which is why we’ve decided to choose an alternative to this messy process to gather the information we need.
Dental Images with iTero
When you visit Warren Orthodontics, you can breathe easy knowing you won’t have to have a sticky, foul-tasting mold stuck in your mouth.
In this day and age, technological advances can be used to improve just about any aspect of life, including orthodontics. At our office, we use the iTero scanner to gather digital images of your teeth and get a complete look at the issues before we come up with a treatment plan. In a far less invasive process than traditional molds, a small wand is placed inside your mouth to quickly gather images of your teeth from every possible angle. The full process takes only about one minute and your images are available in real time, allowing for a more streamlined process.
Not only does the iTero scanner get a look at the ways your teeth are crooked, it also makes it easy to identify which tissues are healthy and which areas might be infected, allowing us to provide treatment that fully remedies the issues with your oral health. The scanner is completely effective when it comes to helping us generate your treatment plan with all types of braces or the Invisalign clear aligner system. This tool even lets you get a look at the final results of your treatment before you start, so you know exactly what to look forward to.
Contact Warren Orthodontics today to learn more about how the experience we offer stands out.
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