iTero Intraoral Scanner is a touch-enabled scanner that gives a more accurate view of a patient’s mouth, gums, teeth, and all other oral structures. The best part about using this device is that it makes it easier to create digital impressions for Invisalign and other orthodontic procedures.
Intraoral digital scans help dental professionals create accurate physical dental models for restorative work, including crowns, veneers, and implants. They also help orthodontists diagnose orthodontic problems and develop the best treatment plans.
Clear aligners are one of the most popular teeth-straightening aids used today as they’re practical, removable, and virtually undetectable. Unlike many intraoral scanners, iTero intraoral scanners have an open architecture which makes them compatible with the Invisalign system, including its Invisalign Outcome Simulator. Orthodontists can scan their patients’ mouths with an iTero intraoral scanner, then show them how their Invisalign treatment will look. This technology improves the patient experience because patients can know what to expect and feel more confident in their diagnosis and treatment plan.
Intraoral scanners feature a wand, which the dental professional moves around a patient’s mouth. In the latest versions, the wand captures thousands of frames per second which are pieced together to create a three-dimensional visualization of the patient’s mouth. The wands on iTero intraoral scanners are smaller than early intraoral scanners, allowing them to scan molars in the back of the mouth which were traditionally difficult to reach. Dental professionals using small wands also aren’t limited by how wide their patients can open their mouths. The small wands are also less likely to make patients gag than older forms of scanning technology.