iTero Digital Office

Intraoral scanners from iTero scan the mouths of patients, capturing images to create three-dimensional dental images in minutes. Intraoral scanners are simple to use and are operated by one clinician. Their user-friendly nature helps our dental professionals get the best results. The scans they produce are also more detailed than the traditional two-dimensional images they replace.

Intraoral digital scans help our dental professionals create accurate imaging for many dental restorations and help diagnose orthodontic problems. This ensures the best way to develop the perfect treatment plan for each patient.

When all relevant parties have the patient scans, they can communicate better to improve patient outcomes.

What iTero Intraoral Scanners Do

Intraoral scanners feature a wand, which our dental professional moves around inside a patient’s mouth. In our scanner, the wand captures thousands of frames per second which are pieced together to create a three-dimensional visualisation 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. Intraoral scanners also have screens which display the digital dental images as they’re captured in real time. The screens show whether the scan is good or not before it’s saved and submitted to the lab. This feature is a real time-saver for our dental professionals who, in the past, could receive word from the lab two or three weeks later that their scans were inadequate. By providing immediate feedback, intraoral scanners can save our team and our patients time and frustration.

How Intraoral Scanners Make Invisalign Orthodontics Easier

Invisalign clear aligners are one of the most popular teeth-straightening aids used today as they’re effective, removable, and virtually undetectable. Unlike many intraoral scanners, iTero intraoral scanners have open architecture which makes them compatible with the Invisalign system, including its Invisalign Outcome Simulator. We scan our patients’ mouths with an iTero intraoral scanner, then show them how their Invisalign treatment will look at the end of treatment before any treatment happens. This technology improves the patient experience because patients can know what to expect and feel more confident in their diagnosis and treatment plan. As a result, your Invisalign aligners are created and posted back to Dr. Claypoole sooner so that you can start treatment faster. Since the iTero intraoral scanning system is open, Dr. Claypoole can send the scan files to any laboratory of his choosing for the creation of a retainer, which reinforces your treatment after the Invisalign process, and other dental tools.

Dr. Claypoole can also create better Invisalign treatment plans for the patients using iTero intraoral scans. Align Technology research shows that dentists who use the scans have seven times fewer issues with the fit of the Invisalign aligners. These results may be because iTero intraoral scanners can help the dentist track the patients’ progress. Regular scans throughout Invisalign treatment can help compare expected outcomes with results. If results aren’t as expected, we can use the scans to educate patients about their treatment and the importance of complying with our recommendations.

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