Traditionally, impressions for Invisalign aligners have been made using goopy impression materials. With the arrival of the iTero® Scanner System in 2011, there is no more goop, gagging, or discomfort. In addition, Invisalign aligner trays fit better which in turn move teeth better! Using an iTero® Scanner, the doctors at Starr and Glick Orthodontics can take a highly accurate digital orthodontic impression. This new technology completely eliminates the tray and putty impressions where the experience is comparable to stuffing a big wad of gum in your mouth. The old technique is incredibly unpleasant and uncomfortable. Often multiple rounds of impressions are needed and a small percentage of them are rejected by Invisalign. The iTero® Scanner System ensures a more accurate impression from the start, resulting in improved orthodontic treatment and a more comfortable patient experience. Digital impressions give the patient the ability to see their teeth instantly in 3D, improving communication during the consultation and treatment process.
How Does It Work?
Your mouth is scanned with a radiation-free laser and in as little as 20-30 minutes, a digitally perfect, 3-D impression of your teeth and soft tissue structures is rendered. Through digital software we will be able to follow the progress of your teeth on our computer screen. Once your scan is complete, the digital model of your teeth is electronically transmitted to Invisalign to begin manufacturing your aligners!