If you’re a regular to the dentists, you may have heard of 3D Intraoral scanning, or maybe even iTero 3D scanning, but what exactly is it?
What is a 3D iTero Scan and how does it work?
The 3D iTero Scanner is one of a new breed of technology that is revolutionising dentistry.
These types of advanced intra-oral scanners work by capturing thousands of pictures of the inside of your mouth, and then assembling them into an incredibly accurate 3D model of your mouth, teeth and gums.
This allows your dentist or orthodontist to fully assess and inspect every aspect of your condition, and accurately plan out the stages of your treatment.
Although early intraoral cameras and scanners left a lot to be desired, the latest generation of scanners are far superior.
The dentist will use a specially-adapted, hygienic scanner called a ‘wand’ to take thousands of pictures.
The scanner uses medical-grade low-radiation lasers to take up to 20 pictures a second of your teeth. The dentist gradually moves and rotates it to be sure to get a complete scan of your whole mouth.
As they do this, gradually a 3D model of the inside of your mouth will emerge on the iTero screen. Usually this whole process takes less than 10 minutes.
Your dentist can then use this 3D model to assess your needs, determine what treatment options are available to you, and which will likely give you the most desirable outcome.
What are the benefits?
There are a great many benefits of using 3D dental scanning technology like iTero, not least because of its speed. The first one is that it eliminates the need to stuff a big wad of funny-feeling bad-tasting gloop in your mouth to take an impression.
Many dentists have been slow to take on this new technology, but one of the reasons it’s becoming so popular is that patients find it so much more preferable to conventional impressions done with that pink ‘play-dough’ that tastes like sawdust.
It’s quicker, it’s cleaner, and it’s far more accurate than traditional impressions. This means less time in the chair, and will result in a much more accurate diagnosis and overall treatment.
Scanning can identify key potential issues that could be missed by traditional impressions trays before they occur, allowing your orthodontist to mitigate them in the initial treatment plan
The second major benefit (although there are many more), is that it 3D iTero scanning allows you to see the effects of a treatment before you have it.
The computer imaging technology that is used to map out Invisalign treatments is the same used to put together your iTero scan.
This is particularly useful for those who are looking to have orthodontic treatment like Invisalign, because they integrate fully.
3D ITero Scanning & Invisalign
3D iTero is known most for its use to help orthodontists plan out Invisalign treatments and assist their patients with visualizing their results.
The work seamlessly together because the iTero scanning and the Invisalign modelling technology are very similar.
If you’re considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth, don’t settle for less, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to see your results with a 3D iTero scan. Click below to book your free iTero consultation.