The iTero scanner is an innovative piece of dental equipment that allows dental professionals to capture enhanced digital images of a patient's mouth. Our North York dentists explain how it also helps you get the most out of your Invisalign treatment.
What is the iTero Scanner?
iTero is an intraoral scanner that features a wand, which a dentist or orthodontist moves around a patient’s mouth to capture pictures and create 3-D dental images in minutes. The small wand allows them to scan hard-to-reach molars in the back of a patient’s mouth.
These scanners are simple to use and the scans they produce are much more detailed than traditional 2-D images. They also have screens which display the digital images in real time.
Intraoral digital scans from iTero help dentists create accurate dental models for restorative work like dental crowns and implants. They also help dentists and orthodontists diagnose orthodontic issues and develop treatment plans.
iTero & Invisalign
Invisalign is a series of clear, removable aligners that straighten your teeth without the traditional metal and wires.
iTero intraoral scanners are compatible with the Invisalign system, and help your dentist plan your treatment. The digital scans are also easily shared with other dental professionals and third-party providers, like Invisalign. Your dentist can simply send the scans to Invisalign Technologies so they can create your custom clear aligners.
Your dentist can also use the scans with the Invisalign Outcome Simulator to show you how your Invisalign treatment will look at the end.
You dentist can create effective Invisalign treatment plans using the iTero intraoral scanner. Overall, the enhanced digital scans mean more efficient and convenient treatment for you.
You'll never have to worry about the goopy mess that comes with taking traditional impressions, plus it's a quick and accurate process.
Regular scans with iTero throughout your Invisalign treatment can help your dentist track your progress and compare the expected outcomes with results. If results aren’t as expected, they can use the scans to show you the treatment recommendations and why it's so important to follow them.