Recently, our office decided to invest in an ITero machine. Traditionally, when orthodontists needed 3-dimensional models of teeth (either to measure the teeth or to make braces or retainers), we took dental impressions. This involved mixing a goopy, rubbery material, squishing it in place over the teeth, and holding it there for 1-2 minutes while waiting for it to harden.
Although I have developed several techniques for making dental impressions less unpleasant for my patients, many have told me that having dental impressions taken was their least favorite part of the whole orthodontic process. I found that, more than any other fear that new patients had, they feared the dental impressions – having been told stories of gagging and vomiting by their friends and relatives. Well, the times have changed. ITero is a new system which uses a 3-dimensional scanner instead of dental impressions. We simply run a scanner (looks like a thick pen) over your teeth to capture the 3-D image. We can take as many breaks as you need, and no goop goes into your mouth. Say goodbye to gagging and horror stories about orthodontists! And the measurements and appliances that we make are more accurate than ever before.
As an added bonus, once we’ve scanned your teeth, we can immediately show you the scan on a monitor and do a mock-up of what your teeth will look like once they’ve been straightened – all at your first consultation visit, free of charge! We stay on the cutting edge of technology to give you innovations to make your treatment better and more comfortable than ever before. That is our commitment to you!
We invite you to visit our web page here for more info on how the ITero machine works and to watch a video.