Digital Imaging for Dentistry
The iTero intraoral scanner is an intraoral scanning device used by dentists to capture detailed 3D images of the teeth, mouth, and jaw. iTero scanners are often used as a component of treatment planning for restorative and orthodontic procedures, including Invisalign treatments.
iTero Digital Scanning
iTero scans are a very non-invasive form of imaging technology that does not use radiation. A wand is moved over the teeth, and the scanner works quickly to collect images, capturing all the necessary data in a matter of minutes. Then, it compiles the images into a complete 3D model that can be viewed on a computer screen.
iTero Scans vs. Traditional Modelling
In the past, dental modelling was typically achieved by applying plaster to a patient’s teeth and allowing the plaster to form and solidify around them. This can be extremely uncomfortable for patients and is not as accurate as digital renderings are.
iTero scans often replace these more invasive techniques for 3D modelling of the teeth and mouth, improving patient experiences and making the process more comfortable and straightforward for dentists and patients alike.
The iTero scanner measures and maps out the mouth in detail and in full colour, allowing dentists to see the exact positions and shapes of the teeth and gums. From there, dentists can create comprehensive treatment plans. They can also have treatment options such as dental appliances constructed directly from the data in the scans.
The wand in the iTero system is also much smaller than traditional intraoral scanners, which makes it easier for dentists to take accurate scans of the molars.
iTero scans can be used in treatment planning for:
iTero and Invisalign Technology
iTero and Invisalign are two dental technology brands owned by the same company. Invisalign aligners can be made using 3D images of the mouth created with an iTero scanner.