In the past, when a dental patient needed to have an impression made of their teeth for properly fitting braces, crowns, or bridges, a tray-like device was used in the process. The tray was filled with a substance called alginate, a powder mixed with water. Many patients would refer to it as a glob of paste or putty. Once placed into the mouth, there was usually some runoff that created a mess inside the patient’s mouth. Now, however, there is state-of-the-art technology that eliminates the goo and turns the entire impression-making process into a simple, fast procedure using the iTero Scanner in Santa Ana.
Dr. Kareem Abraham and his practice at LifeTime Smiles of OC utilize this ground-breaking device to ensure a better patient experience while capturing a more detailed and precisely accurate impression of his patients’ mouths. The iTero Intraoral Scanner helps Dr. Abraham achieve his goal of being on the forefront of oral care technology so that each of his patients can achieve a healthy and attractive smile.
Get to Know the iTero Scanner
The iTero Scanner is a high-precision system that allows Dr. Abraham to scan a patient’s mouth with a compact-size wand. Images are delivered to a chair-side monitor in spectacular color and three-dimensional quality. At the same time your teeth are being scanned you can view the images in real time.
The Future of Dentistry is Here
With the iTero Scanner in Santa Ana, the need for pasty impressions is gone. The small “magic wand” maps your teeth better than any impression-making goo ever could. Detailed scans replace the mess in an instant. If you need to have a crown or bridge, the images provide the precise measurements a laboratory requires to create a dental appliance that fits correctly and relieves any anxieties a patient may have about the outcome. The 3-D images can be transmitted directly to the lab from the scanner. Dr. Abraham and his staff can communicate online with laboratory personnel and do away with cumbersome paperwork that can tend to slow down the process of getting patients what they need in the shortest amount of time.
The Invisalign Advantage
Patients who opt to realign and straighten their teeth using Invisalign will be excited to know that the capabilities of the iTero Scanner include what is termed as the Invisalign Outcome Simulator. With it, Dr. Abraham can show those patients, through images on the chair-side monitor, how their teeth may look at the end of their Invisalign treatment.
Great Dental Treatment is Now Even Better
The accuracy of the iTero Intraoral Scanner means better fitting braces, retainers, and teeth restorations. Studies indicate that a patient spends about 20 less minutes in the chair when using the scanner instead of going through the gag-producing drudgery of cement impressions.
If you would like to learn more about the advantages of iTero Scanner technology and how it may be used to ensure you have healthy teeth and gums, please schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kareem Abraham online or by calling LifeTime Smiles of OC.