When we correct misalignment, we use braces and aligners, and to treat issues like TMJ disorder, we could craft a custom appliance. But how do we ensure these fit comfortably, and offer treatment with precision and accuracy? In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist will discuss how we gather detailed digital impressions!
The Old Way of Gathering Impressions
At one time, the process of gathering impressions to create appliances and orthodontics meant filling a metal mold with a sticky material. Despite having flavors, the material was never a pleasant flavor. The patient would bite down on the mold and hold the bite for several minutes. Often, the process could need to be repeated to achieve an optimal casting of your smile. The process was lengthy and uncomfortable, and not as accurate as we would have liked. Fortunately, we now have an advanced digital alternative that creates impressions with much greater precision and accuracy.
The iTero® Process
To begin, our team will take a series of images of your smile with a digital camera at the end of a very thin wand. We can take the images quickly and comfortably. We then combine them to create a 3D model, one that provides a detailed look at your teeth, gums, and oral structures, so we can design and craft treatment options that fit comfortably and offer optimal results.
Invisalign® Aligners and More
For those undergoing treatment with Invisalign®, we can use the images to create a series of plastic aligners that are clear, staying nearly invisible throughout your treatment process and shifting your teeth. If you’re receiving braces, we can create ceramic brackets that blend with your smile. We also design retainers and more that will fit better and offer improved results.
TMJ disorder means that pressure on your jaw joints and an imbalanced bite has caused serious discomfort, including headaches, jaw pain, and a popping or clicking sensation in your jaw. To ease discomfort and avoid complications like bruxism (chronic teeth grinding), we could provide an appliance that is worn as you sleep and fits like a mouthguard. With iTero®, we craft a device that offers an optimal fit and results with precision and accuracy, so you avoid discomfort. If you have any questions about how we use the iTero® system to design and create treatments for your smile, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Any Questions?
Our team knows how to create appliances and aligners that fit comfortably. To learn more about how we design and fabricate our cosmetic orthodontics, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Haslet, Azle, and all surrounding communities.