Designing Orthodontics With Digital Technology

fort worth itero systemWhen you need braces or other appliances to treat issues like misalignment and TMJ disorder, then you need them to fit comfortably and offer treatment with accuracy. To accomplish this, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist will create them using digital imaging technology. In today’s blog, we’re talking about the iTero® system.

Your Initial Exam

We start with an exam, in which we take detailed images with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. We want to understand the severity of your misalignment, and the factors behind your uneven smiles. With this information, we can create a treatment plan to reposition the teeth and improve your overall smile beauty. An even smile is one with a lower risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and reduces chance of TMJ disorder and bruxism development, and one that inspires confidence and helps you make a great first impression. But to ensure treatment with precision and accuracy, we will create your orthodontics with the iTero® system!

The iTero® System

Using a tiny digital camera at the end of a thin wand, we will take several images of your smile from multiple angles. The tiny wand makes this process fast and comfortable. Next, we upload the images into a computer, combining them to create a detailed 3D model of your entire smile. The model is then employed to help design the appliances, aligners, brackets, and retainers that may be used to correct misalignment in smiles of all ages, from kids to adults. This provides more accuracy than the traditional system in which you bit down on a mold filled with a sticky material, which we cured to create a physical impression. Instead, digital technology makes the process much simpler!

Creating Aligners and Appliances

We could use the images we take to create a series of clear aligners to correct misalignment with the Invisalign® system. We could also design the ceramic brackets that make braces less visible, and to create the retainers that guide the growth of smiles in childhood. For those with TMJ disorder, we could ease discomfort and bring relief with an oral appliance, one that fits like a mouthguard and repositions the jaw to ease strain on the joints and facial muscles.

If you have any questions about how we use digital systems to create better fitting orthodontic aligners and appliances, then contact our team today. We’re ready to help your family enjoy straighter smiles!


Our team understands how to create your appliances and braces with precision and accuracy. To learn about how we design and craft your 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.