When it comes to orthodontic treatments, precision is essential. After all, when you need your teeth or jaw realigned, you should rightfully expect the best possible results. In the past, orthodontists and oral healthcare professionals relied on uncomfortable molds to take impressions of your bite, and while these are effective, they can be messy and generally unenjoyable for patients. Today, however, as technology has advanced, we have more effective, less intrusive options available. iTero® digital scanning is an especially impressive tool that allows us to create clear, precise images of your mouth and use those to craft you custom devices that not only provide great results but are also comfortable as you wear them. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist discusses this technology and the ways we use it to improve your smile.
What Is The iTero® System?
It consists of using a small camera at the end of a want that allows us to take precise pictures in your mouth. We can then use these images to create a full 3D model of your smile. It is very accurate and works more effectively — and comfortably — than traditional molds. Once we have the model we can create a variety of appliances and orthodontic tools for you.
It Works Well For TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder is a jaw misalignment that affects the joints that connect your jaw to your skull. For various reasons, these joints can become unbalanced, causing pain and discomfort. This disorder can lead to bad headaches, earaches, jaw popping, and more. To treat TMJ disorder, we can use the iTero® system to help create a custom oral appliance to wear while you sleep. It is a mouthguard that puts your jaw into its ideal position, helping your jaw heal. Moreover, many patients that suffer from TMJ also grind their teeth as they sleep, so this oral nightguard can also prevent painful clenching.
In addition to using the iTero® system to create a custom night guard, we can also use it to scan your mouth for braces and Invisalign®. Both of these orthodontic solutions help straighten and align your teeth. This is not only done for aesthetics but also to ensure your mouth is at its healthiest. We offer ceramic braces, which are less visible than metal ones, and we also Invisalign® aligners, which are virtually invisible within your mouth. They are removable, so you can eat and brush your teeth without worrying about getting them dirty!
Contact Us To Learn More About Our Technology
If you have any questions about how we utilize technology or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.