When we treat misalignment, whether we use braces or clear aligners, we need to custom-make your orthodontics. To do so, we want to create them with precision and accuracy, which is why we take digital impressions. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist talks about the benefits of the iTero® system.
The Downsides of Physical Impressions
In the past, creating custom orthodontics and appliances meant that a metal mold had to be filled with a gooey material. The patient then bit down on the mold and held this bite for several minutes. The process often had to be repeated to obtain anything close to a viable impression. Despite having “flavors” the gooey material always somehow tasted like chalk. Fortunately, our team has been digital for a very long time, and can offer impressions created with precision and accuracy, and no need for physical molds.
The iTero® System
With the iTero® system, our team will gather detailed digital images of your smile from multiple angles. We do this with a tiny digital camera at the end of a thin wand, so this can be done quickly and conveniently. We then combine the images to create a 3D model of your smile. This will enable us to design and create your orthodontics and oral appliances with great detail, ensuring a proper fit and effective treatment.
Creating Oral Appliances and More
Our team could use this technology to create braces, including ceramic brackets that blend with the smile and make your orthodontics less visible. We can send the information to a lab where experts will create your Invisalign® aligners. For kids, we can use these to fabricate teeth spacers and retainers that are custom-fitted. For surfaces of TMJ disorder, we can create an oral appliance that fits comfortably and shifts the jaw to ease strain and pressure, bringing relief from an assortment of painful symptoms. If you have any questions about the technology that we use, or if you would like to schedule a consultation for you or a member of your family to see who needs treatment, then contact our team today.
Remember, a visit now can get you started in your treatment before the holiday season complicates your schedule, and this could allow you to use your 2022 dental insurance benefits before they expire.
Do You Have Questions About Correcting Misalignment
Our team wants to help you enjoy an even and healthy smile again. If you have any questions about how we treat uneven smiles, or if you would like to schedule an appointment soon, 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.