Digital Dental Impressions

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Orthodontic Impressions for the 21st Century

No More Gagging & Discomfort

itero element scannerIn the past, orthodontic records started with taking impressions of your teeth. A tray with goopy and sticky dental putty was placed into the patient’s mouth to form a mold of your teeth that could be used to make a physical model. While effective, physical impressions are an uncomfortable and inconvenient process for the patient, requiring them to sit with putty in their mouths for several minutes.

The iTero Element System brings orthodontic impressions into the 21st century and eliminates the tray and putty impressions, which results in a much more comfortable experience for the patient. Most importantly the new iTero technology ensures more accurate impressions, allowing a more precise fit of your trays. It is also fast since you can view the 3D scans onscreen with your orthodontist immediately. Once the scan is complete, Dr. Harrington will then have a 3D model of your mouth that can be used for diagnostics and all Invisalign and Invisalign Teen services.

The Digital Impressions Process

The iTero Element scanner uses high-frequency blue light to capture fine details on the shape and alignment of your teeth. As we run the wand over the outside surfaces of the bite, it takes hundreds of individual pictures of your mouth and teeth, capturing every angle and every tooth surface. Then, the iTero Element software combines these images, using them to fabricate a fully-realized 3D visual computer model of your teeth. Digital impressions offer us more accuracy and precision than traditional physical impressions, and with iTero's proprietary, advanced software, we can even simulate tooth movement during treatment, helping us plan your treatment course in more detail than ever. 

Contact Your Gaithersburg/Kentlands Braces & Invisalign Experts

The iTero Element digital impressions system lets us provide more effective, convenient treatment than ever before, and we're proud to offer it with all of our orthodontic treatment options. If you'd like to find out more about the iTero system or how we can help you achieve a beautiful new smile, feel free to call us at 301-977-1441 or schedule an appointment online today. Digital impressions are just one example of our commitment to our patients, and we strive to make treatment as convenient and efficient as possible for every patient we treat. We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful new smile, and we hope to hear from you soon!