I-Tero 3D Imaging
- No messy impressions for dental crowns and bridges
- More accurate crowns and bridges. “Perfect fit” every time
- No messy impressions for invisalign (invisible braces)
One of the most important technological breakthroughs in patient care is the application of 3D imagining to the dental setting. 3D imaging is the process of capturing the appearance and shape of real world objects and recreating them in a 3D computer program. The object is captured by a specialized camera. This camera scans the surface of the object and creates an exact duplicate in the computer.
In the dental setting we use 3D imaging to scan teeth. Using this method, we no longer need to take messy impressions. The most common usage of this technology in dentistry is in the making of crowns, bridges and Invisalign orthodontic aligners. The teeth are scanned with a camera wand that captures all of the existing tooth anatomy creating a custom and exact replica. The 3D information that is now in the computer program is digitally sent off to the dental laboratory. Because of this, the dental lab will now have the most accurate information to make the needed dental restoration such as a dental crown.
I-Tero 3D imaging has taken one step further in the making of Invisalign aligners. Dr. Stephanie Mashni consults with the laboratory at Invisalign on every case. The Invisalign lab uses the 3D imaging to create a series of images that approximate the desired movement of the teeth. Some teeth are rotated and some are tipped. All of this is done under the dentist’s prescription before any of the custom aligners are designed. A final 3D rendering is sent to the prescribing dentist for approval. Both the dentist and patient can see the final results of treatment before any of the aligners are made. The number of aligners and length of treatment are also finalized.