The wonders of technology. We can talk to our fridge, control our heating system by phone and pinpoint exactly where we are, anywhere in the world. Dentistry is no exception to this technological revolution. There are so many modern marvels on offer at the dental surgery these days, treatment is almost unrecognisable, from even 15 years ago.
Take dental impressions. Not so long ago, it was a case of patients having to put up with messy and odd-tasting putty for the dentist to get an impression of their teeth. The dentist had to mix up the gloopy substance, jam it into the patient’s mouth, wait for it to set before carefully removing it. Not only did it taste a bit strange and sometimes made patients gag, it didn’t always work and had to be repeated, and both dentist and patient had to go through the whole drama again. Thankfully, times have moved on and Invisalign Itero in London has put paid to this. At forward-thinking dental practices in the capital, such as Graham Tinkler, this handheld scanner is making taking impressions a breeze.
How does it work?
In London, Invisalign Itero is used to create Invisalign clear aligners. The dentist scans the patient’s mouth with the handheld device. It’s small enough to fit comfortably into the patient’s open mouth and doesn’t even need to physically touch the teeth and gums to take the measurements. It uses digital technology to build up a 3D picture of the inside of the mouth, which it relays to a computer. This information is fed into a software programme that creates a 3D treatment plan.
This plan shows how the Invisalign aligners will move the patient’s wonky teeth over time and how they will look at the end of the treatment. It’s also sent to the Invisalign technicians in the US, who use it to produce the custom-made aligners.
The benefits of using Invisalign Itero in London
The patient can move, breathe and swallow as normal and even sneeze or ask for a break at any time. It takes around 10 minutes to complete a full scan. No messy putty, no chance of impressions breaking, and accurate measurements are guaranteed.