Some dental treatments require capturing detailed molds of your existing
teeth. This includes dental restorations or oral appliances to shift teeth
or protect enamel. If you need any of these treatments, biting into
impression material is typically required. Unfortunately, this material is
hardly comfortable for the patient, and sometimes the material can fail to
provide an accurate representation of your mouth and teeth. With the iTero
Scanner in our office, that completely changes. To schedule an appointment
Dr. Ira Newman
and see how you can benefit from this advanced dental technology, give his
How is the iTero Scanner Used for Treatments?
We customize every restoration or oral appliance that you receive at our
office. Part of that process involves capturing detailed models of your
existing teeth, whether they have been damaged by decay or not.
Traditionally, you would need to bite down into a gray putty-like material,
which is then cast into a model that is sent to a dental lab. From there,
the restoration or appliance is fabricated with your mouth and teeth’s
unique shape in mind.
With the iTero scanner, we don’t have to ask you to do that any
longer. The device can be utilized for a number of treatments, including:
NTI-Tension Suppression System
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Nightguards and Athletic Sportsguards
How Does the iTero Scanner Work?
The device itself comes in two parts. This includes the handheld portion
that is used by the dentist, and the monitor which sits to the side while
the scan takes place. As Dr. Newman carefully scans all the areas of your
teeth, it captures hundreds of photos in a matter of minutes, then sends
those images to the iTero computer. As the photos are received, a 3D image
of their mouth is displayed for closer viewing. With this comprehensive 3D
model, the dental lab can then create a series of restorations or an oral
appliance based around the unique shape of your mouth, teeth, and other oral
What are the Benefits of the iTero Scanner?
One of the most notable benefits of using an iTero scanner is the fact that
you won’t have to bite into the gray impression material that is often
used in dental offices. Not only does it taste unpleasant, but it often
feels quite uncomfortable to bite into. The iTero lets us go fully digital,
so you’re not forced to use a product that you don’t enjoy.
Furthermore, Dr. Newman can make adjustments to the 3D model of your mouth
on the fly should he need to, ensuring the most accurate restoration or
appliance is made the first time. At the end of the day, having a crown,
bridge or denture that fits right is crucial to ensuring longevity and
comfort. The same goes for any oral appliance that you need, whether
it’s to protect teeth or shift them into a straighter position via
Invisalign clear aligners.