Creating better comfort levels from the very beginning

Orthodontictreatment is more than just straightening teeth; it’s about ensuring your teeth and jaws are in alignment. To achieve this, we need to get an accurate look at where your teeth are positioned. To do this, we use the Intraoral scanner.

A good impression

In the orthodontic and dental industries, ‘impressions’ is the term we use for getting a good picture of where your teeth currently sit. These impressions were previously taken using Alginate. Alginate is a powder that contains potassium alginate, calcium sulfate and a few other elements derived from brown algae and kelp. Combined with water, it turns into a gel that sets firmly enough to use as a mold.

This process was messy, rather unpleasant and not very comfortable. Fortunately, that method is a thing of the past. These days, we use scanning technology and at River street smiles, our technology of choice is the iTero intraoral digital scanner.

What is the iTero Scanner?

The iTero scanner is new 3D orthodontic scanning technology. Using the latest developments in intraoral scanning, the iTero scanner accurately scans your teeth as part of your orthodontic assessment. The itero scanner is made up of a small wand like devices which is used to scan your teeth and jaws. The data it is collecting then appears on the computer screen, allowing you to see the ‘’impression’’s the scanner is taking.

The iTero scanner works in with Invisalign treatment and lets you see what your teeth will look like post treatment, even before you’ve started. Before we recommend a course of treatment for you, we will take impressions using the iTero scanner to ensure we are making our recommendation on accurate information.

To find out more about the iTero scanner and other orthodontic technology we use here at River Street Smiles, Book an appointment with our Orthodontist Dr Sasha Mirkovic.