Intraoral Scanner/Digital Impressions
Getting orthodontic work done requires impressions of your mouth. These impressions will allow us to have a better understanding of your bite alignment and the appearance of your teeth. In the past, we would need to get an impression by using a sticky material (called alginate) and filling your mouth with it.
The process of getting an impression this way was a tedious and unpleasant one, which is why we here at First Impressions Orthodontics for Children & Adults are delighted to have stepped away from that archaic and disagreeable method of taking an impression of your mouth. Instead, we now take digital impressions of our patients’ mouths using our intraoral scanner.
What is an Intraoral Scanner?
An intraoral scanner is a type of camera that we use to take digital impressions of the inside of your mouth. When we place the camera inside your mouth, it fits comfortably in there to take digital images of it. It is quite small in size, roughly the same size of an ink pen. Using this camera, we can capture high-resolution images that not only can we use to create your digital impression, we are also able to share these images with you to allow you to see for yourself the benefits of your orthodontic treatment.
What are the Benefits of Using an Intraoral Scanner?
One thing we can all agree on is that conventional impressions can be a challenge to obtain. The flavor of the alginate is not a good taste, and filling your mouth with it can inadvertently trigger a gag reflex. It can also be uncomfortable to hold your mouth open for the duration of time required to allow it to cure and set.
Instead, we like to use our intraoral scanner to help facilitate this process. Not only does it take some of the discomforts out of getting an impression, but it is also quite accurate. The resolution of the images that we generate with our intraoral scanner is high-quality and accurate. On the other hand, conventional impressions could have problems with defects, making them unreliable. The digital impressions are also stored in our database, reducing the risk of your impressions becoming lost.
Another great advantage of using an intraoral scanner is that your wait time is significantly reduced. Because we can instantly generate the digital impression, we can start your treatment sooner. We also have a positive image, instead of a negative one, which could occur with a traditional impression. This improves the accuracy of your treatment and saves you time in our exam chair.
What Happens During a Digital Impression?
Getting a digital impression is safe and easy. We start by first drying your mouth to improve the accuracy of the image that we capture with our intraoral scanner. Titanium dioxide will then be placed on your teeth, and then the intraoral scanner will be placed inside your mouth. In just a few short minutes, we will have a highly detailed and crisp image of your teeth and jaw, and we will be able to proceed with your orthodontic treatment.
If you are interested in learning more about how we use our intraoral scanner to create digital impressions of your mouth, or you would like to set up an appointment with us here at First Impressions Orthodontics for Children & Adults, please give us a call today at (203) 292-9595!