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The Benefits of iTero Scanning Technology

Posted by Afshin Vahadi Mar 01, 2022

The iTero Element scanner is a handheld intraoral scanner that digitally captures images of your gums and teeth using the latest optical technology 一 all without any messy physical impressions. 

In this article, Dr. Afshin Vahadi and Dr. Vafa Mirshams highlight the top benefits of iTero scanning technology.

5 benefits of iTero scanning technology

Dental technology is constantly evolving and improving, and there’s no denying that the iTero scanning technology is one of the biggest game-changers for dentistry. Scanning technology provides many benefits to patients and dentists alike. 

1. Motion scanning increases the accuracy of your images

The iTero scanner features automated motion scanning, which means Dr. Vahadi and Dr. Mirshams can stop in between scans without needing to redo the entire scan. The scanner automatically repositions and detects scanning points. Because the images immediately appear on the computer screen, any areas that do need to be redone can be addressed immediately. This makes your time in the chair more efficient. 

2. Color scanning leads to better diagnoses 

Not only does the iTero scanner provide highly accurate 3D images, but it also delivers color images. Color scanning is integrated into visual designs, so you can better visualize the intended outcomes of any procedures. Color scanning also makes your tooth structures easier to see, which leads to improved diagnoses. 

3. No more goopy impressions

Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of iTero scanning technology is that it replaces the need for goopy physical impressions. There are many reasons that physical impressions aren’t the No. 1 choice for patients or dentists:

  • They are uncomfortable, especially for those with a strong gag reflex
  • The labs could reject the molds if they aren’t perfect, which adds significant time delays to your treatment plan
  • Molds could be potentially damaged in the mail

In other words, eliminating the need for physical impressions is a more comfortable and time-saving option.

4. Complements your restoration treatment plans

Data generated from iTero scanner may be used in many different restoration treatment plans. These include bridges, crowns, veneers, onlays, and other dental appliances. 

5. Complements your orthodontic plans

Here at Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, Texas, we also incorporate iTero scans into your Invisalign® treatment planning. 

Incorporating iTero scans into your Invisalign treatment plans leads to better-fitting aligners. In fact, iTero leads to seven times fewer fit issues than Invisalign treatments that don’t incorporate iTero 3D scans. Other reasons to include iTero technology into your Invisalign treatment include:

  • Improved simulation of what your smile could look like if you adhere to treatment guidelines
  • Ability to monitor your progress throughout your treatment
  • Confidence in your treatment plan 

Questions about the iTero scanner? Whether you’re interested in 3D digital scans as part of your restoration or your orthodontic treatment, we’re here to answer your questions. To set up a restoration or Invisalign consultation, use our online scheduling tool or call us today.

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