What is the iTero Scanner for Invisalign?

Posted Jun 1st, 2023

iTero is a helpful tool for planning your treatment with Invisalign, but do you know how it works? Here, our Lethbridge dentists talk about how the iTero scanner is used during your Invisalign treatment planning.

The iTero Impression Scanner takes highly accurate digital images of your mouth to help shed light on the orthodontic issues that you may be experiencing to help better plan for your treatment.

What is the iTero scanner?

The intraoral scanner features a wand, which is used to move around your mouth creating a full 3D image of your oral structures.

The small wand design allows your dentist to scan hard-to-reach places in the back of your mouth.

iTero For Your Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment using clear aligners that you will change on a regular basis to straighten your teeth. This is an alternative option to traditional metal braces.

iTero is compatible with the Invisalign system and helps your dentist plan your orthodontic treatment.

iTero can also easily send the digital data it captures to Invisalign Technologies to create your custom aligners. 

How Does iTero Help With Planning For Invisalign?

Your dentist will use the iTero intraoral scanner to help take images that will assist in planning your orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will begin by using the iTero scanner to take a complete 3D scan of your entire mouth.

This image will be projected onto a screen allowing you and your dentist to view it together and discuss your oral concerns and how they may be corrected.

They will then use iTero technology to show you a complete 3D simulation of what your smile may look like once your Invisalign treatment is complete. 

Once your scans are finished, your dentist sends them electronically to Align Technologies so that they can begin to create aligners just for you.

What are the benefits of iTero?

Your dentist can create an effective Invisalign treatment plan for you using the iTero intraoral scanner. Here are some of the potential benefits of using the iTero scanner to plan orthodontic treatment:

  • Your dentist can adjust your treatment plan in real time.
  • Your data can be stored digitally and easily shared with other professionals and third-party providers, like Invisalign.
  • You can see how your smile looks before and after treatment.
  • Your treatment is more efficient and convenient for you.
  • You can track your treatment progress along the way.
  • You don't have to deal with the goopy mess of traditional impressions.

Would you like to learn more about how the iTero Impression Scanner help during the Invisalign process? Contact our Lethbridge dentists to request an appointment today.

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