The dentists and team members at Stec Cosmetic and Family Dentistry are working to put patient comfort and convenience very high on their list of priorities. Doing so makes your dental experience far easier and comfortable than the typical practice. Of course, one of the most important steps in fulfilling this vision is investing in technology we know will make certain treatments easier, including the iTero digital impression scanner!
At our practice, we mainly utilize this technology in two different ways. The first is to capture more accurate images of teeth to produce crowns and nightguards, while the second is to provide patients with an Invisalign Orthodontic Simulation. In this month’s newsletter, we’ll explain in more detail why iTero is the best method for these procedures.
It’s our practice’s belief that the iTero digital impression scanner will allow our dentists to capture more accurate images not only for Grand Island residents, but for practices across the country. We believe that the use of digital impression scanners will become the next standard in dentistry within the next 10 years. Staying on the cutting edge of dental technology is just one of the many promises you can expect when visiting Stec Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.
With this technology, patients don’t need to bite into impression material to receive dental crowns anymore. Instead, a handheld device is used to scan the mouth, creating a 3D image viewable from all angles. This makes the process of examining and designing a final product easier and more accurate.
When producing dental crowns, it’s incredibly important that the patient’s bite is forming properly. Poor bites caused by flawed dental restorations is a common issue for dentists across the country, but digital impression scanners help mitigate this problem. The same is true when designing nightguards.
Those who suffer from chronic nighttime teeth-grinding are more likely to suffer from enamel erosion, increased teeth sensitivity, jaw pain and headaches, and problems associated with their temporomandibular joint. By wearing a well-designed nightguard that protects teeth from grinding and clenching, while still offering a comfortable and stable bite, you save money on restorative treatments later. iTero allows your dentists to design the best-fitting nightguard possible.
While crowns and nightguards are among the more common uses of the iTero scanner, it’s also useful for patients pursuing orthodontic treatments like Invisalign. If you’re unsure whether Invisalign could work for you, we can easily use iTero’s software to create an Orthodontic Simulation of your treatment.
In just five minutes, you can examine what your teeth will look like once you’ve straightened them with clear aligners. Ideally, this will help you gain better expectations for your treatment and give you incentive to improve your smile’s appearance and bite. Furthermore, this simulation is performed entirely chairside and doesn’t require scheduling an additional appointment to complete.
Making your overall dental care experience is about more than just hiring the best team members and learning the most up-to-date techniques in dentistry. A huge part of delivering that vision is investing in technology we know will make that vision happen. Whether you’re coming in for your routine visit or meeting us for the first time, you can expect care that is cutting edge and a step ahead of traditional dentistry. We hope you schedule your next appointment with us in the future!