Invisalign Itero in London: Making a Good Impression

Woman getting fitted for invisalignModern technology is making it easier and more comfortable to see the dentist. Drills are quieter, braces are lightweight and, in some cases, invisible, and 3D digital imaging means that patients no longer have to endure a mouth full of putty for their dentist to get an accurate impression of their teeth.

In London, Invisalign Itero is used by dentists, such as Graham Tinkler, to create a 3D image of their patient’s teeth. It is a handheld device that is used to scan the patient’s mouth to create digital models of their teeth and gums.

It has three main benefits over the old method of using putty to make a physical model of a patient’s teeth: cleanliness, comfort and accuracy.

It’s a messy business mixing putty and placing it into a patient’s mouth. However careful the clinician is, fragments can still end up on a patient’s clothes or in other areas of their mouth. For some, this can cause nausea or even stimulate the gag reflex. It’s also difficult to get truly accurate impressions with putty, as it can stretch and distort.

Digital scanners, such as the Invisalign Itero in London, address these problems. No putty, so no mess or discomfort, and the 3D technology creates pinpoint accurate measurements. The scanner does it work in 6-8 minutes, in which time patients just need to keep their mouth open as they would for any dental exam. They can breathe and swallow as normal and can take a pause if needed during the scanning process.

The Itero was created to aid in the manufacture of Invisalign clear braces – these are mouth guard-style aligners that fit over the teeth and gums. Invisalign uses pressure points within the aligners to nudge the teeth into position, so getting an accurate impression is vital.

The other benefit is that after the dentist has captured the 3D scan, this is used to create a virtual treatment plan and the patient can see mouth how their smile will look at the end, before putting a brace in there. A great source of information to make an informed choice about whether to go ahead with braces.