At Balle and Associates, we strive to always provide our patients with the finest technology for the best possible treatment. We have a recent addition to our office, the iTero intraoral digital scanner! Chances are you’ve heard of this new piece of dental technology, but what exactly is it all about? Let’s go over all that you need to know about this revolutionary new dental device!
What is the iTero intraoral scanner?
The iTero intraoral digital scanner is just that, an electronic scanner that produces a full 3D scan of both the upper and lower bridges of teeth. It does this by taking thousands of pictures a second and compiling them into an easy-to-see 3D scan for the patient and dentist to view. The scanning process is very quick and simple to complete. A dental assistant will use the iTero scanner to scan your top and bottom sets of teeth, all within just a couple of minutes. Unlike traditional impression techniques, the iTero scanner does not use any messy or uncomfortable polyvinyl siloxane (the typical material used in creating a dental impression).
What can you do with the iTero scanner?
The real question should be, what can’t you do with the iTero scanner? This amazing piece of technology creates a 3D rendering of a patient’s mouth in just a few minutes. Once the scan is complete, it can be used for a variety of dental purposes.
Crown & Implant Creation
- The iTero 3D virtual scan can be sent to labs to create detailed crowns and implants that are tailored perfectly for each patient.
Treatment Visual Aid
- Our iTero scanners at Balle and Associates are amongst the very best in Las Vegas! You’ll be able to watch your scan happen in real-time with our large monitors positioned next to the patient’s chair. We’ll show you the before treatment scans next to the projected after treatment scans so you’ll know exactly what to expect.
Keep your 3D scan forever
- Outdated dental impressions take up a lot of physical space, and can only be stored in a dental office for so long. Unlike traditional impressions, the iTero 3D scan is a digital file and can be stored for years to come for each one of our patients. If your teeth shift or you require more treatment several years down the road, no problem, we’ll know exactly what your teeth used to look like and we’ll get them back to how you want them!
How can the scanner make Invisalign easier?
Another amazing benefit of the iTero scanner is how easily it works with Invisalign treatment options. Our scanners are compatible with the Invisalign Outcome Simulator, showing you your future treatment possibilities in real-time. The 3D virtual scan allows you to receive your clear aligners much faster than any traditional method.
Balle & Associates provides important pre and post-operation instructions along with proper cleaning and oral hygiene information such as flossing, brushing, and diet. Along with being a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Dental Association, Nevada Dental Association, and a delegate for Southern Nevada Dental Society, Dr. Peter S. Balle has advanced training in dental implants and surgically places and restores dental implants. Balle & Associates cosmetic and general dentistry of Las Vegas, Nevada would be glad to answer any of your questions about any of the dental techniques and information on our website. For more information, call us at (702) 919-7719 to schedule your free 15-minute consultation with Dr. Balle.