iTero™ Digital Impressions – Speed, Accuracy & Comfort

Anchored Orthodontics is proud to offer iTero Digital Impressions to our patients. Unpleasant putty impressions are a thing of the past with the iTero Digital system!

For patients who are candidates for Invisalign aligners, an accurate impression is essential for effective treatment planning and care. The accuracy and detail of the iTero scan vs a putty impression is comparable to a modern day smartphone camera versus a grainy version from a decade ago.

The iTero Scanner captures the contours of tooth and gingival structures, producing an accurate digital orthodontic scan in minutes. This is a non-invasive procedure is ideal for patients undergoing treatment with Invisalign and clear aligners. We also use our iTero scanner to fabricate appliances such as expanders and retainers.  Dr. McMahon promises you will never have a goopey impression taken at Anchored Orthodontics!

How iTero Works

The iTero handheld wand takes a digital, 3D image of your  teeth. The wand is non-invasive and you can breathe and swallow as needed during the procedure, so it is great for people with a high gag reflex. If you need to move or adjust, you can do so – the accuracy of the handheld wand is first-rate. Needing to “re-do” impressions is rare. Plus, you can look at the iTero 3D image of your teeth on the screen in real-time as the orthodontist moves the wand!

Instead of shipping impressions to the lab to be scanned, the digital image of your teeth is sent electronically to the lab and is available in the Invisalign Clincheck system the very next day. This 3D model of your mouth can be used with all Invisalign and LightForce services – including the Invisalign Outcome Simulator, which shows what your new smile might look like after treatment is completed.

View the video below to learn more about the iTero scanning process:

iTero digital impressions Anchored Orthodontics in Minnetonka, MN

Benefits of Teeth Scanning

*Eliminates Putty Impressions – Putty impressions used to be the most invasive procedure in daily orthodontic care. The iTero system eliminates the goop and unpleasant aftertaste of traditional impressions and is used for Invisalign, LightForce and other appliances. 
*Superior Accuracy  – Impressions are many times more accurate with no distortion from patient movement during setting, removal, or disinfection.
*Onscreen Visualization – Real-time digital viewing capabilities allow for immediate adjustment to create the ideal orthodontic scan the first time. This also allows the patient to visualize their teeth on the screen, which is so fun to see!
*Single Use Imaging Shield – A new wand tip is used for each patient to ensure maximum cleanliness.