Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn. Aligners are clear and look similar to tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made to fit better while moving teeth. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as "contact lenses for teeth."
Advanced Technology for Better Treatment
For years, orthodontists and dentists have used removable appliances for limited treatment. Today, with the application of computer technology and custom manufacturing, Invisalign® treats a broader range of cases with greater precision.
Invisalign® uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan, from the initial position to the final desired position, from which a series of custom-made clear "aligners" are produced. Each "aligner" moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then is replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.
Clear, Removable, and Comfortable
With Invisalign®, you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment, because you can remove the trays. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene. Because there are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation, you spend less time in the doctor's chair getting adjustments.
Invisalign® allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanner
The iTero Intraoral Scanner and it's continuous scanning design lets us scan in motion, eliminating the need to click each time we want to capture a scan. Our software automatically detects and repositions scanning start and stop points when we move to a new scanning position within the scanned segment.
Additionally, the color sensor is integrated in the iTero Element scanner, and the patented dual-aperture lens system is designed to simultaneously capture 2D images in color with highly accurate 3D laser scanning. Color scanning can make it easier for us to distinguish between gingival and tooth structures for a more precise clinical evaluation.
We use the iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanner for Invisalign, braces, crowns, and bridges. To learn more about the iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanner, click HERE.