We’ve made an investment in a really cool new scanning technology tool that not only allows you to see a full digital model of your current smile – it gives you a simulation of what your smile would look like after different treatments.
Maybe your teeth aren’t as straight as they were in high school. Maybe you’d like to see what your smile would look like if a gap was closed. Maybe you don’t believe you’re grinding your teeth at night.
This is an educational tool and visual aid that allows you to see what’s happening for yourself.
Let me give give you a basic preview of a few of the applications of this machine (with more to come in the near future).
1. Simulated outcomes
As I mentioned, the iTero shows not only your current smile, but it creates a simulated model of what your teeth will look like after a specific treatment.
So in the case of Invisalign teeth straightening, you’ll be able to see a simulated model of the “after”.
Both the current 3D model and the simulation are available in just a few minutes.
What’s really cool is that,you can have the before and after 3D models emailed to you, so you look at them in 3D – at home, on your computer, tablet or phone.
2. Seeing is believing
Normally, it’s hard for anyone to see and understand their own smile in it’s entirety – so it’s often hard for people to understand or believe their bite is shifting, or that they are grinding their teeth while they sleep.
For the patient here, you can see small chips that have occurred over time, mostly due to the jaw’s natural movement during sleep. Think of it like the erosion of cliffs by ocean waves: Over time, your teeth wear away where your teeth hit due to your bite.
With the 3D model, you can understand and see the problem for yourself. If we were to scan this patient in a year from now, he could compare the changes in his smile, with this scan – hence seeing the differences in his smile due to his bite.
The 3D model is emailed to the patient. You can review your model on any device: computer, tablet, or mobile phone.
You can rotate or zoom the model, or remove/add the top/bottom teeth at home for a better view.
3. Tracking progress or movement over time
Because the scan itself is done in a matter of minutes, you can keep a 3D model of progress over time.
No matter your treatment, you can see the progress of that treatment over months or years by comparing your current scan to older scans.
You’ve got to go to the dentist. When you go to a modern dentist that makes an investment in the latest technology, it takes away a lot of the uncertainties and provides you with a better, overall product, less time in the chair, and less money spent on dentistry over time.