iTero Digital Impressions

Speed, Accuracy & Comfort with Digital Impressions

Figueroa 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!

iTero Figueroa Orthodontics in Naperville and Winnetka, IL

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 iOC 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. No unpleasant putty material traditionally associated with taking impressions.

How iTero Works

The iTero handheld wand takes a digital, 3D image of your prepared teeth, stopping as needed. The wand is non-invasive and you can breathe and swallow as needed during the procedure. 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 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 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:

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.
  • 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.
  • Single Use Imaging Shield – The process is built to ensure maximum cleanliness.