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With the popularity of Invisalign braces since the early 2000s, over 5 million people, including more than 1 million teens, have used these advanced, clear aligners to transform their smiles.
Unlike the traditional metal braces of the past, Invisalign clear aligners are removable, and plenty of patients have reported that wearing them fits in seamlessly with their day-to-day lifestyles. In order to create these customized braces, orthodontists like Dr. Alborzi will take impressions of your teeth with amazing technological help from the iTero intraoral digital scanning system.
The iTero scanner replaces the old method of using messy and uncomfortable impression materials to capture the shape and alignment of your teeth. With the traditional molds, there was always the possibility of error, meaning that your orthodontist would have to do multiple impressions to build your clear braces.
But the iTero scanner allows Dr. Alborzi to use computer technology to create them from a digital impression. With this software, Dr. Alborzi can show you a preview of your treatment results from start to finish. This means that Dr. Alborzi can show you a 3D model of your proposed outcome before you even try on your first aligner.
iTero scanners have been used for more than 1.3 million orthodontic scans, including more than 600,000 Invisalign scans. The benefits of using the iTero technology when building the aligners are just as plentiful as using the Invisalign itself.
Both the convenience of this technology for orthodontists and the results experienced by patients are demonstrated through the sheer number of people who opt to use it.
Patients have taken notice of the advanced digital imaging for much greater accuracy than impressions, easy treatment planning and a preview of their results through the 3D imaging, a lower cost than traditional impressions, and fewer and shorter appointments.
iTero intraoral scanners are designed to deliver speed, reliability, intuitive operations, and outstanding visualization capabilities for general practitioners or orthodontists. iTero scans have been used in more than 5.5 million restorative crowns, bridges, and custom implant abutment cases and more than 24.0 million iTero orthodontic scans, for a total of 29.5 million scans.
Dr. Alborzi, DDS is a leader in clear aligner orthodontics, creators of the widely popular Invisalign system. As a direct result, the iTero scanners have been seen for a long time as the “Invisalign scanners”. This is also due to the fact the company heavily marketed the scanner and the Invisalign system side by side.
With their latest scanner release, there seems to be a push for the Element 5D to be seen as a full range scanner for diagnostics, CAD/CAM and aligners much like the competition, rather than just an Invisalign tool.
With all these benefits, there really isn’t a reason not to check out this amazing technology. If you have more questions about our iTero scanner or about Invisalign braces, don’t hesitate to give our office a call.
Dr. Alexa Alborzi is a certified orthodontic specialist providing comprehensive orthodontic care for the children, teens, and adults of San Mateo and Half Moon Bay. Dr. Alborzi earned her BA. degree in Biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley was trained at University of California San Francisco, School of Dentistry. Dr. Alborzi has served as a respected professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Dentistry for over fourteen years. Additionally, Dr. Alborzi was voted by her community in 2019 as the Bay Area Best of the Best.