3D Printing is Revolutionizing McDonough Orthodontics!

By June 26, 2019Healthy Teeth

We are proud to inform you we have a new 3-D state of the art iTero® Digital Scanner. It has CAD (computer-aided design) software. Simply, architects, artists, doctors and others create precision drawings and/or 3-D models using this technology.

3-D Scanners and Printers for Dentistry & Orthodontics

One of the challenges of traditional methods for doing measurements for dentistry and orthodontics has been accuracy. Because teeth, bones and soft tissue are very complex it can be extremely difficult to replicate them with traditional methods. However, with the 3D scanner we get precision measurements.

The scanner creates a digitized replica of your mouth. Computers control what to make and how to make it. Dental molds, devices, and models are made and inspected from digital data. This means precision products like never before. Gone are the days of messy impression molds that sometimes must be re-done again and again. We can achieve superb custom fits for any oral device, and you don’t have to deal with gooey impressions.

For example, we use our 3D scanner for Invisalign® aligners. We scan your oral cavity and convert the images into digital files. The digital files are then used to create your precision designed aligners that are 3D printed and manufactured.

What are the benefits for you?

  • Fantastic accuracy.
  • You can keep your original 3-D model forever.
  • The 3-D Model can be used to create new retainers whenever needed.
  • Patients can drop off and pick up.
  • Great for missionaries and college students.
  • And best of all, nor more gagging or goop down your throat for impressions!

Additionally, we can use a special software that enables us to move teeth in house! For some patients in need of only minor movements, we are able to avoid Invisalign and braces by using Tooth Movement Retainers. This procedure is especially helpful for missionaries because parents can keep the 3D model and we are able to create new retainers using the model and send them wherever the missionary is serving!

We are very happy to care for you with our new scanner. And we think once you’ve experienced the 3D iTero® Digital Scanner you’ll be smiling too! If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment please contact us. We are here to help you.

Wishing you all the best,

Dr. Dave