iTero Intraoral Scanner
Make a Great Impression with the iTero Element Digital Intraoral Scanner
The iTero Element Digital Intraoral Scanner is a state-of-the-art digital impression system that eliminates the need for messy putty in your mouth. With our iTero Element Scanner, we can digitally capture a detailed 3D model of your teeth and gums. Not only is this process far more comfortable than the old putty based impressions, but it’s faster and may offer a superior clinical endpoint, especially when used in conjunction with the Invisalign and Invisalign Teen clear aligner system.
iTero Element FAQs
Learn more about the many benefits of the iTero Element system, and reach out with any further questions.
How does the iTero Element Digital Intraoral Scanner work?
The scanning unit emits red laser light (680 nm – Class 1) and white LED light in order to record topographical images of the teeth and oral tissue.
Is the scanner dangerous?
No. Normal usage of the intraoral scanner does not present any danger to the human eye and no ionizing radiation (x-ray) is emitted.
What do you use it for?
The iTero Element is an optical impression system (CAD/CAM) used to record topographical images of teeth and oral tissue. Data generated from iTero may be used in conjunction with the production of dental devices (e.g. aligners, braces, appliances, etc.) and accessories.
iTero Element software is used with the iTero Element scanner in capturing 3D digital impressions of teeth, oral soft tissue and structures, and bite relationship. The software controls the processing of the data, facilitating the integration of data, and exporting of the data for the CAD/CAM fabrication of orthodontic devices and other dental accessories. In addition to scan data, various patient and case information can be imported/exported or used for simulation purposes. Other functions are available for verification and service of the system and to serve as an order management tool.
What are the benefits of the iTero Element system?
There are a number of benefits of using the iTero Element system, the first being patient comfort. With the iTero, there is no gooey mess associated with impression materials, and no unpleasant taste or smell. Patients can breathe and swallow like normal.
The second benefit is speed. The doctor and patient can view 3D scans onscreen immediately. Plus, a faster delivery time for Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® aligners, as well as other orthodontic appliances.
A third benefit is accuracy. The iTero scanner allows for a precise fit of all orthodontic appliances, including Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® clear aligners and retainers. It also eliminates the need to retake impressions.
How does the scanning process work?
Dr. Kwon or one of our highly trained registered dental assistants uses the wand of the iTero Element Scanner to capture images of your tooth surfaces and gum tissue. This process utilizes only visible light and there is no exposure to ionizing radiation (x-rays).
You can follow the scanning progress on the screen, since your orthodontic model is digitally built in real-time. This eliminates the need to re-take impressions.
The completed scan is available as a 3D model that Dr. Kwon can use to begin planning your treatment and to create supplemental orthodontic appliances or Invisalign and Invisalign Teen aligners.