The 3D iTero Scanner is one of a new breed of technology that is revolutionising dentistry.
These types of advanced intra-oral scanners work by capturing thousands of pictures of the inside of your mouth, and then assembling them into an incredibly accurate 3D model of your mouth, teeth and gums.
This allows your dentist or orthodontist to fully assess and inspect every aspect of your condition, and accurately plan out the stages of your treatment.
Although early intraoral cameras and scanners left a lot to be desired, the latest generation of scanners are far superior.
The dentist will use a specially-adapted, hygienic scanner called a ‘wand’ to take thousands of pictures.
The scanner uses medical-grade low-radiation lasers to take up to 20 pictures a second of your teeth. The dentist gradually moves and rotates it to be sure to get a complete scan of your whole mouth.
As they do this, gradually a 3D model of the inside of your mouth will emerge on the iTero screen. Usually this whole process takes less than 10 minutes.
Your dentist can then use this 3D model to assess your needs, determine what treatment options are available to you, and which will likely give you the most desirable outcome.