Tools of the trade: iTero intra-oral scanner

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itero-squareby Dr John Mamutil, Orthodontist, Castle Hill, NSW

The first patients on which I used the iTero intra-oral scanner were a pair of teenage twins who needed to be fitted with Invisalign. When I was placing their aligners, I immediately noticed an improvement in how well they fitted to the teeth. The accuracy of the scans is amazing—it’s fantastic technology.

What’s good about it

The iTero scanner is a huge time saver when treating people with Invisalign. In the past, an impression had to be made of the teeth and the model sent overseas to Invisalign. The model would be run through the ClinCheck program and a number of aligners would be manufactured from the results. These aligners would then be posted back to my practice for fitting on the patient. The whole process could take as much as four weeks.

Now I take a scan with the iTero and the results are digitally transferred straight into the ClinCheck program. I have had ClinChecks appearing on my system within three hours of the scan.

The scanning of the patient can be delegated to my hygienist as the iTero produces a result that has no room for error. It’s almost impossible to send a bad scan.

When a new patient comes to see us, we can do a scan straight away, whereas if I was taking an impression, another appointment would have to be booked. We also deal with some children who have autism and cannot tolerate an impression in their mouth. This scanner has taken away a lot of their fear of visiting the orthodontist.

What’s not so good

The cost can be a prohibitive factor but the saving in time more than makes up for it. The learning curve is also quite steep. When we first started, it took 30 to 40 minutes to do a scan. Over time, you do get faster and now we are down to about 12 minutes per scan.

Where did you get it

Core3dcentres.

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