iTero® Digital Impression System
No more goop, gagging, or discomfort. Using an iTero scanner, we can take a highly accurate digital impression of your teeth and jaw. The new technology eliminates the tray and putty impressions. The iTero scanner ensures a more accurate impression from the start, resulting in improved treatment and a more comfortable patient experience. Digital impressions also give you the ability to see your teeth instantly in 3D, improving communication during the consultation and treatment process.
How Does It Work?
The iTero scanner digitally captures the structure of the teeth and gums using the latest optical technology. Once we begin the scanning process, it can be stopped and started as many times as necessary. Your mouth is scanned with a radiation-free laser, and in as little as two to three minutes, the laser renders a digitally perfect, 3D impression of your teeth and soft tissue structures.
A Fast, Gentle Way To Accelerate Your Orthodontic Treatment.
We are excited to offer accelerated orthodontic treatment with Propel Orthodontics! If you’re interested in improving the aesthetics of your smile but are put off by the thought of having to spend months or even years in braces, Propel could be right for you.
So, How Does Propel Work?
Propel works with your own biology by stimulating the bone surrounding your teeth. It helps your teeth move faster and more predictably into their ideal position. Propel can be completed right here in our office and does not require any invasive surgical procedures.
In addition, Propel treatment involves very little discomfort. There is zero recovery time and you will be able to return immediately to your normal daily routine.
Propel can be used for approximately 80% of patients receiving orthodontic treatment and can be used in conjunction with any treatment type, including TADs, clear aligners, clear braces, and conventional metal braces.
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
Temporary Anchorage Devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear.
How Are TADs Placed?
A strong anesthetic is used to numb the gum tissue and the jaw surrounding the area where the TAD will be placed. Once the area is numb, your doctor will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. The placing of a TAD is quick and may be over before you know it. While your doctor is placing the TAD, you may feel slight pressure, but within a day, you will no longer be able to feel the TAD. Your TAD is removed once your treatment is complete, or when it is no longer needed to help straighten your teeth. Removal of a TAD is a comfortable procedure that takes just a few minutes.
What Can I Do To Relieve The Discomfort Caused By My TAD?
If you do feel any discomfort from having your TADs placed, Tylenol is recommended to help relieve your pain. If you continue to experience discomfort days after your treatment, please contact your dentist as soon as possible.
How Can I Keep My TAD Clean?
A TAD can be cleaned the same way you clean your braces: by brushing your teeth at least three times a day. When your TAD is placed, we will also provide you with an antimicrobial mouthwash that you will need to use twice a day.
If you have questions about TADs, please contact our practice. We will be able to answer any of your questions and provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment.