iTero Scanner Vs. Impressions: What’s The Difference?

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Are you in need of dental treatment or braces? One of the initial steps in such procedures is getting impressions made of your teeth. These impressions provide orthodontists with a comprehensive view of the current positioning of your teeth. That allows them to devise the most suitable treatment plan.

But the process of taking traditional impressions is often associated with a feeling of discomfort. Any number of individuals find it unpleasant due to the materials used. They are considered by most to be – for lack of a better term – “yucky”.

Fortunately, many of today’s dental clinics and labs have a solution to this problem – the iTero scanner. To make a more understandable comparison of these new-age digital scanners compared to old school dental impression methods, let’s examine the following scenario: iTero scanner vs. impressions.

A Revolutionary Development in Dentistry


The iTero scanner revolutionizes the impression-taking process by replacing traditional methods with state-of-the-art digital technology. By using the scanner, orthodontists not only obtain a complete picture of the patient’s mouth and teeth, but they also gain a three-dimensional view of how the mouth and jaws align with the entire facial structure. This advanced technology provides a more accurate assessment of your dental condition.

In addition to its accuracy, this scanner also offers several other benefits. A significant advantage is the reduced stress experienced by patients. Traditional impression-taking can be stressful. Any number of errors in the process could require repeating the procedure. But with this new scanner, digital impressions can be captured quickly and accurately. This helps to relieve the anxiety associated with dental visits.

 Saving Time

Another advantage of the digital impressions created by the iTero scanner is the time saved. Compared to traditional methods, the scanner significantly reduces the amount of time needed to complete the impression. In most cases, the entire process only takes about five minutes. This efficiency allows for more streamlined appointments and faster treatment times.

The scanner provides immediate results. Since the impressions are captured digitally, orthodontists can instantly access the image. This leads to faster treatment planning and progress. Real-time feedback enables timely adjustments and greatly assists with optimal outcomes.

Fewer Errors

In addition to the above-stated benefits, the iTero scanner minimizes the possibility of errors. Traditional impressions are susceptible to distortions. Those distortions can negatively impact the fit of restorations or orthodontic appliances. Digital impressions obtained with this new scanner are instantly available for assessment. Trained staff members can review the images on the screen and quickly retake them if necessary. The ability to enlarge the images further enhances the clarity and precision of visual information.

Next Dental Lab Uses the Latest Technology

Next Dental Lab has always been dedicated to embracing digital innovation right from the start. While it’s not mandatory, we strongly encourage your dental practice to transition from conventional methods to digital ones for various compelling reasons. Such a transition will undoubtedly result in enhanced effectiveness, efficiency, and sustained prosperity for your dental practice.

If you’d like to collaborate with us and submit digital scans to our lab, please get in touch with one of our representatives.

If you’re a patient looking for dental services, rest assured, we use the latest technology to make the process easier, more accurate, and as painless as possible.

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