What Are iTero Intraoral Scanners?
Intraoral scanners scan the inside of a patient’s mouth and create three-dimensional images by capturing multiple pictures as it is moved along the mouth. The user-friendly device is simple to handle and can be operated by a single person. They feature a portable wand used to be moved around the mouth by the dentist. The wand continuously scans as it is moved and is what is used to capture thousands of frames per second to create the 3D visualization of the mouth. The data is processed and automatically saved every few seconds to the system’s files on the computer.
Scanners are paired with computers whole screens will display the dental images as they’re scanned and captured in real-time. The screens have saved a lot of time for dental professionals and patients because the scans can be immediately sent over to the lab, and the lab can in turn send immediate feedback. In the past, dentists and patients would have to wait about three weeks to know if the scans were adequate or not.
The scanners are able to help dental professionals create accurate physical models for restorations and diagnose orthodontic problems and develop the most effective treatment plans. Work that can be restored includes crowns, implants, veneers, aligners, and more. The scans produced are much more detailed than traditional two-dimensional images as you can rotate the image 360 degrees.
How Are iTero Intraoral Scanners Different?
With the launch of their first scanner in 2007, dental practitioners could work more effectively and efficiently with the enhancement of the digital workflow. However, with the release of their latest scanner, the Element, it can capture up to 6,000 frames per second making it the fastest intraoral scanner on the market. Not only are iTero scanners famous for their speed, but they are also renowned for their accuracy.
iTero intraoral scanners are open systems, working hand in hand seamlessly with the company’s digital ecosystem software. The scanner allows for the seamless digitalization of the scan and the interoperability of other digital workflows synch as chairside implant planning. Unlike many early scanners, the open platform provides dental professionals with more flexibility when it comes to using their digital scan files; they can be easily shared with other professionals and third-party providers at the click of a button. Restorative scans can be easily sent in STL format to the lab within minutes. Scans can also be exported directly to the computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software. The open system and implant connectivity workflow allow for better and faster communication between dental professionals and enables you to work more efficiently with your lab all without leaving the office.
Moreover, the iTero wands are much smaller than those of early scanners. The size allows dentists to more easily scan hard-to-reach areas like molars in the back of the mouth. Dentists are no longer limited by how wide patients can open their mouths in order to get an adequate scan. The small wands also help when it comes to patient gagging as they aren’t as invasive as previous models.
Lastly, the iTero intraoral scanners do not require titanium dioxide powder to be put on the patient's teeth. With older intraoral scanners, it was necessary to powder the dentition to increase the scan accuracy.
Element Intraoral Scanner
Restorative dental treatments are being expanded with the iTero Element Intraoral Scanner digital workflow. The Element scanner is 20 times faster than its predecessor with the capability to capture up to 6,000 every second. The featured wand is smaller and lighter than others on the market, offering ultimate mobility. With built-in controls, dental practitioners can perform more intuitive operations and even scan full arches in the smallest offices.
In regard to costs, the iTero Element Flex Foundation is as low as $8500. Their motto is “Your path to digital transformation is now more affordable with the trusted iTero Element scanner.” For the first year, the warranty is included and there are no recurring costs.
Restorative Foundation Software
The open platform of the iTero scanner works seamlessly with the company’s digital ecosystem software. The iTero Restorative Foundation software has enhanced the digital workflow and the solutions provided by the laboratories and the practitioners. Their software package includes powerful tools such as the iTero TimeLapse technology and Occlusogram to help streamline your diagnosis and treatment planning capabilities. The TimeLapse technology displays gradual changes in tooth movement, tooth wear, and gingiva over time. With this technology, dental professionals can compare historical scans to current ones. Additionally, the Occlusogram displays clear and color-coded images that highlight the contact relationship between the arches. Dental professionals can take advantage of the digital landscape with complete lab connectivity, advancing communication, visuals, and restorative solutions.
iTero provides a doctor portal called MyiTero that provides access to cases and records anywhere at any time. The process from scanning to beginning the treatment with the patient takes only five steps:
Benefits of using iTero
The goal of iTero is to provide state-of-the-art intraoral scanners to “Streamline your restorative workflow today.” With dedicated support and integration, the iTero support team provides 100% repair or replacement of defective parts at no additional cost, fast shipping, direct access to a team of training and support experts, and updates on the latest software releases.
Dental professionals can benefit from fast, unlimited scans and cloud-based storage, reliable accuracy with vibrant color scanning and stunning, precise visualization, and enhanced lab connectivity. Their products provide sleek, smart, and powerful scanning, while their software displays a single scan at a glance. The scanning protocols are easy to learn and use, and significantly advance restorative and orthodontic workflows. “It’s all about quicker clinical evaluations for you. And more impressive chairside consultations for your patients.”
How Can The Dental Lab Help?
The Dental Lab is a proud partner of iTero and its scanning solutions. We often encourage our partnering clinicians to try their products as they are beneficial to all parties involved including the clinician themselves, the patients, and us at the lab. Our top priority is to help patients achieve the most effective treatment plan and iTero’s intraoral scanners will provide us with the most accurate visuals to determine what is best. If you’d like more information, please feel free to contact us or iTero directly.
You can also view our latest YouTube video for a sneak peek of our latest demo session of the iTero Element Flex Foundation Intraoral Scanner.
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