Today’s generation is no stranger to 3D printing technology. It now finds its way into all walks of life, from medical treatment to hobbies – each day. One of the most promising ways 3D printing has evolved is in the creation of dental aligners. These are essentially clear plastic trays that are customized for each patient, helping them address their teeth misalignment issues by floating over their teeth surface. But they are better made using the modern substitute of dental impressions – intraoral scanners.
What is Intraoral scanning?
Intraoral scanning is the process of creating a virtual model of the inside of your mouth through a series of digital images. It is a non-invasive and pain-free process that uses an intraoral camera. An intraoral scanner is similar to a small digital camera, and it functions by emitting infrared rays and taking pictures of the inside of your cheeks and mouth. The images are sent to a computer, where they are converted into 3D images.
The intraoral scan is essential for creating a virtual model because only a 3D image can give you an idea of just how your teeth will move during orthodontic treatment. The scan also ensures customized aligners are manufactured to exact specifications.
How does Intraoral scanning play a part in aligner treatment?
When you go for an aligner treatment, the first step is to obtain an intraoral scan, which will be a digital 3-D scan of your mouth and teeth. The orthodontist uses advanced computer software to map out the position of your teeth and show you how it will look when the aligners are inserted. It will analyze your 3D scan and create the aligners. Next, the scans are sent to the lab, where the aligners will be printed. After they are printed, the orthodontist will send the aligners to you. Voila! You can begin to wear your aligners as directed by the orthodontist.
Since these aligners are literally the scans of your own mouth, every teeth aligner is customized and unique to each patient These aligners will gradually move your teeth into the desired position. It is normal to have some discomfort for the first few days, but patients commonly report experiencing less discomfort with these clear aligners than with traditional braces. On average, patients need to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day. The average treatment time ranges from 6-18 months, the total time depending on the severity of the case.
What are the benefits of Intraoral scanning?
Clear Aligners have been used in the west for years, but they’re just starting to catch on in India. Here are some of the benefits of intraoral scanning:
– Accurate digital Impressions
– Fast and Comfortable Treatment
– No physical impressions are needed
– Less time out of your daily routine
– No mess
The aligners treatment has revolutionized orthodontics, and it would be impossible with the advanced technology of intraoral scanning.
Flash Orthodontics, an Indian brand, offers high-quality aligner treatment at the best prices. They use award-winning TRIOS intraoral scanners to give you best-in-class aligners. Book your first scan with your nearest Flash Certified Orthodontist today!
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