Technology in Our Office
intraoral scanner – itero element®
Most orthodontic patients agree that impressions or molds are the most unpleasant procedure involved in orthodontic therapy and would welcome this amazing alternative.
The iTero® scanner captures the contours of the teeth and gums, producing an accurate digital orthodontic scan in just minutes. An accurate impression is the foundation of diagnostic study models which are required for effective treatment planning and orthodontic care, which results in improved orthodontic treatment.
The iTero® handheld wand takes a digital image of your prepared teeth, stopping as needed. You can look at the 3-D image on the screen in real-time. Now, instead of shipping impressions to the lab to be scanned, the digital image is electronically sent. Companies such as Invisalign® can have the scan the same day!
3-D Printing – FormLabs FORM3B
As a digitally driven office, we are always looking for ways we can make the orthodontic process more streamlined and less invasive. Not only are we now able to save our patients time, we’re able to provide a better, more accurate fit by combining the iTero® scanner with our new 3D printer, all within the comfort of our own office.
The best part of our 3D printer is the ability to create the orthodontic clear retainers we need, precisely when we need them, without the traditional goopy impressions. Your impression data also stays stored securely in our office. This allows us to access that saved impression any time we need to. For example, in the past, if a patient lost a retainer, we would have to take a new impression and fabricate a new retainer. With our new 3D printing process, we have all we need to make a new retainer the same day if possible. What about a tooth that has moved a little bit following treatment? In the very near future, we will be able to adjust that tooth digitally and print a small series of clear retainers to straighten that tooth quickly and comfortably.
Patients ask us almost everyday, “Is there anyway to reduce the amount of time I have to wear braces?” At Roland Orthodontics, the answer is YES there is!
AcceleDent® Optima is a simple-to-use, hands-free device designed for faster orthodontic treatment with only 20 minutes daily use. It is a FDA-cleared, Class II medical device.
Part of the way that orthodontics works is by changing or remodeling the bones surrounding your teeth. As this remodeling process is accelerated, your teeth move more quickly. That’s where AcceleDent® comes in. By using tiny vibrations, or micro pulses, SoftPulse Technology® is designed to speed up bone remodeling, accelerating tooth movement, allowing teeth to move up to 50% faster.
AcceleDent® Optima also helps makes orthodontics more comfortable and can decrease some of the pain or discomfort associated with movement of teeth.