In the past, getting dental impressions taken was nobody’s favorite part of a dental or orthodontic appointment. The putty that molds around the teeth didn’t taste great, and it could be hard not to gag when it oozed towards the back of the throat. Thanks to modern technology, We can now use digital optical impressions to get all the information they need without having to rely on putty.
Digital impressions use cutting-edge laser and scanning technology to create a virtual 3D replica of the inside of the patient’s mouth. The entire process only takes minutes, and the digital impressions eliminate some of the errors that come up with traditional impressions. A traditional impression is an imperfect “negative” image of the teeth, whereas a digital impression is an accurate “positive” image of the teeth that enables us to zoom in for more careful evaluation.
Digital impressions aren’t just better for us; they’re also better for you! In addition to letting you say goodbye to the putty, digital impressions are faster, more comfortable, ensure better treatment thanks to greater accuracy, and sometimes even cut down your number of appointments! To learn more about what digital impressions can do for you, give us a call at (815) 363-0103 or email us.