Digital Dental Impressions


Digital Dental Impressions

At Owl Orthodontics, we help make choosing an Amherst orthodontist easy! Our practice is widely known in Amherst and the surrounding communities of Williamsville, Clarence, Buffalo, Lancaster-Depew and Grand Island as the place to go for exceptional orthodontic treatment! Our mission is to treat every child, teenager and adult we serve with love and care while at the same time providing them with the highest standard of orthodontic care at a reasonable cost. We offer our patients several types of braces and use the latest available technology to ensure our patients receive the high quality care they deserve.

In the past, when impressions of the teeth were needed in order to make retainers or removable aligners, an orthodontist had no choice but to make molds of the teeth using trays filled with messy and goopy putty-like material. This process was not something most patients looked forward to as it took time to make these messy impressions and the appointments were not the most comfortable to sit through.

At Owl Orthodontics, we make impressions of the teeth digitally using an orthodontic impression system powered by iTero. Using a hand-held digital scanner, we can capture highly accurate 3D digital images of the teeth and bite. This means our patients never have to sit through uncomfortable, messy and goopy impressions that often cause gagging. Using the digital impressions obtained by the iTero scanner, our orthodontists can devise very precise and individualized treatment plans for our Invisalign patients as well as for our patients needing retainers once they’re finished wearing braces or aligners.

How It Works

The iTero hand-held scanner is simply held over the teeth wherein it will quickly and efficiently scan all sides of the teeth to create a high quality 3D image. This image is then digitally saved and sent to a lab for the creation of the aligners or retainers. Unlike messy impressions using putty-like material and trays that takes between 10 and 20 minutes to complete, we can Itero Scanning Teeth.capture digital images using the the iTero scanner in less than 3 minutes.

This scanning technology even comes with a built-in simulator. This allows us to create a simulation of what your teeth will look like once they are straight and in the correct positions. This is a great way for us to evaluate the potential results and for you to see how attractive your smile will look once you’re finished with treatment.

Benefits of Digital Impressions

  • No need for patients to sit through messy impressions that can cause anxiety, discomfort and gagging.
  • It’s fast, easy and accurate for optimal results which is a perfectly aligned, beautiful smile that’s healthy.
  • It gives your Amherst orthodontist the immediate ability to begin planning your treatment.
  • It allows patients to start their treatment more quickly as the images are uploaded immediately.
  • The quality of these digital scans are far superior to conventional impressions for better fitting aligners and retainers, resulting in very predictable, optimal results.
  • No re-takes necessary as there often are with impression trays and putty

Contact Owl Orthodontics

We are very pleased to be able to offer our patients digital impressions that will help enhance their overall orthodontic experience! Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 716-832-1550 if you have any questions about this digital scanning technology or if would like to set up your first visit with us for a complimentary consultation. With five orthodontic offices in Amherst, Clarence, Williamsville, Grand Island and Lancaster-Depew NY, as well as our Buffalo Invisalign Center, we make it very convenient to get the straight and attractive smile you deserve!