You Never Have to do an Impression Again

A patient at an orthodontist offices has a clay mold (impression) put around their teeth. The orthodontist uses that to fit a retainer or an Invisalign aligner to that particular patient’s teeth. In turn, the patient has to be careful about how they breathe and swallow. They need to rinse their mouth after to eliminate the aftertaste.

Anyone who’s had this procedure done knows about the disgusting aftertaste of the mold once it is taken out. But, what if there was a better way to complete this process?

Thanks to technology, there is a better way. At Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics, we use a 3D-scanner and 3D-printer for teeth that need orthodontic treatment, eliminating the need for an impression.

marin orthodontics 3d printer models

form-2-printer-three-quarters-marin-orthodonticsHow is it Done?

Here is the process:

  • We use a laser scanner to take a 3D digital scan of your teeth and your bite.
  • We run the scans through a 3D printer and generate a 3D mold of your teeth.
  • We use the 3D image to make a custom retainer or Invisalign aligner.

“Thanks to our light scanner and 3D printer, our patients never have to take a mold/impression and our Invisalign patients enjoy a more accurate fit of their aligners.”

What are the benefits?

This new part of our orthodontic treatment plan has many advantages:

  • You will not have to deal with a goopy and disgusting mess in your mouth.
  • You can breathe and swallow normally during the procedure.
  • The process will not expose you to radiation.
  • You will not have to do retakes.
  • Your Invisalign or retainer can be made and delivered faster.
  • The 3D scans of your teeth are available instantly.

With this new process, you will never have to have an impression of your teeth again. The process is faster, more comfortable, safe, and accurate. Moreover, the scans we take of your teeth will be precise, ensuring a great fit for your Invisalign aligner or retainer.

Study Models

We no longer need to take impressions or molds as part of the initial records, since the 3D X-rays generate a model that provides even more information than traditional stone or digital models. These interactive CBCT digital models also include root structure and bone levels in 3D. Having straight teeth is nice, but it is important to also have healthy bone levels and well-positioned roots within a balanced facial structure.

Since 2010, we also offer 3D laser light scans (no X-ray exposure) as a more accurate technique than impression molds for recording tooth position when a physical model needs to be generated for making an appliance such as Invisalign, Expanders or Retainers. We have a scanner in our office for your convenience.