The world of orthodontics has come a long way. Advances in science and technology have allowed dentists and orthodontists to achieve things once thought impossible or science fiction.
But orthodontic medicine still had a long way to go. Dentists used to rely only on the use of putty to get impressions of their patient’s teeth. This method is tricky, time-consuming, and most of all, uncomfortable for the patient. But through digital orthodontics, doctors can get digital impressions of their patient’s teeth in the fraction of the time it takes to mix up that putty.
And while more expensive than the traditional method, the reasons shown here will prove that digital orthodontics isn’t just a fad but the way of the future, according to Orthodenco Orthodontic Lab.
Goodbye to Putty
For years, dentists have relied on putties and molds to get impressions from patients. But these take time and aren’t exactly fool-proof—even in the hands of a trained professional. There’s a tendency for the putty not to set and even when the mold does come out, it’s still very fragile.
A digital scanner is a non-invasive method that provides accurate, digital impressions in half the time. Digital scanners are more accurate than putty molds because they can account for irregularities in your enamel. They even capture these images in color, helping differentiate between gum and tooth structures.
This means that this method won’t leave a bad taste in your patient’s mouth and help them leave the clinic more satisfied.
A digital scanner also saves a digital copy of the impression on a cloud server. This doesn’t only save you from the hassle of stacking model after model inside a drawer but also provide you with the convenience of file sharing.
Apart from being able to get a patient’s impression done fast, digital scanners also enable orthodontist to share a patient’s impression with another doctor. This means that consultations and referrals can happen in an instant.
Orthodontics has come a long way and is now moving towards faster, more accurate methods. Digital scanners give comfort and convenience to not only patients but doctors as well.