At Austin Dental, we’re always looking for the next big thing that will help you see just how good your dentist can be. We’ve found something really cool. It’s called the iTero 3D scanning system and we think you’re going to love it.

Our world is 3D, so why think in 2D?

Everything we pick up, touch, hold, see, and experience exists in 3 dimensions. It’s how humans think and perceive the world. So why do so many dentists only show 2D images to their patients? 

Our dentists understand how hard it is for most people to see a 2D image and create a 3D picture in their minds. This is what makes the iTero scanning system so amazing. You’ll be able to look at a 3D image of your mouth, teeth, and gums in near real-time. 

You’ll spend more time talking about your health and treatment options than trying to understand what your dentist is showing you.

Seeing really is believing.

What is the iTero scanner?

To put it simply, it’s like a high-tech 3D camera for dentists. Using powerful software, thousands of images are stitched together to create an amazingly lifelike 3D rendering. It takes less than a minute and you won’t feel a thing. Plus, it’s 100% non-invasive.

Why are we so excited about iTero?

Our dentists and team are passionate about educating our patients. When you understand what’s going on with your dental health, you’re more likely to be proactive about your health. The iTero system is just one of the tools we use to help our patients develop a deep understanding of their dental health and plan their future treatments.

When you see what your dentist sees (and more importantly, when you understand it), you’ll feel much more confident about your care.

Let’s talk cavities…

We get it, cavities aren’t fun at all. But big cavities are worse than small cavities. The iTero scanner helps our dentists identify cavities in their earliest stages. This allows us more treatment options, which may include a small filling or a conservative wait-and-see approach. 

You’ll feel more confident that you won’t be surprised by a painful toothache caused by an undiagnosed cavity.

Compared to old-fashioned film radiographs, the 3D scans produced by iTero are crystal clear and high definition. Our dentists can see everything!

Using iTero to fight the gum disease epidemic

Untreated gum disease is the #1 leading cause of preventable tooth loss in adults today. Our office offers a variety of gum disease treatments, including the at-home Perio Protect system. But when it comes to preventing gum disease, the iTero 3D scanner has proven to be a valuable tool.

Early-stage gum disease can be difficult to identify with the naked eye and often has none of the symptoms associated with advanced periodontal disease like bleeding gums, bad breath, or loose teeth. 

Enter iTero’s HD-quality images. Our dentists can show you areas of concern and evaluate your gum health better than ever before. You’ll be able to see how your gum health improves over time with proper at-home care. And if we do see signs of gum disease, we can use minimally invasive treatments.

Planning implant procedures

Missing teeth can lead to a lifetime of health issues if not skillfully repaired. Over time, lost teeth lead to bone loss in the jaw, a process known as resorption. This results in a sunken facial appearance as well as an increased risk of further tooth loss.  

Implants are the best way to fix missing teeth and prevent further bone loss. Implant procedures are very precise and require placing the implant in the perfect position. Using the iTero scanner, our dentists can visualize your mouth and bone structure and plan the implant procedure down to the finest detail. The end result is a more successful implant that will last for years with proper care — and look amazing, too!

Seeing how your smile will improve with Invisalign

Invisalign can seem like it’s too good to be true. Just a few decades ago, the idea of straightening your teeth without metal braces would sound like science fiction. But today, millions of people trust Invisalign to transform their smiles and improve their lives.

Even if you’re excited about what Invisalign can do, you might still want to “try-before-you-buy.”

Enter the iTero scanner. Our dentists can show you how your teeth look today, how your teeth will shift, and even show how your teeth will look after Invisalign.

Come see for yourself!

Ready to see the iTero scanner in action? Call us at (512) 835-1924 to schedule or set up your appointment online by clicking here to get started.