Kids and adults alike remember the dreaded impressions or “molds” that were required prior to starting orthodontic treatment. First a tray was fit to your mouth and then a heaping mound of pink mushy material was pressed onto your teeth and held there for what seemed like an agonizing eternity. For some it was no big deal but for many, especially those with a strong gag reflex, the molding would bring on the unpleasant urge to be sick!
Great news for the impression weary—getting a 3-D replica of your mouth has become a lot easier! Intra-oral digital scanning is the latest technology that can help orthodontists make a 3-D reproduction of a patient’s mouth.
Gloucester County native and local orthodontist, Dr. Susan Lempert, explains: “We have embraced digital dentistry in our practice. Our intra-oral scanner uses a small wand that is waved over the teeth. Using 3-D video technology it generates an exact replica of the patient’s oral anatomy. This 3-D replica can be used diagnostically or to fabricate a variety of orthodontic appliances including Invisalign. Our patients love it and we couldn’t be happier with how easy and accurate it is to use!”
A magic wand that gets rid of orthodontic impressions—it is a dream for patients and orthodontists alike and a reality that Dr. Lempert is excited to share with her patients.
Dr. Lempert provides complimentary orthodontic screenings in her Swedesboro office. You can visit her website at www.lempertsmile.com to learn more about her practice.