One of the most important pieces of technology we use at Otto Orthodontics is the iTero scanner. This state-of-the-art digital scanner allows us to create highly accurate 3D images of our patients’ teeth, eliminating the need for messy and uncomfortable traditional impressions. With the iTero scanner, we can quickly and easily capture detailed images that help us plan and execute the most effective treatment for each individual patient.
The iTero Scanner revolutionizes the way we view oral structures. It uses a radiation-free laser to capture images, which means it’s entirely safe for our patients. The scanner takes several hundred photos per second, compiling a comprehensive 3D view of your dentition. With this precise imagery, we can forecast your treatment outcome, allowing you to see your future smile before we even start the treatment. Furthermore, the iTero scanner gives us the capability to monitor changes in your oral health over time with incredible accuracy. This means we can detect and address any issues long before they become significant problems. Essentially, the iTero scanner provides us with a roadmap to your oral health, guiding us toward the best possible results.
In addition to the iTero scanner, we also use digital X-rays in our practice. These advanced X-rays provide us with detailed images of a patient’s teeth and jaw structure, allowing us to accurately diagnose any orthodontic issues and create a customized treatment plan. Digital X-rays are not only more efficient and less time-consuming than traditional X-rays, but they also emit significantly less radiation, making them a safer option for our patients.
Digital X-rays serve as a crucial diagnostic tool at Otto Orthodontics. They are used at the initial consultation to give us a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s oral structure, including the positioning of the teeth, the quality of the bone, and the condition of the jaw joints, all of which are essential components in formulating a personalized treatment plan. This advanced technology also allows us to assess the progress of treatment and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the best possible outcome for our patients.
Precision Bracket Placement
Precision Bracket Placement is a cornerstone of our practice at Otto Orthodontics. It is a technique that leverages advanced computer software to plan the exact position of each bracket on a patient’s teeth. This process takes into account several factors such as the shape and size of the tooth, the alignment of the bite, and the desired treatment outcome. But why is such precision important? Precise bracket placement is crucial because it determines the direction in which the teeth will move. With accurate placement, each tooth moves in the most efficient and effective manner towards its ideal position. This not only results in a beautiful, straight smile but also ensures proper function and health of the teeth and jaw.
The procedure begins with a 3D scan of the patient’s teeth using our iTero scanner. This creates a digital model, providing us with a clear and comprehensive view of the patient’s dentition. The software then allows us to virtually place each bracket in its optimal position on the digital model, taking into account the unique anatomy and orthodontic needs of the patient. Once we are satisfied with the virtual setup, a customized placement guide is created. This guide is used during the bracket placement appointment to transfer each bracket’s position from the digital model to the patient’s teeth with incredible precision.
Ultimately, precision bracket placement streamlines the treatment process, provides predictability, and enhances the outcome. By minimizing guesswork, it reduces the need for additional adjustments or corrections during treatment, saving time for both the patient and the orthodontist. In the end, precision bracket placement is not just about achieving aesthetically pleasing results; it’s about ensuring the health, functionality, and longevity of your smile.
In-House Lab (Retainers)
An integral part of our practice, the in-house lab refines the often-challenging journey of orthodontic care to a seamless experience. Having an In-House Lab offers two key benefits: customization and convenience. Custom-made retainers ensure the perfect fit for each individual, optimizing comfort and effectiveness. These retainers are meticulously crafted taking into account the unique shaping of each tooth, bite alignment, and the treatment outcome. This level of personalization not only guarantees that your new smile stays intact but also contributes to maintaining the overall health of your teeth and jaws.
The convenience offered by our in-house lab is unparalleled. We understand that retainers can get lost or damaged, and a swift replacement is crucial to prevent teeth from moving back to their previous position. With our in-house lab, we are well-equipped to handle these unexpected circumstances. We can quickly create and replace retainers without the prolonged wait times associated with outsourcing. This immediate action safeguards your progress and keeps your treatment timeline on track, ensuring that your beautiful smile remains intact.
Moreover, having an in-house lab means we can control the quality of our products. The materials used in manufacturing your retainers are of the highest quality, ensuring durability and long-term use. Also, each retainer goes through a rigorous quality check before it reaches you. Hence, our in-house lab is not just an amenity; it is our commitment to delivering the best orthodontic care experience possible. With Otto Orthodontics, you’re not just getting a beautiful smile; you’re gaining a partner dedicated to maintaining that smile for life.