The Advantages of Digital Impressions in Orthodontics

In the field of orthodontics, technological advances have brought about significant changes in the way impressions of patients’ teeth are taken. Specifically, the introduction of digital impressions has been a game-changer, providing accuracy and comfort compared to traditional putty impressions. If you’re curious about how these innovations have transformed orthodontic treatment, Dr. Joseph Porter at Porter Orthodontics is an excellent resource. 


What is the Difference Between Traditional and Digital Impressions?

The most obvious difference between traditional and digital impressions is that traditional impressions involve putting a chemical-tasting goop into the patient’s mouth and holding it there for minutes on end, often resulting in discomfort and even gagging. In contrast, digital impressions are completely computerized, making the process faster, more efficient, and much more comfortable.


What are the Benefits of Digital Impressions?

Digital impressions are many times more accurate than traditional impressions and remain usable even if patients move during the process. The turnaround time for lab analysis is greatly reduced, leading to a streamlined treatment process.

Digital impressions are also environmentally friendly, as they eliminate the need for disposable impression trays and materials, leading to a more sustainable future in the field of orthodontia.


What is the Process of Getting a Digital Impression?

During a digital impression, an orthodontist or an orthodontic assistant uses a small wand with a camera to capture images of your teeth and gums from all angles, giving the orthodontist an accurate picture of your jaw and bite. The camera can take around 3000 pictures per minute, providing a highly accurate way for the orthodontist to view and diagnose issues in your bite swiftly.

If you have questions or concerns about how our practice uses the digital impression system, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to provide the best care and answer any questions you may have.

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