For years, dentists relied on polyvinylsiloxane (PVS) to make dental impressions. Polyvinylsiloxane is quite a mouthful, literally and verbally. PVS is a liquid that rapidly dries to form a sort of rubbery putty. As it cures or hardens on the teeth, PVS retains the shape of the teeth. Dentists have used PVS since the 1970s, but it isn’t always the best choice for patients. For starters, it can be a little uncomfortable. Perhaps more importantly, it isn’t precise. Precision matters for a perfect smile, which is why cosmetic dentists who provide Invisalign treatment have switched to digital technology.
Invisalign aligners achieve the desired results by precisely shifting the teeth over time. In order to produce that sort of precision, it’s essential to start with flawless treatment planning. To capture a digital impression, your cosmetic dentist will place an intraoral digital scanner inside your mouth. This process isn’t uncomfortable, and it certainly won’t make you gag the way PVS putty can. The handheld device will only remain in your mouth for a few minutes, and there is a greatly reduced risk that additional impressions will need to be taken afterward.
The handheld digital scanner has a small camera that captures exact images of your teeth and their positions. This information is then sent to the computer to create an exact, digital replica of your teeth. Unlike PVS material, digital scanning doesn’t pose the possibility of not capturing a crevice or gap accurately.
The traditional way of making dental impressions didn’t allow patients to see what their results would look like. Now, thanks to digital intraoral technology, your cosmetic dentist can use the advanced software to create an animated “movie” that shows how your smile will progress step-by-step, with each new aligner you switch to.
Even better, your dentist can show you multiple animations with different options for getting to your preferred results. This means you are in charge of your own results! Of course, your cosmetic dentist will give you all the guidance you need to make the best decision for your smile.
When you have selected your preferred treatment option, your cosmetic dentist can instantly send this information to the Invisalign company. Because there is no need to mail PVS impressions the old-fashioned way, Invisalign can begin making your custom aligners right away—and you can get started that much sooner.
Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is committed to bringing our valued patients the very latest in dental technology. We’re pleased to be an Invisalign provider on Long Island offering digital teeth impressions for more accurate results and a more beautiful smile. With digital impressions, you are in full control of how your smile will look once your treatment is complete. Get started today by scheduling a one-on-one consult with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot on Long Island. You can reach our office at 631.296.0609. Ask us about our special discounts and financing options!
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