When you decide to correct or enhance your smile, it’s often difficult to determine ahead of time exactly what kind of results to expect. After all, a smile is a pretty personal thing, and changing your smile can feel like changing your identity. That’s where cosmetic digital imaging comes into play. Digital imaging is computer software that allows Dr. Mace to take your digital photograph and manipulate it to reflect the procedures you’re considering. Whether you’re considering teeth whitening, straightening, bonding, veneers, or a complete smile makeover, digital imaging technology lets you see into your future and helps ensure that your smile is restored in an ideal, predictable way.
What is the Digital Imaging Process?
The process is quite simple. Once Dr. Mace has completed your oral exam and discussed your smile goals, a treatment plan will be created. Various digital photos of your current smile will be taken and change factors will be keyed into the computer. The computer will generate one or more graphics images that accurately demonstrate how the changes will affect the appearance of your mouth, as well as your overall facial appearance. It is important to note that this is process is digital artwork and that the actual results may differ somewhat from what the computer designs for you. It’s a fun process and is exciting to see what the “new you” would look like with a new smile. Plus, you can take a photo of the new you home to share with family or friends.
Why do Dr. Mace and his team love their digital imaging tools? Informed decisions are wise ones, and our advanced digital imaging technologies give you and Dr. Mace all of the information you need to decide on, and receive, the best care available.
What is the iTero Intraoral Scanner?
The iTero intraoral scanning system replaces traditional impressions in a more accurate, more detailed, and more efficient way. The wand is used to glide over your teeth to create a 3-dimensional model of your mouth. Unlike traditional impression materials that are affected by numerous environmental factors, the models of your mouth created by the iTero scanner are amazingly accurate and don’t change with time. This system is used for the fabrication of crowns, veneers, sleep apnea appliances, occlusal guards and other restorations and prosthetics, and having the precise information the iTero provides means your restorations fit better and last longer.
In-Office 2D and 3D Imaging
Dr. Mace now offers an award-winning 2D and 3D imaging system, the Carestream 8100, that is not only more comfortable and safe for his patients, but also offers clearer pictures in 3 dimensions to spot potential problems early and place implants safely. Specifically, Dr. Mace uses this new technology to assist in implant planning, implant placement, detection of pathology, and detection of caries. The Carestream 8100 CBCT gives Dr. Mace 3 dimensions of information to review to make sure you receive the very best, most informed care, available. For more information about the Carestream 8100, call Dr. Mace’s office today!