Dental technology allows us to offer you effective, precise and efficient dental treatments – it can even show you the future appearance of your teeth. SmileMore invests in modern technology for the comfort and convenience of our patients, so we can show you exactly what we see.
Digital Dental Tools Let Us Show You Exactly What’s Going On In Your Mouth
For some patients, if they can’t see an oral health problem or feel any pain, they may avoid treatment. That only leads to oral health issues getting worse and costing you more time, money and dental care later on.
Dental technology addresses the need for patients to view problematic areas in their mouths. The first real step in digital dentistry was micro cameras that dentists used to take photos of the inside of patients’ mouths, which they would share with the patients. Digital dentistry has evolved tremendously beyond those first cameras, with new machines now giving 3-D high-resolution imaging or even restoration manufacturing. At SmileMore, we use both!
Digital Smile Design
No More Goopy Impressions
We Make Restorations On-Site with CEREC
At SmileMore, we use a Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) machine. This device helps us do digital smile design and create bespoke restorations for our patients – generally in a single visit. The CEREC machine can be used to create crowns, inlays and onlays, fixed bridges, veneers and more.
To start, the CEREC machine takes X-rays and photographs of your mouth with 3-D imaging software and makes a model of your teeth. The Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software highlights areas on the model that need to be fixed, so you can see exactly what needs to be done. The technology provides an accurate replica of your tooth, which it uses to create a custom restorative piece using state-of-the-art CEREC porcelain.
CEREC technology is stunningly accurate and makes restorations in as little as 20 minutes. While the CEREC machine goes to work sculpting your restoration, we use the time to prepare your tooth for placement. Instead of breaking up a restoration into multiple visits and placing a temporary restoration, you’re in and out in one visit, and you leave with a permanent fix.
iTero for Invisalign and Other Treatments
Our other scanner is the iTero scanner, from the makers of Invisalign. This scanner also creates a 3-D image of your teeth in just minutes, helping provide accurate digital impressions and better aligner fit for patients undergoing Invisalign treatment. We use the iTero machine for comprehensive orthodontic workflows and restorative and implant workflows. On the screen, the scans are highly visual, so you can see exactly what your teeth look like from any angle.
As we scan with our iTero machine, it takes 6000 images per second, providing a 3-D high-resolution interactive image of your teeth. After digital scanning, we can plan your smile, estimate the length of time you’ll need the aligner trays and show you on the screen how your trial transforms over the course of treatment. When you come in to pick up new Invisalign trays, we look at your progress, and we can track how your teeth move against the projections.