Tired of the discomfort and messiness of traditional dental impressions? Discover a pain-free, ultra-precise solution with our innovative digital scanning services in Birmingham. Dive in to find out how our cutting-edge technology is revolutionising orthodontic experiences!
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Forming an accurate model of the contours of your teeth and gums is vital to planning effective orthodontic treatment. Traditionally, this requires having impressions made, a process that can be messy and uncomfortable for some.
Although we still use impressions for some processes (such as the construction of retainers), many patients will be thrilled to know that modern technology has allowed us to reduce the use of this technique. We’ve replaced it with 3D digital scanning, a cutting-edge technique extensively used in Birmingham and across the Midlands.
As well as doing away with the messiness of impressions, digital scanning has other advantages. It’s quick — the process only takes a couple of minutes — and you can see the results on screen immediately. This visual representation makes it easier to understand what your specialist orthodontist in Birmingham is discussing with you.
Once the image has been formed, we can get it to outside laboratories very quickly — it takes just 30 minutes from sending the information to the lab receiving it. This streamlined process significantly shortens the timescale for lab-based treatments. If we are working in collaboration with your dentist, the digital scan of your teeth will provide them with the essential information they need to plan any implants or restorative work as part of your treatment.
In addition to digital scanning, we are currently working towards implementing in-house 3D printing as an integral part of our treatments. We’re making strides to become the leading digital scanning and 3D printing service in Birmingham.
An example of how we can use digital scanning and 3D printing in tandem to make treatment more efficient is in the construction of jigs — models of your teeth that we can use to get bracket placement and the shape of your appliance right before we transfer them to your teeth.
Once we’ve completed the scan, we can use the virtual image to print an exact replica model of your teeth. We can use the jig to get perfect placement of the brackets and transfer brackets in multiples rather than individually, making treatment quicker and more accurate. We currently do this by outsourcing 3D printing to leading laboratories.
Expect a much cleaner and more comfortable experience than you may have had in the past with impressions. Quicker and more accurate treatment, thanks to our top-tier digital scanning capabilities in Birmingham.
Embrace the future of orthodontics with our advanced digital scanning services in Birmingham. The Midlands Orthodontic Specialists are pioneers in the utilization of this innovative technology, continually enhancing patient experiences and outcomes across the Midlands.
Our digital scanning technology enables a more accurate, efficient, and comfortable treatment process. This state-of-the-art technique eliminates the need for traditional, messy dental impressions, providing a more pleasant experience for patients.
Here are some key benefits you stand to gain from our Birmingham digital scanning services:
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At the moment we do need to take impressions of your teeth at the end of treatment to make your retainers, but we are hoping to change this in the near future.
Impressions are taken with a material that sets and can be pulled out of the mouth to be sent for casting in a stone. They are used as a record of your teeth and can also be used to make braces. Scanning is more like a 3D camera which builds up a computer image in three dimensions of your teeth and gums. The file can be used to make braces as well and also jigs to help fit your braces. We are hoping to be able to print retainers in the near future, which will also reduce the number of impressions that we take.
We may stretch your mouth a little but impressions and scans should not normally hurt at all.
Impressions can feel strange and are more uncomfortable than having scans. Impressions can make you feel that you want to wretch and you may find it difficult breathing. There are techniques that we use to help with this. Scans are much easier but can stretch your mouth a little and the tip of the scanner can sometimes feel warm.
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