Our office uses the most state-of-the-art technology available to help create the smile you want, which is why we use the iTero® digital impression system, by Align Technology. Our digital impression system replaces the uncomfortable, unpleasant-tasting, messy and sometimes inaccurate traditional putty impressions. No bulky trays or sticky putty needed!

Using a digital scanner, we will take three-dimensional (3-D) digital images, or impressions, of your teeth and bite. These impressions will help us formulate a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific orthodontic needs and desires. We can also use them to visually show you your treatment options and help us keep you up-to-date on your treatment progress.

After your specific treatment plan has been chosen, the digital impressions allow us to create customized bracket trays that we use to place your brackets onto your teeth, all at one time, with increased efficiency and overall effectiveness.

Some benefits of iTero digital impressions over traditional putty impressions include:

  • Accuracy: They capture the exact contours of your teeth.
  • Efficiency: They require less time in the treatment chair.
  • Comfort: Taking the digital images is less invasive. No putty is used, and patients are more at ease without fearing they will gag on the impression putty.
  • Customization: They provide a digital plan and allow for trays that are tailored to meet the individual needs and desires of each patient.
  • Visualization: They provide each patient with a definite picture of what their teeth will look like before, during and after orthodontic treatment.
  • Innovation: They use the most advanced 3-D video technologies.

SOL Diode Laser Treatment

We utilize the SOL Diode Laser for many treatments during your orthodontic treatment, including frenectomies, gingivectomies, gingival contouring and soft tissue tooth exposures.

  • Removing extra gum tissue: To expose more of the patient's teeth, we can use the Diode Laser to shape the gum tissue. The gums encase the teeth, so if there is too much tissue, the teeth may appear small. The laser safely removes the excess gum to give the teeth better function and appearance!
  • Assist in Bracket Placement: If a tooth is covered by too much gum tissue and not enough room is available for a bracket to be bonded, the Diode Laser is used to remove the extra tissue. This way, our doctor has enough room to place the bracket precisely where it needs to be on the tooth.
  • Help with Impacted Teeth: If a tooth is still underneath the gums and hasn't erupted on time, we can use the Diode Laser to help with the eruption. This will speed up the eruption process, and we do not have to wait months to continue with treatment.
  • Prevent Fever Blisters: Fever blisters are caused by a common virus that is spread through saliva or skin-to-skin contact. Once contracted, the virus remains dormant in a person, but it can become active ever so often. Stress, illnesses, sunburn or trauma can lead to an outbreak of a fever blister.

When a fever blister is forming, the patient will feel a tingling sensation, and then redness and swelling will occur. Our doctor can help inhibit the formation of a fever blister by using the Diode Laser. The laser can prevent the blister from breaking out, but if you already have a blister, it can also be treated with the laser. After treatment, it should fade.