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Digital scan makes first step for braces easier, quicker

Brought to you by Dr. Jeffery Sessions - Sessions Orthodontics - ORTHODONTIC INSIDER -

SESSIONS ORTHODONTICS - Dr. Jeffery SessionsThose who have had braces before are probably familiar with the first step in the process: Making a mold or impression of your teeth.

This involves filling trays with a mix of water and alginate - the consistency of cake batter - and placing the full trays over the teeth until the alginate sets. These types of impressions can be quite "gaggy" and uncomfortable for our younger patients and are not enjoyable for anyone.

At Sessions Orthodontics, we try very hard to make our patient experience the best it can be.

Digital scanning is one of several areas in which we excel. We have used digital scanning to create 3-D tooth models for about 10 years and have had a great response from patients.

Scanning is quicker and more comfortable. Scans are more accurate, aiding in the process of diagnosis and treatment planning. There is no additional cost.

We've had our newest digital scanner, the iTero, for about a year. The new scanner takes just 4 minutes of sitting in a chair to perform laser topographic mapping and produce a digital 3-D image of teeth.

We've had a huge response when we tell parents (especially of 7- to 12-year-old children) that it's less invasive, fast, and there's typically no drooling and gagging. Patients and parents really like it.

There are very few practices that have this capability or that routinely employ this technology.

Please give us a call if you have any questions.

Sessions Orthodontics

310 N. State St., Suite 302

Lake Oswego, OR 97034