iTero Scanning

With more than 6.3 million scans performed worldwide, iTero is transforming the face of dental imaging. Here at Arlington Smile Design, we are pleased to be able to offer patients the unique benefits associated with imaging carried out using the iTero scanning system.

What is iTero scanning?

The 3D iTero scanner can be used to create a truly accurate 3D representation of the inside of your mouth. It works using a small, narrow wand which is manoeuvred around inside your mouth, capturing digital images of every element of your mouth. The unique design of the iTero wand enables us to take pictures of the very back of the mouth, reaching even the wisdom teeth, without being unpleasant. The wand captures thousands of images per second, which are the compiled to create the 3D image that can be invaluable in a variety of dental treatments.

iTero and Invisalign

While iTero can prove beneficial in planning for a variety of different treatments, including dental implants, bridge and denture production and even custom-fit crowns, it is especially useful in planning Invisalign® treatment. This is because the Invisalign® aligners are custom created with finite precision so that gradual movements can be made to direct the patient’s teeth into their new position.

iTero scanning can help dentists in both creating the series of aligners that will eventually transform your smile, but also to track the progress of your treatment so that adjustments can be made if necessary. Studies have shown that orthodontists who utilize iTero scanning have far fewer issues with the fit of the Invisalign aligners they supply due to the superior scanning capabilities of this new system.


Benefits of utilizing iTero scanning

There are a variety of different benefits offered to patients who undergo procedures planned using iTero scanning. These include:

Fast, precision scanning

Unrivalled in its speed and accuracy, and a full arch scan can be completed in as little as 60 seconds. This means less time in your Arlington dentist’s chair and a faster appointment.

No need for conventional impressions

No need for messy and uncomfortable impressions created with putty that inevitably leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Improved visibility of the oral cavity

Using the iTero wand, your Arlington dentist can see a truly panoramic and high-definition image of your mouth. This enhanced scanning has the potential to identify problems that may be missed by taking conventional putty-based impressions.

Suitable for the vast majority of patients

The slimline design of the iTero wand means that it is much smaller than conventional imaging probes. Patients agree that scanning using the iTero wand is a much more comfortable experience. It can also be used to scan patients who have cognitive or physical disabilities that prevent them from opening their mouths very wide.

Predictable results

iTero scanning can deliver predictable results as it allows you to see the effects of your planned treatment before you even begin. This is particularly beneficial for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign® and who may struggle to visualize the way that their teeth will look at the end of their treatment plan.


If you require dental imaging as part of our services, do not hesitate to enquire whether iTero is a suitable option for you. Contact our dental office in Arlington, VA today to schedule your appointment.

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