Pediatric Dental Professionals

Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Austin, TX

When you’re planning to straighten your teeth, the one thing you might be dreading is the messy, cold, and awful-feeling impression process that uses putty. Pediatric Dental Professionals in Austin, Texas, has great news for you: the iTero® intraoral scanner is an all-digital scanner that can complete a full-arch teeth scan in as little as 60 seconds. Your orthodontist, Stephen Robirds, DDS, uses the iTero scanner to get excellent and detailed digital impressions for Invisalign treatment, and other appliances like retainers, expanders and mouthguards. Book online or by phone now.


What is the iTero intraoral scanner?

The iTero intraoral scanner is an alternative to old-fashioned impressions of your mouth. In the past, you had to bite down on oozing, messy putty to create accurate molds of your teeth. This type of “old school” impression is also subject to imperfections such as tears and voids, which can affect the fit and efficacy of orthodontic hardware. With iTero, you can skip the goop completely because the impressions process is digital. 

At Pediatric Dental Professionals, Dr. Robirds uses the iTero intraoral scanner to evaluate teeth and create Invisalign® teeth straightening treatment plans for both teens and adults. 

How does the iTero scanning process work?

You or your teen relax in the chair while your Pediatric Dental Professionals care provider moves the small scanning wand around your mouth. The small scanning unit combines laser and LED light to scan and record 3D images of your teeth and soft tissues. The iTero intraoral scanner captures 6,000 incredibly detailed and accurate images per second, which means that your whole mouth scan is complete in a matter of minutes. 

You are then able to view the impression of you or your child’s mouth on a nearby screen, allowing for participation in the process and to gain a greater understanding of the orthodontic adjustments or appliances that are planned.  The 100% digital impression is then forwarded to our dental laboratory, where custom Invisalign trays, or other orthodontic appliances are made to exact specifications, ensuring a perfect fit and great results!

What happens after my iTero mouth scan?

After your iTero intraoral scan, Dr. Robirds has a 3D model of your mouth. He then uses the sophisticated software to create an Invisalign treatment plan that's specifically for you. You can even see an Invisalign outcome simulator to get an idea of how Invisalign treatment improves your smile.

Benefits of iTero

iTero at Pediatric Dental Professionals offers a number of benefits over traditional dental impressions.

Benefits of iTero™ include:

  • No thick, uncomfortable, goopy molds
  • Precision
  • Ease of Use
  • Efficiency
  • Uniformity
  • Predictability
  • Digital Communication and Transmission
  • Increased Patient Involvement
  • Less Waste

An accurate and detailed dental impression is essential to any orthodontic treatment plan. With iTero™, every party involved benefits: the patient has a better and more involved experience,  Dr. Robirds enjoys a more efficient process, less waste, and a happier patient, and the dental laboratory receives the most detailed and accurate dental impressions available. 

If you are interested in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® or traditional braces, start with a customized, comfortable, and state-of-the-art digital impression with iTero™ at Pediatric Dental Professionals.

To schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation with Dr. Robirds, call the office or book an appointment today on-line today.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign is a clear plastic teeth straightening device. The removable Invisalign aligners fit perfectly over the top of your teeth because they’re custom made using your iTero intraoral scan. You have one aligner for each arch (top and bottom), and you generally wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day. 

You change into a new set of aligners every 1-2 weeks, according to your treatment plan. Invisalign gradually moves your teeth using low force, until they’re properly aligned and you have a beautiful new smile. The treatment process usually takes around 12-18 months, but can vary by patient. Dr. Robirds can tell you more about how Invisalign can give you a whole new smile.

Ready to take your first step to straight teeth? Call Pediatric Dental Professionals or use the online booking tool to schedule your iTero intraoral scan to get started now.