Digital Impressions with an Intraoral Scanner


An accurate impression of your teeth is essential for effective treatment planning and orthodontic care. We are proud to offer the 3Shape Trios Intraoral Scanner to capture the contours of teeth and gingival structures, producing an accurate digital orthodontic scan.

Benefits of Digital Impressions

SUPERIOR ACCURACY – with no distortion from patient movement during set, removal of impression, or disinfection.

INCREASED EFFICIENCY – A digital impression can be obtained in less time than it takes with traditional impression materials and techniques.

ONSCREEN VISUALIZATION – allows for immediate adjustment to create the ideal orthodontic scan the first time.

INCREASED PATIENT COMFORT – by eliminating the materials needed for traditional impressions.

The Digital Impression Process

STEP 1: SCANNING – The orthodontic assistant scans your teeth using the intra-oral scanner to create a 3D digital image on the computer. A series of pictures are taken to get the exact shape and contour of your mouth and teeth. This can be used to create orthodontic appliances or to fabricate Invisalign aligners through our exclusive Invisalign Integration software.

STEP 2: IMMEDIATE VISUALIZATION – Teeth Models build in real-time providing immediate feedback for patient and parent consultation.

STEP 3: DIGITAL IMPRESSION REVIEW We review the 3D digital impression for optimal treatment planning.

STEP 4: INVISALIGN PATIENTS This exceptional new technology is also known to be accurate, more environmentally friendly, and able to produce better-fitting Invisalign aligners with a significant reduction in fabrication time. With the 3shape scanner, our Dual Image Orthodontics team can keep you smiling from the first step of treatment to the last!

 

 

 

 

 

 

iCAT


iCAT is a sophisticated Dental Imaging System that creates high resolution 3-D images of the patient’s teeth and jaws. The images allow Drs. Lockhart to show a visual diagnosis of the bones, teeth, nerves, sinuses, airway and structures of the head, face, neck and jaw. With this quick scan we are able to generate all of the images needed, without having to obtain the multiple images separately.

An additional advantage of our iCAT technology is increased comfort for our patients. Unlike traditional x-rays, our iCAT machine captures the images without the use of invasive and uncomfortable devices that have to be placed inside of the mouth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Propel


In our continuous effort to provide the best orthodontic care for our patients, we are excited to include PROPEL® technology in our practice. PROPEL® stimulates bone remodeling, allowing the teeth to move faster and more predictably into their ideal position. This innovative technology allows Drs. Lockhart to finish treatment more effectively and efficiently. This means less time in treatment for our patients. PROPEL® works with the patient’s own biology by stimulating the bone surrounding the teeth. Patients will finish their treatment with exceptional results in less time and with fewer treatment visits.

WHAT IS PROPEL® ORTHODONTICS?

PROPEL® Orthodontics provides innovative devices and procedures to shift teeth as quickly and painlessly as possible. The PROPEL® System can be used in combination with current orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign® and traditional braces, to help move teeth into their desired position 30% faster than teeth can move with Invisalign® and traditional braces alone. Drs. Lockhart are PROPEL® Orthodontics providers, so you can enjoy a perfect smile faster than ever before.



How can Propel® Orthodontics help me?

The PROPEL® System uses a procedure called Alveocentesis™ to make orthodontic systems, such as Invisalign® and traditional braces, more efficient. Alveocentesis™ stimulates the production of alveolar bone in the maxilla and mandible, the upper and lower jaw, so as teeth shift into alignment, the bone that holds teeth in place can better adjust to shifting teeth. An increasing number of adults are seeking the variety of orthodontic treatments available to straighten their teeth. A classically beautiful smile can improve your life socially, psychologically, and functionally, but at such an advanced stage orthodontically, adults can only hope to achieve growth and bone development through orthognathic surgery. Many adults can receive orthodontic treatments without the worry of bone growth or development and still achieve beautiful results, but severe malocclusion, such as an overbite or cross bite, may provide an added concern during orthodontic treatments. In addition to less bone development, adults heal more slowly, and their teeth shift at a slower rate. PROPEL® Orthodontics can help with all of these factors while on your journey to achieve a perfect smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acceledent


AcceleDent is a treatment that is currently offered in our office to accelerate treatment times for orthodontics. Instead of wearing traditional braces for up to two years, Acceledent may reduce the length of treatment for adults, teens and children to less than one year with faster orthodontics to help you adjust and straighten your teeth in no time.

AcceleDent is approved by the FDA and has been used by thousands of patients worldwide. You can now speed up your tooth movement by up to 30% using this pain-free, easy appliance. Combined with existing orthodontic appliances like Invisalign, patients can use Acceledent to potentially reduce their treatment time. It can also be used with traditional braces.

How It Works

AcceleDent works by inserting a special mouthpiece with the pulse activator for 20 minutes a day. It uses gentle micropulses, called SoftPulse Technology® allowing movement of your teeth. Fitted around your existing braces AcceleDent can speed up tooth movement decreasing the duration of your orthodontic treatment. This patented technology will very gently vibrate through your teeth and gums to accelerate tooth movement guided by your existing orthodontic appliance and treatments. In order for the Acceledent procedure to be effective, patients are required to commit to at least 20 minutes a day.





 

 

 

 

 

 

Laser

The advent of lasers for the dental profession has been one of the most exciting technologies.

Using the diode laser, Drs. Lockhart are able to perform frenectomies, gum recontouring after braces, exposure of erupting teeth, and crown lengthening.The soft tissue laser can not only eliminate the need for stitches, but also enables more precision and a better result after healing.

Drs. Lockhart are excited to be able to offer this technology in the office!