We will be the first to admit: the physical methods of making impressions were not ideal. Traditionally, you would have to sit as still as possible with a mouthful of putty for several minutes while a mold of your mouth was imprinted, and all for a simple plaster casting of your mouth. This type of impression is a thing of the past at the Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry thanks to digital impressions.
Digital impressions employ lasers and other optical scanning devices to render an in-depth, accurate depiction of your mouth straight to our computer screen for viewing. The payoff? More productivity, efficiency, and accuracy from us, and more comfort and less time in the dental chair for you. These are all great reasons to smile. Call and schedule a consultation if you would like to learn more about our digital imaging at our Houston or The Woodlands, TX dental practices.
"Not only does the staff act with such professio... - Not only does the staff act with such professionalism but also everyone there treats you on such a personal level -- always greets you by name and is genuinely friendly. When I say "everyone," that's what I mean, from the person at the front desk to the assistants and doctors and the cashier. Very pleasant atmosphere!"- C.E. / SmileReminder / Apr 25, 2017
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"Comfortable about a "not so comfortable" thing... - I am always so impressed with the friendliness of this staff! From the front office greeting all the way to Dr. Lewis himself. Really appreciate them going out of their way to help us feel comfortable with something that can sometimes not be so comfortable!"- A.M. / SmileReminder / Jun 29, 2018
"Dr. Lewis is hands down the best cosmetic dentist there is — myself, my sister and mother all have veneers done by Dr. Lewis and haven’t had any issues or problems at all in the 10+ years we have all had them. The compliments you get on your teeth are not only a testament to Dr. Lewis’ work, but how natural they look! He and his staff aren’t just cosmetic either, they do all of the dental work you need, from a simple cleaning to periodontal issues. Love this office!"- L.M. / Google / Jun 28, 2018
"From the check in to check out, I love these fo... - From the check in to check out, I love these folks."- G.G. / SmileReminder / Jun 27, 2018
Preparation begins with the selected area of your mouth being cleaned. Depending on which system is employed, your teeth may need to be brushed with a specially formulated titanium dioxide powder. From there, we insert an intraoral wand into your mouth to begin capturing the data. Simultaneously, the data is rendered as an image onto the monitor. As the impression is reviewed in real-time, we can find and correct any mistakes with the data before it’s sent to our dental laboratory. As this is a better blueprint of your mouth, we can more accurately custom-create a solution for the teeth that need restoring. It should only take 3 – 5 minutes to scan your teeth and bite.
Digital Impression FAQs
Are They really Quicker?
With this new technology, we can engineer restorations (crowns, veneers, and fillings) usually in just a single office visit. You will spend less time in the dental chair and no longer have to endure biting into messy trays that take a long time to create.
Can you Make a 3D Model?
We can make a 3D model of your teeth and gums with the digital impression technology. From your digital impression, we can create a 3D model of your teeth to point out and analyze your dental flaws for correction. We can also show you what your smile could look like with your proposed treatment plan right on the screen so you can see the difference in all your options.
Are there other Benefits?
Digital impressions can easily be tweaked with rescanning the image instead of making you sit through another messy traditional impression. They are eco-friendly as they remove the need for plastic trays and goopy impression materials. Also, they can be digitally stored in your electronic dental chart for easy access for future use and comparisons.
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No Mess, No Fuss
If you’re looking for impressions to be taken for your teeth, have peace of mind knowing that the process here at Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry will be conducted in a manner that ensures your comfort as well as successful results. For more information, we encourage you to contact our office in The Woodlands or Houston, TX today.