All About iCat Imaging

In the past, orthodontists relied upon traditional x-rays to create customized treatment plans for their patients. While traditional x-rays provided valuable information, they were not always accurate as the orthodontist was unable to get a full 3D image of the patient’s teeth and surrounding facial structure. That is why orthodontists are now using new, state-of-the-art technology known as iCat Imaging.

iCat Imaging is not only quicker and more comfortable, but it is more effective. Orthodontists can create precise, customized treatment plans based off of the detailed images they receive from the iCat Imaging System.

iCat Imaging can be used to help dentists and orthodontists treat the following conditions:

  • Third molar extractions
  • Tooth trauma
  • Implant site evaluation
  • TMJ analysis
  • Cancer
  • Impacted teeth
  • Extra teeth placement
  • Misaligned or overcrowded teeth

There are numerous benefits associated with the use of iCat Imaging. The following are just some of the many benefits you will receive when you choose to visit an orthodontist who uses iCat Imaging.

Quick, Easy Scans That Lead to an Accurate Diagnosis

Traditional x-ray machines and CT scanners took a long time to produce usable images that can help orthodontists create a treatment plan. Patients were often forced to sit or stand in uncomfortable positions for several minutes as the x-ray machines and CT scanners created images that could provide orthodontists with the data they needed to make a diagnosis.

Long wait times for imaging scans no longer happen with the iCat Imaging System. Depending upon your size, a complete scan of your entire mouth and jaw structure can be done is 5 to 9 seconds.

Orthodontists can Create Better, More Detailed Treatment Plans

Orthodontists are able to create better, more detailed treatment plans for their patients with the information they obtain from iCat Imaging Systems. The scans produced by the iCat Imaging Systems can help orthodontists determine where nerves are located in the jaw, the density of the jawbone, the positioning of each tooth, and where the roots of teeth are located. All of this information can be used to help orthodontists create a treatment plan that will help their patients get the results they want and need.

No Need to Use Goopy Products to Create Dental Impressions

One of the worst parts about getting braces was the need to go through the process needed to create dental impressions. Dental impressions required the use of runny, goopy material placed in the mouth. Once in the mouth, you were forced to sit for several minutes while the material hardened and an impression was created of your teeth.

The iCat Imaging System is so detailed that orthodontists no longer need to take impressions. The data that is collected from the scans provides them with the same information they would have received from the impressions.

A Safer Diagnostic Tool Due to Lower Radiation Levels

Over the years, there has been a growing concern over radiation exposure that happens when patients undergo x-rays or traditional CT scans. Numerous problems ranging from nausea and burns to cancer have been linked to radiation exposure. The iCat Imaging System allows orthodontists to gather important data without having to expose their patients to high levels of radiation.

Orthodontists can Quickly and Easily Share Records with Other Health Care and Dental Professionals

Any imaging or information gathered from the iCat Imaging System can quickly and easily be shared with other doctors, dentists, or health care providers. All the scans are digital. Your orthodontist will be able to quickly send any of those scans to other doctors or dentists.

The ability to quickly and easily share records allows orthodontists to work closely with patient’s general dentist. The orthodontist can send the scans to the general dentist along with notes on what type of treatment the patient will be receiving.

Not every orthodontist office offers iCat Imaging. Stevens Orthodontics, located in Tallahassee, Florida, is one of the few orthodontist offices that offer this safe, cost-effective imaging option to their patients. If you are interested in learning more about iCat Imaging or have questions about this type of 3D imaging, contact Stevens Orthodontists. Dr. Clark and his staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this technology.


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