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Home Topics Easy, Fast, Digital: The Advantages of CEREC® Orthodontics and Digital Impressions

CEREC® Orthodontics and Digital Impressions

Do you remember the first time you held a freshly developed X-ray in your hands? If so, no doubt it felt strange at first to view X-ray images on a computer screen, but once you’ve experienced the benefits of immediate digital X-ray visualization, it’s hard to go back to the old way of conventional X-ray film. Similarly, the role of digital technology in orthodontics has reached a tipping point, too. 

From implant treatment to orthodontics, digital dental technologies are changing the way dentistry is performed. For example, taking conventional tray-based impressions and model analysis with plaster models and calipers are fast becoming a thing of the past—just like conventional film-based X-rays have become nearly obsolete in favor of digital imaging. Once you’ve experienced the advantages of the orthodontic workflow with CEREC digital impressions, it makes the “analog” way using physical models seem antiquated and counterproductive.

Simplified digital workflow

The digital orthodontic workflow starts with the CEREC Omnicam intraoral scanner. Intraoral scans are convenient, and can be delegated to any team member. The simple guided scanning process makes capturing full arch scans seem effortless, and thanks to the small camera head, is far more comfortable than conventional impressions, even for pediatric patients. The results of the impression appear instantly on the monitor in full natural color. Digital arch impressions with CEREC eliminate the need for bulky impression trays and the bad taste of impression material, resulting in a much more comfortable and positive experience for patients overall.

After the digital impressions are taken, direct evaluation of the case with the integrated model analysis software is performed. The analysis becomes part of the scanning appointment, saving you and your patient time. Results can be exported as a PDF with a single click, saving time-consuming analysis on a plaster model, as you can discuss the results immediately with your patient—all in one appointment, with no follow-up appointments necessary. 

The digital model advantage

Digital models are also favorable in that there’s no need to maintain physical storage space for plaster models. Additionally, digital models can be accessed and viewed onscreen immediately at any time—no need to locate and retrieve the model from a physical storage area. Once the analysis is complete, the data are readily exported to the lab of your choice via Sirona Connect for 3D printing of the desired appliance, such as aligners, protrusion splints, retainers, bonding trays, lingual appliances or physical models. There are currently more than 2,000 active dental laboratories to choose from via Sirona Connect. 

Flexible solutions for the way you work

CEREC Omnicam is available in several solutions to suit the needs of any practice. The CEREC AF Connect is a compact tabletop unit that is ideal for practices with multiple treatment stations. It comprises an Omnicam camera and, depending on requirements, multiple camera holders, PCs and monitors, which can be installed in different treatment centers. In this way, you can simply carry the Omnicam between stations for scanning.

CEREC AC Connect is a mobile cart that houses all components—the Omnicam camera, PC and monitor—in one integrated acquisition unit on wheels. It has an uninterrupted power supply, making it ideal for mobile use by simply wheeling it from station to station. Finally, there’s CEREC AI Connect, wherein all system components are integrated directly into the Dentsply Sirona Treatment Center. 

Easy, fast and digital

Orthodontics with CEREC offers you and your staff a high level of convenience, reliability and time savings, providing a digital workflow that is more comfortable for patients, enables treatment to begin sooner and further distinguishes your practice with myriad competitive advantages that will help attract more patients and encourage referrals, too. 

To learn more about how you can start with CEREC and incorporate digital orthodontics into your practice, click below or contact your local representative.