The most common purpose of a 3D scanner is to take images of your teeth and gums, which are used to design your Invisalign aligners or braces. By taking a digital scan of your teeth, the dental lab will have accurate measurements to work from, allowing them to make aligners or braces that are an optimal match for your mouth and tooth anatomy.
Other uses of a 3D scanner include:
- They’re an alternative to conventional impressions in the construction of crowns, dentures and bridges.
- They can be used to design and plan your ideal smile.
- They can predict what your teeth will look like, before you start treatment.