Orthodontic treatment is something that a lot of people will experience in their lifetime, and something that even more people wish they could have had! At Donaldson 3D Orthodontics, we want to help you jump the greatest hurdles that most people face when considering orthodontic care: the time it takes and the look of braces.
Dr. “Buddy” Donaldson has built our practice with fulfilling those patient wishes as our constant goal, which means we are constantly learning new techniques and engaging with the most advanced technology available.
In the past, orthodontic treatment meant around two years of uncomfortable and highly visible metal braces, but that time is over! At our New Iberia and Broussard dentist offices, we can straighten your smile in as little as six to nine months! The secret is right in our name: 3D Orthodontics!
What Is 3D Orthodontics?
Before the introduction of all the digital technology that we’re lucky to have today, there was only one way to craft braces and orthodontic appliances: an impression of your mouth cast in plaster. While this does produce an accurate image of your teeth, that’s the only thing we get – your visible teeth! Even coupled with X-rays, these impressions still could not guarantee the most efficient use of orthodontic appliances, but 3D technology changes all of that.
We use a series of two machines to create an amazingly detailed and precise digital image of your mouth and bone structure. This enables us to use a third system to virtually model your orthodontics in order to create the most efficient treatment plan possible!
First is the i-CAT FLX cone beam digital system – the first of its kind in Louisiana. The i-CAT FLX provides high-definition 3D digital imaging of the head and neck region. This allows us to produce 3D skeletal images and a 3D skeletal and airway analysis. We can also visualize the exact location of the 3rd molars, or wisdom teeth. Amazingly, this machine produces more information that is more accurate with less radiation than a 2D scan!
The second step of our process is the iTero and Lythos scanners used to produce 3D digital impressions of your teeth. More accurate than regular impressions and without the mess of standard impressions, these impressions are used for Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.
Imagine getting the perfect smile in less than a year – it’s possible! At Donaldson 3D Orthodontics, we can use equipment that seems straight out of science fiction to bring a great smile to life just for you. All it takes is a phone call to our office at 337-465-4139 or submitting our online appointment request form. We look forward to delivering incredible results to you and your family!