Orthodontic treatment used to mean making a physical model of your teeth taken from a direct impression. That model would be used to build your braces or construct any other devices that you or your child would need to reshape their smile.

For many dental treatments, digital products have made physical impressions obsolete. While it is beneficial to have a physical model, there is so much information that we are unable to get from such a simple system. X-rays can help us see details of your teeth that an impression can miss, but maximizing the effectiveness of your treatment is still just estimation!

3D Orthodontics: Maximum Effectiveness and Efficiency

At Donaldson 3D Orthodontics, we’ve taken the guesswork out of orthodontics with our advanced 3D modeling system. Using a series of different scans and models, we’ll have complete awareness of the particulars of your unique mouth! This allows us to design the most efficient and effective orthodontic treatment that we can, reducing your treatment time from two years to a minimum of just nine months !

The secret is in our state-of-the-art scanning equipment – the i-CAT FLX, iTero, and Lythos machines.

i-CAT FLX is a cone beam scanner that can deliver an incredibly high-definition 3D image of your neck and head, and with less radiation than a 2D panoramic X-ray! The images that this machine produces are a key tool in our diagnosis of bone alignment issues, airway problems, and the positioning of your third molars, or wisdom teeth.

When considering your orthodontic treatment, the i-CAT scans are an integral part of a holistic approach to your oral health! We’ll be able to track your progress and make minute adjustments to your treatment plan based on scans taken before and during treatment!

iTero and Lythos digital impression machines use a small wand that is placed in your mouth to get an amazingly accurate 3D impression of your teeth. Not only is this digital impression more accurate than a standard casted impression, but it’s also instant! We can see the impression build in real time on a screen attached to the device, and once complete we can manipulate the image just like a physical model!

Both the iTero and Lythos are used to build Invisalign and Invisalign Teen aligners. Working together with your i-CAT images, we can model efficient and amazing orthodontic systems that produce stellar results!

3D orthodontics isn’t just a change to the way we do braces – it’s a transformation. If you or someone you love is ready to experience the great results Donaldson 3D Orthodontics can provide, make an appointment today! You can reach us at 337-465-4139 or by filling out our online appointment request form. We look forward to seeing you soon!



Orthodontics does more than straighten your teeth! From better sleep, relieving jaw pain and better overall health – orthodontics can help!