Mounted Model Analysis Helps Your Orthodontist Provide Accurate Treatment
Advances in modern dental technology have improved the field of orthodontics for doctors and patients alike. Serving Louisville, KY and Radcliff, KY areas, Dr. L. Douglas Knight uses mounted model analysis to diagnose your customized orthodontic treatment plan. In mounted model analysis, plaster study models of your teeth are affixed to a structure that mimics your jaw and its movements. This technology allows Dr. Knight to evaluate any discrepancies in the position of your teeth.
Innovative Technology Working Together for You
Mounted model analysis is typically used in conjunction with other methods of diagnostic technology, such as i-CAT®, Dolphin® 3-D Imaging, and Anatomage® rendering software. These innovative approaches work together to help Dr. Knight plan an accurate and detailed treatment plan, designed for your individual dental needs. Below is a brief synopsis of how up-to-date technology used at Knight Orthodontics helps patients have a more predictable and comfortable experience:
- i-CAT®: This cone beam imaging machine can replace traditional dental x-rays with more accuracy and 90 percent less radiation. A single scan takes less than one minute, and provides precise 3-D views of teeth, roots, bone levels, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), sinuses, and airways. The i-CAT emits half the radiation dose of a full mouth series of dental x-rays (FMX), and ten times less than a medical CT scan.
- Dolphin®: The image files acquired by i-CAT can be directly imported into Dolphin® 3-D Imaging Software to create a virtual patient. This allows Dr. Knight to treatment plan, fabricate stints, and even share the files with other members of your dental team. An impressive aspect of Dolphin® is the ability to create digital pre-treatment and post-treatment mockup images. By manipulating the images, Dr. Knight can show you what you will look like when your orthodontic treatment is complete.
- Anatomage®: This 3-D rendering software also works in conjunction with the initial cone beam scan, acquired by the i-CAT x-ray unit. Once your radiographic scans are imported into the software, Dr. Knight will be able to manipulate the images to help diagnose with greater accuracy. This software is particularly helpful in cases of orthognathic surgery, in which an oral and maxillofacial specialist (OMS) will join your team. Anatomage® software is even able to simulate surgical procedures, helping the doctors make your case more predictable.
Patient Advantages of Modern Diagnostic Tools
When your doctor has access to better technology, he or she can provide a better diagnosis for you. You will be presented with a predictable and customized treatment plan, and an excellent understanding of how your orthodontic therapy will be implemented. Below are other benefits to seeing an orthodontist who uses up-to-date technology:
- No traditional impressions: Conventional alginate impressions have been replaced with a fully digital method. This means no more uncomfortable dental materials in your mouth. One cone beam scan provides us with enough information to fabricate study models of your entire dentition.
- Virtual post-treatment images: Modern diagnostic technology gives us the incredible ability to produce life-like images of what you will look like once your orthodontic treatment is complete.
- Predictability: Innovative technology allows Dr. Knight to have a firm grasp on what is necessary for optimal treatment. Accurate treatment planning means a predictable process, so you will know exactly what to expect while you are under our care.
- Faster treatment times: Because your treatment will be more predictable and accurate, we are able to give you the most time-efficient and effective care possible.
Call Us to Schedule a Consultation
Orthodontic treatment is easier now than ever before with the use of modern diagnostic tools. If you suspect you or a family member may need braces, set up a time to visit with Dr. Knight. You can schedule an appointment online, or call our office at (502) 327-6453 (Louisville) or (270) 351-5151 (Radcliff).