iTero 3D Scanner for No Mess Impressions

The future of dentistry has arrived at the Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. A state of the art digital scanner, the iTero Element, will replace standard  impression taking for crowns and onlay fabrication, restoring implants and fabricating Invisalign clear aligners for orthodontics. The scanner uses a light wand to produce a 3D model of your mouth which is viewed in real time.

Benefits of Digital ScanningItero Element Digital Scanner

In the past we took impressions by mixing a bitter tasting (but highly accurate) impression material, placing it in a tray and letting it sit in our patient’s mouths for 3 minutes. For our patients it was a very long 3 minutes.

Our new system allows for:

Easy & Comfortable Tooth Impressions

  • No messy impression material
  • Can pause scanning at any time means no gag630
  • No unpleasant taste or smell
  • Better dental experience

Accurate & Fast Tooth Impressions

  • 6000 frames per second produces outstanding fit of laboratory crowns and Invisalign trays
  • Digital accuracy results in less time spent in the dental chair
  • Easy rescanning of any changes made to the teeth. We can just rescan a small section and have it “stitched” into the rest of the scan

Digital Scanning Works With Invisalign

For patients interested in correcting their crooked smiles using orthodontics, the Itero Element is a game changer. We can scan our patients in less then 10 minutes and then give them a look at their new smile.  The ITero comes equipped with the Invisalign outcome simulator which can show you how your teeth may look after Invisalign treatment. A press of one button then sends the case off to Align Technologies for a comprehensive plan of tooth movement. This can be returned in less then 24 hours. Your new clear aligners can arrive at our office in a matter of days.

The new software even has the ability to evaluate active Invisalign cases for proper tooth movement. This added benefit gives us the ability to make sure teeth are moving as they should to help insure a successful outcome. The Itero Element provides a significant improvement to our Invisalign patients improving both their dental experience and the outcome of their treatment.

The iTero Scanner Helps With Dental Implants and Crowns

We can use the scanner to take impressions for dental implant crowns, bridges and tooth supported crowns and onlays. This gives us exceptionally accurate fitting  final restorations which can last for many years. Paying attention to the details has always benefited our patients as it is not uncommon to have our crown and bridges last for more then 25 to 30 plus years.  This is significantly longer the average life span of 5 to 15 years. Its amazing to think that our fit, combined with your care at home, can increase the life span of your crowns by over 6 times.

Check out the ITero Element Video


Our office always strives to provide the best care possible. The iTero Element will continue to allow our office to provide the best orthodontic and restorative care that dentistry has to offer. Interested in a scan?  You will find our office located on Route 111 in Smithtown, very close to both Hauppauge and Commack. Give us a call to check out our new scanner and to see what Invisalign can do for you.

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Latest advancements in dental technology

Advancing Your Smile

DigitalToothDr. Mitchell Shapiro is an artist that enjoys hand carving stone sculptures, but when it comes to utilizing the latest advancements in dental technology, he’s not stuck back in the stone age. The progressive dental developments used in our Smithtown, NY office

  • Offer superior results
  • Minimize the extent and complexity of dental treatments
  • Reduce recovery time and discomfort associated with some oral procedures
  • Provide a higher level of preventative care

…which culminates in an advanced standard of oral health and beauty that ultimately benefits you, our patient.

Digital X-rays

are an important diagnostic and preventative tool used here at Center For Cosmetic Dentistry. Your potential oral concern can be caught early, before it becomes a more extensive (and costly) problem.
Compared to traditional x-rays, digital radiography takes less time and use up to 90% less radiation. Dr. Shapiro can more safely spot a cavity forming on your tooth, inspect your tooth roots, assess the quality of your bone, check the progression of periodontal disease and keep an eye on any developing situations.

Invisalign Orthodontics

offer an easy, comfortable way to move your teeth into a straighter alignment, creating a more attractive smile. These braces are virtually invisible, using a series of customized, removable trays to straighten your smile, gradually. Because they’re easily taken out, you can enjoy your favorite foods without the cleaning inconvenience of traditional metal braces.

As a preferred Invisalign provider, Dr. Shapiro uses Invisalign to improve not just the look of your smile, but your overall oral health. Properly aligned teeth give you a more comfortable bite, prevent abnormal wear and breakdown of your teeth and minimize your risk for gum disease. With clear braces, you can enjoy all the benefits of a straighter smile without anyone noticing your orthodontics.

Dental Implants

are a dental advancement used in our practice that allows one missing tooth, or several, to be securely restored. This restoration is simply an artificial tooth root, made of bio-compatible material that is placed in the jawbone.
From this metal post, a natural looking prosthetic tooth can be permanently attached. With more than one implant, a bridge or even dentures may be anchored, creating a stable restoration. You can once again smile, talk and eat confidently, as you once did and only you and Dr. Shapiro will know the difference.

Zoom! Whitening

is a wonderful new way to enjoy a brighter, whiter smile, quickly and easily. This whitening treatment can make your teeth up to 8 shades lighter than they currently are, in just one hour at our Smithtown, NY office. Make a great impression at your job interview, look your best for your wedding or put your best smile forward at that black tie event, with Philips Zoom! Whitening. By using the included take-home trays, you can continue and maintain your teeth whitening once you leave our office.

Diagnodent Cavity Detection

uses a laser to cause tooth structure to fluoresce. The device is able to distinguish between healthy and diseased tooth structure by registering the difference in fluorescence  and indicate the amount of decay on a readout. This aids Dr. Shapiro in determining the need for dental treatment of potentially decayed teeth.

Oral Sleep Appliances

allow us to progressively treat and help patients who suffer from sleep apnea and snoring. If you wake up tired, our customized sleep appliance will assist in keeping your airways open by moving your jaw forward.
By wearing this appliance at night while you rest, your sleep apnea symptoms and snoring can be relieved. This is a wonderful alternative to CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines, which are bulky, noisy, uncomfortably and, because they are not well tolerated, inconsistently used. A dental sleep appliance may even be covered by your insurance.

Come See Us!

Are you interested in how the latest dental advancements can improve the appearance and health of your smile as well as your quality of life? The friendly staff at Center For Cosmetic Dentistry is more than happy to answer your questions. Give us a call and we’ll help you make an appointment.

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