Dougherty Orthodontics foremost intention is developing personal relationships with each patient and their family. Creating steady lines of communication, keeping you comfortable during appointments, and making patients and their families aware of the constant changes of Orthodontics are ways we offer you a service and experience second to none.
We truly value each connection with every patient and afford you the care and treatment we would our families. Our staff is extremely experienced in handling a multitude of specific treatment types. Our offices’ technological platforms allow us to compile critical information regarding your treatment while also saving time and making it easier to perform the necessities of Orthodontic care.
The Planmeca ProMax® is a 3D imaging device that produces any and all required volume sizes for diagnosing the maxillofacial region – from the smallest specialized cases to images of the entire skull. This highly advanced X-ray machine uses the Planmeca Ultra Low Dose™ imaging protocol, enabling CBCT imaging with an even lower effective patient dose than standard 2D X-ray imaging. This machine allows us to compile a vast amount of detailed anatomical information at a very low patient dose, something we are proud to offer our patients.
The iTero® Element is an intra-oral 3D scanner that enables the doctor to take a 3D digital scan of the patient’s teeth and bite, make adjustments in real time, and transmit the file for processing. Before, with traditional impressions and plaster models this process was impossible. Now, with a 3D model of a patients teeth and bite, a doctor can manipulate the teeth in a computer software and apply gradual changes to the model. This helps guide treatment and makes the treatment information easy to understand for the patient or parent.
The Formlabs 3D printer we have in office is a 3D printer that allows us to take the model produced by the iTero scanner and print an exact plastic replica of a patients teeth. While the doctor prescribes treatment in the model’s 3d software, the gradual changes can be printed on the Formlabs printer to begin a process knows as IDB. Because the printer can print an exact (within .25 microns) replica of a patients teeth, the doctor can use that printed model as if it were the patients actual teeth. The doctor can familiarize themselves with the model in a way they never would be able to do, regularly prescribing treatment by looking in the patients mouth. Only because the printer has the capability to print an exact replica of a patients teeth, are we able to do this. The doctor can also apply braces to the 3D printed model and find the ideal spacing of brackets and length of wires, for any given patient, before the patient arrives for their appointment. Appointment times are shorter, treatment is faster, and our office does not have to outsource any medical information regarding the patient.