CBCT has arrived in Invisalign, why is it important?

In other articles in this blog, when it comes to technological advances applied to dentistry, we have talked about X-rays. CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography, if we translate it into English, which allows us to see practically perfectly any morphological variety in the teeth and surrounding tissue, such as bone and nerve structures in three dimensions. Something similar to a CAT scan, more commonly used in hospitals and more familiar to the public.

Now, thanks to Invisalign, the use of this technology has been integrated with the invisible orthodontic treatments.

What is the use of this?

The CBCT data are digitally merged with those extracted from the intraoral scanner, allowing orthodontists to visualise the position of the roots of the teeth, which is very useful when planning treatment that will move them. It is there, in the digital treatment planning phase, called ClinCheck, as we explained in this blog postwhen this new function comes into play.

This integration feature promises to help doctors broaden diagnosis, which in turn will allow us to treat a wider range of cases with the Invisalign system by increasing visibility and control of the patient's underlying anatomical structures (i.e. roots and bone) during this planning phase. For example, in growing patients with impacted or unerupted teeth, periodontal patients or in cases where restorative treatment with implants is to be performed.

This new development confirms, once again, what Vélez y Lozano has been saying for some time: 3D is an essential and decisive part of the future of science. Let's take a look at a practical example:

CBCT radiograph of a Class II patient with an included canine.
Here we can see the same 3D X-ray but with the ataches already planned for treatment.

I hope that everything is relatively clear, despite the complexity of the subject, and if you have any questions you can send them to the clinic through our usual channels.