Dental impressions: a key step in many orthodontic treatments, but one that often brings back memories of uncomfortable trays and nasty pastes. Enter the era of digital impressions, where advanced technology promises precision without the mess. Join Veil & Wild Orthodontics as we compare the traditional with the transformative and discover why the future of dental impressions is digital.

Traditional Molds: The Tried-and-True Method

Long before digital technology entered the dental scene, traditional molds were the gold standard for capturing the shape and layout of a patient’s mouth.

Features of Traditional Molds:

  • Physical Materials: Uses alginate or other materials to create the impression.
  • Manual Process: The patient bites down on a tray filled with the impression material until it sets.
  • Lab Creation: The mold is sent to a lab, where a plaster cast is created from the impression.


  • Discomfort: Some patients find the sensation of the tray and material uncomfortable or gag-inducing.
  • Less Precision: Manual errors can result in a less-than-perfect mold.
  • Time-Intensive: The process of sending molds to labs can extend treatment timelines.

Digital Impressions: The Wave of the Future

Digital impressions use advanced scanners to create a detailed 3D model of the teeth and gums, eliminating the need for physical molding materials.

Features of Digital Impressions:

  • High-Tech Scanning: Devices capture thousands of points in the mouth, constructing a highly accurate 3D image.
  • Immediate Visualization: The scanned image can be immediately viewed and analyzed.
  • Direct to Lab: Digital files are electronically sent to labs, speeding up the fabrication process for orthodontic treatment.


  • Comfort: No more biting down on gooey trays – the scanning process is non-invasive.
  • Precision: Digital accuracy reduces errors and ensures a better fit for orthodontic appliances.
  • Speed: Faster imaging and electronic transfer cut down on waiting times.

Making the Choice: Why Digital is Dominating

While both methods have their merits, the benefits of digital impressions—comfort, speed, and accuracy—are steering modern orthodontics towards this innovative approach. Not only do patients appreciate the seamless experience, but the results also speak for themselves in the form of perfectly fitted orthodontic devices.

The shift from traditional molds to digital impressions signifies how orthodontics, like many fields, is harnessing the power of technology to enhance patient care. At Veil & Wild Orthodontics, we’re excited to be part of this revolution, offering our patients the latest and best in orthodontic treatment.

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