“Kids that already come in nervous, they don’t leave nervous.” Local Dental and Orthodontist Office harnesses new technology

Orthodontist Ted Kula overseeing a digital teeth imaging appointment. (WTHI Photo)
Orthodontist Ted Kula overseeing a digital teeth imaging appointment. (WTHI Photo)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A step forward in technology is getting a thumbs up from dental patients.

It’s the human mouth like you’ve never seen it before.

Kim White is a patient at Dentistry Just for Kids and Orthodontics.

She says, “You just lay there and relax.”

She’s no stranger to the process of shifting a smile.

White says, “I had braces as a child when I was in middle school and high school and it was the old style back then. They bracketed every tooth.”

Orthodontist Ted Kula says the old way of doing things was quite the process.

He says, “Typically you take these two gooey impressions, and especially on small kids, they don’t like them very much. It makes them gag a little bit, it doesn’t taste good. So now we’re taking these digital impressions.”

That is the major leap in technology the office has.

White comments, “Today they just run this little scanner around your teeth and gums.”

Kula says the process is a time-saver.

It can even prevent patients from going through multiple impressions that may not come out right.

Kula says, “There can be distortions when you pull the stone model from the impression. Then you send that to a lab and it can be beat up. Things of that nature. Whereas the file that we download today is the exact file that the lab gets.”

Kula says he’s looking into getting a 3D printer in the future.

But for now, Dentistry Just for Kids and Orthodontics are the only ones locally with this technology.

The precision provides a more pleasant experience for patients, no matter the age.

Kula says, “Kids that already come in nervous, they don’t leave nervous. So to me, that’s big feedback.”

White says, “It is just awesome. You don’t have to worry about gagging, unpleasant taste, and it’s so easy.”