What If you could see your orthodontist without actually seeing your orthodontist?
New to orthodontics is a technology called Dental Monitoring. This revolutionary software is going to allow your doctor and you, to stay in communication about your treatment without the need to visit in person. Every time you have an alert or concerned about your teeth, you can use the app to send them new information.
The software was developed in Europe and is soon to hit our shores and will be available at a select group of orthodontists initially. You will have a personal account that you and your doctor share. Your doctor will be able to set alerts in the software that will give you or them messages. The messages might be about changing aligners, stopping to wear elastics, broken brackets or reminders to brush and many other topics. Basically, anything that’s important to your treatment going smoothly your doctor will be able to set alerts. Meaning you and them don’t miss a thing.
How it works
You will have a 3D scan taken by your orthodontist at their office. The high tech software program maps your teeth, then you take regular photos with your smartphone. Each time you take a photo you will wear the specially provided mouth retractor. This makes the photos easier to take but also acts as the reference point for the software to pick up tooth movements and send alerts.
Why it’s cool
Hopefully this new technology can be used to make treatment for children and adults more convenient and more efficient. By allowing your doctor to monitor you progress more closely, anything not going to plan can be quickly picked up or as soon as you’re ready to advance to the next aligner, or the next wire they will know and you can make an appointment or simply change aligners. Likewise if your teeth are slower to move, you won’t need to go in for unnecessary appointments.
Check out this neat little youtube video and ask us or your orthodontist for more information.