As a field, orthodontics is constantly evolving. For example, just a few decades ago, conventional braces were the only option available to correct the vast majority of alignment problems. Today, technological advancements have opened orthodontic patients to a world of treatment possibilities.
At Beverly Hills Orthodontics, we proudly use the latest technology to create the best patient experience possible. From treating severe misalignments with Invisalign hybrid treatments to reducing treatment times via accelerated orthodontics, the BHO team is always looking for the best tech to make tooth alignment as easy and comfortable as possible. That’s why we have long embraced digital tools and artificial intelligence in our orthodontic work.
Over the last few years, AI systems have greatly improved how orthodontists diagnose problems, create treatment plans, and predict outcomes. Here, we profile these various tools to show how BHO uses them to maximize treatment success and patient comfort:
Digital Tools and Artificial Intelligence in Orthodontics: Moving from Analog to Digital Workflows
It isn’t an exaggeration to say that digital tools and AI have revolutionized the way that orthodontists work. Everything from creating oral impressions to developing orthodontic devices has been improved by the advent of digital technology.
Consider dental models for example. In past decades, appliances like braces and retainers were exclusively created with physical oral impressions. Creating these impressions required the use of patient trays and a gag-inducing plaster mix. Now, orthodontists simply use a dental scanner like the iTero Element to create precise digital impressions of patients’ anatomy. As a result:
- Patients don’t have to undergo the uncomfortable plaster molding process
- Orthodontists save themselves from time-consuming work
- Dental labs receive more accurate information at a quicker pace when making devices
In similar ways, digital/AI technologies have simplified and enhanced other parts of orthodontic treatment. Thanks to modern tools, orthodontists are able to more accurately diagnose problems at early stages, create more precise treatment plans, and more reliably monitor patient progress. Orthodontists are able to perform these tasks using tools like:
- Digital scanners
- 3D modeling software
- 3D printers (used to create aligners and other orthodontic devices)
- Patient-operated oral devices and smartphone apps
Not only do these tools make orthodontists’ work easier, they directly benefit patients in multiple ways.
How Patients Benefit from Digital Workflows and AI Systems
So, what does this all mean for patients? In short, digital tools and artificial intelligence in orthodontics improve nearly every part of the patient experience. From more accurate diagnoses to pinpoint progress monitoring, digital tools and AI systems both improve patient outcomes and make treatment more comfortable.
Digital scanners like the iTero Element don’t just eliminate uncomfortable plaster molding— they enable orthodontists to record more accurate information to diagnose problems.:
The images captured by scanners are highly detailed and allow orthodontists to closely view patients’ oral anatomy and create 3D digital models. Orthodontists use these models to more precisely diagnose problems and create detailed treatment plans
For younger patients, digital imaging helps improve and also means that orthodontists can more readily recognize emerging alignment problems early and provide interceptive care before they grow worse.
Precise Treatment Monitoring
For patients with braces, treatment monitoring isn’t much of a concern. Braces are constantly applying pressure to move teeth and the orthodontist is always available during monthly appointments to weigh in on how treatment is progressing. For Invisalign patients, treatment monitoring is a little more complicated.
Although Invisalign aligners can be removed at any time, patients must wear them for at least 22 hours a day to meet treatment goals. Many patients struggle to meet this daily goal due to the temptation of leaving aligners out during the day.
To help Invisalign patients stay on track, smartphone scanning apps like DentalMonitoring enable users to see real-time updates on their progress. Using AI-powered platforms, these apps analyze images and send data to both the patient and their orthodontist, ensuring if a problem arises, a quick solution can be found.
More Reliable Retention
Just like smartphone apps help Invisalign patients stay on track, patients with retainers can use similar programs to ensure that they aren’t losing their new smiles. With retainer monitoring, patients can rest assured that their teeth are staying in place, even after regular orthodontist visits end.
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Beverly Hills Orthodontics is your home for top-of-the-line orthodontic care. Using the latest digital technology and artificial intelligence in orthodontics, the BHO team provides its patients with the best care available today. Schedule a consultation today to learn how Beverly Hills Orthodontics can improve your smile.