As a pioneer in digital orthodontics, I was honored to be asked to write the introduction to the April-May edition of the journal, Orthodontic Practice US. Here is my perspective on the necessity of orthodontists embracing the latest technology if they are truly committed to elevating the standard of care for their patients.
As specialists, we lead. We lead in innovative diagnosis and therapeutics, implementation of state-of-the-art technology and, most importantly, quality of patient care. I say that as much as a reminder to myself as I do to my specialist colleagues. Because to paraphrase Bob Dylan’s song, “The times they are a-changing.”
So, what’s happening? In the most general sense, much of what we do clinically today involves digital technology, one way or another. From archwires to aligners, from lingual treatment to IDB, there is almost always a digital option for us to choose at every stage of treatment.
There is no question that these new technologies afford us expanding opportunities to deliver predictable and optimal outcomes through enhanced diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, achieving new levels of efficiency, predictability and precision.
As orthodontists, we tend to be creative and independent-minded as we seek better ways to care for our patients. Direct bonding was a major innovation not so long ago. Now virtually all of us do it. Esthetic brackets formed in plastic or ceramics have become standard, something that would have been hard to imagine in 1970. Wire formulations have become much more sophisticated–and continue to do so–giving us all a broader armamentarium in tooth movement. Even digitally-produced aligners, something many if not most of us resisted back in the day, have become a standard treatment option. Continue reading The Times, They Are a-Changin’