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.
One of the most dynamic and interesting things about this course of constant change and refinement is that much of it has been driven by one of our own. Just go down the list of bracket prescriptions developed by our brilliant colleagues. And even as we make our choices, many of us can’t refrain ourselves from tweaking what comes from our manufacturer friends to make it our own. That probably includes you.
It’s this path of clinical innovation that’s a defining characteristic of orthodontics in the diagnosis and treatment of our patients. Our predecessors achieved excellent results with fully banded cases and in the process, began creating new expectations of results–faster, more comfortable, more predictable…and better.
Today, as many of our minds have the digital switch flipped, most of us are using many of the different technologies now available. We’ve also discovered that not all of them are created equal.
I have integrated the Suresmile® system in my practice, the state-of-the-technology digital treatment system that gives me more flexibility and precision than I’ve ever had. For diagnostics, planning and treatment, there’s nothing like it. Using a digitally-designed series of archwires, I’m able to move teeth more predictably than I would have ever thought possible. I also use aligners when they are appropriate clinical choices and usually in conjunction with brackets and wires. As long as treatment goals are met, aligners make the process better for my patients.
Yes, the times are changing and I have no doubt that they are changing for the better, for both us and our patients. The power of digital dramatically advances our ability to deliver excellence in orthodontic care to our patients…and that’s something we should all be passionate about.
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