“It’s a true revolution and the future of orthodontics.”
Ronald Sluiter of OrthodontiX, who has always been fascinated by technological innovation in his field, is referring to Dental Monitoring (DM). This exciting and advanced way to have orthodontic treatment developed by French biophysicist Philippe Salah, allows specialists to control the position and shape of patients’ teeth remotely and continuously by way of an app on a smartphone. It’s a self-monitoring system whereby patients snap a photo of their own teeth on their phone (either Android or iOS) at home.
The images are uploaded to the Paris HQ of Dental Monitoring and are evaluated there by Artificial Intelligence. “I started using DM early in 2018 for patients on the Invisalign teeth-straightening system. It benefits me as an orthodontist because I can track the movement of my patients’ teeth as treatment progresses and can intervene early to prevent any problems occurring. It benefits my patients as well. They don’t need to come into the practice as often.
I have a patient in Greymouth who, instead of having to see me about 25 times during treatment, has needed only six visits.” Ronald has just returned from the first ever symposium on Dental Monitoring held in Las Vegas. “I am even more excited now to roll out the technology to more of my patients.”
If you would like to discover the benefits of the advanced Dental Monitoring app for your teeth, book a consultation with the friendly team at OrthodontiX today. Phone 0800 678 463.
Ronald Sluiter, orthodontist of OrthodontiX is proud to be New Zealand’s premier Orthodontic provider of Invisalign teeth straightening systems.
Invisalign was traditionally aimed at smaller dental corrections for adults, but Ronald is thrilled that the system now provides treatments tailored to teens. Called the Kids First treatment, it is available in a two-stage option. Children can receive treatment for buck teeth from around the age of eight. Then, as the teenage years beckon, the second stage of treatment can begin. Crucially, parents don’t have to pay for the second phase from scratch, as it comes at a reduced price in conjunction with the initial treatment.
Invisalign technology can make braces and functional appliances for the teeth a thing of the past. Ronald develops a treatment plan that uses a series of custom-made, removable, and virtually invisible aligners. There are no brackets to rub or wires to break, and none of the self-confidence issues associated with traditional braces.
Invisalign aligners can be removed, so great oral hygiene is possible and the technology allows for speedy improvements so visible correction occurs within as little as four months. With revolutionary dental monitoring through a phone app, there are fewer visits to the clinic needed too.
Ronald says the first consultation is free at any of the three OrthodontiX clinics and in-house financing, tailored to individual needs, is available. The system amounts not only to great teeth, but to a happier teen and who doesn’t want that?
Anyone cognisant of the latest in invisible orthodontic treatment is marvelling over how life gets better.
Parents who had metal braces fitted could well feel pangs of envy over the Invisalign clear aligners their children are sporting. They’re the most modern way of straightening teeth and fixing an array of aesthetic dental conditions. Because they’re invisible, they make dental improvements no big deal.
Now OrthodontiX is joining ‘The Invisible Orthodontist’, an international industry group with members in the USA, Australia, the UK and New Zealand. The group specialises in aesthetic treatments; in other words, treatments that beautify while easing discomfort.
Dr Ronald Sluiter says in general, the trend has been away from old fashioned braces and toward the clear aligners. Invisalign aligners need to be worn 22/7. Basically that means they are worn constantly, apart from when eating and cleaning the teeth and mouth.
The latter has been a game-changer, as food doesn’t get stuck in metalwork and cleaning becomes hassle-free. For all of these reasons, wearers are enthusiastic.
Not only for teenagers, dental straightening can be investigated at any age. Dr Sluiter says that initial orthodontic consultations are always a good idea, as sometimes it’s financially more attainable for parents to opt for early-phase dental work, involving team-oriented treatments. He says children as young as nine with ‘cross-bites’ or ‘over-jets’ can be helped and a referral is never necessary.
“Online ‘dental monitoring’ will completely change the delivery of orthodontic care,” says Ronald Sluiter of OrthodontiX.
Dental monitoring is app-based artificial intelligence developed in Paris to follow an ortho-dontic treatment intensely and Ronald is pleased to offer it in each of the three Canterbury OrthodontiX clinics.
In his opinion, the sophisticated software will become essential for busy people, or for those who live a distance from their clinic. While a standard two year plus on aligner treatment requires about 25 visits to the orthodontist, dental monitoring can cut those trips down to just 12 or 13.
Currently suited to Invisalign aligners, the technology will be available for use on all the aligning tools. The programme enables a patient to take weekly photographs of their teeth, with and without aligners, using their smartphone, then Ronald receives that scan for analysis at the clinic. A patient from the West Coast is using the technology. “I haven’t seen her in eight weeks, but I have seen her progress every week!”
The app notifies Ronald if the client forgets to take a picture, it checks that the attachments are still in place, that the movement is happening correctly, and identifies when a patient should move to the next aligner.
It costs extra, but Ronald says the benefits far outweigh the cost, reducing logistics and decreasing treatment time because of optimised aligner change. Aligners fit better, making treatment more discrete, patients receive instant feedback and more intensive care through weekly analysis, plus people love to see evidence of how their smile is changing.