From Office Visits To Teledentistry

Teledentistry

Our already app-centric culture has found more ways to integrate remote care into our paradigm throughout the pandemic. While access to this technology already existed for many patients and clinics, the imperative to use it became apparent in our current environment. However, there are still many specialties and practices that many wonder if they can even use a telehealth approach. Orthodontics is among these specialties. The answer is yes, and we’re going to reveal how.

 

From Office Visits To Teledentistry

Assuring that patients have access to care has been a major concern for all areas of medicine. Dentistry, in particular, has found itself striving to ensure this access is possible. Poor oral health has been known to impact a staggering number of areas of our lives. Those who have poor oral health care are shown to have lower self-esteem. 

They’ve also been demonstrated to perform more poorly in an academic setting and be more prone to a variety of health concerns. Heart disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s have been part of studies that suggest they may be intertwined with poor oral health. Add to these concerns that nearly half of all Americans are without dental insurance, and a serious situation becomes apparent. 

There are millions throughout the country that could benefit from having straighter teeth. The cosmetic benefits are obvious, but there are oral health considerations as well. Misaligned teeth can cause jaw pain and be involved in temporomandibular joint disorder cases. They’re also more likely to experience decay since the nooks and crannies created can be difficult to clean. This allows plaque, acids, and debris to remain sequestered in these hidden spaces. Clearly, better access to teledentistry is essential.

Teleorthodontics is possible through the use of modern communications technology, such as video chat. There are also specific communication platforms that are intended to make teledentistry more effective. These technologies make taking a digital scan of your oral cavity possible. Your orthodontist can send you an at-home mold to cast your teeth even without this. Working with your local orthodontist creates the perfect balance between “mail-in orthodontic services” and traditional dentistry. Some forms of orthodontic care, such as dental adjustment with clear aligners, can take place without an office visit. 

Using teleorthodontics provides the following benefits:

  • Oversight of your care by a licensed orthodontist or dentist
  • Easy and safe access to orthodontic care
  • No DIY treatments by unqualified individuals
  • Better access to dental services in remote areas

Every year more states make teledental care like this an option for their residents.

 

Speak To Your Dental Provider To Learn More

Your first call should be to your dental provider’s office to determine if they provide teledental services. Advancing dental and communication technology continues to make treatment options like this more accessible. When you schedule a consultation with your orthodontist, they’ll let you know what treatment options are available. They’ll go through their processes and describe how they integrate teledental services into their practice. The future of dental care is virtual, with accessibility for everyone through teledentistry.

 

Alireza Movassaghi, D.D.S and Other Dentist Dr. Alireza Movassaghi brings 30 years of experience to the practice at Alvarado Family Dental Center. As a graduate of the USC School of Dentistry, he works tirelessly to expand access to dental care throughout the Los Angeles area. Along with his passion for expert dental care, he exhibits a love of soccer and beautiful cars.
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