TeleOrthodontics vs. “Do it yourself Orthodontics”

5 Unexpected Benefits of Clear Aligners vs. Braces
  • TeleOrthodontics vs. “Do-it-yourself” Orthodontics.

The most common misconception is that TeleOrthodontic treatment is the same as “Do-it-yourself” orthodontics. This couldn’t be further from the truth.Through the use of information technology and the digital health record, orthodontists are able to, in real time or in a store-and-forward method, utilize teledentistry to diagnose, treatment plan, render treatment and monitor treatment progress of patients. Do-it-yourself orthodontics, either Do-it-Yourself Braces or Do-it Yourself Aligners, on the other hand, does not involve a doctor in any part of the process.

TeleOrthodontics is the use of electronic information, imaging and communication technologies, including interactive audio, video, data communications as well as store and forward technologies, to provide and support Orthodontic care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of dental information and education via HIPPA compliant platforms.

It can include virtual consultations and high-tech monitoring of patients which offer less expensive and more convenient care options for patients. TeleOrthodontics reflects a broader, changing healthcare landscape that is moving toward innovation, integration and convenient care. These days, it’s become commonplace for customers to purchase contacts, conduct banking and prepare taxes online. TeleOrthodontics is proof that the dental industry is embracing innovation, too.

TeleOrthodontics is proven to:

  • Improve the dental hygiene of patients.

Visits to dental offices began to drop in 2003 and have remained on a steady decline. Using telehealth systems to connect providers with patients has become an important tool for improving the oral health of patients conveniently.

  • Be more affordable than in-office Orthodontics.

TeleOrthodontics has been shown to reduce the cost of care and increase efficiency through reduced travel times, shared professional staffing and fewer in-person appointments.

  • Be a more innovative solution for the mainstream healthcare industry.

In 2013, 52 percent of hospitals utilized telehealth, and another 10 percent were beginning the process of implementing telehealth services.

  • Combined with today’s patients’ needs for modern forms of communication.

Recent studies on the use of telehealth services have shown that 70 percent of patients are comfortable communicating with their healthcare providers via text, email or video in lieu of seeing them in person, and 76 percent of patients prioritize access to care over the needs for face-to-face interactions with their healthcare providers. In fact, 30 percent of patients already use computers or mobile devices to check for medical or diagnostic information.

  • Improve access to care for patients.

Approximately 20 percent of Americans live in rural areas where they do not have easy access to dentists and other medical services. Teledentistry eliminates the need to travel long distances and can help health care providers supplement clinician staffing in areas where they are understaffed. It also allows providers to expand their reach to patients beyond their own offices. Teledentistry has a unique capacity to increase providers’ services to millions of new patients.

  • Reduce the amount of time employees spend away from the office.
  • Teledentistry options reduce the time taken by employees to see dental providers in person. In fact, though appointments can take hours out of an employee’s work day, only 17 percent (20 minutes) of that time is spent actually seeing the doctor.
  • Make in-office appointment times more accessible to patients who really need them.
  • Provide the same level of care to patients as in-office visits.
  • Research indicates that the quality of care and success rates of patients were the same whether patients used telemedicine or not.
  • Keeps growing-Utilization of telehealth services is projected to increase from 250,000 patients in 2013 to an estimated 3.2 million patients in 2018.

At Gutierrez Orthodontics we can’t wait to help you get the smile of your dreams! Call or text today to learn more about your free in 0ffice or virtual smile assessment!

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