All of the diagnostic documents necessary for an Aligner treatment, which will shortly be described in the following, are being created and evaluated digitally.
Firstly, an intraoral scan (or digital print) will be performed so that the dental and jaw bone malposition can be explained to the patient. Further, the digital depiction allows for the patient's wishes to be discussed in detail. Even a simulation of the expected results is possible. The process of the digital scan only takes a few minutes and does not cause any trouble for the patient. The gathered information will be then used to create a treatment and financial plan, as well as the ordering process for the Alinger. So in case there needs to be a model printed for an evaluation it can be done quickly. Of course, we at MUNDWERK Die Kieferorthopäden make sure that our quality management system is up to date and corresponding to all data security measures.
X-rays of the teeth and jaw bone will be made, in order to assess the relevant anatomical structures for the orthodontic treatment. These include: the state of the tooth root, the bone incidence - especially at the dental front area - and the position of the upper and lower jaw bone in relation to the facial skull. Certainly, x-rays will only be made based on a justified indication and following radiation protection protocol. The radiation impact is comparably small, due to the state-of-the-art, digital devices. Pregnant patients will not be x-rayed, the Aligner treatment however is still a possibility.
In order to make the Aligners multiple photographs of the patient’s teeth are necessary. For example, it is important to see the progression of the gums, as well as the relation of the teeth to the lips, to ensure a beautiful smile with your “new” teeth.
The diagnostic documents can be made accessible to you via email or text message to your smartphone or tablet. A comparison of the documents from the beginning of the treatment to the final documents can be surprising for a lot of patients!