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Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven customised orthodontics is the future

Vandana KatyalBOSS News

AI can help deliver orthodontic treatments predictably and in patient-friendly ways. Latest technologies combined with customised aligner-based orthodontics can help set your practice apart and improve your case acceptance.

The Future of Orthodontics is no longer driven by appliances but by Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI is now available for orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment monitoring. It is the automated extension of tele-dentistry which has been used in orthodontics since the 1990s (Estai et al 2018). AI technology use big data sets and computer programmers to teach it to recognise whether a condition is true or false.

AI can be used to monitor treatment progress and track it against the proposed treatment plan and tooth movements. One of the current ways of incorporating this in your orthodontic practice is to use Dental Monitoring. Our internal clinical practice data from CCC Smiles in 2017 (n=125) shows on average AI technology has saved us 25% in number of appointments scheduled for those patients in comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Interestingly, there was no reduction in the number of appointments per patient for limited orthodontic treatments ranging from 3-9 months and an 15% increase in appointments scheduled for patient with fixed appliances! This study is a pilot and now ongoing for future publication.

Do orthodontic treatments finish faster with AI? Treatment times depend on a number of factors and all virtual treatment monitoring detects is progress, breakages and aligner fit (tracking) against the proposed treatment plan. If all other factors are favourable, we should see a reduction in aligner unseats and be able to assess breakages quickly. Our pilot data shows aligner patients are more compliant with prescribed wear time when AI technologies are used – the compliance rose from 50% to 90%. This shows that we should be f

inishing treatments earlier and more predictably. This is yet to be shown in a clinical trial.

Final Words Those embracing the most innovative new time-saving and patient-friendly appliances and technologies today are likely to stay ahead of Direct-To-Consumer business models, or be able to work in collaboration with various DTC orthodontic business models. As much as everything is heading virtual, we still need a thorough patient’s clinical exam and hence traditional brick-and-mortar orthodontic practices are still here to stay. Our practices can provide not just “mail-order treatments” but also an ethical doctor who is bound by duty and care for the patient they treat!

What People Are Saying

  • Dr Katyal’s courses are always very practical, interactive and based on up-to-date evidence. I have completed other orthodontic courses and I have found the structure and organisation of BOSS to be superior. Whilst Dr Katyal is very encouraging of GP dentists doing orthodontic treatment, she ensures that we understand our scope of practice, which allows patients to have the best outcomes. Looking forward to doing more BOSS courses in the future!

    Dr Brodie Hil, Dentist VIC
  • Boss is an amazing seminar well ran by Dr Katyal and her team. The group is small and Dr Katyal caters to the needs of the group. We bring cases along to discuss and we can interrupt to ask questions.
    It’s not like other seminars where you get lectured to and they take a few questions at the end . By which time you can’t remember the question you wanted to ask .
    The many lecturers are funny , informative and a pleasure to listen to . Ohh ohh I forgot … it’s held at the Hilton hotel and the food is unbelievable!!!

    Amy Lg, Dentist, Sydney
  • Many thanks to BOSS and Dr Vandana Katyal for providing me with a great learning platform for clear aligners. With a previous background in fixed orthodontics, I have always been interested in incorporating clear aligners to give my patients all options when it comes to providing orthodontic treatment in my practice.

    After attending BOSS lectures, Dr Katyal has helped grow my confidence in using clear aligners by providing one on one mentoring on clin-checks and also going through some of her own cases that she is treating with Invisalign which has been an eye opener for myself.

    I have now got multiple cases of Invisalign undergoing and I don’t shy away in presenting clear aligners as a treatment option for patients requiring orthodontic treatment in my practice.

    Amrinder Oberoi, Dentist, Sydney
  • I have been attending BOSS Courses since early 2016, and am so pleased to have found Vandana and her team! As Orthodontics is such a vast study in itself, BOSS breaks it down into practical and easy to understand concepts, which allows you to become more aware of the orthodontic status of all your patients. I have found so much confidence in being able to deliver orthodontic treatment to my patients after attending BOSS. If you’re someone who hasn’t done any orthodontics and are looking for starter courses, this course is fantastic. It is also a great opportunity for those who have had orthodontic experience in the past (like myself) to enhance, grow and learn more!

    Dr Radhika Singh, Sydney
  • I just attended the 2018 Boss Course 1 in Melbourne. It was a comprehensive introduction into orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning. I have walked away feeling confident in my knowledge and abilities. I recommend this course to beginners and those with more experience. The group was small and the course felt tailored to our individual levels of experience. Dr Katyal was so kind and approachable and generously shared her knowledge. The course was heavily scientifically based and Dr Katyal frequently referred to the literature and gave recommended pre-readings to enhance our knowledge and make the most of the session.

    Dr Rachael McDonald, Dentist, Melbourne
  • Dr Katyal shares so much of her own protocol and is extremely generous not only with her time but with the well thought out information she provides along with the course such as inventory lists, marketing material and case presentation templates. She tailors her advice to your own experience and helps with appropriate case selection, points out possible pitfalls and helps you understand how to overcome them. The course is also up-to-date using the latest technologies in orthodontics and is heavily evidence-based.

    I would recommend it to anyone wanting to start doing some orthodontic treatment or looking for a more comprehensive course to assist in some ortho they are already doing.

    Dr Becky Dudman, Melbourne

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