If Digital Orthodontics Is the Future of Orthodontics, Is it the Future of the Orthodontist?

Abstract

For two decades, lingual orthodontics is in competition:

– with aligners: many companies advertise about new extra-ordinary features of plastic sheets.

– with itself: many companies advertise about new extra-ordinary features of pieces of metal: lingual brackets and/or arch-wires.

All of these companies have the same strong obsession to make treatments seem easier to manage for potential better results.

But what value proposition do we create for our patients? What is our position in the value chain and delivery chain of health care?

Indeed, digital technology is changing the organisation of our practice: are we still Doctors? Providers of appliances? Who control the digital flow? And what for?

We have to think big. And at the same time remain realistic: no technology can change the biomechanics principles or the biology of tooth movement.

Nevertheless the digital technology now available and affordable in our clinics creates a new paradigm from which we can benefit.

By focusing on biomechanics principles and in-office organisation, we will discuss the new opportunities that are offered: in-office setup, management of digital flow, in-office 3D printers.

CV

– DSD – MSc in Orthodontics – MSc in Medical Biology (Lille University, France)

– Private practice in Valenciennes (France)

– Graduated in Lingual Orthodontics (Rennes 1 University)

– President of the European Society of Lingual Orthodontics (ESLO)

– Scientific director of the post graduate diploma in Lingual Orthodontic and Aesthetic at Paris V University

– Titular member of ESLO and of the European College of Orthodontics (CEO)

– Titular member of the French Board in Orthodontics (BFO)

– Board member of the European College of Orthodontics (CEO)

– Editorial Board member of the Journal Aligner of Orthodontics and of International Orthodontics

– Graduated in Executive MBA of EDHEC school (Paris-Lille)