Welcome to the new age of advanced teledentistry where dental patients are remotely connecting with their orthodontists in a new, time-saving and techy way via a smartphone app. Developed by the Paris-based company, Dental Monitoring, it pairs its smartphone app with two pieces of take-home hardware – a dental retractor and a ScanBox that can attach to a smartphone and scans teeth.
Given the Coronavirus pandemic, telemedicine is on the rise. This innovative approach allows a dental patient’s progress to be monitored from home after being fitted with braces or an aligner. All the patient has to do is place the retractor in his or her mouth, which exposes the teeth. Then attach a smartphone to the ScanBox, which magnetically attaches to the retractor.
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Using the smartphone app, the patient takes “intraoral selfies” from several angles using a smartphone. Next, the photos are automatically sorted, cropped, organized by date and angulation, and stored. The scans are accessible via the dashboard from any device.
Dental Monitoring is the brainchild of CEO, Philippe Salah, who holds a MS in Bioinformatics and a PhD in Biophysics from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris. His team has grown internationally to more than 250 people in Europe, the U.S. Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.