To settle FTC charges that its actions violated the antitrust laws, the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama has agreed to stop requiring on-site supervision by licensed dentists of alignment scans of prospective patients’ mouths seeking to address misaligned teeth or gaps between teeth. These scans are routinely administered by dental hygienists and other non-dentist practitioners; the Dental Board’s decision limited consumer choice and excluded new providers in the state of Alabama.
The American Teledentistry Association has long stated that the taking of digital scans of the oral cavity is NOT the practice of dentistry. We applaud the Federal Trade Commission for stepping in and validating the ATDA position. It is our genuine hope that the other 49 State Dental Boards will no longer attempt to promulgate rules that limit competition in the market and that negatively impact a citizen’s ability to access affordable oral health care.