The mission of the American Teledentistry Association is to educate dental professionals, public policy makers and patients about the scope of teledentistry and to develop best practices in this growing area of healthcare delivery. We have found that there is a tremendous amount of misinformation on the web regarding teledentistry. It is unfortunate that most of it has come from dental professionals and protectionist trade groups who believe that teledental practice diminishes the role of the dental practitioner in diagnosis and treatment.
The most common misconception is that teleorthodontic treatment is “Do-it-yourself” orthodontics. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Through the use of information technology and the digital health record, orthodontists are able to, in real time or in a store-and-forward method, utilize teledentistry to diagnose, treatment plan, render treatment and monitor treatment progress of patients. Do-it-yourself orthodontics, either Do-it-Yourself Braces or Do-it Yourself Aligners, on the other hand, does not involve a doctor in any part of the process.