1. Teleorthodontics’ Democratization of Clear Aligner Treatment

    Clear Aligner Chronology Invisalign was launched in 1997 and was only available to orthodontic specialists and not general practitioners. Align Technology’s orthodontic advisors recommended this tactic in order to avoid the wrath of their trade organization and its members. In 2001, Dr. Jon Richter a general dentist, filed an anti-trust suit against Align [1]. As a result of this lawsuit, Align was forced to make Invisalign available to all general practitioners. The…

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  2. Important Update on New Florida Telehealth Law

    The ATDA recently posted about the Florida legislature passing a new, comprehensive, and forward-thinking telehealth law. It’s on its way to Governor DeSantis’ desk for signature. It was just brought to the ATDA’s attention that the Florida Association of Orthodontists in concert with the American Association of Orthodontists are urging the Governor to veto this bill.  This is yet another example of anticompetitive and protectionist behavior on the part of organized orthodontics….

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  3. Florida Legislature Passes New Telehealth Law and Dentistry Should Follow Their Lead

    The Florida legislature has passed a new law that provides guidelines for the practice of telehealth. The bill is en route to Governor DeSantis’ office where he is expected to sign it. The American Teledentistry Association endorses the language of the bill and in particular the following provisions: Telehealth is defined as the use of synchronous or asynchronous telecommunications technology by a telehealth provider to provide health care services, including, but not limited…

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