they see their own problems in colour, on screen. In addition, there is no reliance on trusting the dentist; they trust what they see, and from this digital consultation, we have seen patients commit to change in a way we had never seen before. We have taken this digital consultation further by using the technology to allow greater communication throughout our 25-person team, and the colour digital scans taken on one of our three iTero Element scanners are saved in the cloud as standard procedure. They are password protected but available to visualise on any laptop. This means that both my senior team and I are able to have a digital case conference once a week to discuss the patient’s presenting issues before I ever meet them. This creates an immediate and profound benefit to the planning of complex dental treatment. Digital consent Digital consent is a commitment to never carrying out complex dentistry until it has been completed in the digital world first. Put another way, we commit to providing our patients with a visual demonstration of any proposed outcome before we begin to aid their decision-making process. Following the digital consultation process, we will have discussed a number of different options and techniques to deliver the outcome. Once we take the initial scans of the patient, we activate software built into the iTero scanners that runs an orthodontic outcome simulation. These are time- stamped and recorded in the cloud as evidence that we demonstrated this approach to the patient. This visual instantly shows the patient what Invisalign can deliver, and 90 per cent of the time, a patient is amazed and requests to move forward with
3D printer: able to produce a model in 30 minutes
treatment. This is digital consent; the patient has seen a visual of what we can deliver, confirmed it is what they want and understands the risks and benefits of the technique being used to deliver it. This visual forms a contract between us and the patient that we commit to deliver on. In certain instances where teeth are broken, worn or have irregular shapes, the orthodontic simulation we set in motion will not deliver an image that satisfies the patient’s needs. It will, in fact, highlight that additional dental techniques are required to repair and restore the teeth surfaces. In these instances, we carry out a different visual demonstration as described below.
Now for the first time we see the dental system as a whole