Technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives. Smartphones enable patients to request, receive, and transmit information irrespective of the time and place. The global pandemic has forced healthcare providers to employ technology to aid in ‘flattening the curve. The Novel Coronavirus, which is responsible for COVID-19, is transmitted primarily through person-to-person contact but may also be spread through aerosol generating procedures, so many clinics have severely limited interpersonal interactions. The purpose of this article is to provide helpful information for those orthodontists considering some form of remote practice. Various HIPAA-compliant telecommunication or teledentistry systems that can be used for orthodontic treatment are introduced and discussed. Detailed information about each platform that can potentially be used for orthodontics is provided in Figure 1. The authors do not endorse any of the products listed and the included software is not all inclusive but instead is a glimpse into the options available.
From the Postgraduate Orthodontic Program, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ.
*Jae Hyun Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD, Professor and Chair. International Scholar, Graduate School of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
** Leah Rogowski, DMD, Orthodontic Resident.
*** Janet H. Kim, DDS, Orthodontic Resident.
**** Sumayah Al Shami, BDS, International Orthodontic Fellow.
***** Scott E I Howell, DMD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Director of Public Health Dentistry and Teledentistry.