The main objectives of orthodontic treatment of patients with cleft during mixed dentition are:
1. To align the dental arches and establishing a functional occlusion, favoring a more normal growth tendency.
2. To prepare the area of the alveolar cleft to receive the bone graft that must be carried out before the eruption of the permanent canine.
Orthodontists are increasingly adding digital technology to their orthodontics records.
These include the use of digital photography, digital radiography as well as e-models.
Number of software are available to do 2D and 3D cephalometry on radiographic or CBCT data.
CBCT images to compare with digital x-rays
Video display of the virtual treatment plan showing the sequence of tooth movements needed to correct the patient’s malocclusion.
Following cementation, the patient is asked to get used to the appliance for a week, after which he/she is educated regarding the expansion protocol, which is carried out at home.
The patient is trained in the use of sequential removable aligners that are to be changed every 2 weeks, at home.
What is remote monitoring?
It is the use of digital technologies to monitor and capture medical and other health data from patients and electronically transmit this information to healthcare providers
Ways of remote monitoring?
Devices that track heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, sleep quality, etc. These are collected from the patient’s location, then analyzed, interpreted, and transmitted to the caretaker at another location.
Self reported photographs can reveal lack of tracking of the orthodontic aligner, defining when the patient must travel to the treatment center for in-person appointment with the specialist.