Innovating with digital technology

Dentists are weighing in on the many ways uLab has improved their clinical and business workflow.

When new technology is introduced, innovative users will develop novel techniques for implementing it. Here are a few:

Dr. Bill Layman, Straighten Up Orthodontics

Virtual Treatment Letter

As part of a strategy to develop a strong referral base of restorative dentists, Dr. Layman creates a treatment plan from the STL files the dentist captured in-office. In addition to creating and sending a treatment video, he prints an articulated model of the final occlusion and provides it to the dentist. This improves communication between allied specialists and the patient, showing the value of orthodontic work in the restorative case. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a 3D model is worth infinitely more.

Results? A 90% patient conversion rate and less time spent writing and deciphering. The treatment plan is already created so ordering the aligners is easy.

Dr. Deborah Solomon, Smile Health Orthodontics

Try-Before-You-Commit Aligners

Dr. Solomon prescribes aligners for most of her Phase I cases and is impressed with her young patients’ compliance. When a parent isn’t sure their child will wear aligners consistently, she offers to let them try aligners and will switch them to braces at no extra charge. She places an order for a few stages without committing to a comprehensive treatment and without the risk of wasting boxes of unused aligners.

Results? Her patients are so excited to have aligners that most diligently follow instructions. The efficient aligner workflow easily compensates for a few compliance failures.

Dr. Jeremy Manuele, Hamilton and Manuele Orthodontics

Chairside Refinements

Even with proper aligner compliance, some movements don’t express as predicted. In these cases, Dr. Manuele’s assistant will pull up the uDesign® treatment plan chairside and compare it to the patient’s teeth in real-time. They add any additional movements or overcorrection stages that are needed without having to take a new scan and work up a traditional refinement. Dr. Manuele verifies the changes and orders these additional aligners before the patient even leaves the office.

Results? By eliminating traditional refinements, valuable time is saved. Chairside refinements are performed “on the go,” ensuring efficient progress in the patient’s treatment while reducing the doctor’s after-hours computer work.

uLab®. How will you innovate?


This information was provided by uLab.

uLab had some more good news about providing more choices and flexibility for orthodontists earlier this year. Read about it here:

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