Treatment stability in orthodontics can be really challenging. There is no way to measure the relapse risk or the patient willingness to wear their retainers. This is why the retention care that we need to provide to our patients has to be based on their specific needs, not on routines or habit.

Why should I monitor retention with Dental Monitoring?

The high precision of DM gives you the opportunity to remotely monitor treated cases by early detecting possible relapse or retention failure. Hundredths of a millimeter of teeth movement can be detected remotely and problems will be addressed well in advance.  This way you can guarantee treatment results to all your patients by creating a new source of revenue: long term retention monitoring.

On the other hand, the DM app will keep patients motivated on wearing their removable retention appliances and will keep them updated on their different needs, such as hygiene reinforcement with a truly customized post-treatment experience for your patients.

How does it work?

Early detection of a possible relapse:

  1. DM activity graph shows tooth movement
  2. Notification to the team: “Possible relapse detected on upper arch”
  3. Instruction to the team: “Schedule an appointment to check retainers”
  4. Message sent to the patient: “Please make sure you’re wearing your retainer consistently. We’re seeing the first signs of impending relapse, but you can still avoid it by wearing your retainer more often”

Onboarding a retention patient

During your debonding appointment, give patients an overview of Dental Monitoring and why your practice has embraced this technology:

  • Your practice prevents unnecessary control appointments.
  • You want to protect their investment by detecting any relapse before it becomes an issue for them.
  • Your practice provides a communication tool to communicate with the patients and keep them updated.

If your patient was already monitored with DM:

  • Inform them of the new scanning intervals.
  • At the debonding appointment, stop the current monitoring and start a new one, using 3D Monitoring Light.
  • Upload 3D scans if the previous monitoring was not 3D monitoring or if some tooth reshaping has been performed.

If your patient hasn’t been monitored before:

  • Create the patient’s Dental Monitoring card and Start Monitoring before the debonding appointment.
  • Inform your patients that they will receive an email containing a link to download the Dental Monitoring app, and another link to log into the app.

When giving the retainer:

On the DM dashboard, start the monitoring on the patient’s card – See next pages for recommendations of monitoring product and protocol
Explain to the patient how often they will need to scan.

What monitoring plan do I choose?

3D Monitoring Light is designed for retention control.  The 3D measurements and artificial intelligence analysis are essential to detect relapse before it’s visible to the naked eye.

It requires a 3D model of the patient:

Upload the scan of the patient on your DM dashboard, making sure to upload:

  • 2 STL files (one for the upper jaw and one for the lower jaw).
  • In occlusion.

On the DM dashboard, start the monitoring on the patient’s card, using 3D Monitoring Light

How often should my patients take a scan?

The default scanning interval in retention monitoring is two months. It can be set to once a month in the first months of retention and extended to up to three months during the second year of retention.

Tip: DM charges the practice for monitoring fees only when the patient takes at least one scan in the current month. If the scan frequency is set at every two months, the same fee will be charged every two months and so forth.

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Dr. Nesrine Bouattour

Dr. Nesrine Bouattour

Doctor of Dental Medicine and Project Manager at Dental Monitoring.

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