How T-Scan Saves Cases for Two Clear Aligner Dentists (Interview Inside)

The term “Return on Investment” is a layered phrase with several interpretations. Many of us often think of ROI in terms of economics, where implementing a new dental technology in your practice allows you to take on different or more complex cases, and become a new revenue source.

However, what may be more important than becoming an additional revenue source, is whether this piece of dental equipment can help you save cases.

Dentists always want to talk about ROI with different things, but it really comes down to how many cases you’ve saved because of a technology. That is really at the heart of what you do with T-Scan. You’re able to prevent failures, which is not only financially, but psychologically, hard to put a price on. It’s a big deal knowing that you prevented problems.

Dr. Ryan Oakley, FAGD, DDS

Dr. Ryan Oakley (FAGD, DDS) and Dr. Colin Lathrop (DDS) -- two key influencers with the American Academy of Clear Aligners (AACA) -- recently sat down with Tekscan’s Jen Cullen for an interview sharing how they use T-Scan as a critical tool in clear aligner therapy cases.

Drs. Oakley and Lathrop stressed the importance for dentists practicing clear aligner therapy to have a stronger understanding of the patient’s occlusion. For them, T-Scan has been instrumental in helping them verify recessions, abfractions, and other symptoms in the beginning, perform progress assessments, and address force outliers post-treatment. This has helped them limit extended treatment periods or patient relapses following clear aligner therapy.

We try to scan as much as possible with T-Scan to guide our treatment, and see if we ever have to make adjustments. Most users relying solely on articulating paper, a hundred-year-old-technology, are creating a lot more retreatments for themselves, or extended treatment times.

Dr. Colin Lathrop, DDS

This unscripted half-hour conversation share their thoughts and recommendations for using T-Scan in clear aligner therapy, touching upon the following topics:

  • How having an understanding of occlusion can help guide a conversation with patients
  • Recommendations for where and when to use T-Scan in clear aligner therapy treatment process
  • How T-Scan combines with clear aligners to treat malocclusion

Watch the Complete Interview Here