ORTHODONTICS AND ORAL QAMERA
ORTHODONTICS AND ORAL QAMERA ACCORDING TO KATJA VAN OORT
‘‘Oral Qamera has really changed the profession of orthodontics and that starts with the intake of a new patient. When a patient visits our practice for the first time, I check whether his or her teeth are being brushed properly. In many cases we find that children, and also their parents, are unaware of the value of thorough brushing so we try to make them aware of this. Then we commence measuring the braces. The funny thing about first training them to brush better is that you immediately build a nice bond.
IT IS AS AN INVESTMENT IN THE RELATIONSHIP WHICH IS REIMBURSED.
Oral Qamera is invaluable while wearing the braces. At every check-up, I check whether the patient is still brushing properly just by taking a QLF photo. Especially at the first check after placing the braces you can see exactly whether the dental plaque build-up is under control. And the great thing is that the automatically generated hygiene score has a strong motivational effect. Children are quite digital, and images are having a larger impact than just explaining. In the photo, children see exactly where they need to brush and clean better. For me this is the modern, simple and effective way to replace a chemical plaque disclosing test. With Oral Qamera a patient can be monitored much better, and also a file is maintained easily over time. Just one example: a girl comes in with a rather dirty mouth: hygiene scoring a bad 5. After discussing the photo with her she directly understands the importance of brushing better at identified spots. The remaining orthodontic treatment has been so ‘clean’: she only had 0 dental plaque scores! Today I can’t imagine working without Oral Qamera anymore. You always have up-to-date images of your patients, giving confidence and motivation.