Title: What are the advantages of digital planning and custom orthoodntic appliances in orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatment will rapidly change during the next years. The use of intraoral scanners, CBCT radiographs, and 3D extraoral images will allow the use of a “virtual head” for treatment planning and appliance fabrication. Custom made orthodontic appliances, such as individual brackets, indirect bonding, custom wires, lingual braces, and aligners will allow efficient and fast orthodontic treatment. The use of the intraoral scanner and the smartphone photographs during treatment will allow evaluation of the treatment progress and the correction of treatment to achieve the treatment goal planned, without delay. The patient will know the result of treatment before the actual start. During treatment the will be informed about the treatment progress. Of course, every treatment should be changed when needed. Monitoring during treatment will improve the progress. After treatment, retention of the treatment result will be needed. Evaluation of treatment stability using intraoral scanners and the smartphone of the patient can be used to prevent a severe relapse of the treatment result.