New software enhancements improve workflow in orthodontic offices

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Perhaps the only thing a member of a modern orthodontic practice looks at more than teeth is a computer. Scrolling, clicking, and navigating between screens has become as much a part of the day-to-day practice workflow as an adjustment appointment. When software is intuitive and streamlines the most tedious tasks in a practice, it gives clinicians and staff more time to focus on patients and their needs. The latest updates to Carestream Dental’s orthodontic practice management system and modeling software applications streamline practice workflow by addressing the common challenges and pain points within an orthodontic office.

 Treatment card aligner tracking

CS OrthoTrac v14 offers a complete redesign of the treatment card specifically focused to address concerns around clinical workflow efficiency. An all-new feature in the CS OrthoTrac software, universal aligner tracking, helps practices track treatment for the growing number of aligner cases — regardless of manufacturer, brand, or if made in-house. Critical data such as which tray the patient is wearing, how many aligners are given to a patient, and treatment progress are now available at a glance, eliminating the need to scroll through notes or generate one-off reports. The new treatment card also features a compliance section to help track treatment progression. Patients and their guardians often become frustrated with delays in treatment, but the new compliance tracker makes it easy for clinicians and front desk staff to quickly see a history of missed appointments, broken wires, and other factors that could affect treatment. With this information at their fingertips, team members can coach the patient on ways they could get back on track with their treatment.

Other updates include a standalone light bar, which offers a real-time view of workflow performance outside of the treatment card, plus a family member’s information is always just a click away for easy access to treatment information, appointments, and even financials. The update also includes an enhanced financials section with an expanded snapshot of a patient’s balance, payment schedule, and adherence. All important patient information is centralized in a modern interface, so team members spend less time searching for clinical information and more time focusing on patient treatment, communication, and satisfaction.

Software can also play a role in streamlining workflow by automating the valuable, yet time-consuming, task of analyzing models and creating treatment setups. Rather than simply re-creating a manual process digitally, new CS Model+ software redefines the orthodontic workflow by automatically segmenting, setting up, analyzing, and presenting digital models within minutes, eliminating the most cumbersome parts of the process — allowing orthodontists to undertake this valuable exercise once reserved for only the most complicated or unique cases.

After capturing a digital impression, CS Model+ automatically detects, segments, and labels the patient’s dentition, with no clicks required on behalf of the user. However, clinicians may take as much or as little control as they’d like, as easy-to-use tools allow for the manual modification of tooth contour, tooth labeling, mesiodistal orientations, and tooth position wherever needed. The software can also quickly assess the level of difficulty and even offers visual simulations of various treatment options and the resulting occlusion to ensure that the desired treatment outcome is met.

CS Model+ compiles all this robust data into customizable reports that can also automatically merge data from cephalometric tracings in CS Orthodontic Imaging software, so there is no need to search for values and manually enter them. Yet another benefit to practice workflow is the fact that users can quickly and easily access CS Model+ directly from the patient’s imaging chart in OrthoTrac. This seamless integration keeps all patient records digital and centrally located.

Increasing demands from patients, new treatment options, and competition among practices mean that today’s orthodontic practice experiences even more pressure than in the past to stand out. Advanced software can improve workflow, aid in treatment, and help team members stay organized in order to offer efficient and superior patient care.

This information was provided by Carestream Dental.