Teledentistry and its role in orthodontic patient management
Teledentistry is a combination of telecommunications and dentistry involving the exchange of clinical information and images over long distances for dental consultation and treatment planning. Teledentistry has the ability to improve access to oral healthcare, improve the delivery of oral healthcare and lower its costs. It also has the potential to eliminate the disparities in oral healthcare between rural and urban communities. This article reviews the origin, rationale, scope, basis and requirements for teledentistry along with the current evidence that exists in the literature. This article also reviews the use of this alternative and innovative method of delivering dental care in the field of orthodontics.