Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Regulations Governing the Practice of Dentistry [18 VAC 60 ‑ 21]
Action Training and supervision of digital scan technicians
Comment Period Ended on 3/31/2021
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3/29/21  10:19 am
Commenter: Julie Staggers

Scanning Technician

Allow someone to scan teeth outside of a dental office is opening the door to facilitate online do it yourself dentistry.  The Board's primary function is to protect the public from unlicensed and/or poor dentistry.  The public does not know the quality of unregulated online/direct to consumer dentistry, they are only focused on convenience and price.  The Board should be protecting patients from online, do it yourself dentistry.  Scanning teeth or selling aligners directly to patients should be illegal.  Pretending that online care is the same as in person care delivered by a licensed, qualified is ridiculous.  Disallowing  scanning by unlicensed, unsupervised personnel is one step in the process of combating do it yourself dentistry.


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