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Regulations Governing the Practice of Dentistry [18 VAC 60 ‑ 21]
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7/16/19  9:45 pm
Commenter: Anthony Savage, President of the Southern Association of Orthodontist

Amendment to Dental Regulation
 

As the current President of the Southern Association of Orthodontist, I speak for the entire membership in the state of Va. and strongly support these amendment's. A branch of the American Association of Orthodontist, the Southern Association of Orthodontists believes it is it the best interest of the patient and patient care that the patient have every opportunity to discuss treatment options with a practicing dentist licensed to practice Dentistry in the State of Va. and to have that care preformed by a licensed dentist in the State of Va. while in the State of Va. The laws of the State of Va. were and still are intended to be strictly followed by licensed, practicing dentist and were created to protect the patients and that the creation of any type of final impression or final scan, if you will, that is utilized to fabricate any oral appliance, whether it be a denture, a diagnostic splint or an orthodontic appliance intended to move teeth and alter bites and occlusion is defined by law in Va. as the practice of Dentistry and as such must be directly supervised by a dentist licensed to practice dentistry in the State of Va. It is against Virginia law to practice dentistry without a license and these amendments will go along way to protect our patients from falling victim to opportunist who only have profit as their motivation.