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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3/31/21  6:22 pm
Commenter: Herb Hughes

Support the VDA Proposal for Dental Scan Technican

I support the VDA proposal for dental scan technican. 

I have had several grossly negligent orthodontic cases that were misdiagnosed and mistreated by a DIY aligner company.  In one case, it was so bad that the patient had numerous teeth that were decayed to the gum line, moderate periodontial disease, and rampant caries only to be accepted and trays delivered to the patient. Thank heavens the trays didn't fit and the patient came to our office to see what could be done.  There were no in-person exams or x-rays reviewed. The general dentist who recently graduated from dental school lives in Phoenix, Arizona and doesn't even see patients in-person. She generates her income from her home working on a computer to approve as many aligner cases as possible. There is a financial incentive for dentists to approve cases because they get paid for patients that start treatment. At the present time they aren't accountable for their actions. Unless we fix this broken system more innocent people will be taken advantage! It's bad enough to take their money but to cause irreversible harm is totally unacceptable. Let's put the patients first and make laws that protect them not the DIY companies that are focused on how much money they can generated. 

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