Dental Asia May/Jun 2018

25 DENTAL ASIA MAY / JUNE 2018 Some may say that the orthodontic community has been slow in embracing Invisalign as a legitimate treatment option as many orthodontists are still reluctant to treat complex cases with Invisalign. TIO group actually believes that not only is Invisalign a possible treatment option in themajority of cases but inmany instances, it is preferable to traditional metal braces. “The TIO community has turned itself, through community involvement and engagement, into a leading voice for specialist orthodontist and dental innovation. Nowwith close to 100members worldwide and still rapidly growing, we seem to attract people who not only want to expand their practices but also want to be part of shaping the future of orthodontics,” stated Dr. Duncan. Years of experience using Invisalign Dr. Duncan has been a practicing orthodontist for over 25 years with a special interest in aligner treatment and completes about 500 Invisalign cases a year. Hence, it is no surprise that he is one of the Ƥrst InvisalignprovidersinAustraliatobehonoured with a Black Diamond Provider CertiƤcation (more than 400 patients) from Invisalign in 2015. This only shows his commitment and clinical experience with Invisalign treatment. He has preferred Invisalign since 2000, when he started using the system, because of the company’s long history and commitment in research and development of aligner treatments. “As professionals, we have a lot to be grateful for with Align Technology. There are some major companies moving into the space and I expect 2018 will be a big year for orthodontists interested in aligner treatments. I am excited for new and di ơ erent products with new price points. There will be fun times ahead.” Dr. Duncan is also part of the National Invisalign Accreditation team, lectures nationally and internationally on the system, and teaches Invisalign to graduate orthodontic students at the University of Adelaide, School of Dentistry. I n t e g r a t i n g t e c h n o l o g y i n t o the practice Aside from his interest in education, Dr. Duncan believes that digitalisation is the way of the future in dentistry. His practice has been in the digital space for close to 20 years by utilising digital photos, digital radiographs, digital communication, digital appliances (like Invisalign and Insignia), 3D printing, digital orthodontic set-ups, in-house aligner fabrication, Den t a l Mon i to r i ng f o r t r ea tmen t monitoring, marketing through social media and digital advertising. “TIO is almost entirely digital, through educational portals, community forums and in fact our expertise is in the entire digital marketing space,” he added. What is Dental Monitoring? As previously mentioned, Dr. Duncan has been using Dental Monitoring (DM) as a tool in orthodontics to monitor patient’s treatment after he came Under the Spotlight