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Attitude towards Telemonitoring in Orthodontists and Orthodontic Patients

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Department of Medical and Surgical Specialties, School of Dentistry, Radiological Sciences, and Public Health, University of Brescia, Piazzale Spedali Civili 1, 25123 Brescia, Italy
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Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia, Via Branze 38, 25123 Brescia, Italy
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Academic Editor: Patrick Schmidlin
Received: 28 July 2020 / Revised: 26 August 2020 / Accepted: 20 April 2021 / Published: 22 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Digital Technologies)
The purpose of this study was to analyze the attitude of dentists and patients towards the use of Dental MonitoringTM (DM), an orthodontic telemonitoring software. Thus, two different specially prepared specific questionnaires were administered to 80 dentists (40 were general dentists and 40 orthodontists) and 80 orthodontic patients. All dentists judged positively telemonitoring, as 96.25% of them considered telemonitoring indicative of high tech and high-quality treatment; 100% considered it a way to reduce the number of in-office visits; 17.5% agreed on a weekly telemonitoring frequency, 40% on a biweekly, and 42.5% on a lower frequency. Further, 97.5% of patients judged positively telemonitoring; 81.25% of them considered telemonitoring indicative of high-tech treatment; 81.25% declared to be interested in reducing the number of in-office visits through telemonitoring; 27.5% agreed on taking self-picture every week, 57.5% every two weeks, and 15% on a lower frequency. Both patients and dentists positively judged telemonitoring, considering it a technologically advanced tool increasing the perception of quality and accuracy of the treatment. Both groups were interested in reducing the number of in-office visits, although not all of them revealed to be ready to invest more money and time in it. View Full-Text
Keywords: orthodontics; telemonitoring; smartphone orthodontics; telemonitoring; smartphone
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Dalessandri, D.; Sangalli, L.; Tonni, I.; Laffranchi, L.; Bonetti, S.; Visconti, L.; Signoroni, A.; Paganelli, C. Attitude towards Telemonitoring in Orthodontists and Orthodontic Patients. Dent. J. 2021, 9, 47. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/dj9050047

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Dalessandri D, Sangalli L, Tonni I, Laffranchi L, Bonetti S, Visconti L, Signoroni A, Paganelli C. Attitude towards Telemonitoring in Orthodontists and Orthodontic Patients. Dentistry Journal. 2021; 9(5):47. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/dj9050047

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Dalessandri, Domenico, Linda Sangalli, Ingrid Tonni, Laura Laffranchi, Stefano Bonetti, Luca Visconti, Alberto Signoroni, and Corrado Paganelli. 2021. "Attitude towards Telemonitoring in Orthodontists and Orthodontic Patients" Dentistry Journal 9, no. 5: 47. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/dj9050047

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