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SmileDirectClub is opening its proprietary teledentistry platform to dentists in the U.S. to help them communicate with their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SmileDirectClub is opening its proprietary teledentistry platform to dentists in the U.S. to help them communicate with their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company announced today.
SmileDirectClub (SDC) will offer this platform to licensed dentists and orthodontists in the U.S. as non-urgent, non-emergency cases have been postponed and physical offices remain closed or limited.
The company will make available its telehealth app with video and live chat capabilities, allowing dentists to conduct follow-up care and manage contact with patients remotely while decreasing the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. All dentists and orthodontists will be able to use SDC’s teledentistry platform free of charge to communicate with patients.
SDC is also distributing complimentary medical-grade 3D printed face shields so that providers have the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for emergency in-office care.
“Many dental practices have closed during this pandemic. As a pioneer in the telehealth space, our teledentistry platform empowers dentists and orthodontists to manage contact with and treatment of their patients remotely, which is key to everyone’s safety right now,” said SmileDirectClub Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Jeffrey Sulitzer. “As a company built on doctor-directed remote dental care, we feel a responsibility to support dental professionals so that they can continue to manage patient care during this time. We are well-positioned to offer our resources and telehealth expertise to support these doctors and give them the tools necessary to continue business operations while keeping everyone safe in the comfort of their own homes.”
To assist the dental community in getting back on its feet after COVID-19 passes, SDC is also opening its referral network, offering dentists the opportunity to connect with new patients needing regular care during or after clear aligner therapy. For more information about SmileDirectClub’s telehealth platform and referral network, visit smiledirectclub.com/teledentistry.