Let’s face it, motivating adolescents to do something they don’t want to do is an uphill battle in the best of circumstances, but when we’re talking about orthodontic treatment, the stakes are higher.
In a study published in the April issue of American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, the authors concluded that “adolescents’ use of wireless mobile technology can be harnessed to improve toothbrushing efficacy and motivation.” They also noted previous reports of “increasing integration of digital technologies into personalized health care, as well as the use of mobile phone applications, especially in adolescents.”
Adolescents’ Use of Mobile Technology Can Be Used to Improve Motivation
Remington Orthodontics is utilizing mobile apps to assist in two of the biggest areas of concern with regard to the need for ongoing motivation, oral hygiene and elastic wear.
Every patient beginning orthodontic treatment receives an Oral-B Genius Professional Exclusive Rechargeable Toothbrush.
Not only does it brush your teeth 😜 but it has Position Detection to be sure you brush every area for the proper amount of time, Personalizable multicolor Smartring that gives visual coaching and pressure control, and the Oral-B App which monitors your daily habits and brushing routines. All you could ever ask for from a tooth brush and more!😁
Every patient beginning elastic wear downloads the Smile-tastic! App for elastic reminders.
In addition to providing direct contact with the office, our app sends four reminders throughout the day to help patients form and maintain a consistent elastic wear schedule. A majority of patients require elastic wear to complete their treatment. Elastics must be worn 24 hours per day to be effective. 💪 Poor elastic wear delays tooth movement which lengthens the time in treatment. 😲😭