Cadent, provider of the OrthoCAD suite of 3D digital solutions for the orthodontic industry, has announced that the American Board of Orthodontists (ABO) will incorporate digital study models (DSM), including OrthoCAD Digital Study Models, into its clinical evaluation board certification process no later than February 2009. 

For the first time, orthodontists will be able to submit digital models for case data and final records as part of the examination process to earn Board certification.

“Cadent has worked closely with the ABO to incorporate digital study models into the certification process,” says Eldad Taub, president and general manager of Cadent’s OrthoCAD suite of products. “We are pleased that as a result of this work, full digital submission will now be accepted by the Board for the clinical evaluation process, creating another benefit of OrthoCAD Digital Study Models to the orthodontic practice.”

Cadent’s OrthoCAD technology allows practitioners to visualize cases electronically without the need to create and store plaster models of each patient’s teeth. Orthodontists can assess case complexity on pretreatment models and review clinical treatment results. A digital copy of all data and measurements is created for future reference. If a second opinion is needed, the doctor can electronically collaborate with colleagues on a treatment plan.

OrthoCAD software also contains dedicated ABO functions that allow orthodontists to assess case complexity on pretreatment models and score the finished cases using the ABO grading system.

[Cadent, November 28, 2006]