Smile please! Orthodontist launches App to help assess patients

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An orthodontist from Wetherby with a passion for gadgets has become one of the first dental specialists in the UK to develop her own iPhone app.

The SendASmile app was devised by Megan Hatfield of Wetherby Orthodontics and allows users to take a photo of their teeth then send it in for professional orthodontic assessment.

“It can be hard for patients to give accurate information over the phone about how crowded their teeth are or what their overbite is like so a photo is very useful and means I can often spot things the patient or their dentist might not notice,” said Megan.

She hopes the app will help patients currently undergoing treatment to keep in touch and encourage anyone considering orthodontic work to make initial enquiries. She believes it will be particularly useful for reaching out to the growing adult orthodontic market.

“There’s a popular misconception that orthodontics is an area that generally involves the treatment of children but adult orthodontics is a rapidly growing field in the UK and half my patients are over 18, with many in their 40s, 50s and 60s,” she said.

“Many adult patients are very nervous about going to the dentist or making an appointment to see a specialist so I hope this will make us more approachable.”

SendASmile was designed by Wetherby technology firm Appware. It’s free to download and has been developed to include a twitter feed, blog posts, links to Facebook and YouTube, directions to the practice and an information video.

Megan added: “From the investigations I’ve done so far, I think this is a first from a Yorkshire dentist and I don’t think any other UK orthodontist has developed their own app.”