Taking its lead from One Medical, the customer-focused business that gives patients access to longer appointments with preapproved doctors, Uniform Teeth is transforming dentistry and orthodontics using digital innovation combined with vetted practitioners.
The start-up, which recently received a $4 million investment from a small group of medical focused funds, has taken what is traditionally a clumsy and drawn out process and turned it into a simple and easily understandable journey based on openness.
Here’s how it works:
A patient makes a booking to visit a Uniform Teeth practice using the app on their phone. Following this, the patient receives a confirmation on the same app and instructions on how to take pictures of their teeth using their phone, so that an orthodontist can gather some insights before the appointment. All of this is designed to shorten the appointment process, and out the focus on diagnosis and treatment.
When the patient visits uniform teeth, they are ushered into a room where a full 3D scan is conducted. While this type of technology is relatively common, the difference is that this scan is also an x-ray. Afterwards, the patient, along with the orthodontist, will be able to look together at the scan.
The scan itself is a full 3D model of the patient’s mouth. Not only are any imperfections and areas of concern immediately obvious, any bacteria build up or sediment can also be seen and many times immediately treated. This means that not only can the orthodontist begin the process of teeth straightening, but also take pre-emptive action based on any generic health concerns. For example, if there is a significant amount of bacterial buildup which would, medium-term, mean a filling was required, the orthodontist can recommend treatment or assist the patient, building the treatment into their teeth straightening plan.
Importantly, Uniform Teeth consider the transition from digital to physical interaction important. They have no intentions of becoming a purely digital offering, and the treatment process itself, at this stage, will not be outsourced. On the contrary, they are in the process of taking on more orthodontists and opening more practices in the United States.