how to educate but above all involve children and adolescents

To go into practice and answer these questions – common to many parents – digital dentistry comes to the rescue. Devices such as intraoral scanners, 3D models and reconstructions and computerized edgers, as well as making visits faster and less invasive, allow you to intervene when the tooth has not yet emerged, evaluating the future evolution of the dentition to understand when to start any treatment. But above all, 3D images and mobile devices, capture the imagination and attention help to interest the child. And we know that an interested child is equivalent to an involved and participatory child.

Different approaches according to age

According to Simonetta Meuli – dentist and specialist in orthodontics, speaker and consultant for Align since 2013 – however, it is necessary to understand how to do it with small children, for example between 6 and 8-9 years and with older ones, in the pre-adolescent phase. .

With the former, it is easier because they feel extreme respect for any word said by the dentist and perhaps even a little awe of such an authoritative figure in a white coat. With the latter, on the other hand, it is a bit more complex: you have to make sure to create a direct relationship between the dentist and the little patient, without the intermediation of the parent. And so, explains Dr. Meuli, for example fI accio enter their name as patient directly, pretending that I still don’t understand how to use this technology. Clearly, the new digital natives come naturally to use them. In this way I am involving the patient and I can show him what we are going to do and how we are going to do it.

We remember that, obviously looking at the digitalization of their therapeutic path, children and adolescents understand immediately, faster than many adults, not so accustomed to new technologies.

Thus the young patient is made responsible for his own treatment. If during our course of treatment, I realize that he is not involved, I ask him if he wants to complete it and achieve the result we have set for ourselves or if he prefers to stop: they usually accept that they want to continue!.

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