Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Regulations Governing the Practice of Dentistry [18 VAC 60 ‑ 21]
Action Training and supervision of digital scan technicians
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 4/1/2022
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3/30/22  11:59 am
Commenter: Christine Stang

Dental scan is practicing dentistry

The taking of a digital scan (3D scan/iTero scan), if used for the purpose of creating an orthodontic appliance, is the practice of dentistry. Any appliance created from a digital scan taken by a digital scan technician should be inspected by the dentist before being dispensed to the patient. Any patient treated with an appliance created from a digital scan should be seen in-person by a dentist or orthodontist within six months.

 I’ve personally seen multiple patients in my office that experienced negative results to their occlusion due to the complete lack of oversight of their Orthodontic treatment by a licensed dental professional. Patients do not have the knowledge base to monitor their own Orthodontic treatment and unfortunately they are the ones being negatively impacted in the long run. 

 Thank you!

Dr. Christine Stang 

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