New dental platform Dandy combines teledentistry, in-person care

Dandy, a dental platform that combines in-person treatment and teledentistry, launched in Philadelphia Nov. 14 in response to the lack of medical supervision in the clear aligner market. 

The tech company partnered with Philadelphia dentists to address underlying issues that could potentially affect treatment. Patients book an appointment online with a local dentist for a 3D scan, X-rays and a full dental checkup. Patients then receive custom aligners within days.

Most patients will see a dentist two to three times to adjust aligners or undergo procedures necessary for optimal outcomes, according to Dandy. Users can track their treatment and share progress on the Dandy app.

"Healthcare is a partnership between the clinician and the patient. Remote orthodontic care sacrifices the quality of patient care by removing the involvement of a dentist," Bruce Freeman, DDS, said in the news release. "It is not possible to achieve an aesthetic smile and functional bite without being under the care of an orthodontist or dentist."

The service costs $1,900, or $88 a month, and includes the initial checkup, aligners and a retainer. Dandy plans to expand nationwide in 2020.

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