American Teledentistry Association (ATDA) Announces Launch

ATDA Aims to Increase Access to Dental Care

BOSTON, May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the American Teledentistry Association (ATDA) launched in an effort to shape the conversation around the practice of teledentistry as a tool to increase access to care for millions of Americans through the use of innovative technological advancements. The ATDA aims to be a source for education and a home for synergy between industry, academia and end-users of teledentistry. By bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders, the ATDA plans to develop guidelines for establishment of Standards of Care in teledentistry practice.

The Association is led by Executive Director Dr. Marc Ackerman, DMD, MBA, FACD. Dr. Ackerman is the Director of Orthodontics at Boston Children's Hospital and an assistant professor of developmental biology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He has published several books in addition to numerous peer-reviewed articles in dentistry, orthodontics and professional ethics.

"The immediate goal of the ATDA is to educate dental professionals and the public about the benefits of teledentistry," said Dr. Marc Ackerman, Executive Director of the ATDA. "Teledentistry has the ability to help patients get access to needed dental care they deserve, both affordably and conveniently. It's our mission to modernize access to care through teledentistry with advocacy for the implementation of innovative teledentistry guidelines and solutions."

The ATDA has also released its first position paper titled, Teleorthodontics and Doctor-Directed at Home Clear Aligner Treatment. In an effort to clarify some misconceptions about teleorthodontics, this position paper presents the most up-to-date evidence in support of this mode of treatment.

The list of corporate partners of the American Teledentistry Association can be found below:

  • Clinical Box
  • Heartland Dental
  • Rhinogram
  • SmileDirectClub

About the American Teledentistry Association
The American Teledentistry Association's (ATDA) mission is to increase access to dental care through advocacy for and the implementation of innovative teledentistry guidelines and solutions. The ATDA welcomes innovation and understands that technologies are always changing, we aim to stay ahead of the trends in order to best serve patients and our members. The ATDA champions teledentistry as a growing industry and is committed to remaining at the forefront.

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