The records are then produced as virtual models and will only be present on the computer. For diagnostic purposes, the virtual models are as good as plaster models but will not require storage costs. If this is already a technical possibility, it will take some time until all orthodontist are able to work with the software because the patients and their insurance providers continue to insist on plaster models.
In our practice, open-jaw impressions are needed as well because we use the PAR index on all our treatments during the follow-up diagnosis. Through this, we are able recognize how big the improvements are, the duration of treatment required per individual case, and the overall efficiency of the treatment. Critical assessment of our patients’ treatments provides us the possibility to continually improve our treatment quality.