Three-dimensional cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) analysis can now be integrated into SoftSmile’s orthodontic treatments in its treatment planning software, VISION. The move enables orthodontists to “confidently create” customised treatment plans with the advanced visualisation and manipulation of 3D CBCT imaging data of each patient’s unique anatomy, said SoftSmile.
“SoftSmile has been developing its CBCT capabilities since its inception, leveraging years of expertise working with CBCT scans for advanced jaw and bone analysis. And now with the innovation that CBCT brings to orthodontic diagnostics, SoftSmile is answering the call by delivering superior imaging and analysis that will significantly improve the precision, efficiency, and effectiveness of orthodontic treatment planning and evaluation,” said Khamzat Asabaev, founder and CEO at SoftSmile, in a press release on 1 Aug.
The analysis uses artificial intelligence (AI)-powered automation allowing orthodontists to make informed treatment decisions with the 3D imaging data faster and easier. The AI is based on neural networks which are specifically trained to identify and segment various structures using a large data set of CBCT scans.
The neural networks are said to improve efficiency by decreasing the time it takes to process data. Moreover, its learning capabilities boost performance reducing the need for manual input and adjustments. In addition, its ability to identify complex patterns ensures precise segmentation and analysis, according to the technology company.
With the advanced visualisation and analysis possible with VISION, practitioners can create tailored treatment plans for an individual’s specific anatomical features, extracted from CBCT images.
The CBCT images provide detailed and accurate information about the patient’s teeth and jaw structures with multiple layers of data to be analysed, thus improving patient outcomes. They also enable orthodontists to better understand their patients’ unique craniofacial structure, including tooth roots, bone structures, and soft tissues, allowing them to create more accurate and bespoke treatment plans, with smart collision and boundary control capabilities.
Lastly, the CBCT visualisations are high-quality and easy to understand; the detailed visuals reportedly surpass capabilities of traditional 2D CT scans. This helps orthodontists better communicate with patients.