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By Anna Kataoka, Shofu Dental n The right camera is a versatile, easily operated instrument that can be used by the whole team to improve practice efficiency, clinical accuracy and patient acceptance. Packed with intuitive, cutting- edge functions tailored specifically for dentistry, the EyeSpecial C-II helps the clinicians meet the varied needs in their practices. Dr. Sammy R. Bryan from Bryan Orthodontics in Huntsville, Texas, is an early adopter of this new technol- ogy. Today, he shares his experience with incorporating the EyeSpecial C-II into his successful orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic practice. What was your first experience with clinical photography? When did the journey begin? While in my orthodontic residency, I had the opportunity to incorporate patient photography in all of my cases. I found that having the appro- priate camera is vital to documenting cases. Later, after I had been in private practice for a few years, digital cam- eras were introduced, and that new technology allowed us to instantly view pictures on the camera screen, which meant we no longer had to wait for film to be developed. There are many other advantages ofadigitalcamera,suchasincorporat- ing photos into every day correspond- ence with other dentists, patients and insurance companies. Could you describe the photography work flow in your practice? We take photographs of every patient who is ready to start treatment. The initial records include a full series of facial and intraoral photos, appropri- ate radiographs, iTero scans and plas- ter models as needed. We also take photos during treatment to monitor progress. Finally, we take another set of pho- tographs at the end of the treatment after appliances have been removed. All of our captured images are trans- ferredfromourcameraviaanSDcard to our OrthoTrac software. Do you also utilize a digital camera for patient communication and education, specifically to improve the consent and compliance? Absolutely! Photographs are immensely helpful when I discuss with the patient a proposed treat- ment plan or underscore the need for compliance. Showing patients and/or their par- ents large, clear, crisp photographs of the problematic areas makes a nota- ble visual impression. For even a greater impact, espe- cially with patients exhibiting very poor oral hygiene, we often transpose the camera images to a 55-inch dis- play to further emphasize the areas of concern and to ensure the patient visually grasps the gravity of the situation. What camera(s) do you utilize to take clinical photographs? Do you have different cameras for a specific type of photography? Until recently, we used Kodak’s Easy- Share DX7590 to meet all our clinical photography needs. However, in May 2016, we acquired the EyeSpecial C-II andsincethenhaveincorporatedthis camera into our everyday clinical practice. What do you like about this new camera? Are there any specific features that stand out? The EyeSpecial C-II camera from Shofu has many qualities that have remarkably improved the process of taking clinical photographs in our practice. This camera is lightweight, allow- ing for one-hand operation while holding a cheek retractor or a mirror with the other hand. It has pre-set modes for the types of images that we take in our practice, making the photography-taking process predict- ableandeasytoachieveforeveryone. The camera’s pressure-sensitive touchscreen is large, and it can be navigated with a gloved hand. The motion-stabilization feature and the gridlines are very helpful in obtain- ing clear images almost every time. My team finds the EyeSpecial C-II camera to be efficient and very easy to work with. How does this new camera deal with the compliance to infection-control protocols? Since the EyeSpecial C-II camera is water- and chemical-resistant, we are able to maintain recommended infec- tion-control compliance utilizing our normal surface-disinfecting wipes. Are there any challenges associated with utilizing the EyeSpecial C-II camera? If so, are they camera-related? Operator-related? Patient-related? With the new camera, the few chal- lenges we experienced were found to be operator-related. Initially we had an issue with the camera screen occasionally freezing up, requiring the camera to be turned off then back on to fix the problem, but that turned out to be a problem with our SD card. Overall, the EyeSpecial C-II cam- era has been very easy for our staff to use and has definitely improved the quality of our clinical photographs. In our practice, we have a records technician who is in charge of tak- ing most of the clinical images, but with the new camera and its ease of navigation, other clinical staff are also capable of and do take quality photographs. Do you have any advice for dentists looking to adopt a smart digital camera technology into their practices? I recommend anyone looking for a new camera for intraoral and facial photography to consider the EyeSpecialC-II.Eventhough,justlike with every new technology, there is usually an initial learning curve, with a little instruction, the imple- mentation soon becomes very easy. The major advantage of the EyeSpecial C-II is the camera is made for dentistry. It is user friendly and lightweight, which my team really appreciates, and it consistently pro- duces great results. exhibitors 8 Greater New York Dental Meeting — Nov. 27, 2016 ‘Made for dentistry’ An interview with Dr. Sammy R. Bryan of Bryan Orthodontics in Huntsville, Texas 5 Fig. 2: The clinical team at Bryan Orthodontics, from left, Myosha (clinical assistant and lab coordinator), Ann (clinical assistant and inventory coordinator), Alex (scheduling coordinator), Kody (financial coordinator), Dr. Bryan (founder, Bryan Orthodontics), Dana (treatment and marketing coordinator), Mindy (clinical assistant) and Naomi (clinical assistant and records coordinator). Here in New York TolearnmoreabouttheEyeSpecialC-II digitalcamera,stopbytheShofubooth, No. 4408. About the doctor Sammy R. Bryan, DDS, PA, is the founder of Bryan Orthodontics, a full- time orthodontic and dentofacial or- thopedic practice in Huntsville, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas Dental School at Houston. Af- ter practicing general dentistry for several years, Bryan returned to his alma mater to complete the graduate orthodontic program and receive his orthodontic certification. He is an ac- tive member of several professional organizations, including American As- sociation of Orthodontists, Texas Or- thodontic Association (past president), American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and International College of Dentists. He was a Texas Dentist of the Year Nominee in 2015. 5 Fig. 1: Full orthodontic photo series achieved with the EyeSpecial C-II digital camera from Shofu. (Photos/Provided by Dr. Sammy R. Bryan)

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