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I visited a turnaround of teeth and found that I needed a root canal

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Going to the dentist can be anxiety-provoking. Unfortunately, it was no different for me last week when I went to discuss the recent $ 4 million fundraiser by Uniform Teeth of Lerer Hippeau, Refactor Capital, Founder and Slow Ventures.

Uniform Teeth is a pitcher of tooth aligners that rivals Invisalign and Smile Direct Club. The startup takes a medical-like approach in that it provides true orthodontists allowed to see you and treat your bite.

"For us, we are really focused on the transformation of the orthodontic experience," said Meghan Jewitt, CEO of Uniform Teeth, at the dental office's flagship startup in San Francisco . "There are a lot of health care companies that are taking areas that are not very customer-centric."

Jewitt, who spent a few years at One Medical as Operations Director, cited One Medical, Oscar Insurance and 23andMe as examples of companies taking a very customer-centric approach.

"We are really interested in doing the same thing for the space of orthodontics," she said.

Before the first visit, patients use the Uniform application to take pictures of their teeth and their bite. At the initial visit, patients receive a panoramic scan and 3D imaging to confirm the type of work to be performed.

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Last week, during my visit, Jewitt and co-founder of Uniform Teeth, Dr. Kjeld Aamodt, showed me the technology that Uniform uses for its patient assessments.

In the GIF above, you can see that I received a 3D panoramic X-ray. The process took about 10 seconds and is about the same x-ray exposure as a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles, said Dr. Aamodt

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"With this information, we can see the health of your roots, your teeth, your bones, your jaw joints, check everything that could worsen during treatment", said Dr. Aamodt.

Below, you can see 3D scanning.

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Then, we look between the teeth. From here, the idea is to have a much more holistic vision, Dr. Aamodt said. It is there that things have become interesting.

If you look at the bottom left of the photo, under the tooth of my back, you can see a dark circle under the tooth. Dr. Aamodt gently showed me.

"That tells me that there are bacteria living inside your jaw," he explained. "A lot of people have that, it's pretty common, so do not fight for it."

It was at this point that he told me that I would probably need a root canal to rid myself of it. A slight panic ensues.

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Dr. Aamodt went on to explain that, if I were patient to see my teeth straighten, he would recommend me first to get the root canal before any tooth movement. That's because, he explains, moving your teeth at that time could result in an additional infection.

"The concern about this is that when we move a tooth with it, the infection worsens and you risk losing that tooth," he said.

Although I was freaking out internally, I kept going ahead with the process. Then the 3D scan, which leads to something fancy called 3D Cone Beam Tomography. This, said Dr. Aamodt, is what really distinguishes uniform teeth in the movement of precision teeth.

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This process takes the place of dental impressions, which are made by biting into a tray with a sticky material. I did not want to scan my bottom teeth, but here's what the top looks like.

At this time, Uniform Teeth will share his recommendations with the patient. My personal recommendation was to go see my dentist and, if I am interested in straightening my teeth, come back once my roots are in a healthy enough state.

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From there, I would receive a personalized treatment plan that combines X-ray and 3D scanning to predict the movement of my teeth. After receiving the clear aligners in a few weeks, I would check with Dr. Aamodt every week via the mobile app. If something should happen, I could always set up an appointment in person. Most people average two to three visits in total, Jewitt said. All of this would be about $ 3,500.

The reason why Uniform Teeth requires in-office visits is that 75% or more of the cases require additional procedures. For example, some people need small colored ties to the tooth to place on clear aligners. These attachments can help move teeth further, said Dr. Aamodt


"If you do not have one, then you can tip your teeth but you can not do everything to improve the bite, to create a truly lasting and beautiful smile," he explained.

Uniform Teeth is currently treating patients in San Francisco, but plans to open additional offices nationwide next year. As the company expands, it is planned to hire more full-time orthodontists.

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"Right now, we are an employment-based model and we would really like to continue because it allows us to control the experience and provide a very high quality service," Jewitt said. .

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Many businesses say that they care about the customer whereas in reality, they only care about making money. But I sincerely believe that Uniform Teeth takes care . After I left with my dick between my legs that day, I called my dentist to schedule an appointment. The next day, my dentist confirmed what Dr. Aamodt found and started putting me in place to get a root canal. A few days later, Dr. Aamodt contacted me through the mobile app to ask me how I was doing it and to make sure that I was treating him properly. I've been happy to let it know, as Olivia Pope likes to say, "It's handled."