Federal Court Dismisses a Majority of SmileDirectClub's Claims, and Finds that SmileDirectClub's...
Updated: Jul 17, 2019
Federal Court Dismisses a Majority of SmileDirectClub's Claims, and Finds that SmileDirectClub's Digital Scans Constitute the "Practice of Dentistry"
AAO, May 15, 2019. AAO
Summarized by: Rocco Tedesco
Smile Direct Club (SDC) provides aligners to patients without the supervision of a dentist. The patients must first take impressions at home or with a 3D intra-oral scanner at a SDC office. SDC filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Georgia Board of Dentistry (Board) due to the Georgia Rule that calls for: “digital scans for fabrication [of] orthodontic appliances to be performed by an expanded duty dental assistant acting under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.” SDC proposed taking digital pictures of a patients mouth does not constitute the practice of dentistry. Thus, the company claimed that it doesn’t engage in the practice of dentistry and suggested there isn’t a need for Board supervision or regulation. The American Association of Othodontics (AAO) provided their support to the Board and on May 8, 2019 the court ruled against SDC claims, calling it to be incorrect.