Artificial Intelligence in Orthodontics


  • Ernest MA Department of Dentistry, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State
  • Traore-Shumbusho A Smile 360 Dental Specialists, Ikoyi, Lagos


Artificial Intelligence, Orthodontics


Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the development of computer systems that can perform tasks that would typically require human intelligence. In recent years, the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in orthodontic practice has revolutionized the way orthodontists diagnose, plan treatments, and monitor progress, leading to more efficient and accurate outcomes. AI is being applied in the evolution of Intelligent Aligner Systems, Robot-Assisted Orthodontics, AI-Enhanced Bracket Placement, Adaptive Orthodontic appliances and others. AI plays a crucial role in improving patient communication and engagement by assisting orthodontists in creating interactive treatment simulations and visualizing potential treatment outcomes. This empowers patients to make informed decisions about their treatment options and fosters a stronger doctor-patient relationship. There is the need for ethical considerations such as: Patient Data Privacy and Confidentiality, Informed Consent, Accountability and Responsibility and Regulatory Compliance asAI technology is embraced. The limitations of AI include the need for large datasets, lack of interpretability, limited incorporation of subjective factors, and ethical considerations. In Nigeria, the challenges of constant power outage, rising inflation, lack of good internet connectivity and lack of regulatory compliance compound these challenges. In conclusion, the integration of AI into orthodontic practice holds immense potential for enhancing treatment outcomes, improving efficiency, and strengthening patient engagement. The decision to embraceAI technology is not just a choice but a necessity for orthodontists and trainees who strive to deliver the highest quality of care to their patients.




How to Cite

Ernest MA, & Traore-Shumbusho A. (2024). Artificial Intelligence in Orthodontics. West African Journal of Orthodontics, 12(1), 4–10. Retrieved from