What’s the latest way The Super Dentists is making going to the dentist fun for kids? Augmented Reality! The Super Dentists is the first dental office in San Diego, Southern California, and perhaps even the United States to use AR to teach its patients about taking care of their teeth.
The Super Dentists do everything in their power to make going to the dentist fun for kids to create a lifelong positive association with going to the dentist. Their theme-park inspired offices offer kids their own entrance and lounge with TVs, video games, a dress up area for the little ones, free Wi-Fi, a Starbucks café, even a toy store, where kids can redeem points that they earn from practicing good dental habits.
Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real-world are “augmented” by computer-generated images, sometimes across multiple senses, including sight, sound and touch.
“The average attention span is now down to eight seconds, which is just one reason The Super Dentists is educating kids about dental health in an exciting, engaging way by using AR,” said Dr. Kami Hoss, co-founder of The Super Dentists. “My 6-year-old son always learns better when he’s entertained. Kids retain information when learning is enjoyable and memorable and that’s why we decided to employ AR.”
To engage with the AR app, a patient (child or parent) downloads The Super Dentists’ Vivarra Dental app from the App Store or Google Play, then scans large colorful floor targets with the app in the offices, or they can even try AR at home by scanning a sample target on The Super Dentists website.
The practice’s popular characters – Dr. Have on Super Smile, the Tooth Keri, Cavitar, Molar and MeloD – pop out of the target in 3D to answer some of the offices’ most commonly-asked questions in a memorable way.
“The app launched last month, and has already been downloaded thousands of times, because it’s fun and interactive,” Dr. Hoss said. “Kids can take their picture with the characters to become part of the experience, then share photos, and videos, with their parents and friends via text or on social media.”
The 12 AR experiences, each one to two minutes in length, cover the following topics:
- The Super Dentists Story
- Super Kids Club
- Community Involvement
- Beautiful Smile
- How to Brush
- Sealants, Fluoride & Impressions
- All About Cavities
- The Top 10 Reasons to Visit
- Your First Visit
- Parent Dentistry
- The Story of Cavitar
- Acceledontics/Teeth Whitening
The Super Dentists is San Diego’s largest, most trusted, & top-awarded Pediatric, Orthodontics and Parent Dentistry Practice – one in every five kids is a Super Kid! They create the most unique and out-of-this-world dental experience for children and their parents.
They’re the only office in the world where kids ask (many times, beg) their parents to take them to the dentist. Highly trained and skilled, The Super Dentists takes advantage of the latest in preventative and restorative treatments and are Invisalign and AccelaDent accelerated orthodontics specialists.
They accept most insurance, including Medi-Cal, and have extended some Saturday hours and take emergencies. With locations throughout San Diego (Kearny Mesa, Carmel Valley, Chula Vista, East Lake and Oceanside, and Escondido coming soon), The Super Dentists offers extended and weekend hours and accepts most insurance plans.
The Super Dentists will also launch its own line of toothbrushes this summer. Each toothbrush will come with a magical sticker that goes on the bathroom mirror at home and brings the Tooth Keri character to life to teach kids how to brush their teeth. There will be four different character-inspired brushes, as well as a collectors’ set.