If you start using the PEP-app, you might get the impression, that this app answers too few or no questions at all. There is no Esthetic-Check-List nor a questionnaire nor anything similar.
That‘s right all that is missing. But this is exactly the PEP‘s success. Compiling and classifying the patients into Checklists or answering questionnaires will not consider their individuality, wishes and expectations considered enough. The patients will get labeled and conditioned. Those applications correlate and base usually on our acquired definition of esthetic rules. Digital Esthetic-Imaging-Programs are working and calculating on the same principles. Both, Checklists and digital engineering do not embrace the patient‘s individuality. This doesn‘t mean, of course, that the patient cannot hold up to our professional knowledge. The patients depend also on our support in esthetic matters. But very often the needs and wishes of our patients doesn‘t correlate with the acquired conceptions of the treatment-team.
To integrate the PEP-app into the planning- and treatment-process means to invest time. Time to listen to the patients and to sketch and document their wishes in a simple and comprehensible fashion. Time to admit emotions and to develop empathy. The patients are motivated to define their wishes and to participate essentially at the developing process of their reconstructions actively through the act of recording, scrutinizing and explaining. In the meantime the process remains cognitively comprehensible for the patients, so we will be able to produce a solution suitable for the patients as well as for the clinicians.
The initial idea, previous to the PEP-app, which was based „analog and on paper“ has been published and will give you further information.
PEP Patient supported Esthetic Protocol; European Journal of Esthetic Dentistry: 2013
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