Clear Aligners

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Clear Aligners CATEGORY DESCRIPTION

Orthodontic tooth movement with clear aligners employs a series of incrementally different, nearly invisible aligners that shift teeth gradually over a period of up to 2 years. Aligners are typically changed every 2 to 4 weeks, with patients requiring anywhere from fewer than 5 to more than 20 aligners in total. Acrylic buttons may be temporarily attached to teeth to add force to movement in intrusion and extrusion cases.

 

Prior to treatment, 3D models of the patient’s present and projected dentition are made. Laboratory requirements for clear aligner fabrication generally include upper and lower PVS impressions and PVS bite registration (or digital scans), full-mouth or panoramic X-rays, facial and intraoral photographs, and information regarding the number of aligners needed and any IPR recommendations.  

 

Because they are nearly invisible and removable for brushing and eating, clear aligners enhance patient compliance, which is essential for successful outcomes. However, because aligners must be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day, some manufacturers provide built-in checkpoints at predetermined intervals to enable mid-treatment corrections and refinements if compliance falters.

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  • Allison Walker

    Last June, ClearCorrect launched two new ways for US doctors to pay for aligners: customizable Flex and full-featured Unlimited. For the first time ever, doctors who choose Flex will be able to purchase exactly as many (or as few) appliances as they need—single or dual arch. This pay-per-aligner option can save the doctor up to 70% in lab fees....

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  • Allison Walker

    The Tech Tips posted on the ClearCorrect website clarify, and I do mean make clear, a whole bunch of technical issues related to providing clear aligners for your patients. And here’s something I didn’t know about the process: interproximal reduction (IPR). Orthodontists weren’t doing that when I had braces (a long, long time ago). This post,...

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  • Julie Cullen

    Okay, you have to admit, 3D printing is pretty darn cool. Check out this list of 35 Things to 3D Print. This list includes some incredibly useful—and fun—items. Take #15, for example. It’s a one-handled bottle opener that’s perfect for anyone who has hand strength or grip problems. Nice, right? All printed using digital information and a 3D...

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  • Julie Cullen

    Everyone takes in information differently. Some like to have it written out for them. Others prefer to listen to an expert explain how something works and take notes along the way. Still others would rather see a demonstration. And, of course, there are those who would like all three, please. At the MTM Clear Aligner website, you have access to...

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    Each October, thousands of kids have one thing on their mind - Halloween candy! For dentists, the Halloween season is all about helping patients avoid potentially sticky situations. October is National Orthodontic Health Month sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontists, so it’s the perfect time to teach kids and adults about oral...

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    I had a friend in college whose tongue you could always see between her teeth, even when she wasn’t smiling or talking. She might be reading in the common room and I would look over and could see that her tongue was pushed against her teeth and sticking out on the sides. Not until I read a blog at ClearCorrect did I learn that’s called tongue...

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