Clear Aligners

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Align Technology Inc.
ClearCorrect, LLC
Dentsply Sirona Orthodontics
Glidewell Laboratories
Ormco Corporation
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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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  • Samantha Negraval

    If you offer clear aligners in your practice, you already know that they require strong retention in order to move the teeth as desired. But are you aware of the effects that trim lines have on retention? A 2012 study published in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics shows how 3 trimming techniques have remarkably different effects on retentive...

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  • Julie Schmitt

    Name: Irene Renieris, DDS Dental School: Indiana University School of Dentistry Practice Location: Chicago, IL Years in Practice: 14 Favorite Dental Product: Invisalign from Align Technology I became a DPS evaluator because, after working in corporate dentistry for ten years, I now have my own practice and can finally select the products I want...

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  • Samantha Negraval

    Dental practices are first and foremost a business, and they must offer the latest technologies and services to a demanding and increasingly time-starved clientele. Just like any other business, when a dental practice can save money on materials and production, they can pass these savings on to their customers. Also, when production of dental...

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  • Samantha Negraval

    In addition to making quality clear aligners, ClearCorrect is dedicated to giving their providers all the support they need for successful cases. They’ve proven this by offering their providers a comprehensive support site and workshops and e-courses that award CE credit. Support.clearcorrect.com hosts more than 400 articles and videos that...

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  • Allison Walker

    I just watched an interesting, and inspiring (!), 4-minute video on ClearCorrect’s website titled “The Basics of Closing a Case.” Chief technology officer Dr. James Mah gives some advice on talking to patients about ClearCorrect. Based on his experience as an orthodontist, he outlines the best approach to introducing the subject, how to discuss...

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  • Allison Walker

    ClearCorrect, the makers of clear aligners and retainers for children and adults, recognizes that there are many ways to take an impression these days. They accept both traditional impressions and digital ones from intraoral scanners, including CEREC, Ormco Lythos, 3M True Definition, Carestream, iTero, 3Shape, TRIOS, E4D PlanScan, and Motion...

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