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. Clear dental 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 clear dental 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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ClearCorrect allow clinicians to straighten teeth using a series of clear, custom removable aligners. After sending in a prescription for...
The system is comprised of 5 aligners per arch that are programmed with incremental correction to move the teeth to their desired...
Correct minor anterior malocclusions while managing cases through user-friendly software. Each case is designed to the desired outcome,...
Replacement retainers can be reordered from the digitally stored data through faxed or e-mailed prescription from the dentist, freeing...
DENTSPLY Raintree Essix MTM Clear•Aligner has a proprietary “open pathway” design that makes it easy for teeth to move where desired....
ClearCorrect allows clinicians to straighten teeth using a series of clear, custom removable aligners.
As with traditional orthodontic treatment, after aligner therapy is complete, patients will need to wear a retainer to prevent relapse....
To help ensure ClearCorrect aligners are being used in the proper sequence, every aligner is laser-marked with a special code. The code...
Invisalign® Express 5 Treat patients with minor orthodontic issues, such as very mild spacing, crowding and orthodontic relapse....
When the aligner is stretched, highly elastic SmartTrack material returns more closely to the programmed aligner shape to improve...
Introducing Invisalign G5 engineered to help you improve clinical outcomes in deep bite treatment with Invisalign. Invisalign G5...
The 14-stage treatment option with the versatility you need to treat mild to moderate cases.

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  • Samantha Negraval

    The beauty of clear aligner therapy is that it practically sells itself: no unsightly wires and brackets of traditional braces; removable retainers so that patients can eat whatever they want and food doesn’t get trapped; and limited periodic visits to the dentist or orthodontist to monitor progress. The offer is just as attractive to providers:...

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    Where do you turn when you need answers quick? Your smartphone, of course! So why should digital dentistry be any different? ClearCorrect has teamed up with Dental Monitoring (DM) to offer dentists an innovative way to connect with their patients through their smartphones. With DM’s easy-to-use app (iOS and Android), patients are prompted to...

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  • Julie Schmitt

    Passion is an important aspect of life that can be contagious. Dr. Jeffrey Briney, a general dentist in Dana Point, CA , is very passionate about his profession and enjoys the broad spectrum of general dentistry and thinking outside the box. Every day is different. Every patient is different. All aspects of dentistry are wrapped up into one. As...

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  • Samantha Negraval

    If your practice offers clear aligner therapy, you want your patients to commit to a treatment process that takes time. Honesty check: Are you committed to your clear aligner marketing strategy and practice-building efforts over time? Unfortunately, a single poster in your operatory—where some of your patients are waiting anxiously for...

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  • Samantha Negraval

    Like many companies that begin in a basement or garage, ClearCorrect started with a problem. In Dr. Willis Pumphrey’s case, it was more than just a problem—it was an impending crisis. It all started in 2006, when Dr. Pumphrey was using OrthoClear aligners and the company abruptly shuttered after a legal settlement with Align Technology, the...

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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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