ClearCorrect's 2019 Live Workshop Calendar

ClearCorrect's Live Education courses offer a relaxed, fun atmosphere, personal attention, and some of the best speakers around.

The first step: Hands-on learning with clear aligners and digital dentistry - Solvang, CA Jan. 18 - Dr. Melissa Shotell DMD 

Mind your business: What a few smart business habits can do for your dental practice - San Diego, CA Jan 25 - Dr. Shahin Safarian, DMD, MBA

The first step: Hands-on learning with clear aligners and digital dentistry - San Francisco, CA Feb. 8 - Dr. Melissa Shotell, DMD

The Full Package: Positioning your practice and team for success with clear aligners - Sonoma, CA Feb 15-16 - Dr. Melissa Shotell, DMD and Cyndee Johnson, RDH

The Full Package: Positioning your practice and team for success with clear aligners - St. Louis, MO Mar. 8-9 - Dr. Melissa Shotell, DMD and Cyndee Johnson, RDH

Elevate with Sleep ArchiTX - Boston, MA Mar 15 - Dr. Payam Ataii and Mr. Sal Rodas

Elevate with Sleep ArchiTX - Miami, FL April 19 - Dr. Payam Ataii and Mr. Sal Rodas

Elevate with Sleep ArchiTX - Dallas, TX May 17 - Dr. Payam Ataii and Mr. Sal Rodas

The Full Package: Positioning your practice and team for success with clear aligners - Oklahoma City, OK Nov 15-16 - Dr. Melissa Shotell, DMD and Cyndee Johnson RDH

 

ClearCorrect's 2019 Evening Event Calendar

Join us at one of our evening events for dinner, drinks and 2 hours of CE!

Clear Aligners: Understanding the Basics & Incorporating Them Into Your Treatment Plan: Denver, CO Jan. 16 - Dr. Jeff Briney, DDS

Total Health in Clear Aligner Therapy: Las Vegas, NV Jan. 24 - Dr. Diana Batoon DMD PDF

Understanding the Basics & Incorporating them into your treatment plan: Toronto, Ontario Jan. 31 - Dr. Jeff Briney, DDS PDF

Facebook Ads for Business: Woodland Hills, CA Feb. 7 - Dr. Shahin Safarian DMD, MBA PDF

It's Clear! The Many Health Benefits of Aligned Teeth: San Francisco, CA Feb. 7 - Lauren Gueits, RDH

Team Communication for Case Acceptance + DM : Newport Beach, CA Feb. 21 - Cyndee Johnson, RDH

It's Clear! The Many Health Benefits of Aligned Teeth: San Antonio, TX Mar. 21 - Lauren Gueits, RDH

Total Health in Clear Aligner Therapy: Phoenix, AZ Mar. 21 - Dr. Diana Batoon DMD

ClearCorrect in General Practice Setting - Keys for Successfully Growing Your Practice's Orthodontic Department: Sacramento, CA Mar. 28th - Dr. Vagan Tapaltsyan

It's Clear! The Many Health Benefits of Aligned Teeth: Philadelphia, PA April 18 - Lauren Gueits, RDH

Understanding the Basics & Incorporating Them Into Your Treatmenet Plan : Marina Del Rey, CA April 25 - Jeff Briney, DDS

It's Clear! The Many Health Benefits of Aligned Teeth: Atlanta, GA April 30 - Lauren Gueits, RDH

Team Communication for Case Acceptance + DM: Houston, TX  May 9 - Cyndee Johnson, RDH

ClearCorrect in General Practice Setting - Keys for Successfully Growing Your Practice's Orthodontic Department: Los Angeles, CA June 6 - Dr. Vagan Tapaltsyan

It's Clear! The Many Health Benefits of Aligned Teeth: Long Island, NY June 6 - Lauren Gueits, RDH

Team Communication for Case Acceptance + DM: Seattle, WA Aug 8 - Cyndee Johnson RDH

It's Clear! The Many Health Benefits of Aligned Teeth: Rosemont, IL Sep. 26 - Lauren Gueits, RDH

It's Clear! The Many Health Benefits of Aligned Teeth: San Jose, CA Oct. 11 - Lauren Gueits, RDH

Team Communication for Case Acceptance + DM: Dallas, TX Oct. 17 - Cyndee Johnson, RDH

It's Clear! The Many Health Benefits of Aligned Teeth: Raliegh, NC Nov. 21 - Lauren Gueits, RDH

It's Clear! The Many Health Benefits of Aligned Teeth: Miami, FL Dec. 5 - Lauren Gueits, RDH

ClearCorrect's 2019 Trade Show Calendar

Here's a look at the events and trade shows we're attending this year.

Rocky Mountain Dental Convention Booth #561 Denver, CO - Jan. 17-19

AAO 2019 Winter Conference Booth #120 Marco Island, FL Jan. 25 & 26th 

AADGP Dental Group Expo Booth #529 Las Vegas, NV - Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Yankee Dental Congress Booth #1934 Boston, MA - Jan 31-Feb 2

ICOI Winter Symposium (co-exhibit with Straumann) Booth #510-512 Phoenix, AZ - Feb 14-16

Chicago Midwinter (co-exhibit with Straumann) Booth #4434 Chicago, IL - Feb 21-23

ASDA Annual Session Booth #31 Pittsburgh, PA Feb 27-Mar 2

Pacific Dental Conference (co-exhibit) Booth #222 Vancouver, BC - Mar 7-9

International Dental Show Hall 4.2 Booth # J-049  Cologne, Germany - Mar 12-16

Academy of Osseointegration (co-exhibit) Booth #101 Washington, DC - Mar 13-16

Hinman Dental Meeting (co-exhibit) Booth #1149  Atlanta, GA - Mar 21-23

ADSO Summit San Diego, CA - Mar 27-29

European Aligner Society Booth #12 Venice, Italy - Mar 28-31

Day of Dentistry Booth #23 Edmonton, Alberta - Mar 28

SmileSource Exchange Booth #310 - Dallas, TX April 11-13

ITI Congress North America Booth #101 - San Francisco, CA April 25-27

AAO Annual Session Booth #1825 - Los Angeles, CA May 3-7

ODA ASM (co-exhibit) #303 Toronto, Ontario May 9-11

CDA Anaheim Booth (co-exhibit) Booth #550 Anaheim, CA May 16-18

Journées detaires internationales du Québec (co-exhibit) Booth #TBD Montreal, Québec May 24-28

Pacific Coast Socitey for Prosthodontics Annual Meeting (co-exhibit) Booth #TBD Napa, CA June 20-22

Florida Dental Convention Booth #205 Orlando, FL June 27-29

Academy of General Dentistry Meeting (co-exhibit) Booth #TBD Uncasville, CT July 18-20

GORP Booth #TBD St. Louis, MO July 25-28

ADA FDI World Dental Congress (co-exhibit) Booth #TBD San Francisco, CA Sep 5-7

GLAO Annual Session Booth #TBD Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sep 12-15

CAO ACO Annual Conference Booth #TBD Fredericton, NB Sep 19-21

AAID Annual Conference (co-exhibit) Booth #TBD Las Vegas, NV Sep 26-29

SironaWorld (co-exhibit) Booth #TBD Las Vegas, NV Oct 3-5

Thompson Okanagan Dental Society Meeting Booth #TBD Location TBD Oct 24-26

AAP Annual Meeting (co-exhibit) Booth #301 Chicago, IL Nov 2-5

Greater New York Dental Meeting (co-exhibit) Booth #TBD New York, NY Dec 1-4

Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontists Scientific Meeting (co-exhibit) Booth #TBD Dates and Location TBD

ClearCorrect Inaugural Symposium

The ClearCorrect team in Australia held the Inaugural ClearCorrect Symposium this past weekend in Sydney. The event featured an all-star speaker lineup who shared some clear aligner pearls with other industry thought-leaders. 

If you or someone you know has been wanting to take some training on clear aligner treatment with ClearCorrect, you can check out our training schedule here. Or you can call us at 888-331-3323 and ask to speak with one of our representatives if you have any questions.  

Tech Tip: Clear aligner therapy with Dr. Melissa Shotell

This week we're serving up content from ClearCorrect provider Dr. Melissa Shotell - who was both interviewed and published recently by Dental Product Shopper.

First up we have a case study that looks at a case with 3D scans treated by Dr. Shotell:

A 20-year-old female who was concerned with traumatic occlusion to her anterior teeth presented for an orthodontic consultation. The patient had limited overbite and overjet with mild spacing in the lower incisors. Additionally, the patient had a strong preference for clear aligners...

Next, check out the recent interview that was done by Dental Product Shopper:

“I was looking for flexibility to place and remove attachments throughout treatment to give detailed movements,” said Dr. Shotell. “I also wanted to be able to make modifications throughout the treatment process and order aligners as needed. The Unlimited case from ClearCorrect gives me this flexibility.”

Hungry for more? You're in luck! Dr. Shotell has a full-day hands-on workshop coming up in Philadelphia, PA. Register today to learn more from this leader in clear aligner therapy! 

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Tech Tip: Finishing a case - best practices

At the end of treatment it's important to assess whether you and your patient are satisfied with the results. 

Sometimes, your perception of a nicely finished case is different from the patient’s. When you give the patient an opportunity to express their satisfaction of the treatment result before announcing that treatment is finished, your patient will feel like you care about how the they feel about their result. It also gives you the opportunity to correct any remaining undesirable issues.

Here are our recommended best practices for finishing cases.

Identify potential issues prior to the last aligner

Before delivering the last aligner to your patient, evaluate for the presence of any of the following conditions and determine if they need resolution before you tell your patient “You’re finished!”:

  • Residual spaces: Small, interproximal spaces may still exist due to a variety of reasons, e.g. patient has not worn their aligners sufficiently to close the spaces, excessive IPR had been done, or space existed in the approved setup.
  • Incomplete rotations: If a tooth has not finished its rotation correction, the patient will undoubtedly be aware of it and not consider their treatment finished.
  • Teeth are not aligning as expected: Alignment is not as expected – if teeth are not aligned as seen in the setup, it is important to determine the cause as soon as noticed; most often, the discrepancy is due to the lack of required space, i.e. insufficient arch expansion or IPR (see images).

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  • Irregular or uneven incisal edges: A tooth may need enamoplasty or need to be intruded or extruded to level its incisal edge with adjacent teeth.
  • Marginal ridges: The misalignment of the marginal ridges of adjacent teeth may indicate a tooth should be tipped to improve its axial alignment.
  • Occlusion not fully interdigitated or idealized
  • Posterior openbite: While the etiology of these openbites may be uncertain, an appropriate resolution should be offered to the patient before the delivery of their retainer.
  • Black triangles: These unsightly interproximal spaces can be visually unsettling to the patient and should be managed proactively in an appropriate manner.

When you're ready to order the retainer

Once both you and your patient are satisfied with the treatment outcomes, it's time to order the retainer. Following is the process for ordering the first set of retainers at the end of clear aligner treatment. Retainers can also be purchased at any point post treatment.

For a new patient (not treated with ClearCorrect) there is a different process. Please see this article for those instructions.

  • Retainers can be ordered based on PVS impressions, intraoral scans or a previous step. Decide which option you want for your patient and have them ready.
  • Locate your patient in ClearComm. They may be under "In progress" or "Closed".

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  • Click on a case to go to the case page.

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  • Click the REQUEST RETAINER button.
  • Let us know if you're submitting impressions, intraoral scans or if they will be based on a previous step.
  • Indicate how many retainers you want to order.
  • Apply any discounts & select your preferred shipping method.
  • Select your payment method and click "Submit". 
    • For legacy cases that have never been closed:
      • the first set of retainers is included (plus shipping), if it is based on an existing step.
      • Additional fees apply for retainers based on impressions or scans.
      • Additional retainers may be added to the order at a discounted rate.
    • New Unlimited cases include up to two sets of retainers every six months.
    • All other retainers are available at standard Flex prices.

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  • You will be taken to the case page for the new patient. Use the green UPLOAD button to upload scans, or the green SHIP button to print a shipping label for impressions.

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Retainer appointment & retention protocols

  • When scheduling your patient's retainer appointment, make sure that you allow enough time for the shipment to arrive at your practice.
  • Educate you patient during the retainer appointment about the way that it works in preventing the relapse of teeth. You may also want to educate them in the importance of complying to your suggested wear schedule.
  • Determine the retention protocol for the patient. The type of retention protocol you select can depend on the type of treatment, any post treatment corrections and even patient preference.
  • A typical retention protocol used by an experienced orthodontist:
    • Last aligner for 2 months
    • Clear aligner retainer for 2-6 months full-time wear
    • Continue removable retainers bed-time wear
    • 6 month follow-up retainer check appointments until done

Tech Tip: Acceptable impression trays update

We recently conducted a review of the impression trays that we can and cannot accept. For those providers who are submitting PVS impressions, here's what you need to know:

Acceptable trays

Any brand of disposable single-arch impression tray is acceptable for submitting cases. Impressions in single-arch plastic trays can be scanned cleanly without being poured up as a stone model. Remember, we cannot return impression trays.

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Unacceptable trays

Metal trays and mesh trays are unacceptable, as are stone models.

Metal trays cannot be used because they interfere with the scanning process. (And, of course, they can't be returned.)

Mesh trays (sometimes known as "triple trays") are often too shallow to capture an adequate 2-3 mm gingival margin, and incisal detail is often lost as teeth impinge on the mesh. The scanning software does not recognize multiple arches at once, so these trays must be poured up in stone, which reduces accuracy further and introduces delays.

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We have not accepted metal trays for some time now.

Effective May 1, 2018, ClearCorrect will no longer accept mesh impression trays for patient records.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our provider services representatives.

Tech Tip: Before you submit a case revision

There are any number of reasons your case might need a revision, the most common being when teeth don't move as planned. You can check for any of the following possible issues that can potentially be resolved without having to submit a revision:  

Aligners don't fit - Incisal Gaps

 incisal gap
An incisal gap (large or small) is when there is a gap between the incisal edge of the tooth and the aligner. Incisal gaps are usually the first sign of a case going off track.

Troubleshooting options:

Aligners don't fit - Rocking

Fit one side not other

Rocking is when one side of the aligner first but the other does not. The side that is tracking will fit nicely (flushed), but the side that is tracking poorly will not want to sit at all.

Troubleshooting options: 

  • Check for impression distortions in the original impression
  • Try the following steps:
    • Seat the aligner on one side
    • Align the aligner over the teeth on the opposite side
    • Using your thumb on the aligner over the first molar, push the aligner toward the teeth
    • Rotate the thumb down and toward the gingiva, torquing the aligner onto the teeth
  • Section the aligner at the midline and seat each half independently

Non-compliant patients

 non-compliance

Non-compliant patients are patients who are not following their recommended wear schedule (at least 22 hours a day). Compliance is the most common reason things go off track during treatment.

Troubleshooting options: 

  • Document the non-compliance
  • Re-state wearing instructions and importance
  • Show them their treatment setup so they know what results await if they stick to their treatment plan
  • Extend the time the patient has to wear their current aligners
  • Remind them of the alternative treatment (braces) & about the time/money spent on clear aligner treatment
  • Consider terminating the patients treatment vs. having the treatment fail

Tight Contacts

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Tight contacts exist when there is tension or compression between two teeth. Tight contacts between teeth exist naturally when the collective size of the teeth (the cumulative total of the mesiodistal width of all teeth in an arch) is larger than the amount of room available for those teeth in the supporting bone. The natural condition of properly aligned teeth in a dental arch does not find them tightly compressed together into a "tight contact", only "in contact with each other."

Troubleshooting options: 

  • Floss between the suspect teeth to check for tight contacts
  • Check subgingival too
  • If tight contacts exist, hand stripping can be done to create 0.1 mm of IPR

You can find more information about clear aligner treatment, invisible braces and/or ClearCorrect in our online Help Center.

AAO Speaker Schedule

ClearCorrect Speaker Schedule

Attending the 2018 AAO Annual Session? Be sure to stop by booth #2201!

We've got an all-star lineup covering brand-new topics, from case selection to advancements in clear aligner technology, plus live demonstrations throughout. You don't want to miss this!

Saturday, May 5th

11:15am Dr. Jason Battle Interceptive Orthodontics with ClearCorrect
11:45am Dr. Melissa Shotell The ClearCorrect Digital Workflow: Integration into Everyday Practice
12:15pm Rosemary Bray Make Your Place of Employment a Place of Enjoyment
12:45pm Dr. Steven Olsburgh Optimizing Aligner Therapy with Remote Monitoring
1:10pm 3Shape Live TRIOS Demonstration: Sending a Case to ClearCorrect
2:00pm Dental Wings Comfortable Scanning Experience with CARES Intraoral Scanner

Sunday, May 6th

11:15am Dr. Ken Fischer How to Avoid Revisions
11:45am Dr. Melissa Shotell The ClearCorrect Digital Workflow: Integration into Everyday Practice
12:15pm Dental Wings Comfortable Scanning Experience with CARES Intraoral Scanner
12:45pm Dr. Dan German Cone Beam and Clear Aligner Therapy: A recipe for optimal outcomes!
1:10pm Philippe Salah AI and the Future of Orthodontics
2:00pm 3Shape Live TRIOS Demonstration: Sending a Case to ClearCorrect

Monday, May 7th

11:15am Dr. Jason Battle Tips for Addressing Class II and Class III Cases
11:45am Dr. Ken Fischer How to Avoid Revisions
12:15pm Rosemary Bray Make Your Place of Employment a Place of Enjoyment
12:45pm Dr. Dan German Cone Beam and Clear Aligner Therapy: A recipe for optimal outcomes!
1:10pm Dr. Steven Olsburgh Optimizing Aligner Therapy with Remote Monitoring
1:30pm Dental Wings Comfortable Scanning Experience with CARES Intraoral Scanner
2:00pm 3Shape Live TRIOS Demonstration: Sending a Case to ClearCorrect

Tuesday, May 8th

11:15am Dr. Ken Fischer How to Avoid Revisions
11:45am Dental Wings Comfortable Scanning Experience with CARES Intraoral Scanner
12:15pm Philippe Salah AI and the Future of Orthodontics

Tech Tip: Submitting a case revision - best practices

There are any number of reasons your case might need a revision, the most common being when teeth don't move as planned.

When you request a revision your patient's treatment will be re-staged to target the original treatment goal, starting from the current position, unless you have requested otherwise. 

If you have to submit a revision, we want it to be as simple and effective as possible. Below are our suggested best practices for submitting a revision. 

Submitting a revision

Case revisions must be submitted online. Here's a step-by-step for submitting a revision along with some important tips.

1. If submitting new impressions or intraoral scans, take them before starting the online submission process.

Tip: Remove all existing engagers before taking new impressions to improve accuracy. Reason being that we cannot assure the existing engagers will be accurate with the fit of the new aligners.

2. When you select a case with a phase scheduled, you'll see a blue "Revise" button in the action area. After you click that, the title will change to "Requesting revision."

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3. If all planned phases have shipped, you will find the case under the "closed" tab and it will look like this:

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4. Select the correct step number for each aligner the patient is currently wearing & have the patient continue to wear the current step until the revision arrives.

5. Select if you want us to base the revision on existing models, on new impressions, or on new intraoral scans.

  • If the current aligners fit well and you just want to request a change (i.e., adding engagers or requesting overcorrection), select "Existing model."
  • If you select "New impression," you'll be presented with an option to ship it after you submit the revision request.
  • If you select "New intraoral scan," you can upload it along with the revision request, or submit the request first and upload the scans later.

6. Instructions: Describe the existing condition of the treatment and indicate any issues that you wish to overcome in the revision. Be as detailed as possible. The more information you provide the better. For example, Engagers on #6-7 are not tracking with aligner. #7 is not rotating as planned. (If your instructions are unclear, you will be contacted by email to confirm before we manufacture your revised phase.) 

Specify any additional requests or information, such as: 

  • If you would like to overcorrect any teeth in the revision.
  • Note any engagers that are misbehaving. (Engagers that are not tracking can be a sign of bigger problems than just fitting issues.)
  • If you would like additional engagers.

Tip:  If you would like the same engager placement in your revision, you will need to specify in the revision instructions which teeth you would like the engagers to be placed and/or remain in the treatment. 

Tip: If you're submitting a revision for “ill-fitting aligners”, for "engagers not fitting in the aligner" or for a specific tooth "not tracking", there isn’t a way for us to determine the patient’s current condition unless new impressions or scans are sent in. So for these types of revision submissions we always require new impressions/scans to get to the root cause.

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7. Once you are complete with your instructions, select "Submit" and you will receive a revised treatment setup within a few days for your approval. If you want to print a copy of the revision for your records, you can download one by clicking the revision form icon in the case history.

Revision history

Identifying the revision on the treatment plan

When you request a revision for a case, the treatment plan will reflect that you have received the revision with a small break as in this image.

Revision treatment plan

All revisions are numbered based on the next odd aligner in sequence. For example, if the patient is wearing step 7, then the treatment and revision setup will now begin on step 9, regardless of how many aligners we’ve shipped in between. 

When not to send a revision

Following are circumstances when you should not send a revision:

To request any of the above actions, contact one of our helpful Provider Services representatives and they can assist you.