ClearCorrect case study: Dr. Joe Hannah

Check out the below case study written by ClearCorrect provider Dr. Joe Hannah, DDS:

Correction of Incisal Crowding

Keeping your patient on track

Your patient just bought a one-way ticket to Straight Tooth City. Here are a few tips for conducting the ClearCorrect train to arrive on schedule without getting derailed.

  1. Set up an incentive for the patient. For example, you can offer a free cleaning or whitening when the patient finishes their treatment.
  2. Explain osteoclastic and osteoblastic activity. By not wearing the aligners 22 hours a day, the teeth are being moved back and forth, which disrupts this bone activity.
  3. Make sure your patient is wearing their previous aligner when they come in for their appointment.  Check how it is seating. It should sit flush with the incisal edges of the teeth, and should be loose after three weeks of wear.
  4. Suspect non-compliance if your patient starts missing appointments and/or frequently reschedules. Re-incentivize your patient as needed. Use the original treatment setup to remind the patient of their end goal.
  5. Emphasize the importance of good oral hygiene. Poor dental hygiene can hinder your progress.
  6. Compare each moving tooth to the setup at each appointment. Ensure the tooth is moving according to plan. You can refer to our wiki for help with stubborn movements.
  7. Keep an IPR tracking sheet. Record everything. By keeping track of these things, diagnosing future issues will be easier.
  8. Check your compliance checkpoints. Gaps that have not closed may be a sign that the aligner has not been worn long enough. If you suspect non-compliance, give the aligner another week or two.
  9. Insert the next aligner in the office and make sure it fits. If there are gaps on the incisal edges, check the setup. It's likely the teeth need a few days to move into position before the aligner will seat. Chewies are useful for increasing pressure on the aligner

That's it for now! If you have any tips on how you keep your patients on track, we'd love to hear them. As always, you can share your approach by replying to this email. 

New video: how to place engagers

Engagers are handy composite bumps placed on the surface of the teeth to help aligners achieve difficult tooth movements. Think of them as handles that give the aligners greater leverage. In our new tutorial video, we'll take you through the steps necessary to place engagers on your patients' teeth.

 

We hope you found this video tutorial useful. If you have any questions at all, give us a call at 888-331-3323, or visit our Wiki online

For written step-by-step instructions on how to place engagers, click here

New video: compliance checkpoints

Compliance checkpoints tell you when we expect gaps caused by IPR to have closed. Knowing when to examine these compliance checkpoints and what to do if there's still a gap is important to keeping your patient's treatment on schedule. Lucky for you, we made a video to explain all that.

Give it a watch:

 

We hope you found this instructional video useful. If you have any questions, give us a call at 888-331-3323.

Until next time...

New IPR tutorial video

Interproximal reduction is a technique that removes small amounts of enamel from the edges of crowded teeth, which gives them the room they need to align. After watching our new and improved provider training video, you'll have a good understanding of how to perform this useful procedure.

Check it out:

 

We hope you found this video tutorial useful. If you have any questions, give your ClearCorrect representative a call at (888) 331-3323. 

We’re switching to FedEx

If you notice a new delivery guy bringing ClearCorrect phases to your office, there’s a good reason. We’re switching from UPS Ground to FedEx Ground for most shipments.

Starting this week, when you submit a case or order a shipping label on ClearComm, you’ll be offered a FedEx label instead of a UPS label. Print it out and drop the package off at any staffed FedEx shipping location.

Find a FedEx shipping location near you

For now, you can choose whether to use UPS or FedEx for shipments to ClearCorrect. We expect to transition all of our shipments to FedEx over the next few weeks.

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Please contact our support team at (888) 331-3323 if you need any assistance with this transition. Thanks!

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Clear aligner workshops available

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ClearCorrect will be hosting a series of clear aligner workshops for doctors who want to learn or refresh their understanding of the subject.

The host of these workshops is ClearCorrect founder Dr. Willis Pumphrey, who has over 2,000 clear aligner cases under his belt. The workshop is good for 8 hours of CE credit, and features interactive demonstrations covering a wide variety of scenarios.

Our upcoming workshop time and location is:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014
TAMPA, FLORIDA

This one-day workshop is fast-paced, thorough, and hands-on. Dr. Pumphrey is an engaging host and is known for injecting humor into his workshops. After you're done, you'll know how to identify candidates for clear aligners, diagnose their needs, oversee their treatment, and more!

A couple of nearby attractions include LegoLand, Disneyworld, etc.

Special pricing for ClearCorrect providers

$1195  Full workshop (includes one assistant)

$1095  Full workshop (with additional discount for dental society members)

$125  Additional cost for each assistant

Click "more information" below to request details. Or, if you're ready to save your seat, click "Purchase now". 

More information Purchase now

Or call (888) 331-3323 x200

Limited_seating

Approved PACE Program Provider

FAGD/MAGD Credit

Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement.

4/1/2013 to 3/31/15

Provider ID 304173

Top 6 tips from our support team

This week, we're sharing the top 6 tips from our support team:

  1. Take close-up, in-focus photos. The photos should clearly capture the full details of the arches in and out of occlusion, all the way back to the rear of the molars. Use a good camera in conjunction with cheek retractors and intraoral mirrors.
  2. Check your impressions for imperfections like voids, bubbles, poorly-defined gum lines, unclear distal molar areas, etc. If the impressions aren't accurate, it's pretty likely that treatment won't work as planned. Learn what makes a good impression on our wiki.
  3. The submission form is your chance to explain what is happening with the case and what you want to accomplish.  The more details you provide on the submission form, the better. Do you want engagers to be placed on the lingual side of the teeth, or avoided altogether? Are you going to extract teeth before treatment begins? Do you want pontics? Or bars to fill the gaps between teeth? If you don't tell us what to do, we cant guarantee it's going to happen.
  4. Carefully review the treatment setup before hitting "accept." Evaluate each step of treatment to confirm that it matches what you want to prescribe for your patient. Examine the models for issues that might affect the treatment outcome. If you approve a setup with misshapen teeth or incomplete molars, that's what you're going to get in your aligners. Don't set yourself up for an unpleasant surprise down the line.
  5. When you request a revision, clearly restate what you are trying to accomplish, and what you want to change. It’s almost always best to submit new impressions or scans for a revision, so we can match the exact position of the patient's teeth. If that's not possible, and if the aligners  fit  well, we can use the existing models. But if the patient's teeth haven't been tracking, they may not be accurate.
  6. Remove engagers before you take new impressions. Engagers can cause tears and pulls in the impression material. Don't remove the engagers if you're requesting a revision based on existing models—we'll stage the case under the assumption that the existing engagers are still there.

That's it for today. Until next time…

Now in store: free patient email templates

Need help with quick promotional ideas for your office? Download a free email letter that you can send to your customer database. The email template is designed so that you can personalize and edit it to your satisfaction. Once sent, you can watch your inbox fill up with appointment requests. We have designed a couple options for you. Feel free to use whichever you like - or all of them.

Click the image below to view the patient email templates on our store:

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 Happy patient hunting.

Until next time...

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2014 Orthotown Townie Choice Awards: Vote and WIN!

According to the rules, we can’t tell you to vote for us in the Orthotown Townie Choice Awards. We can’t even show you a picture of a Townie Choice Award. But we can create our own life-size Townie Choice Award, and parade him all over town.  


Complete your 2014 Orthotown Townie Choice Awards ballot TODAY and you’ll be automatically entered to win $500, or the grand-prize of $1000 and the cover of the January/February 2015 issue of Orthotown Magazine!

Here are a few reasons ClearCorrect is on the ballot:

  • VOTE NOW because ClearCorrect is manufactured in the USA.
  • VOTE NOW because ClearCorrect is the doctor-friendly alternative.
  • VOTE NOW because our cost is up to 30% less than the other guys.
  • VOTE NOW because treatment planning is flexible with phase-based delivery.
  • VOTE NOW because our doctor’s portal makes case managment simple.
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Please note, this ballot is open to orthodontists only, therefore Orthotown requires you register with them before voting. If you aren't yet registered with Orthotown, it's a snap to do so. Simply visit Orthotown's registration page.