ClearCorrect case study: Dr. John DiGiovanni

ClearCorrect provider Dr. John DiGiovanni, DDS recently wrote a case study for Orthodontic Products on one of his ClearCorrect cases:

Accelerating Aligner Therapy

Tracking Guides

If you've been practicing clear aligner therapy for any length of time, you've likely discovered that some teeth prefer to stay where they are. When you run into this, various factors may be involved, such as an older patient, unusually-shaped teeth, or just a tooth that needs a little more pressure.

We have put together some helpful guides for you on a couple of the more common issues. These guides walk you through checking the various potential factors that may get that tooth moving along as originally planned. You can view both guides here:

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Until next time...

Our Tradeshow Calendar for 2015

We’re attending more trade shows than ever this year, including a few international shows for the first time ever!

Check out our schedule below and if we’re going to be in your area, come by and see us. Bring your doctor friends to our booth, once they register and submit a case, you'll both get $100 off your next case.

Chicago Midwinter - Chicago, IL
February 26th-28th, 2015
Booth # 3846

Pacific Dental Conference (PDC) - Vancouver, Canada
March 5th-7th, 2015
Booth # 1354

CEREC Seminar (Ortho and Aesthetic Techniques) - Scottsdale, AZ
March 7th-8th, 2015
Booth # TBD

36th Annual Australian Dental Congress - Brisbane, Australia
March 25th-29th, 2015
Booth # 490

Hinman - Atlanta, GA
March 26th-28th, 2015
Booth # 440

Townie Meeting - Las Vegas, NV
April 15th-18th, 2015
Booth # 200

California Dental Association (CDA) - Anaheim, CA
April 30th- May 2nd, 2015
Booth # 477

Ontario Dental Association (ODA) - Toronto, Canada
May 7th-9th, 2015
Booth # 947

American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) - San Francisco, CA
May 15th-19th, 2015
Booth # 545

CEREC seminar (Updates in CEREC Technology) - Scottsdale, AZ
May 16th-17th, 2015
Booth # TBD

Texas Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) - Austin, TX
June 5th-6th, 2015
Booth # 18 

Florida National Dental Convention (FNDC) - Kissimmee, FL
June 11th-13th, 2015
Booth # 1022

California Dental Association (CDA) - San Francisco, CA
August 20th-22nd, 2015
Booth # TBD

Northeastern Society of Orthodontics (NESO) - Providence, RI
September 10th-13th, 2015
Booth # TBD

CEREC 30th - Las Vegas, NV
September 17th-19th, 2015
Booth # TBD

Canadian Association of Orthodontists - Victoria, British Columbia
September 17th-19th, 2015
Booth # TBD

CEREC seminar (ortho & esthetic techniques) - Scottsdale, AZ
October 22nd-23rd, 2015
Booth # TBD

Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics (PCSO) - Palm Springs, CA
October 22nd-25th, 2015
Booth # TBD

Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontics (RMSO) - Scottsdale, AZ
October 30th-November 1st, 2015
Booth # TBD

American Dental Associated (ADA) - Washington, D.C.
November 5th-7th, 2015
Booth # TBD

CEREC seminar (Updates in Cerec Technology) - Scottsdale, AZ
November 6th-7th, 2015  
Booth # TBD

Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) - New York, NY
November 27th-December 12th, 2015
Booth # TBD 

Tips on submitting a case

Submitting a new case? Here are a few tips:

If you have any other questions about submitting a case, give your account rep a call.

Until next time...

2014: Year in Review

First of all, happy New Year!

We've got plenty of exciting plans for 2015, but we thought it might be helfpul to take a moment first to review some of the improvements we made in 2014 (just in case you missed them).

  • We improved our packaging and paperwork, switching to smaller boxes with included labels for easier filing.
  • We upgraded our treatment setups to increase the quality and usability of this treatment planning tool. Here is a quick summary of the new features:

Color gums & teeth

Models for every step of treatment

3D representations of IPR & engagers

Tooth charts & instructions for every step

Missing teeth & placed engagers on chart

Treatment animation

Embedded link to ClearComm

Better Mac support

Improved interface 

We'll have plenty more to announce soon. Until then, we hope you have a great start to your new year!

ClearCorrect case study: Dr. Edward Davis

ClearCorrect provider Dr. Edward Davis, DDS recently wrote a case study on one of his ClearCorrect cases:

ClearCorrect Treatment of a Class II with Crowding and Deep Bite

A 59 year old woman presented with a Class II subdivision right malocclusion. Her chief concerns were the anterior incisal crowding. There was a considerable deep bite present with moderate maxillary and mandibular crowding. The lower arch was V-shaped with narrowing in the anterior segment. The maxillary central incisors were retroclined, reducing the support of the maxillary lip. The patient was missing several posterior teeth.

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Trimming questions

1. Why do your aligners overlap the gumline?

As we announced in September, we now trim our aligners with a smooth contour, overlapping the attached gingiva. We made this change based on clinical research which demonstrated big improvements to retention using this technique.

New trimming protocol

2. Can I make custom trimming requests?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept custom trimming requests. We trim all aligners using the same standard protocol. If you want to customize your aligners, you can do so fairly easily in your office with a buffing wheel (like the ones available in our online store).

3. What should I look for if my patient complains of sore gums?

ClearCorrect aligners go through a multi-stage polishing process, so actual rough or sharp edges should be quite rare.

It is fairly common, however, to experience some discomfort for the first few days wearing an aligner. This often indicates that the soft tissue is getting used to having foreign material present in the mouth. Changes to the mucosa eventually fade away when the patient stops wearing aligners.

If the gums are being impinged, one possibility is that the gingiva were not captured accurately in the impression. We prefer 4-5 millimeters of gum to be included. Incomplete impressions will affect our production models.

Frenum_pullYou may also want to look for frenum pulls. These can be difficult to detect because the aligner may feel comfortable at first, but as the patient speaks and moves around, the frenum becomes irritated and ulcerated. Unfortunately this dynamic movement is not captured in the impression. Clear photographs can help to identify these. Gingival frenum pulls are rare, but when they occur, they are typically found in the maxillary premolar and midline areas. If this proves to be a problem, you may want to trim the aligner shorter in the affected areas.

KXAN Reports on ClearCorrect

As you might remember, ClearCorrect's offices moved from Houston to Round Rock, TX about a year ago. Since then, we've been making waves in the local tech-field, and the jobs we've brought to the area have garnered the company lots of attention.

Our very own Anthony Penketh, Chief Marketing Officer, recently sat down with local news station KXAN to discuss the company's move. Check out the story below! 

 

 

 

Need a little support?

spidermanClearCorrect is continuing to grow while our commitment to our providers remains the same. To better serve you, we've established a support team that's here to offer help when you need it.

The role of support is to answer your calls and emails in regard to ongoing cases. A support representative can help you with many issues, including:

…and more. Consider us your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Our support reps are here to answer your emails and calls from 7am – 7pm Central at (888) 331-3323 or support@clearcorrect.com.

Until next time...

Getting ready for the holidays

'Tis the season for patients to clean out their flexible spending accounts. With the end of the year approaching, we are releasing a few new holiday options (as well as flex account reminders) in both postcard and email template form.

You can edit & use the email templates yourself for free—the postcards can be edited & printed by us.

If you are looking for a service you can send emails through, you can try companies like MailChimp, Constant Contact, or Hubspot. They are set up to help you send mass emails like this to your database.

The postcards can be hand outs at your office or at events, or they can be mailed to an address list.

Check out our store to see all the new template options. Happy Holidays.

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