Tech Tip: The three legs of a clear aligner system

Obviously, malocclusions are very different—consequently, aligner treatments are as diverse and complicated as the presenting malocclusions. Varying treatment goals, patient compliance, and preferences of the patient and clinician further compound the situation. 

Because clear aligners are highly customized, it is important to recognize that a clear aligner system consists of more than a single appliance. Rather the system is analogous to a three-legged stool whose legs are: 

  1. The dentist
  2. The aligners 
  3. The auxiliaries

Each component contributes to the system as a whole to support effective treatment of the wide range of malocclusions that present. The first leg is the dentist:

  • Properly trained and experienced in clear aligner treatment
  • Selects prospective patients who will commit to full compliance
  • Submits adequate patient information, records, and a detailed treatment plan that is designed by the treating doctor
  • Monitors the patient’s treatment progress and recognizes when the progress is not as expected
  • Determines if auxiliaries are required
  • Able to respond to issues causing a delay in the treatment progress
  • Adequately provides a retention strategy according to the treatment circumstances

The second leg is the aligners themselves:

  • Preferably a system that is able to provide quality treatment for any malocclusion, ranging from limited, cosmetic goals to full comprehensive corrections
  • Made from material capable of meeting all of the needs of a long term treatment
  • Combined with systems designed to enhance the substance and predictability of the aligners’ capabilities

The third leg includes the auxiliaries:

  • This includes ChewiesOutie toolsengagerselasticsexpandersdistalizersTADs, etc.
  • Auxiliaries are utilized before, during, or after the aligner treatment to effect movements or changes the aligners are not capable of providing by themselves
  • These devices and techniques supplement and enhance the performance of the aligners
  • It is the doctor’s responsibility to determine when to use these devices and which ones to use.

Hey TRIOS-users!

We recently heard some of you may be in need of a new aligner lab.

We've got your back.

TRIOS users who register with promo code TRIOS2018 by January 31, 2018 will receive four coupons good for 50% off any ClearCorrect order submitted with TRIOS scans. Treatment setups must be approved by March 31, 2018 to qualify for this offer.

To show our appreciation, we're also making this offer available to our existing TRIOS providers. We've already added four 50% coupons to account who have submitted scans with a TRIOS. Other providers may request coupons by contacting (888) 331-3323 by January 31, 2018 to verify that they have submitted scans from a TRIOS scanner. 

We've also specially made a free, TRIOS-friendly onboarding e-course for those interested to learn about using ClearCorrect with TRIOS at


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Tech Tip: Seating Aligners


Often, when delivering a new aligner or when aligners fall off track a little, utilizing an accessory to help seat the aligner into full and proper fit is a good idea.

Chewies, plastic wafers, or even a plastic saliva evacuator tip can be used by the patient as an accessory to help seat the aligners. With the aligners on the teeth as far as they can go, the patient simply places an accessory between the upper and lower aligners and gently, but firmly, bites on the accessory to push the aligner down further on the teeth.


Chewies are a spongy plastic device that looks like a small cotton roll. Wafers are thin plastic devices in the shape of a horseshoe that conforms to the full dental arch. The plastic saliva evacuator tip is a short tube used by the dentist during an intraoral dental procedure to remove saliva from the mouth, but it can also be used by the aligner patient to help seat their aligners.

Chewies can be purchased from our online store

2018 Event and Trade Show Calendar

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

ClearCorrect's 2018 Calendar of Events:

Yankee Dental Congress Booth #2505 Boston, MA - Jan. 24-28

American Academy of Dental Group Practice Booth #127 Las Vegas, NV - Jan. 31-Feb. 3

AAO/AAPD Joint Winter Conference Booth #103 Scottsdale, AZ Feb. 9-11

European Aligner Society - 2nd Congress Booth #20 Venice, Italy Feb 16-18

ASDA Annual Session Booth #10 Anaheim, CA  Feb 21 - 24

Chicago Dental Society - Midwinter Meeting Booth #2247 Chicago, Illinois Feb. 22-24

Pacific Dental Conference Booth #1502 Vancouver, BC Mar. 8-10

Australian Orthodontic Congress Booth #33 Sydney, AUS Mar. 9-12

Hinman Dental Meeting Booth #308 Atlanta, GA Mar. 22-24

ADSO Summit Booth #TBD Austin, TX Apr. 17-20

Tralongo User Meeting Booth #TBD Fort Lauderdale, FL Apr. 20-22

ODA Annual Spring Meeting Booth #114 Toronto, ON Apr. 26-28

Smile Source Exchange Booth #306 Anaheim, CA May 2-5

AAO Annual Session Booth #2201 Washington, DC May 4-8

Straumann Dental Implant Symposium Booth #1 Montreal, QB May 11-12

CDA South Booth #325 Anaheim, CA May 17-19

The Dentistry Show Booth #E72 Birmingham, England May 18-19

Jasper Dental Congress Booth #23 Jasper, AB, Canada May 25-26

Quebec Order of Dentists Booth #1919 Montreal, Québec, Canada May 28-29

Ontario Association of Orthodontists Booth #TBD Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada Jun. 8-9 

Florida Dental Convention Booth #201 Orlando, FL Jun. 21-23

Straumann Digital Dentistry Symposium Booth #308 Washington DC Jun. 22-23

CDA PEI Booth #45 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada August 22-25

CDA North Booth #1906 San Francisco, CA Sep. 6-8

CAO ACO Booth #TBD Vancouver, BC, Canada Sep 7-8

Dentsply Sirona World Booth #TBD Orlando, FL Sep 13-15

AOS Annual Meeting Booth #3 San Diego, CA Sep 13-16, 2018

Straumann Digital Dentistry Symposium Booth #TBD San Francisco, CA Sep. 14-15

Brazilian Congress of Orthodontics Booth #TBD São Paulo, Brazil Sep 20-22

Northwest Dental Expo Booth #TBD Edmonton, BC, Canada Sep 21

Dental Forum US 2018 Booth #TBD Dallas, TX Oct. 3-4

Southern Association of Orthodontists Booth #TBD New Orleans, LA Oct 4-6

3Shape Symposium Booth #TBD Pheonix, AZ Oct 4-6

Straumann Young Professional Summit Booth #TBD Barcelona, Spain Oct 5-6

SIDO International Congress Booth #TBD Florence, Italy Oct 11-13

Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists #TBD Monterey, CA Oct 11-14

ADA Annual Meeting Booth #1713 Honolulu, HI Oct. 18-21

Straumann LATAM Congress Booth #TBD Miami, FL Oct 25-26

AAP Annual Meeting Booth #TBD Vancouver, BC Oct. 27-30

ACP Annual Session Booth #TBD Baltimore, MD Oct. 31-Nov. 3

Northeastern Society of Orthodontists Booth #TBD Uncasville, CT Nov 2-3

Global Oral Health Summit Booth #TBD Dallas, TX Nov 9-11

DGAO Kongress für Aligner Orthodontie Booth #25 Cologne, Germany Nov. 23-24

Greater New York Dental Meeting Booth #TBD New York, NY Nov. 23-28

Vancouver & District Dental Society Midwinter Clinic Booth #TBD Vancouver, BC November 30

Tech tip: Preparing your practice

For a practice that's getting ready to submit their first clear aligner case, we wanted to provide some guidance on preparing and setting up your practice for delivery. We've taken this section from our checklist for clear aligner success, covering the phyisical items you'll need as well as the instructions on some of the basic procedures. 

Prepare your practice

  • Gather supplies. You’ll need a way to take and upload high-quality photos.
    • Digital camera or smartphone
    • Mirrors for buccal and arch photosdigital camera.jpg
    To capture your patients’ dentition, you’ll also need an intraoral scanner or: 
    • PVS impression material
    • Plastic impression trays
    We don’t accept alginate impressions, stone models, or metal impression trays, nor do we return plastic impression trays.
  • Prepare to place engagers. You might not need this immediately, but as you move into more complex cases, you’ll probably need to place engagers. You can get supplies from or another vendor. See How to Place Engagers video found in our help center.
  • Prepare to perform IPR. You’ll also probably eventually need supplies for IPR,BIG_IPR_grande.pngavailable from and other vendors. See How to Perform IPR video found in our help center.
  • Set pricing. Typical patient costs for aligner treatment range from $1,500 to $8,000, depending on the complexity of treatment and what the market will bear. Be sure to allow yourself a sustainable proft margin. Choosing Unlimited treatment keeps costs predictable. Choosing Flex can save money upfront, but allow headroom to accommodate revisions, replacements, and retainers—or prepare your patient for possible future costs.
  • Register for an e-course or live workshop at This isn’t required, but we highly recommend it. ClearCorrect offers CE credit for a range of courses on topics related to clear aligners. These courses answer many of the most common questions that our support staff receives. Your staff can take any e-course you take at no additional cost, and they can accompany you to live workshops at a reduced rate.

All-new courses. All-star lineup. All-in on education.


We've put together a variety of new PACE-approved workshops around the US for you and your staff to attend in 2018, covering the topics you asked for. Each one-day workshop offers 8 hours of CE credit upon completion, while our special two-day combination workshops offer 16 hours of CE credit. Food & drinks are included with each course. Get your whole office ready to promote clear aligners—bring your staff for just $50 each per day. To register or learn more information, click the links in the schedule below.

Reserve your spot now and enter the promo code EARLYBIRD at checkout to save 20% off list prices.*

Anaheim, CA 3-Feb Clear Aligner Basics + Team Communication for Case Acceptance
Hilton Head, SC 17-Mar Clear Aligner Basics + Restorative Treatment
Austin, TX 7-Apr Advanced Treatment with Clear Aligners
Las Vegas, NV 21-Apr Clear Aligner Basics + Team Communication for Case Acceptance
Boston, MA 2-Jun Clear Aligner Basics
San Diego, CA 8-Jun Building Your Team, Practice and Profitability
Philadelphia, PA 14-Jul Advanced Treatment with Clear Aligners
Seattle. WA Aug 10–11 Clear Aligner Basics + Building Your Team, Practice and Profitability
Denver, CO 15-Sep Clear Aligner Basics + Restorative Treatment
Nashville, TN 27-Oct Clear Aligner Basics + Team Communication for Case Acceptance
Dallas, TX 10-Nov Advanced Treatment with Clear Aligners
Orlando, FL Nov 30 - Dec.1 Clear Aligner Basics + Building Your Team, Practice and Profitability

Clear Aligner Basics

Dr. Ken Fischer presents this comprehensive 8-hour workshop on the basics of clear aligners. Featuring demonstrations and helpful advice on a broad range of topics, this workshop is ideal for doctors who have no previous experience with clear aligner treatment or for doctors looking to refresh their knowledge on the subject.

Restorative Treatment

Dr. Jeff Briney discusses how to differentiate between a restorative and an orthodontic patient, how to use clear aligners to position the teeth before restorative treatment, case examples with implants, training office staff in treatment planning, and more.

Team Communication for Case Acceptance

Cyndee Johnson, RDH, a global expert in practice profitability shares her 30 years of dental experience with you and your team to guide your patients to YES when it comes to case acceptance. She'll teach the multitude of patient benefits when correcting malocclusion and leave you with effective communication skills to build rapport and help remove barriers to treatment and move aligner cases onto your schedule. Her interactive course provides take-away's for immediate implementation. 

Building Your Team, Practice and Profitability

Rosemary Bray shares her extensive knowledge in the field of orthodontics and dentistry. Her full-day course offers tools for enhancing verbal skills to increase conversion rates and referrals, techniques and scripting for the new patient phone call & exam, and intensive training for doctor, staff, and treatment coordinators to effectively help build profitability with clear aligners in your practice.

Advanced Treatment with Clear Aligners

Dr. Ken Fischer presents an 8-hour course on advanced techniques and concepts for treating patients with clear aligners. Covered topics include treatment specifications for "difficult" cases, when and how to use auxiliaries in clear aligner treatment, hands on exercises, and much more. 

If you have any questions, contact your sales rep at (888) 331-3323.

*Promotional pricing available for a limited time only, subject to discontinuation without notice.

Tech tip: Dental hygienists' role

One of the topics covered in our checklist for clear aligner success is how your dental hygienists can help you promote clear aligners.

Dental hygienists are in a unique position to identify potential clear aligner patients and initiate a conversation about clear aligners before turning things over to you. A hygienist that's educated thoroughly on the numerous benefits of orthodontics can do a lot of the sales work. They can:

  • Identify conditions that may benefit from orthodontic correction
  • Identify symptoms of occlusal disease
  • Educate patients about how correcting malocclusion can improve oral health

We’ve assembled this video playlist with the information your hygienist needs to know about clear aligners:

Hygienists may also find this guide to the benefits of correcting malocclusion helpful.

You can find more on staff roles in relation to clear aligners in our Practice building e-course, available through our online store.

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We’re giving away prizes every weekday until 2018!

To celebrate and express our appreciation for our great providers, we’ll be giving away some awesome prizes every weekday from November 27 through December 29.

Every weekday, we’ll be giving away a $100 Amazon gift card, selecting a provider randomly from all of the treatment setups that have been approved since the last gift card drawing.

Every Friday, we’ll also give away an even bigger prize, selecting a provider randomly from all of the treatment setups that have been approved since November 24, 2017.

Here’s the lineup of prizes:

We hope you enjoy the rest of 2017!


Terms and Conditions

Void where prohibited by law. This contest is open only to registered ClearCorrect providers residing in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. This promotion includes two categories of prizes:

1. A random drawing for one of twenty-five $100 gift cards (value $100 each) will be held each weekday between November 27, 2017 and December 29, 2017. The winner for each of these drawings will be selected from the pool of all treatment setups for new Limited 6, Limited 12, Flex, Unlimited Legacy, and Unlimited cases that have been approved since the last gift card drawing. (For the first drawing on November 27, 2017, winners will be selected from the pool of all treatment setups for new Limited 6, Limited 12, Flex, Unlimited Legacy, and Unlimited cases that have been approved since November 24, 2017.)

2. A random drawing for one of five grand prizes will be held each Friday between December 1st, 2017 and December 29, 2017. The winner for each of these drawings will be selected from the pool of all treatment setups for new Limited 6, Limited 12, Flex, Unlimited Legacy, and Unlimited cases that have been approved since November 24th, 2017. Grand prizes include: a YETI Tundra 250 Cooler (value $899.99), an Apple Watch 3 - 38mm (value $399.00), a 256 GB iPad Pro 12.9-inch with Wi-Fi (value $$949.00); a 256 GB iPhone X (value $1,149.00); and a Samsung 65" 4K UHD TV (value $1,099.99).

Potential winners will be notified by phone or e-mail. Recipient is responsible for any applicable taxes or fees. At ClearCorrect's discretion, prizes may be substituted for a gift card or alternate prize of similar value. Contact for details. Employees of ClearCorrect and their family members are ineligible for this promotion. By participating, contestant releases ClearCorrect, LLC and their directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability for any injury, death, loss, tax liability or damage of any kind arising from contestant’s participation in this contest, or resulting from contestant's acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize. Use your professional judgment. Submit and approve cases only for patients whom you believe are likely to benefit from clear aligner therapy.

3Shape Get-Together in NYC sponsored by ClearCorrect

3Shape and ClearCorrect cordially invite you to come celebrate the new age of digital dentistry!

Register below using promo code CCGNY to receive $20 off the registration price.

Hope to see you there!

Tech tip: Pricing and profitability

In a recent tip, we shared our checklist for clear aligner success, which touches briefly on the topic of setting prices in your practice.

The checklist was created for our practice building e-course, which provides further details regarding pricing and profitability. Here's a taste:

Doctors often ask us: “How much should I charge for clear aligner treatment?” It’s not our place to tell doctors how to run their business, but we can share some suggestions.

Aligner treatment can involve anywhere from a couple of aligners to fifty or more. Instead of calculating a unique fee for each patient based on the number of initial aligners plus an additional cost to cover estimated future revisions, replacements, and retainers, Dr. Ken Fischer recommends a simple two-tier pricing strategy:

  • One fee for simple cases with short treatment times
    • (often handled with Flex)
  • A higher fee for complex cases with longer treatment times
    • (often handled with Unlimited)

Unless a dental service organization or group practice sets prices for you, each doctor (with their accountant or financial advisor, if applicable) must determine how much to charge for services. Whether you’re providing an occlusal composite, a prophy, or orthodontic treatment, you need to set your treatment fees so that the practice's expenses (lab fee, rent, utilities, payroll, etc.) can be covered while allowing yourself a healthy profit.

Because these variables can change from practice to practice, one doctor’s fee for a “simple” case may be set at $,1500 and another’s at $2,500. One doctor’s fee for an “complex” case might be set at $3,000 while another’s is at $8,000. The important thing to remember is to set the fee based upon the value of the service provided, not just the cost of the lab fees or or materials used.

Once the fee is determined, we recommend offering the patient a variety of payment options:

  • Paid-in-full (which may include a "bookkeeping" discount)
  • Down payment with following monthly payments
  • Monthly payment plan (number of months limited to the anticipated treatment time excluding the retention phase)
  • Securing financing through a 3rd party provider
  • Or any other plan (custom or otherwise) that is favorable to the practice and the patient.

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Check out our practice building e-course, available on our online store.