All promo material prices reduced 50% or more

Brochures, posters, banners, and DVD’s can all get your patients asking about ClearCorrect. So now we're making them as affordable as we possibly can:

  • 25-pack of brochures: $5 (formerly $10)
  • Small brochure holder: $5 (formerly $15)
  • Large brochure holder & insert: $10 (formerly $20)
  • Patient DVD: $5 (formerly $10)
  • Standard banner: $60 (formerly $120)
  • Custom banner: $75 (formerly $150)
  • Posters: Free (formerly $10)

You can check them all out on ClearComm or on this updated price list:

ClearCorrect Promotional Materials Price List

Just email or call your account rep at (888) 331-3323 to order. Let us know if you want us to charge your card on file, or use a different payment method.

New free posters

We’ve designed some great new posters for you to hang up around your office.

They're conveniently sized at 18" x 24" to fit standard frames. Best of all, we’re offering them absolutely free to providers. You'll only pay shipping & handling (usually $5.95 per shipment).

First, we have updated versions of our classic posters featuring models Sydney, Savon, and Brianna:

ClearCorrect posters: Sydney, Savon, Brianna

We also have a set of brand-new posters: Case Types (featuring before & after photos, by popular demand), How Does It Work? (a brief introduction to clear aligners), and Simple (an eye-catching minimalist design).

ClearCorrect posters: Case Types, How Does It Work?, Simple

Finally, we have two special posters explaining the Phase Out program. Your patients will feel great knowing that they (and you) are supporting a great cause:

ClearCorrect posters: Phase Out (Kids), Phase Out (Closeup)

As I said before, all of these posters are available now for free. Order one, all eight, or more—we’ll squeeze as many as we can into one poster tube.

Email or call your account rep at (888) 331-3323 to order. (We can charge your account for shipping & handling on request.)

Tech Tip: Track your own unused phases on ClearComm

The first month of our Phase Out project is done, and it's been a big success. You've helped us give more than $10,000 so far—enough to give clean, safe drinking water to more than 500 people for the next 20 years or more.

As we've said before, just the fact that you're doing business with us makes you a part of this movement we're starting to build. But we thought maybe you might want to be able to see a little more about what you personally are doing to help phase out unsafe drinking water.

So now you can see your own contributions on ClearComm. Just click the "Phase Out" button on the right-hand side after you log in, and you'll see right away how many cases you've completed so far, how many leftover phases you had from each, and how much you contributed to Phase Out:

The project just got started a month ago, so you probably don't have tons of cases completed yet. Don't worry. Give it a year, and I bet you'll be floored when you see the difference you've made.

In the meantime, you can always donate and track ClearCorrect's progress at our mycharity: water page.

Phase Out update: Little green men

Phase Out is just one month old, and already you've helped us give $10,700, which will help about 535 people gain access to clean and safe drinking water.

To help our whole company keep up with our progress, we decided to dedicate one of the walls outside our manufacturing area to the Phase Out project. Here's what it looks like after just one month of contributing leftover phases to charity: water.

That's 535 little green men already! And that's our success director, Sarah Bircher. Normally she talks to doctors and gets feedback on how we're doing as a company and what we can do better. She's still doing that full time, but she loved this idea so much, she volunteered to take a little time every week to update our wall.

We're all excited to see just how big this project can get. Keep checking back here and on our Phase Out page to track our progress. Oh, and if you just can't wait for a case to finish, or even if you're not a doctor and just want to see this movement grow, you can always go to our mycharity: water page and donate to this wonderful cause.

Sneak peek at Zendura® aligner material

ClearCorrect Trimming Kit

Here's something we can whole-heartedly endorse (and get financial compensation for): the ClearCorrect Trimming Kit.

For $90, the kit includes all the supplies you need to make your own replacement aligners in your office: 10 plastic sheets, a steel wheel saw, crown & bridge scissors, and 10 abrasive buff polishers.

Our kits have always included .030" sheets of Biocryl™ plastic. It works great. In fact, it's one of the best materials available for making aligners with a vacuum-former (the most common type of thermoforming machine in dental offices).

We've never talked much about the material we use ourselves here at ClearCorrect, and we've never offered it for sale. This is partly because it wasn't packaged for individual sale, and partly because it requires a more advanced pressure-forming machine such as the BioSTAR, MiniSTAR, Drufomat, or Drufosmart.

Today we can reveal that the material ClearCorrect uses to make our aligners (and retainers) is called Zendura®. It's an advanced polymer that was developed by Bay Materials specifically to balance the properties needed for clear aligners: strength, ductility, chemical resistance, clarity, and stress relaxation resistance. It's significantly more crack-resistant and stain-resistant than traditional PETG-based plastics. We believe that this is the most effective material ever developed for making clear aligners.

We're not offering Zendura for sale just yet, but we do have a limited supply of individually foil-wrapped samples available. If you have a pressure-forming machine, let us know when you order a Trimming Kit, and we'll include a free "sneak-peek" sample of this advanced material while supplies last. We'd love to hear how it works in your office.

You can contact your account rep to order at (888) 331-3323.

Tech tip: Snoring/sleep apnea followup

We've got a little followup this week about appliances for snoring/sleep apnea. First off, a clarification.

Dr. Virginia Hughson-Otte wrote in to say:

"There are NO proven, safe, useful OTC apnea devices. I surely would NEVER recommend to my patients to EVER get an OTC device for sleep apnea."

Last week, when we talked about a sleep apnea appliance that "fits more loosely (like an over-the-counter sport mouthguard)," that was just an analogy to describe the looseness of the fit. Obviously, an actual OTC sport mouthguard shouldn't be used as a sleep apnea appliance. Thanks for pointing out the potential for confusion there, Dr. Hughson-Otte.


Dr. Hughson-Otte also wrote:

"I'm a fan of the aveoTSD during ClearCorrect therapy... In fact the CPAP machine can actually produce some much anterior pressure you'll end up fighting this with your aligners also and it can prolong TX."

More than one doctor gave us positive feedback about the aveoTSD device. Dr. Marion N. Wilson wrote:

"aveoTSD works great in place of the custom fitted appliances while wearing aligners. It is a good alternative during TX. In fact I use it extensively for my patients who will not use their CPAP machines."

We contacted Glidewell Laboratories, the US distributor of the aveoTSD, to ask them about using the device with clear aligners. Jim Shuck, their VP of Sales & Marketing, responded:

"I personally wear clear retainers myself along with the aveoTSD virtually every night. The intra-oral dimension of the aveoTSD is very thin and since your tongue is held between your upper and lower teeth inside the silicone bulb it is completely comfortable and effectively keeps my airway open so I do not snore."

He also offered a promotional discount for ClearCorrect providers. If you're interested, you can order the aveoTSD here:

$39 off one aveoTSD device for ClearCorrect providers

We should point out that, although clinical trials in other countries have found the aveoTSD effective for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, the FDA has only cleared it for use as an anti-snoring device in the United States.

We have no affiliation with Glidewell Laboratories, and we aren't getting any financial compensation from them. We have not tested the aveoTSD ourselves, so we can't recommend for or against using it. We're just passing along the feedback we've received.

Tech Tip: Sleep apnea appliances & clear aligners


I have a patient that wears a nighttime appliance for snoring/sleep apnea. What do I have to do to accommodate both clear aligners and the nighttime appliances while they are in treatment? Do the appliance trays provide adequate retention or do you have to make the appliance fit over the clear aligner?


As you know, clear aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours per day. If your patient removed the clear aligners each night to wear the sleep apnea appliance, not only would it cut into your patient's wear-time, the appliance could actively work against the aligners, pressuring the teeth back into their original positions.

So, tight-fitting custom sleep apnea appliances probably can't be used during clear aligner treatment.

If you use a loose-fitting sleep apnea appliance, it may be less likely to interfere with the aligners. You could also consider a non-fitted device, such as the aveoTSD or a CPAP machine. If you've found something that works for you, please let us know.

Please note, however, that we have not tested ClearCorrect for use with sleep apnea appliances. We cannot guarantee the safety or efficacy of any sleep apnea device when used with clear aligners.

If your patient just stops wearing a sleep apnea appliance during clear aligner therapy, remember that they'll probably need a new sleep apnea appliance at the end of treatment, to fit the new configuration of their teeth.

Until next time...

Clarification: An earlier version of this post described loose-fitting appliances as “like an over-the-counter sport mouthguard.” We simply meant that the fit of such a device might be similar to an over-the-counter sport mouthguard. We do not recommend using an over-the-counter sport mouthguard to treat snoring or sleep apnea.

Phase Out update & limited edition boxes

The response to our Phase Out announcement last week has been really encouraging.

Some doctors have already started suggesting other charities we might want to add to the program. Thanks for all your feedback. We're starting with just charity: water for now, but we'll definitely take your suggestions into consideration as we expand the program in the future.

As you'll see at, we started with a lump sum donation of $5,000 to make good on our Twitter campaign from last year.

We plan to make our first regular contribution very soon, and follow it up regularly as cases close with leftover phases. As a reminder, we don't close a case and donate the leftover phases until you request a retainer. So please be sure to call your account rep and let us know when your patient is done with treatment.

This is really cool: We've produced a special run of black & yellow aligner boxes, bags, and cases to promote our campaign to phase out unsafe drinking water. The colors were chosen to coordinate with our first partner, charity: water.

Phase Out limited edition packaging

On the bottom of each box, you'll find a brief summary of the Phase Out project. Inside each aligner case (included with Phase Zero), we're inserting cards designed to introduce the campaign to patients.

Hopefully, this campaign will give you an opportunity to explain to your patients how wearing their aligners at least 22 hours every day ensures the best results, which cuts down on the need for midcourse corrections, leaving more leftover phases for Phase Out.

Even if your patients don't end up with leftover phases, they (and you) can always help out by spreading the word or donating directly to charity: water through our mycharity: water profile.

Tech tip: Simpler midcourse corrections

We recently updated our midcourse correction form to make it simpler to fill out. Also, as we mentioned a few weeks ago, we'll now accept impressions just for the arch that's giving you trouble, if you prefer.

new Midcourse correction form

Now there are basically just two questions you have to think about:

  • Which steps currently fit your patient's teeth the best?
  • Are you submitting new impressions?

If you submit impressions, we'll use them to revise the next phases. Otherwise, we'll revise the next phases based on the steps and instructions you specify.

As always, we strongly recommend that you try other options, such as backtracking, before resorting to a midcourse correction. If the real problem is patient compliance, midcourse corrections will just waste your time & use up your phases.

("Backtracking" means having your patient go back to the last step that fit well and try again, making sure to wear the aligners at least 22 hours every day. Most of the time, this is all it takes to get a case back on track. If you don't have the old aligners anymore, you can make new ones using the included dental models.)

That's it for this week. I hope 2012 is shaping up to be a great year for you all. Until next time...

A new year. A new project.

Five years ago, we started ClearCorrect out of a passion to help. Doctors had no choice in clear aligners, and we wanted to change that.

Since then, we've remained focused on changing the clear aligner industry.

Well, now our ambitions have grown.

I’m very happy to announce Phase Out, a new ClearCorrect project we’re kicking off this year.

The purpose of this project: To change the world.

We’ve created a special place on the Internet for Phase Out where you can learn all about it, stay updated, and get involved. Please check it out and let us know your thoughts.

This is something we’re excited and passionate about. We're just getting started, but we think it can be big. I hope you’ll share in our excitement and tell at least one person about what we’re doing. Together, we’ll help a lot of people.

Here's to a happy and giving New Year.