Happy Holidays From the Heart of Texas

From the heart of Texas, we wish you peace, joy,health, and prosperity during this holiday season. Thank for your support and here’s to a successful 2016!  

The Greater New York Dental Conference: Post Event Wrap-Up

The Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) is always an exciting event for us to attend. It’s a great venue to network and share clear aligner treatment strategies with dental professionals from all over the world. And most importantly, we get the chance to meet up with our ClearCorrect Providers and hear their success stories and treatment best practices. Also Dentistry Today stopped by our booth to interview Alana Seiders (ClearCorrect’s VP of Promotions and PR), as she reviewed ClearCorrect’s Product and Provider Benefits, see video below.

Stay tuned, we have an exciting event line-up planned for 2016 and will be sharing more details soon! We value your feedback. Feel free to share your clear aligner treatment experiences in the comments section below and we will follow-up with you.

Advanced & basic webinars

Webinar

Step up your game with ClearCorrect's new webinars covering advanced and basic topics in clear aligner treatment, presented by orthodontic specialist Ken Fischer, DDS. Each webinar is a PACE approved program offering 2 hours of CE credit upon completion.

To register, call us at (888) 331-3323, or click one of the links below.

Register for Advanced Webinar

Advanced webinar

Available timeslots

  • Friday, 1/8/16, 7–9 pm CST
  • Saturday, 1/9/16, 1–3 CST

Description

From useful troubleshooting techniques to marketing tips, this webinar covers a wide variety of advanced scenarios that can arise in treating patients with clear aligners.

Objectives

  • To improve proficiency in creating the optimum treatment setup
  • Identifying factors involved with monitoring treatment progress with clear aligners
  • Learn techniques needed to keep clear aligner treatment on-track
  • Present advice on how to market ClearCorrect clear aligners

Syllabus

  • Optimizing the Treatment Setup
  • Monitoring Aligner Treatment
  • When Aligners Do Not Fit
  • Finishing Cases
  • Marketing Clear Aligner Treatment
 

Register for Basic Webinar

Basic webinar

Available timeslots

  • Monday, 2/8/16, 2–4 pm CST
  • Tuesday, 2/9/16, 7–9 pm CST

Description

This webinar is ideal for doctors who have had no previous experience with clear aligner treatment. It features demonstrations covering a wide variety of scenarios from real case examples to performing IPR, this webinar has useful information for treating your patients with clear aligners.

Objectives

  • Introduce the concept of clear aligners in orthodontic treatment
  • Introduce the basic concepts involved in the movement of teeth with clear aligners
  • Show the types of treatment possible with clear aligners

Syllabus

  • The Importance of Clear Aligners in Orthodontic Treatment
  • Submitting Cases
  • The Treatment Setup
  • 6 Types of Tooth Movement
  • IPR (Interproximal Reduction)
  • Engagers

ClearCorrect is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 4/1/2015 to 3/31/2019. Provider ID 304173.

  

ClearCorrect Fast-Tracks Review of Align Technology Patent at USPTO

ClearCorrect Proceeds With New Trial Option Against Align Technology

ROUND ROCK, TX--(Marketwired - December 02, 2015) - ClearCorrect, LLC today announced the filing of an Inter Partes Review (IPR) with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) against Align Technology Patent 6,699,037 ('037 patent). This IPR will be conducted by administrative patent judges of the USPTO Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB), who must decide the patentability of the challenged claims within twelve months. The IPR filing stands independent from ClearCorrect's other ongoing USPTO patent challenges that are directed to similar patents of Align.

"The USPTO has already indicated that all eight ongoing reexaminations present 'new' and 'substantial questions' as to the patentability of Align's portfolio. The '037 IPR challenge will resolve many of these same questions within the coming months," according to Scott A. McKeown, a partner with the Washington, DC law firm Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt who is leading the effort at the USPTO.

Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit absolved ClearCorrect of liability for importing products alleged to infringe patents of the Align portfolio. A third, related litigation was also resolved by the Federal Circuit decision. Align has asserted over 200 patent claims against ClearCorrect across years of unsuccessful litigations to no avail. ClearCorrect will continue to work to clear the competitive landscape of improvidently granted patents.

For more information, visit http://www.clearcorrect.com or call (888) 331-3323.

Happy Thanksgiving

Holiday Giveaway Reminder

In case you missed the announcement last week, we're giving away $100 Amazon gift cards every weekday, plus bigger prizes every Friday. 

This Friday we're giving away a YETI Tundra 75 Cooler...ideal for keeping your family and friends fed and hydrated during a tailgate, BBQ, or day at the beach or lake.

Every treatment setup you approve gives you another chance to win. Good luck!

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Thanksgiving Sale

We're also offering a 15% discount on all promotional items in our store now through November 30th, 2015. To take advantage of this special offer enter in the following promo code when making your purchase: 15%promo2015

You can visit our store at: store.clearcorrect.com.

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Until next time...

ClearCorrect Editorial: Dr. James Mah, CTO for ClearCorrect

Dr. James Mah, CTO for ClearCorrect, recently wrote an editorial for Dental Economics

Clear Aligner Therapy and Practice Management: Tips and Things to Avoid 
View full article here

ClearCorrect patient review: Mercedes Flores

Dr. Andres Ramirez and his patient Mercedes Flores recently sat down with us to discuss Mercedes' treatment and overall ClearCorrect experience.

Congrats to Our Attorney Mike Myers -- American Lawyers' Litigator of the Week

Mike MyersShout out to our Attorney Mike Myers, who was named American Lawyers’ Litigator of the Week!

The recent ruling in favor of ClearCorrect against Align Technology is a big win and officially ends three of four litigations asserted by Align.  Moreover, we fully expect to successfully resolve the final case.

Congratulations, Mike!

ClearCorrect Eliminates Three Align Technology Lawsuits

USPTO Rejects Patent Claims of Fourth and Final Lawsuit

ROUND ROCK, TX-- November 12, 2015

ClearCorrect, LLC, a leading U.S. manufacturer of clear aligners, has been successful once again in litigation brought against the Company by Align Technology, Inc. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit cleared the Company of any liability in the International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation relating to certain Align patents, ending the ITC action initiated by Align in 2012. This resolves the third unwarranted and unsuccessful lawsuit Align has brought against ClearCorrect since 2011.

The November 10th Appeals Court decision is the latest in a series of favorable decisions for ClearCorrect in both the ITC and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). “This decision solidifies the fact that the ITC is without jurisdiction to regulate electronic transmissions of data and all of the ITC’s rulings in the case are therefore null and void,” said Michael D. Myers, ClearCorrect’s attorney in the case and a partner with the Houston, Texas law firm McClanahan Myers Espey, LLP.

"While the ITC has no authority or jurisdiction to judge the validity of these patents, the USPTO certainly does, and it has found substantial questions exist in all of the Align patents that it has reviewed thus far despite Align’s oral arguments and written responses to the contrary. The input of this expert agency reinforces the strength of ClearCorrect’s insistence that we do not infringe any valid patent rights.” explains Scott A. McKeown, a partner with the Washington, DC law firm Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt who is leading ClearCorrect’s efforts at the USPTO. Align’s final case against ClearCorrect is a patent infringement case in a Texas federal court that has been dormant since 2012 pending the resolution of the ITC actions. That remaining case, however, faces substantial hurdles in light of the ongoing cancellation proceedings of the USPTO, which have significantly progressed:

  • 6 of 9 patents asserted in the Texas suit are currently subject to USPTO cancellation
  • The USPTO has agreed with ClearCorrect’s invalidity positions on over 75 claims across the first 6 patents
  • The final 3 patents which ClearCorrect will be pursuing are largely overlapping in subject matter with the current challenges Align originally filed two lawsuits against the Company in 2011, followed a year later by two ITC actions.

One of the 2011 lawsuits was settled last month when Align voluntarily dropped its claims in exchange for ClearCorrect’s dismissal of its counterclaims. Align also settled the remaining ITC action through an agreement with ClearCorrect that was contingent on the appeal decision. With the appeal ruling in its favor this week, ClearCorrect has effectively resolved three of Align’s four litigations and expects to successfully resolve the final case.

Tech Tip: Setups based on old impressions or scans

When you evaluate a treatment setup, you have four options:

  1. Approve the setup and start the case
  2. Decline the setup and ask for changes
  3. Decline the setup and submit new impressions or scans
  4. Decline the setup and cancel the case

If it's been a while since you took the impressions or scans, you’ll need to evaluate whether they’re still accurate. Only approve a setup if you’re confident it accurately represents the current position of the patient’s teeth. Otherwise, you’re likely to have fitting problems, starting with step 1.

Here's what our Chief Technology Officer, Dr. James Mah, has to say on the subject:

Dr. James MahIt is best practice to promptly revise and approve the setup as the patient's dentition may change over time. The amount of change and the time frame depends on the individual patient. The dentition is not immune to the effects of wear and aging and is more dynamic than most people appreciate.

Practically, patients may be classified in the stable group where any changes are undetectable or subtle enough that there is no effective difference over many months. These dentitions typically have all teeth present in an adult, healthy periodontium, no habits, neuromuscular problems or parafunction and no unusual amounts of dental wear/attrition. A good rule of thumb for these patients is to take new impressions/scans after three months have elapsed to avoid the possibility that changes have occurred.

On the other hand, patients may have unstable dentitions where the teeth may change sufficiently to impair fit of the aligner. A common situation is following extraction of a tooth. Adjacent teeth often shift and the opposing tooth may super-erupt. For this reason, extraction treatments with aligners almost always have the extractions performed only after the aligners are available. In situations involving extractions, there is great variation and in some patients changes over a short period of time such as 2 weeks is enough to cause the aligners to not fit.

Another group that experiences tooth shifting are patients with ongoing periodontal disease. Active periodontal disease is often associated with unintended tooth movement. It is best to manage the periodontal disease and re-evaluate to determine whether orthodontic treatment is even a possibility.

Patients that clench and grind or other situations where there may be loss of tooth structure such as bulimia may also end up with poor fitting aligners depending on the severity of the problem and the amount of resultant enamel and dentin loss.

Unfortunately, in these situations of instability, there are no general rules to follow as each patient is different with different etiologies and severity. Certainly, much is up to the discretion of the doctor but change of some degree is anticipated. For this reason, these treatments have additional complexity and the patient should be informed of the issue. If treatment is elected, the best practice of promptly revising and approving the setup is recommended, rather than allowing the teeth to potentially shift for months before approving.

We hope you found this information helpful.

Until next time...