2017: Year in review

Happy New Year! We hope you had a great holiday season.

Our 11th year was pretty big for us so we thought we might compile some of the highlights from 2017 for posterity.

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  • We sent out 47 new Tech Tips that addressed a wide range of topics. (ICYMI: Our two most popular Tech Tips were Ankylosed teeth and  IPR - Contouring).
  • We introduced our new workshops with our Clinical Advisor, Dr. Ken Fischer, and Clinical Advisory Group member, Dr. Duane Grummons.  We hosted day-long courses in Austin, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, and Chicago.
  • For our providers who prefer to learn at their own pace, we updated our e-course offerings to include more of the information from the live workshops.
  • 2017’s live workshops were so popular that we doubled our speakers, widened our topics, and will be hosting 12 all-new workshops in 2018.

2018 is going to be an even bigger with more news around the corner.

Thanks for another great year!

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 learn.clearcorrect.com.


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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 #TBD 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

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

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

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

Dentsply SironaWorld Booth #TBD Orlando, FL Sep. 13-15

AOS Annual Meeting Booth #TBD San Diego, CA Sept 13-16, 2018

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

LA Dental Meeting Booth #TBD Pasadena, CA Sep. 21-22

AAID Annual Conference Booth #TBD Dallas, TX Sep. 26-28

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

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

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

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

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.

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 Amazon.com 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 info@clearcorrect.com 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!

Orthotown Corporate Profile: Shaping the Future of Digital Orthodontics

The November 2017 issue of Orthotown features a story about how we've teamed up with the Straumann Group to disrupt the digital orthodontics market.

Read about it below. 

Final Workshop Of 2017: Chicago - Nov. 4


If you're in the Chicago area, and need CE credits before the end of the year, register for our Treatment Basics, Practice Success and Advanced Treatment workshops coming up on November 4th, 2017 in Chicago, IL. Doctors (and staff!) have been loving these courses, and we think you will, too. 

Register today to secure your seat for up to 9 hours of CE training led by Dr. Ken Fischer and Dr. Duane Grummons, two highly experienced Orthodontists at the top of their field.


Topics include:

  • How to select and submit cases for treatment with clear aligners
  • Case examples – simple to moderate cases
  • Hands on exercises
  • Technician Talk
  • Advanced troubleshooting techniques
  • Tips for practice success
  • Marketing & branding tips
  • And much more.

Whether you're a clear aligner novice, an old hand, or somewhere in between, by the end of the day you'll be excited to put some new ideas to work in your practice. Plus, you'll have racked up a bunch of CE credits, and that ain't bad, either.

Don't wait. Sign up today, because these Early Bird rates end this Friday, October 6th.

Hope to see you there!

U.S. Patent Office to Reopen Align Patent Reexaminations

Good news, everyone!

We received notice from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that two of ex parte reexaminations that concluded in Align’s favor earlier this year have been ordered to reopen by the USPTO Director.

Last month, we published a press release about the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision to cancel all of the challenged claims in Align’s U.S. Patent 6,699,037—a huge coup for Team ClearCorrect!

As anticipated, the PTAB’s decision helped bolster our efforts with our other Patent Office proceedings and we expect more reexaminations to reopen with favorable conclusions from the USPTO.

Can’t get enough of all this crazy patent stuff? Maybe you’re in a Fantasy Patent-Law League? Check out our blog post about our proceedings at the USPTO for more details and links to legal documents (oooh!).

Align’s Core Technology in Peril as U.S. Patent Office Cancels Key Claims

On March 28th, we sent out a press release announcing our recent legal victory at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Later that day, Align Technology responded with a press release announcing their legal victory at the USPTO.

Confusing, right? Here's the deal.

Hardcore fans of intercorporate intellectual property disputes will recall that, back in 2015, we filed for ex parte reexaminations of several Align patents and an inter partes review of another Align patent. We argued the patents were obvious and overly broad—in our opinion, they should never have been granted.

On March 24th, we received notice that the inter partes review went our way, and that’s a big deal. We'll explain why in a minute.

Align's press release focuses on the few ex parte reexaminations that the examiners had decided in Align’s favor. That's not a new development, and not the end of the story.

First off, here’s a summary of the differences between the proceedings:


Ex parte reexaminations

Inter partes review

What happened?

We asked examiners at the USPTO to rexamine Align’s U.S. Patents 5,975,893, 6,217,325, 6,398,548, 6,626,666, 6,722,880, 7,125,248, 7,578,674, and 8,070,487.

We asked a panel of patent judges and USPTO leaders called the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to review Align‘s U.S. patent 6,699,037.


These are all patents that Align claimed we infringed in the ongoing Southern District of Texas case. If their patentability was in question, Align’s arguments in that case would be weakened (if not eliminated).

While we haven’t been accused of infringing this patent, it is a lynchpin patent in Align’s portfolio. The patent features much of the same language, concepts, and art as the other patents in the ex parte rexaminations and the Texas case.

Could we participate?

No. We had to submit our materials and arguments, then step back and let the examiners review the evidence on their own. Align could defend themselves, but we could not rebut anything they said.

Yes. Inter partes reviews allow for both parties to discuss the patent in a trial setting. Everyone has equal access to materials and both parties can make their arguments throughout.

Who won and how?

Initially, ClearCorrect won preliminary victories involving all of the asserted patents. Since then, Align has been able to win back some—but not all—of those initial losses at the expense of some key arguments.

Align’s “wins” provided our legal team with new arguments to invalidate the patents and prove we don’t infringe them.

Armed with the results from the PTAB and a stronger position, we are asking for those patents to be reexamined again.

We won. The PTAB cancelled all the challenged claims after concluding that we had “shown, by a preponderance of evidence” that the ‘037 patent was just stitched together from other previous patents.

What does it all mean, and what happens next?

While some of the ex parte reexaminations haven’t gone the way we wanted—so far— the PTAB did side with us in the inter partes review, and we think that bodes well going forward.

The panel of USPTO judges reviewed all of the available evidence and determined that Align’s core technological concepts (specifically, creating digital dental models for planning and manufacturing aligners) had been already well-established in previous patents. (Naturally, Align intends to appeal the PTAB’s decision.)

The other reexaminations are ongoing and looking good for ClearCorrect.

Why is the PTAB decision a big deal?

The PTAB calls into question all of Align’s patent claims that are premised on these core concepts. Now that all challenged claims of the ‘037 patent haven been cancelled, the USPTO has reason to question the ex parte examiner’s decisions in the recent reexaminations.

Ideally, they’ll be looking for the same issues the ‘037 patent had—and they are there. (For the legal nerds, enjoy this 246-page counterclaim for the Texas case comparing Align’s patent claims to earlier inventions by others. Get cozy, it’s as repetitive as it is lengthy!).

Why is this important to us?

We’ve been defending ourselves against Align for almost ten years. We filed a declaratory judgement case in 2009 saying, “hey, we know we don’t infringe your patents—let’s take this to a judge and make it official.” Align said they didn’t have any plans to sue us and, in the spirit of fair play, we dropped the case.

Since then, they’ve sued us five times. (Lucy and the football, amirite?)

Three of these five cases are now over and all ended favorably for ClearCorrect. Only one case remains in the US and the PTAB’s decision will likely have a significant impact for ClearCorrect there.

Despite the marathon of lawsuits, we’ve grown to be a global leader in clear aligner manufacturing and we’re not going anywhere any time soon.

Our fearless leader, Jarrett Pumphrey, summed up our feelings on this perfectly:

“We’re in this for the long haul, and we intend to win.”