HOUSTON, TX—Clear aligner therapy has straightened the teeth of thousands of patients, easily and invisibly. The primary factor limiting successful treatment has always been patient compliance. If aligners aren't worn for at least 22 hours per day, the osteoclastic activity which reshapes the gums stops, and the teeth won't move as intended.
To combat this issue, ClearCorrect has always offered doctors a popular feature known as Compliance Checkpoints™. By checking whether certain teeth are touching at various points during the treatment, dentists can determine whether or not patients have been wearing their aligners.
Now ClearCorrect is taking patient compliance management to the next level with an exciting new aligner feature, available exclusively from ClearCorrect: Compliance Enforcers™.
Compliance Enforcers™ are tiny RFID-enabled microchips embedded within each clear aligner. Each microchip is equipped with an array of sensors designed to detect temperature, ambient light, and certain enzymes in the patient's saliva. These sensors enable the aligner to detect whether it's in the patient's mouth, in an aligner case, or under the passenger seat of a 1983 Subaru BRAT.
If the aligner detects that it has been outside of the mouth for over one hour in any 24-hour period, it begins to emit a periodic warning tone, which increases in volume and frequency as the two-hour mark approaches. At two hours, the aligner enters GuilTrip™ mode. A tiny speaker embedded in the chip plays a prerecorded lecture from the patient's dentist about the importance of aligner maintenance, followed by the sound of a mother crying because her crooked-toothed child will never find a spouse.
If the aligner is not reinserted into the mouth within three hours, it activates its unique Active Recovery™ feature. The aligner transmits a signal to a transponder chip installed in one of the patient's fillings. Using an advanced nanocomposite material to generate electricity from the patient's saliva, the transponder charges the other fillings in the mouth with a powerful electromagnetic field. The magnetic intensity is gradually increased, until it is strong enough to attract the Compliance Enforcer™ in the patient's aligner.
Drawn by the magnetic force, the aligner will then slide out of its hiding place and up the patient's body, attempting to reinsert itself in the patient's mouth. If all of that sounds unsanitary, don't worry. Compliance Enforcers™ are equipped with micro-nozzles which spray a concentrated antimicrobial foam onto the aligner when it begins to enter the proximity of the patient's face.
Please note that other metal objects may also be attracted by the extremely powerful electromagnetic force, so we recommend that all patients using Compliance Enforcers™ stay away from knives, metal buttons, zippers, keys, jewelry, and electronic devices during their treatment.
Compliance Enforcers™ are available as an optional upgrade to any ClearCorrect case starting April 1, 2011. The first 200 doctors to sign up for Compliance Enforcers™ will receive a special discounted upgrade price of $750,000 per aligner. Just call (888) 331-3323 and mention promo code "MICRONOZZLE."