Your patient just bought a one-way ticket to Straight Tooth City. Here are a few tips for conducting the ClearCorrect train to arrive on schedule without getting derailed.
- Set up an incentive for the patient. For example, you can offer a free cleaning or whitening when the patient finishes their treatment.
- Explain osteoclastic and osteoblastic activity. By not wearing the aligners 22 hours a day, the teeth are being moved back and forth, which disrupts this bone activity.
- Make sure your patient is wearing their previous aligner when they come in for their appointment. Check how it is seating. It should sit flush with the incisal edges of the teeth, and should be loose after three weeks of wear.
- Suspect non-compliance if your patient starts missing appointments and/or frequently reschedules. Re-incentivize your patient as needed. Use the original treatment setup to remind the patient of their end goal.
- Emphasize the importance of good oral hygiene. Poor dental hygiene can hinder your progress.
- Compare each moving tooth to the setup at each appointment. Ensure the tooth is moving according to plan. You can refer to our wiki for help with stubborn movements.
- Keep an IPR tracking sheet. Record everything. By keeping track of these things, diagnosing future issues will be easier.
- Check your compliance checkpoints. Gaps that have not closed may be a sign that the aligner has not been worn long enough. If you suspect non-compliance, give the aligner another week or two.
- Insert the next aligner in the office and make sure it fits. If there are gaps on the incisal edges, check the setup. It's likely the teeth need a few days to move into position before the aligner will seat. Chewies are useful for increasing pressure on the aligner
That's it for now! If you have any tips on how you keep your patients on track, we'd love to hear them. As always, you can share your approach by replying to this email.