Tech Tip: Preventing pop-ups with Hilliard thermopliers

We talked earlier this year about using Hilliard thermopliers to finish out a case and complete a difficult movement. Today, we'd like to share another great use for thermopliers.

Sometimes, aligners just don't want to stay down, especially in the posterior. This is often caused by a lack of adequate retention points. Aligners work best with bulbous teeth. Some teeth are just so short or straight-edged that the aligners don't have anything to grab onto.

Fortunately, there's an easy fix that doesn't require remaking the aligner or requesting a revision to add engagers. Simply heat up the pliers and make a dimple between two teeth on the facial and lingual sides of the aligner. You'll want to place the dimples down by the gumline, so they can tuck in between the bases of the teeth.

It's a quick and simple trick, but it can make a world of difference.

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