When getting started with clear aligner therapy for the first time, many practices realize the benefits of offering the service to patients but are uncertain about how to get started in their practice.
Here are four candidates to help you bridge the gap between what your practice is doing on a daily basis and offering a new clear aligner service.
Most dental professionals observe this so often that it's easy to miss the opportunity. Patients who had prior orthodontic work and no longer wear their retainer tend to see movements and shifts in their teeth over time. Luckily for them, clear aligners are an affordable and easy way to bring the teeth back to their ideal position and start wearing their retainers again. These cases are usually treatable with a minimal number of aligners and are an easy, low-risk way of getting started with clear aligner therapy.
Restorative or Cosmetic cases
If your practice is already providing restorations, such as implants or veneers, you have a treasure chest of easy, low to no-risk candidates for clear aligner therapy. Many practices will use clear aligners to make small movements to neighboring teeth to ensure a clean implant or be better prepared for veneers; using their original plan for restorations as a safety net if the patient refuses or does not wear the aligners.
Small Diastema Closure
This is a great orthodontic case that can be easily diagnosed and treated without attachments, IPR, or much difficulty in tooth movement. Diastema closures offer patients powerful aesthetic results and allow the doctor to focus their early experience with Orthosnap.
Anterior teeth are often crowded becoming a plaque trap that compromises long-term periodontal health. If you see crowding that's less than 3mm, that's a sign of a good initial case to start clear aligner therapy.