Patients continue to become more and more knowledgeable about the treatment options available to them. As dental consumers, patients have a heightened awareness of esthetics, and thanks to the internet, they can research available treatment modalities.
This awareness has created the need for dental offices to offer comprehensive products, services, and treatments to ensure optimal patient care. One area that can provide considerable benefits to the overall patient experience is orthodontic treatments.
Orthodontics can help provide beautiful esthetic results in the smile zone and help to treat more complicated cases that may require correcting the occlusion.
While patients desire straight teeth, the idea of having to wear conventional metal braces to achieve those results often hinders case acceptance. Finding ways to help patients accept optimal treatment plans is often the precursor to innovative new products and techniques.
Helping patients accept treatments that are more conservative and, overall, offer excellent oral health and ideal outcomes are what helped drive the development and implementation of removable clear aligners.
Orthodontic Tooth Movement
Orthodontic tooth movement (OTM) using clear aligners is achieved through the fabrication of different aligners. These appliances are fabricated incrementally with a typical aligner being changed every three to four weeks. Each aligner offers a slight change that helps to move teeth to a desired spot within the arch.