- What kind of cases can I treat with CIA?
- What material do you use?
- How can my patients clean their aligners?
- What do I receive with my Clear Image Aligners?
- How much overall tooth movement can I expect?
- How many aligners can be made for a patient?
- What do I need to send the lab to submit a case?
- Can the lab provide a diagnostic setup prior to fabrication?
- How often should patients change their aligners?
- Is a new scan required for a second series of aligners?
- What types of retention are used after aligner treatment?
What kind of cases can I treat with CIA?
Clear Image Aligners are perfect for cases that require minor to moderate tooth correction.
What material do you use?
We use Essix ACE .035 material for our Clear Image Aligners.
How can my patients clean their aligners?
Aligners can be cleaned with a toothbrush and cool water. Use a small amount of toothpaste if needed but avoid colored mouthwashes. Aligners should not be cleaned with hot water.
What do I receive with my Clear Image Aligners?
Each case will come with the specified amount of aligners, a carrying case, and a detailed IPR chart.
How much overall tooth movement can I expect?
We aim for .3mm of movement per tooth per aligner.
How many aligners can be made for a patient?
Up to 10 Clear Image Aligners can be fabricated in a series from a single scan. If additional aligners are required, new scans will need to be submitted.
What do I need to send the lab to submit a case?
A set of high quality scans, models, or impressions along with a complete Rx are required prior to fabrication of the aligners. We require an opposing arch for every case.
Can the lab provide a diagnostic setup prior to fabrication?
Yes, a Tx Review can be requested for any Clear Image Aligner case.
How often should patients change their aligners?
Patients generally wear each aligner for 1-2 weeks depending on the doctors discretion.
Is a new scan required for a second series of aligners?
Yes, new scans, models, or impressions will need to be submitted to make a second series of aligners. The patient will need to wear the final aligner or an invisible retainer to hold the teeth in their existing position until the next aligner series is delivered.
What types of retention are used after aligner treatment?
Guardian Invisible Retainers are the most popular choice for post-aligner retention. Guardian invisible retainers come in series of 2, 3, and 4 and are typically worn only at night. Another option is Fixed Lingual Retainers. There are several designs to choose from for the upper and lower arch. These retainers are comfortable for patients and require no cooperation as they are bonded to the teeth.
I have been using Clear Image Aligners since 2017, and I cannot imagine practicing without them. They allow me to detail the teeth more precisely than with wires, and the patients win by getting their braces off a few months earlier. Happy orthodontist and happy patients--definitely a Win-Win scenario!