OrthoSnap, like other clear aligners on the market today, are removable. Therefore, patient responsibility and discipline in wearing the aligners is key to a successful treatment. Luckily, OrthoSnap makes it easy to check for diligent, daily wear with our Verification Key™ aligner. When you do realize a patient is not diligently wearing OrthoSnap aligners, there are things you can do to help encourage more regular use for improved treatment success. Below, learn some tips from our OrthoSnap team to help you during those important conversations.
If your patient is not regularly wearing their OrthoSnap aligners, the Verification Key™, available for every 10 steps (or 3-4 months), alerts you that treatment is not progressing as it should. Be honest with your patient of your findings and ask them why they believe their treatment isn’t progressing normally. Be sure to listen and take in any clues that could alert you to the reason why compliance is lacking. This could be that they snack frequently and forget to put the aligner back in, they find it alters their speech, they don’t like the look of the aligner, or they simply forget. Address their issues and advise on a solution that can work for them.
Stay Positive but Realistic
Rather than pointing out the negatives of a lack of compliance, focus on the positive effects of patient compliance and regular wear. By talking about the reasons behind treatment, and the opportunities OrthoSnap provides for a more aesthetic smile, you can encourage compliance without making patients more resistant through negative comments.
Include the Parents in the Conversation
For teenage patients, consider speaking with the teen about the aesthetic benefits, while looping in the parent or guardian about any monetary benefits of compliance. Be sure to have a separate discussion with the parent about being a support system within the home. Explain to them the importance of regular wear, and go over the treatment instructions again with them. It’s important for teenage patients that their parents or guardians are helping to direct and support responsible wear during the entirety of treatment.
Consider Extra Appointments
For those patients who may be struggling to comply with treatment, additional appointments could help hold them responsible. Consider having them schedule more frequent appointments to simply check-in, and allow you to view progress.
Consider starting a smile board for OrthoSnap customers who finish treatment on time. Offer a small bag of goodies for patients once they complete treatment, or a discount on a whitening treatment. Place in a high-trafficked area so people see previous examples of successful treatment cases.
The Importance of Doctor Partnership with OrthoSnap
Ultimately, your face-to-face relationship with the patient is one of the biggest benefits of OrthoSnap, compared to popular mail-order aligners. Be sure to use your face-to-face interactions to encourage and help patients get the most out of their OrthoSnap treatment in the shortest amount of time. Patients happy with their treatment success will be such a benefit to your practice when they recommend your services to family and friends.
To learn more about OrthoSnap’s treatment process, or our Verification Key™ which allows for easy monitoring of patient compliance, visit our Doctor Partnership page, or email OrthoSnap founder Yan Pogorelsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have adult patients who are embarrassed about their smile and feel that it is too late to consider straightening it? Your patients may wish to reconsider. In the last two decades, more adults are choosing to straighten their teeth. Clear aligners are no longer just for the young; they are for everyone.
Perhaps your adult patients had parents who could not afford traditional braces. Or, maybe your patients simply let time march on, giving very little thought to straightening teeth. Regardless of past issues, it is never too late to straighten teeth and OrthoSnap clear aligners are a viable solution for that perfect smile. Consider sharing with your patients the benefits of wearing clear aligners over the age of 50.
Health Does Not Have a Time Stamp!
As a whole, humans are living longer than ever before. This is one of the many reasons adults over 50 are choosing to straighten their teeth. From mobile apps that help us meditate, to apps that even help us find that “special someone”, older adults are embracing wellness, vitality, and better health. As more and more individuals realize the health and aesthetic benefits of orthodontic treatment, straight teeth are becoming a priority. So, along with a “spiritual makeover”, comes a physical one – and straighter teeth among older adults are now a part of the plan!
Adult Patients Are More Compliant
If we could all take time to speak to our younger selves, chances are, we would impart some wisdom, encouragement, and support to that person. As an older adult, we have lived long enough to realize that dedication to anything produces results. Whether we are embarking upon a new exercise regimen, beginning a business, changing our eating habits, or switching careers, we now realize that in order to have stellar results, time, dedication, and devotion are required in order to see benefit. The same holds true for wearing clear aligners. With age comes wisdom – and now, many adults are ready to put forth the effort to wear those clear aligners to produce a winning smile.
Ease and Comfort
Traditional braces are indeed effective in producing a more aligned smile, but the amount of maintenance can be daunting. Extra brushing after meals is required so that food does not get trapped in the brackets, bands, and wires. Some may even require rubber bands or elastics, which must be taken out before eating and drinking. Wearers of traditional braces also have to have them tightened quite frequently – in most cases, every three to six weeks.
OrthoSnap clear aligners eliminate all of the work that traditional braces require. There are no bands that must be placed around the back teeth, and those dreaded elastics do not even exist.
For older adults, life is about ease and continuity. These are both offered with OrthoSnap clear aligners. Invented by Dr. Yan Pogorelsky, OrthoSnap aligners are manufactured with clear, transparent FDA-approved materials, that gradually and effectively straighten teeth.
We now know that optimal oral health reduces the risk for general health complications as well. Oral bacteria has been directly linked to stroke, dementia, heart disease, and more. OrthoSnap clear aligners promote better health because straighter teeth are much easier to clean. When your patients choose OrthoSnap, they are making an investment in their overall health.
Contact OrthoSnap Today
Connect with OrthoSnap for additional support and tips to offer your patients. With three patents and registration with the FDA, OrthoSnap provides a unique molding system for better-fitting aligners. Learn more about OrthoSnap by scheduling a meeting with our founder, Yan Pogorelsky. You can also call us at 516-606-7606.
When describing the benefits of clear aligners, low visibility, ease of cleaning, and effectiveness in moving teeth are all important topics. But what personally motivates patients to make the commitment, both in time and money, may vary significantly with age. Whether speaking to a teenager, working parent, or senior citizen, knowing how each stage of life influences purchases can be key in convincing patients of the benefits of OrthoSnap clear aligners. After discussing these age-targeted benefits, remember to explain how OrthoSnap products do not rely on digital impressions as Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® products do. OrthoSnap produces each tray from an original cast, eliminating issues that plague other aligner companies.
Anyone raising teenagers knows there is a lot going on in their lives. Many teens experience social pressures to fit into this group or that. Physically, their bodies and teeth are still developing. And they are developing good oral hygiene practices that will hopefully continue throughout their lives. One benefit of discussing dental options with teenagers is that they are generally receptive to advice from adults.
For the teenager’s parents, it may be helpful to explain how an early start on straightening teeth can deliver better results than trying to fix crowded teeth later in life. Parents should also appreciate the fact that they are sending their kids into the world with the confidence of a healthy smile. Cavities are more prevalent when teeth are not properly spaced, meaning an early start with alignment trays may mean less cavities (and dental hygiene problems) down the road.
Teenagers are more prone to speech impediments than adults. One talking point for them could be an explanation of how the structure of their teeth affects speech. Both parents and teenagers are familiar with traditional wire-based braces. Reminding both members of a family that technology has brought major advances is teeth restructuring technology can go a long way in defining the advantages of OrthoSnap aligners.
As we age into our 20s, 30s, and beyond, our careers and reputations become top priorities. For better or worse, our leadership abilities in the workplace are partly influenced by our outward appearance. It’s human nature. When someone exudes healthy hygiene habits, co-workers and managers take notice. A healthy smile implies a strong work ethic. Similarly, individuals who do not take care of their appearance appear to be less organized and potentially lacking leadership traits. Straight rows of teeth add to the power of a smile. And the world could always use more smiles.
Many workers and parents put their careers before themselves. OrthoSnap aligners can also be marketed as one small way working adults can reward their years of selfless work, especially when the results have direct implications for how they are perceived in the workplace.
Adults Over the Age of 60
As we enter retirement age, life’s priorities again change. Studies have shown that our teeth are a major determining factor in how old (or young) we appear. Who wouldn’t want to cut five years off their age? That may not be possible in literal terms, but straightened teeth can help a customer at least appear to have shed a few years. Older adults may also be more interested in how properly aligned teeth can improve chewing and swallowing functions. Finally, senior citizens are keenly aware of terms like crowns, dentures, and dental implants. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean and protect than crowded teeth. An investment in OrthoSnap may be one way to preserve natural teeth.
Benefits of the OrthoSnap Process
At OrthoSnap, we provide aligners that are superior and more effective than our competitors. Our process also reduces overall cost, meaning you can offer your patients competitive price-point options. To learn about OrthoSnap’s innovative modeling system, visit our webpage How OrthoSnap Works or email OrthoSnap inventor Yan Pogorelsky at email@example.com.
In less than a decade, OrthoSnap has emerged as a breakthrough method to for moving patients’ teeth into straighter positions. First patented in 2011 by inventor Dr. Yan Pogorelsky, OrthoSnap’s product featuring FDA-approved materials has helped more than 100 new patients every month discover the right treatment for their crooked, crowded, or otherwise imperfect smiles. In fact, OrthoSnap has proven a success for mild to severe orthodontics cases.
Recently, OrthoSnap attended the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM). Our purpose in was to bring awareness to our clinically tested process of moving teeth. We want dentists to know that our system can cost up to 30 percent less than other clear aligners and treat a wider range of candidates. Read on for some highlights of the early December experience in the Big Apple. Then, contact us to find out if OrthoSnap is a fit for your dental practice.
Attendance Was Off-the-Charts Impressive
More than 50,000 dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, and dental technicians from 146 countries came to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for the GNYDM in early December 2018. Not only did this forum give OrthoSnap a platform to showcase our groundbreaking treatment, but it gave us the opportunity to learn from colleagues across the dentistry field. Throughout the few days of the meeting, dozens of speakers educated our fellow national and international attendees. Emerging, clinically successful technologies such as OrthoSnap were some of the hottest topics, as dental providers globally want to find leading edge ways to treat their patients.
OrthoSnap Exhibited Alongside More Than 1,000 Companies
According to statistics recently released from the GNYDM, more than 1,600 technical exhibits including OrthoSnap were housed in the Center for the duration of the event. Located in a prime corner spot, the OrthoSnap booth saw its share of interested attendees fascinated by the possibility of making orthodontia less expensive and faster for more of their patients. This allowed us a wonderful opportunity to meet current and new partners.
Our GNYDM Video Is Available Online for Viewing by Anyone
To prepare for the GNYDM, we created a short video highlighting how OrthoSnap works. At our exhibitor booth, we presented the video so guests could understand why OrthoSnap stands apart from other clear aligners. Want to watch the video yourself? It’s available right now at Vimeo. Discover for yourself why our accelerated, well-accepted treatment plan makes so many patients – and their dentists – smile!
Being at GNYDM Brought OrthoSnap Awareness to Dental Providers and Staff
Seeing is believing. At GNYDM, our team spent time answering questions and fostering relationships with people from every corner of the globe. Whenever possible, we supplemented our discussions with hands-on demonstrations and videos. Our expectation is that the attendees will take their newfound knowledge back to their home practices and spread the word about the OrthoSnap revolution.
Introduce Your Patients to Clear Orthodontics
Clear orthodontics treatment isn’t a fad: It’s a long-term trend that appeals to patients of all ages. If you want to solve your patient’s smile issues faster without putting them at risk, invest some time in OrthoSnap as a cosmetic dentistry treatment solution.
Interested in learning more about OrthoSnap? Schedule a meeting with our founder or call us at (516) 506-7606. Our manufacturing and headquarters are in Westbury, NY. However, we happily work with dental providers throughout the world.
Convenient and discrete orthodontic solutions are more popular than ever — and more talked about than ever — in part due to new, buzzed about straight-to-consumer clear aligner solutions. Right now, it’s more important than ever to promote your professional services for removable, clear orthodontics. Advertise the benefits of working one-on-one with a dentist during orthodontic treatments throughout your practice. Doing so will give more people the opportunity to talk with you and your staff about improving the alignment of their smile safely and effectively.
Promoting your clear aligner orthodontic services can be done in a variety of ways. Choose a mixture of promotion methods that will appeal to a variety of patients at different stages in the decision process.
Hang signs and displays
Posters or small displays in both the waiting area and in exam rooms are a low-pressure way for patients to begin thinking about . Highlight the benefits of working with a dentist for smile correction. Dispel common myths patients may believe about treatment, including:
- “Orthodontic treatments must come from orthodontists.”
- “Clear aligners are too expensive for me.”
- “Clear aligners will take longer to align my smile than traditional braces.”
- “Clear aligners can’t fix my smile.”
Tag, post, and like
Your practice’s social media accounts are a great place to promote clear aligner services. Post before and after photos, include testimonials from patients, and even record a short video explaining your treatment process. Inform your audience that you provide a professional solution for non-traditional orthodontic treatment. By utilizing hashtags that include your practice’s location and services, people searching for local clear aligner treatment can find your practice easily.
Snap some photos
Photos do wonders for starting conversations about orthodontics. By creating a photo wall, or a dedicated area in your practice to display patient smile photos, you can establish credibility and remind patients about your range of services. The collection also builds patient loyalty; you can encourage goodwill by asking those patients who have transformed their smiles for permission to be featured.
Dedicate web space
Create a web page and blog posts on your practice’s website dedicated solely to clear aligner treatment. Creating more online content about your specific services will help people discover your practice when searching online for orthodontic solutions in your area. Blog posts answering common questions about clear aligners are a great resource if patients want additional resources to share with guardians, family members, or friends.
The best way to promote clear orthodontics is to discuss the treatment option with those patients, or guardians of patients, who are good candidates. This can be anyone who:
- is an older teenager or adult
- has over-crowded teeth, gaps in teeth, crooked teeth, protruding teeth, crossbites, or overjets
- is serious about treatment and will be diligent in wearing aligners
Ask questions to determine your patient’s desires for their smile. Listen to any concerns and have printed materials detailing next steps and additional resources on-hand. Talking to patients in person is a more personal way to discuss the full benefits of clear aligners for their specific situation. You can also explain the benefits of working with a dentist rather than a popular direct-to-consumer option.
Get started today
Talking to patients face-to-face is ultimately the best way to promote clear orthodontics and help your patients create the smile they desire; small marketing efforts like those detailed above can help you start more conversations. While patients may ultimately decide against treatment, your conversation may ultimately help them avoid seeking orthodontic treatments from lower-quality or unreliable sources.
To learn more about what sets OrthoSnap apart from other clear aligners on the market today, and why it could be a more affordable and more effective solution for your patients, visit our Why It Works page. or call our office at 516-506-7606.
Patients of all ages are increasingly motivated by the notion of clear dental aligners. These individuals are not keen on wearing traditional metal braces, and they largely reject the idea of conventional orthodontic treatment for aesthetic reasons. Unfortunately, aligners produced by leading providers, namely Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®, have several limitations that make them less than ideal for a number of treatment cases. Why? These companies use CAD/CAM for the fabrication of their orthodontic aligners, all of which are created from the patient’s initial digital impression images. OrthoSnap creates every tray from an original cast, eliminating common issues and limitations in the CAD/CAM process.
Clear Aligners before Computer Technology in Dentistry
Before the sophistication of computer technology in dentistry, several doctors worked to introduce the idea of straightening teeth with invisible retainers. However, because digital impressions had not been invented yet, new Essix retainers were created at every dental visit. As you can imagine, this process was incredibly time-consuming.
With the introduction of Invisalign in 1997, CAD/CAM technology changed the world of orthodontics. Instead of crafting a new set-up for every new aligner, Invisalign trays could be created digitally, saving doctors a tremendous amount of time and money.
Advantages of CAD/CAM Technology for Dental Aligners
It’s easy to see why so many providers love the idea of CAD/CAM-created aligners. After a single set of digital impressions have been taken, those images are then used to manufacture every single set of orthodontic aligners in the treatment sequence. The design of each tray is based on the treatment recommendations set forth by the dental provider.
Clinical Limitations of CAD/CAM Technology For Dental Aligners
CAD/CAM technology has become irreplaceable for a number of procedures, especially in the field of prosthodontics. These methods have proven quite successful for restorations such as crowns and bridges. Unfortunately, CAD/CAM leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the fabrication of orthodontic aligners. For example, the multi-step process utilized by companies like Invisalign and ClearCorrect leads to cumulative flaws that results in an inaccurate fit and less-than-perfect treatment outcomes. These limitations are even noticeable on many of the aligner trays used today. For instance, because it is not yet possible to 3-D print angled surfaces, the trays often have visible striation lines. Over the course of treatment, these minor inaccuracies add up. That is why OrthoSnap utilizes human hands where technology falls short.
The OrthoSnap Process
While digital impressions are certainly more convenient compared to conventional ones, physical impression molds offer unparalleled precision. That is why we begin the OrthoSnap process with a cast model of the patient’s teeth. The model is mounted into an articulated bite and each tooth is separated and placed on a movable pin. Each movement in the treatment plan is achieved by moving the pins, and every aligner is crafted on the original cast model. This process not only delivers aligners with a superior fit, but also trays that are more transparent than our competitors’.
Don’t Cut Corners for Convenience
At OrthoSnap, we treasure the value of technology. But we also understand that there are some areas in which the human eye still prevails. We fully anticipate embracing advanced technology as it emerges and utilizing it as an important aspect of our work.
Contact OrthoSnap to Learn More
If you are interested in learning more about OrthoSnap and incorporating our product into your practice, contact our office in Westbury, NY today. Give us a call at 516-506-7606 or schedule a meeting with our creator and founder, Dr. Yan Pogorelsky.
There is rarely such a thing as a straightforward case. This is particularly true for patients with multiple dental issues going on. If orthodontics are necessary, the timing of the treatment is especially important. Because OrthoSnap combines traditional methods with modern techniques, the timeline for treatment is similar compared to conventional braces and Invisalign®. Since each patient is unique, every treatment plan will vary according to the needs of the individual. Here, we will explore timing ortho with other dental treatments and offer general guidelines.
Orthodontics and Restorative Dentistry
When a patient presents with severe decay affecting multiple teeth and their first question is, “Am I eligible for braces?”, you have your work cut out for you. Many patients do not understand the importance of healthy teeth and gums prior to orthodontic treatment. In most cases, patients will need to receive crowns, fillings, and other restorations before pursuing braces. Of course, if an individual has one or two small cavities and wishes to undergo orthodontics, you may be able to begin restorative treatment and orthodontics at the same time.
Orthodontics and Periodontal Care
If you are like most dentists, you won’t even think of shifting the teeth if a patient has periodontal disease. After all, if the supporting bone is compromised, orthodontic treatment could prove disastrous. That is why it is crucial to eliminate infection and gum disease before starting orthodontics. Once the teeth, gums, and supporting jawbone are healthy, braces can be placed successfully.
Orthodontics and Dental Implants
The standard treatment recommendation concerning braces and dental implants is that orthodontic treatment should always be performed first. Because dental implants are anchored firmly into the jawbone, they cannot be moved once integrated. However, there are always exceptions to any rule. You may have a patient who needs a stable anchor point in order to shift the teeth. In such cases, you may consider placing an implant first. When it comes to timing ortho with other dental treatments, our team at OrthoSnap is here to answer your questions.
Orthodontics and Cosmetic Dentistry
Many patients who seek cosmetic dental procedures wish to straighten their teeth. OrthoSnap can be an ideal addition to any smile makeover. In most instances, orthodontic treatment can be performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as dental bonding and teeth whitening. If your patient is considering porcelain veneers, our team at OrthoSnap recommends moving the teeth before placing custom restorations.
Personalized Treatment for Comprehensive Care
Of course, as a dentist, you are the only one who can make the final call when timing ortho with other dental treatments. OrthoSnap has revolutionized the way we move teeth. However, our innovative methods should not change the way you plan treatment. For example, if you would perform traditional orthodontics before placing implants, then we recommend straightening the teeth with OrthoSnap first as well.
Contact OrthoSnap to Learn More about Timing Ortho with Other Dental Treatments
As always, if you have questions about OrthoSnap or our methods for accurate teeth movement, contact us today. We can connect you with one of our providers who can share their experiences with our product. Additionally, we offer continuing education courses in Westbury, NY so doctors can ear credit hours while learning more about OrthoSnap. To get started, or to speak with a team member, call our office at 516-506-7606.
The OrthoSnap Difference – What It Means for Your Patients
If you’re an Invisalign® provider, you know how popular clear aligner treatments are today—and you know that patients have more options to choose from. A quick search for “alternatives to Invisalign” will bring up several fabricators that dentists can use to provide their patients with a similar product. Some of these businesses are even operating under a direct-to-consumer model, which takes the supervising dentist out of the picture entirely!
All of these competitors have sprung up fairly recently, of course, since the patent rights for Invisalign only expired last year. There is good reason to be wary of using new lower-cost aligner providers. They use what is essentially the same process, yet do not have the many decades of research and case reviews that Invisalign has under its belt, nor the long list of happy customers.
However, if you look carefully at clear aligner providers, you’ll find that there is one system that has been operating since well before 2018. A system that offers a similar product and outcome, but uses a dramatically different process.
How OrthoSnap is Different from Other Alternatives to Invisalign
Like Invisalign, OrthoSnap has patented its manufacturing process. Our patents were registered in 2011, and in our first three years, we treated over 2000 cases in clinical and marketing trials. What we found in those trials is that OrthoSnap can treat a wider range of orthodontic issues at a lower patient cost: our fabrication costs are approximately 30 percent lower than those of Invisalign. Based on our studies, we can state with confidence that, in many cases, OrthoSnap is faster and more effective than Invisalign. (See the data yourself by contacting OrthoSnap’s inventor, Dr. Yan Pogorelsky at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know of your interest and we’ll send you a doctor log-in for our website.)
The most significant difference between OrthoSnap and other aligners is the fact that we don’t use CAD technology to design and print our aligners. This high-tech innovation is excellent for many applications in modern dentistry, but typically limits aligner treatments to relatively simple cases. This is evident in the way that 3D-printed aligners cannot capture angled surfaces. This results in visible striation lines on the aligners. Instead of using CAD, we create moldable models of the teeth, based on upper and lower molds and bite registration. The result is that our aligners fit better, work faster, and can address a broader range of alignment problems. Even complex cases have seen successful transformations with OrthoSnap. Our doctors and patients notice the difference in OrthoSnap aligners, as well; you hear it in the snap of a perfect fit.
In summary, OrthoSnap:
- Uses a unique, patented fabrication method, (not an Invisalign copycat)
- Offers shorter treatment plans; average 6-16 months
- Costs 30 percent less than Invisalign
- Provides a better-fitting aligner, more precise treatment
- Can treat more complex cases than Invisalign
Three Reasons to Learn More About OrthoSnap
1 – Increase your bulk of aligner patients. You could be treating more eager patients with clear orthodontics they can actually afford. Patients with severe alignment problems that had previously not qualified for Invisalign may be treatable with OrthoSnap, as well.
2 – Reduce costs for your patients. One in three Americans goes without dental care in the U.S. today, and even the insured struggle to cover the out-of-pocket costs of orthodontic treatments. With the aggressive advertising techniques of alternative aligner providers, you may lose part of your market if Invisalign is the only clear aligner system you provide.
3 – The OrthoSnap teaching center offers continuing education credit courses in Westbury, NY. Earn credit hours while learning first-hand how OrthoSnap is different from other orthodontic aligner systems. You will even have the opportunity to watch our fabrication process in action.
Contact OrthoSnap Today and Keep Up with Your Patients’ Needs
The clear aligner industry is changing before our eyes. Having a high-quality/lower-cost alternative to Invisalign can help you (1) better serve the needs of your patient base, and (2) prevent your patients from seeking orthodontic treatments from less-reliable sources. Contact OrthoSnap today to learn about our clinical trials and hear what our 200 OrthoSnap providers in New York say about the product. Call our office at 516-506-7606 to get started.
What Care Providers Can Learn from Patient Testimonials Online
Patients will reach out to their dentists to inquire about orthodontic aligners, but they will also hear about the treatment from family or friends. If they don’t know anyone who has worn aligners, they may turn to the internet, where there are countless “My Invisalign Experience” videos and blogs that patients have posted online, (many of which use “Invisalign” as a catch-all term for other brands of aligners).
If you watch these videos or read these blogs, you may wonder who all these care providers are that don’t tell their patients some of the most basic information about aligner treatments! It may also be possible, however, that after hundreds or thousands of clear aligner cases, our case presentation approach needs regular review and a greater emphasis on process expectations. Being thorough about sharing the realities of clear aligner treatments can help us ensure that our patients get the best experience possible.
What Patients Share in Public Forums
For this post, we watched or read 22 videos or blogs from independent bloggers who did not represent a particular aligner brand. Their goal was to share the realities of aligner treatments to help anyone who is considering starting a course of treatment. The common threads among all these individuals include the following issues.
Pain and Sensitivity
Almost every “what they didn’t tell me” testimonial mentioned being surprised by the level of pain they experienced in the first 2-3 days of treatment. Beyond the general ache caused by the movement of the teeth, several patients spoke about the sharp edges of the aligners cutting into the soft tissue of the mouth. None of these individuals mentioned asking their care-provider to help with this problem. Some attempted to file down the edges of their aligners, with varying levels of success.
What You Can Do: As a provider, you may want to explain to patients that “new tray day” is often as traumatic to the teeth as “wire-tightening day” with traditional braces. If a patient is seeking out aligner treatments because they believe them to be less painful than braces, they may be in for a rude awakening after they have already invested their money in the treatment.
Beyond that, many providers will happily file down any sharp edges on the aligners if a patient contacts the office and asks. Mentioning this service to your patients before treatment might spare your patients’ gums and lips a great deal of trauma.
Difficulty Removing Aligners
Several patients were surprised by how difficult it was to remove aligners, especially in the first few days of each set. Many recounted elaborate struggles to remove aligners and a steep, unexpected learning curve. More than one patient recounted their trays “filling up with blood,” in the struggle to put them in properly.
What You Can Do: Explain to your patients that removing the aligners may require the use of a special tool, and that they may need to plan extra time in their schedule to remove them. You may also wish to provide guidance in how to plan meals and wear-time to minimize taking the aligners out and putting them back in more often than necessary.
Planning Meals and Hygiene
Every blogger mentioned the challenges of changing their eating habits to accommodate the daily required wear time. Several individuals mentioned that even though their dentist had explained the realities of meal planning, they were still unprepared for the significant changes to their routines. Many patients spoke of how smelly and “icky” the aligners get if you skip any step of the recommended hygiene regimen, which seemed to provide incentive for following recommended hygiene practices.
What You Can Do: If you don’t already talk a prospective aligner patient through an average day of wearing aligners–explaining every step of hygiene and the timing of meals and snacks–this practice can help patients decide if they are willing to commit to the treatment. This seems to be the most significant change to a patient’s routine, and should be covered during case presentation.
Other Miscellaneous Concerns
A few patients spoke to the fact that they could no longer wear lipstick or kiss their spouse when wearing the aligners, and several were surprised by the challenges of having attachments on their teeth. A few mentioned the challenges of overcoming an aligner-induced lisp, while others did not experience any changes to their speech.
A few savvy patients took the time to explain to their viewers/readers that the same brand of treatment can vary in costs, based on which dentist you use. A certain patient from North Carolina recounted going to five different dentists before choosing the most cost-effective option, which saved her approximately $4500 on her orthodontic treatment.
A Telling Detail
As mentioned earlier, many patient testimonials referred to their treatment as “Invisalign,” even if their aligners came from ClearCorrect or Smile Club Direct. This shows that patients, as a whole, are not as aware of the different levels of quality and that different providers are seen as interchangeable. More patients are turning to less-expensive options and will seek out the option they can afford.
If you would like to offer your patients an alternative to Invisalign with a solid foundation of scientific study backing its efficacy and safety, visit www.OrthoSnap.com to learn about our aligner system. OrthoSnap aligners are fabricated with a moveable molding system that creates a better-fitting aligner and can treat more complex cases than the 3D printed aligners everyone else offers. The process also happens to reduce patient costs up to 30 percent. To learn more about OrthoSnap, contact inventor Yan Pogorelsky at email@example.com.
Talking with Parents and Younger Patients
Clear aligner treatments are becoming extremely popular with young people. Invisalign specifically markets to teenagers now, with a separate teen version of the product. Young adults and teens love clear braces as much as adults do, so many can improve their smiles, due to the broad range of issues aligners can correct. However, aligner orthodontics for young people is still a relatively new territory. Many of the old habits we have regarding kids in braces simply do not apply.
The role of the parent in traditional orthodontic treatment is pretty straightforward. The parent pays the bills, wants to understand the treatment plan, and can reinforce good hygiene habits at home. The parent basically makes all the decisions (except for the color of the bands!).
With aligner treatments, things get a little more complicated. Yes, the parent will be making the investment, but the everyday compliance is going to rest solely in the hands of the patient. A child can’t decide not to wear his bracket-and-wire braces for a day or two when he feels like it—but an aligner patient can. If a young person is physically developed enough to be wearing aligners, he or she is old enough to be independent in his or her daily eating habits and oral hygiene.
This presents unique challenges when you consider the broad range of habits and behavior you can expect from adolescents. Most teenaged patients try their best to follow the plan, but teens are not best known for their ability to manage time and pay attention to details. Ultimately you have two clients to think about, two sets of expectations, and two people who need to understand what it will take to make sure the treatment plan works!
Who Wants the Ortho? Parent or Child?
Since compliance is key, it’s important to make sure the patient is on board. He or she has to be really on board in order for the treatment plan to work. If the patient isn’t deeply, truly intrinsically driven to change his/her smile, there’s a good chance those aligners aren’t going to get worn and the eating habits aren’t going to change.
Being able to spot a lukewarm patient can save you the headache of having an unsuccessful case or having to re-do the treatment plan midcourse. It can also save a parent thousands of wasted dollars and a damaged relationship with their teen.
Having an honest conversation about the daily routine changes required for clear aligner success isn’t just a box to check off during your treatment planning and patient intake. The outcome of that conversation, and an honest commitment from the patient should really be a prerequisite to treatment.
Two Clients, Not One
In treating patients, we’re used to having one client make a commitment, financially and otherwise. We have a standard set of procedures and signatures required before we proceed with treatment. But with teens wearing aligners, you have to split that thinking into: two clients and two messages.
A few tips that may help you help your teen patients and their parents:
1. Don’t Start Treatment Until You are Convinced – Have the compliance talk as soon as a patient asks about clear aligners. It’s not right for everyone. Don’t even conduct an ortho assessment until the patient understands that it’s not an “easy” alternative to braces.
2.Consider an Informal Patient Contract – If a parent commits to treatment, ensure that the patient does, too. A formal-looking patient contract to do X, Y, and Z will get any teen’s attention. Having your teen patient sign a commitment may help reinforce the message that a positive outcome is dependent on his or her actions. Draw up a printed document for the patient to sign. It should promise to wear their aligners the full 20-22 hours per day, refrain from eating and drinking while wearing them, and follow the prescribed oral hygiene routine. Such a “contract” may not be legally binding, but it will help the parent/patient dynamic if compliance problems pop up. It may even pre-empt them.
3. Treat Your Patients as Adults, Even if They Aren’t – They may not be the legal adult responsible for paying for treatment, but teen patients wanted to be treated as adults. If a patient isn’t wearing his aligners enough or is developing calculus and staining from inefficient hygiene, they’ll want to hear it from their doctor, not their parent.
Are some of these tips more parenting than clinical care? Yes. But that doesn’t mean they are outside your purview as a provider. If your heart and soul is committed to giving more people a healthier smile and a better life, they are small considerations to make.
Stay Connected for More Helpful Tips on Aligner Treatments
Stay connected with OrthoSnap for more tips on giving your patients a great experience with their clear aligner treatments. There are many aligner orthodontics providers nowadays, but OrthoSnap is unique because we use a patented molding system to create a better-fitting orthodontic treatment. You can hear it in the “snap” of a perfect fit. Our system moves the teeth faster than 3D-printed trays and costs less to manufacture. With OrthoSnap, you can give your patients more treatment options, with equally effective, predictable results. Learn more about OrthoSnap by contacting us at 516-606-7606.