Dr. Edward Y. Lin discusses the steps to an affordable clear aligner treatment option
As the old saying goes, “With age comes wisdom.” This is most certainly true with what I have seen transpire over the past 20 years with the inception and development of clear aligner therapy in orthodontics. As a technology embracer and young orthodontist, I readily embraced Invisalign® when it first came to market in 1999 and started my first Invisalign patient nearly 20 years ago in November of that year. Invisalign was without a doubt a disruptive dental technology, and it has forever changed the way we all practice orthodontics because it is a highly desirable treatment option for patients seeking esthetic orthodontic treatment. In addition, Invisalign will forever be known as the first digital orthodontic treatment modality invented by the founders of Align Technology, Zia Chisti and Kelsey Wirth. However, in October of 2017, approximately 40 of Align’s patents expired, which has paved the way for many new clear aligner competitors to come to market.1 With this recent development, orthodontists now have multiple options for clear aligner treatment and at different price points to offer to our patients, which I personally feel is a great thing for orthodontists and, most importantly, for our patients to have different options for treatment. In this case report, I am going to review a generalized spacing case that I treated utilizing SureSmile’s software applications.
What Happened When Dr. Buchler Said Yes to One Year of Digital Treatment Planning
Dr. Amy E Buchler is a successful orthodontist with two offices in the Modesto, CA area. She’s been involved with SureSmile® since 2012, using it for a handful of cases each year. Last year Dr. Buchler accepted the SureSmile conversion challenge in which she agreed to use the SureSmile digital treatment platform for all of her cases for a full year. We recently sat down with Dr. Buchler to discuss how the challenge has gone.
therapy and aligner technology are rapidly growing and evolving within the
orthodontic and dental professions. Driven in part by patients requiring more
esthetic treatment modalities, our increased understanding of aligner therapy,
and the advancement in aligner treatment planning and delivery, aligners have
changed the deliverables for plastic from a decade ago. The capabilities and
uses as well as case selection have advanced significantly over the years and
now have a place in each practice. In fact in our own offices, they’ve grown in
use from being less than 2% ten years ago to far more than that today and many practices
have seen similar increases in aligner utilization.
Recently, Dentsply Sirona introduced the SureSmile Aligner platform. We were curious to learn what was behind the digital platform and aligner technology, and subsequently, we immersed ourselves in learning about the system since last July and have recently started treating patients with it.