Bisphosphonates

Definition

Bisphosphonates are a class of drugs that prevent the loss of bone mass, used to treat osteoporosis and similar diseases. 

Causes

The cause for use of bisphosphonates is to treat diseases like osteoporosis and other conditions involving fragile, breakable bone.

Solution

Treatment with clear aligners for patients using bisphosphonates probably won't be able to move forward, since these types of drugs hinder osteoclastic activity, which is a crucial part of clear aligner therapy. This is also true for traditional orthodontics; if bone is unable to be broken down, then the teeth are just not going to move.

After troubleshooting ill-fitting aligners, your patient insists that they have been exceptionally diligent in wearing their aligners, ensure that they have not been taking any bisphosphonates

If you discover they are taking bisphosphonates, a choice will have to be made. If the patient cannot take a break from his or her bisphosphonates, then treatment will likely have to be discontinued or put on hold until the patient can stop taking them.

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ClearCorrect is a medical device manufacturer and does not practice dentistry. The treating physician is solely responsible for prescribing and administering orthodontic treatment. Clear aligner therapy is unpredictable. ClearCorrect does not guarantee a successful treatment outcome. Individual results will vary.

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