Below is a short video about checkup appointments and revisions with ClearCorrect.
Tips and guidelines
Here are some tips and guidelines to help you when scheduling and preparing for each checkup appointment.
Use the treatment plan paperwork to educate patients
Each shipment of aligners will include a treatment plan, which will display your patient's progress through their treatment, the movements of each teeth during each step, and instructions on performing any procedures (IPR, placing engagers, Compliance Checkpoints).
The treatment plan doesn't have to be for your eyes only. Use the treatment plan to inform your patients of the teeth movements occurring during each step. They will be excited and eager to see their progress - which will encourage them to continue good compliance!
Review wear schedule with patient
To ensure proper compliance, review the wear schedule with your patient. Make sure that they understand that they will wear each step for at least two weeks (or whatever your chosen wear schedule is), for no less than 22 hours a day. If they do not follow this schedule, they will delay their progress. Patients don't necessarily understand that positive results are directly related to their compliance with treatment, or that discomfort or issues with treatment could be linked to how many hours a day they are wearing their aligners.
You may also want to educate them on the way that teeth move, to help them understand what is actually happening to their teeth.
Track patient progress with daily summary emails
You can use the daily summary emails to keep yourself up-to-date on any changes with your cases. These emails will tell you when your next phase has shipped so you know when to schedule your patient for their next treatment appointment. They also let you know when cases are received, if items are missing, and anything that's pending your attention.
Troubleshoot any issues
Some easy troubleshooting tips include:
- Try backtracking a step to help the teeth move that extra little bit due to stubborn teeth or patient non-compliance. (Backtracking gets best results with a fresh aligner.)
- Ask your patient if they are currently taking bisphosphonates or any product that would affect the osteoblast & osteoclast cells' production.
- Use Chewies to help the aligners seat over the teeth.
See an in-depth list in our Troubleshooting section.