A combination case refers to a patient who is treated with clear aligners in conjunction with other techniques.
Combination cases can be useful to combine the convenience and control of clear aligners with the benefits of traditional orthodontics, to customize orthodontic treatments and increase treatment efficiency.
Here is an example of some combination cases:
- A patient starts with traditional braces but needs to have them off and treatment is not complete. For example patients that have a wedding or special circumstances where the braces have to be off.
- A patient wears traditional braces to get through difficult movements, then finishes up with clear aligners for improved convenience & aesthetics.
- A patient starts with clear aligners to achieve an ideal arch form, then use brackets to complete final movements that are more efficient with fixed appliances, such as extrusions and torquing.