Bite Ramps - FAQs

Disclaimer: Please note that not all features are available in all markets. Contact your local Straumann or ClearCorrect representative to find out what is available in your area.

For FAQs about Bite Ramps, refer to the following:

General Questions

Anterior Bite Ramps

Posterior Bite Ramps

 


 

General Questions

 

Are bite ramps for everyone?

Bite ramps are not for everyone. The doctor needs to complete a thorough analysis of the case in order to decide if bite ramps should be used or not. 

 


 

Should I fill the bite ramp areas with resin?

You should not fill the bite ramp areas with resin. They are designed to work without any resin, and you should advise your staff not to confuse them with engagers since they appear very similar in design.

 


 

What should I tell my patient regarding the bite ramps?

Let the patient know that bite ramps can make their bite feel quite different when wearing the aligners and possibly also right after removing the aligners. They should inform their treating clinician of any discomfort as soon as possible. The location of the anterior bite ramps will make contact with the patient's tongue, and it may take a while to get used to their presence. Because posterior bite ramps are placed on the occlusal surface of the teeth, the patient may notice that their bite opens up and there is space where there was not before. This space will close at the end of treatment, when the posterior bite ramps are removed.

 


 

Can bite ramps aid with grinding in patients with a low mandibular angle?

Bite ramps are designed to help resist occlusal forces, and they might potentially help with grinding.  Additionally, considering that the patient will be changing aligners regularly, there should not be any significant issue with wear and tear of the surfaces.

 


 

What types of bite ramps does ClearCorrect offer?

ClearCorrect offers:

  • Anterior bite ramps placed lingually on upper anterior teeth
  • Posterior bite ramps placed on the occlusal surface of lower molars

 


 

 

How do I order bite ramps in my treatment setups?

There are 4 ways you can request bite ramps in your treatment setups:

  1. Ticking the box for Anterior or Posterior Bite Ramps in the Dynamic Prescription form in the Doctor Portal, when selecting Deep Bite or Crossbites (only available with the “Full Arch Correction” form).
  2. Through the “Additional information” section in the prescription form in the Doctor Portal.
  3. Adding the request in the Comments Panel in ClearPilot.
  4. Adding the bite ramps yourself in ClearPilot using the 3D controls. 

 


 

What are the default ClearCorrect protocols for bite ramps?

ClearCorrect’s protocols for bite ramps are described in our Help Center article: Bite Ramps.

 


 

The engager template didn’t have the bite ramps in it, is that a mistake?

Different from engagers, bite ramps will not be included in the engager template because they are not intended to be filled with composite.

 


 

How are bite ramps visualized in ClearPilot?

Bite ramps will be shown in a semi-transparent blue color:

 

Anterior Bite Ramps

Bite     

 

Posterior Bite Ramps

Posterior

 

 


 

Can I modify bite ramps directly in ClearPilot?

Yes, 3D controls for bite ramps are available within ClearPilot.

 


 

Where can I place the different bite ramps?

Anterior bite ramps can be placed lingually on the upper 6 anterior teeth.

Posterior bite ramps can be placed on the occlusal surface of posterior teeth, either upper, lower or both arches.

 


 

Can I request bite ramps in a different configuration than the available default options?

Yes, bite ramps can be requested in the prescription form. Depending on the patient's dental condition (crossbite or deep bite), you will be prompted with an option to indicate if you will want anterior or posterior bite ramps added to the treatment. You can do so by adding your request in the “Additional information” section of the prescription form in the Doctor Portal, in the Comments Panel in ClearPilot, or by using 3D controls to modify the arrangement provided in the treatment setup. 

 


 

Can I request to have the bite ramps start on any step of treatment?

By default, we plan bite ramps to start on Step #1 through the end of treatment. You can change the start step to any other odd numbered step and you can modify the number of steps you want them to last. Request changes in the “Additional information” section of the prescription form in the Doctor Portal or in the Comments Panel in ClearPilot.

 


 

Will there be an additional cost to add bite ramps?

No, bite ramps are included within the same cost of the treatment plan of your preference.

 


 

What do I do if an aligner with bite ramps broke while being worn by the patient?

You should report it to support@clearcorrect.com and report an issue or a complaint related to the broken aligner.

 


 

Will I get a replacement aligner if it broke while being worn by the patient?

Yes, after you submit your report, you can request a replacement of the aligner. It will take around 3 weeks to be produced and sent back to you.

 


 

Can I plan for bite ramps in retainers?

No, this is not currently supported.

 


 

Will engagers be placed on the same tooth where there is a bite ramp?

We can place engagers on the same tooth where there is a bite ramp, however, it will be placed on the opposite side from any anterior bite ramps. Note that such an arrangement can make it difficult for the patient to remove the aligner and could result in deformation or damage to the aligner.

 


 

Can I edit a bite ramp in ClearPilot on any step during the treatment?

3D controls for bite ramps allow you to make modifications of the feature in the DR Step (based on last step before overcorrection). It’s not currently possible to modify a different step other than this one. The technician will adjust the position of the bite ramp(s) on the other steps based on the changes made in the DR step in ClearPilot.

 


 

Can I request bite ramps for a case that has already started?

Yes, you can request bite ramps for cases that are already ongoing. You’ll need to request a Revision to get a new treatment setup and new set of aligners with bite ramps. (Additional fees may apply)

 


 

Are there any limitations on the placement of bite ramps?

Anterior bite ramps will be able to be placed only on the lingual surface of anterior teeth.

Posterior bite ramps will be able to be placed only on the occlusal surface of posterior teeth.

 


 

Will bite ramps be limited to Orthodontists only?

No, any doctor, GP or Ortho can request bite ramps.

 


 

Are there any limitations on the number of bite ramps in a single aligner?

We do not have any limitations on the number of bite ramps that can be requested in a single aligner.

 


 

Anterior Bite Ramps

What depth of anterior bite ramps are available?

ClearCorrect anterior bite ramps come in 2 different depths: 3 mm and 5 mm.

 


 

Can I place anterior bite ramps on teeth other than the upper 6?

Yes, please make sure to specify the tooth and surface where you want the anterior bite ramp(s) to be placed in the “Additional information” section of the Doctor Portal or in the Comments Panel in ClearPilot. Please note that we may not be able to accommodate your request if we are not able to manufacture it. 

 


Will the anterior bite ramp adjust in height as the bite is being opened?

The ClearCorrect technician will adjust the height of the anterior bite ramp every few steps.

 


 

Posterior Bite Ramps

How tall are posterior bite ramps?

The prominence of posterior bite ramps will differ based on the teeth where they are placed.

  • Second molars: 1.5 mm above the occlusal surface
  • First molars and pre-molars: 2.0 mm above the occlusal surface

 


 

Can I place posterior bite ramps on teeth other than the lower molars?

Yes, please make sure to specify the tooth and surface where you want the posterior bite ramp(s) to be placed in the “Additional information” section of the Doctor Portal, in the Comments Panel in ClearPilot, or by using 3D controls to modify the arrangement provided in the treatment setup. Please note that we may not be able to accommodate your request if we are not able to manufacture it.

 


 

 

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