1. When Dr’s assume the ClinCheck® is showing how the teeth are going to move.
  2. Setting up their ClinCheck® to perfect occlusion.
  3. Blaming every mid-course correction and refinement on “patient compliance.”

Recall from the previous post that the ClinCheck®, or any other virtual clear aligner software setup, is a representation of how the aligners are going to LOOK, not how they are going to MOVE.

Therefore, setting up the case to ideal occlusion in the software is CARTOONODONTICS because aligners rarely fully express the movements shown in real life. You have to adjust your treatment plan to account for those variances.

For example, when closing a diastema, you do not want to settle for having the technician merely “close” the space in the virtual setup because clinically, you’ll still see a tiny space at the end of treatment. Instead, you’ll want to set up your case with a slight overcorrection of that space closure (called a virtual c-chain).

It’s exactly this and many other tips and tricks that makes clear aligner treatment planning as much an art as a science. That’s why the clinical experts at Complete Aligner Planning Service have an average refinement rate about half that of conventional setups.

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