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Addressing Common Patient Questions: A Guide for Dentists Offering Clear Aligner Treatments

Clear Aligners represent the pinnacle of modern orthodontic technology, seamlessly blending discretion and comfort to transform smiles with confidence. As a dentist, you hold the key to unlocking your patients’ doubts and concerns about Clear Aligners, guiding them to a straighter and more confident smile.

This blog will discuss patients’ most frequently asked questions, giving you the perfect answers to incline your patients toward aligner treatments.

1. What are Clear Aligners?

Clear Aligners are custom-made, transparent plastic trays that fit snugly over your teeth. They are made from a smooth, BPA-free plastic material and are virtually invisible when worn, making them an attractive alternative to traditional braces.

Created using advanced 3D digital imaging technology, they allow for precise customization based on your orthodontic needs. Each aligner slightly differs from the previous one, gradually guiding your teeth into the desired position.

2. What are the benefits of Clear Aligners?

Clear Aligners offer a range of benefits that make them a preferred choice for orthodontic treatment.

  • Clear Aligners offer a discreet appearance that makes them nearly invisible, ensuring a more aesthetically pleasing experience.
  • The smooth and custom-fit plastic construction of Clear Aligners enhances comfort, avoiding the discomfort often associated with traditional braces.
  • Being removable, the aligners allow for convenient eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing, promoting better oral hygiene and reducing the risk of tooth decay.
  • Clear Aligners also have minimal impact on speech, and their custom-designed treatment plans ensure efficient and effective results.

With fewer office visits required and predictable outcomes, Clear Aligners provide a versatile and convenient option for addressing a variety of orthodontic issues, ultimately improving oral health and confidence.

3. Which dental conditions can Clear Aligners effectively treat?

Accentuating Clear Aligners’ versatility as an orthodontic solution that effectively addresses various dental issues is critical. You can mention the following cases that Clear Aligners can successfully treat.

  • Mild-to-moderate crowding: Clear Aligners gently apply pressure to align crowded teeth, gradually creating a beautifully straight smile.
  • Arch expansion: Clear Aligners widen the dental arch, creating space for teeth to align correctly and improving overall oral function.
  • Underbites and overbites: Clear Aligners help correct malocclusions, such as underbites (when the lower teeth protrude in front of the upper teeth) and overbites (when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth excessively).
  • Crossbites and open bites: In conjunction with other devices or procedures, Clear Aligners can assist in correcting crossbites (when the upper and lower teeth don’t align properly) and open bites (when some teeth don’t touch when the mouth is closed).

With their remarkable flexibility, Clear Aligners have successfully treated millions of patients worldwide, improving their smiles and dental health.

4. What are the costs involved in Clear Aligner treatments?

The costs associated with Clear Aligner treatments can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the case and the number of aligners needed.

It’s important to note that insurance plans may provide coverage for orthodontic treatment, including Clear Aligners. It is advisable to check with the patient’s insurance provider to understand the extent of coverage.

You can also inform them of financing solutions that offer monthly payments. OrthoFX’s FXPay is our patient financing solution that approves 100% of your aligner and braces patients with affordable plans regardless of their credit scores. The monthly payments are as low as $99.

Additionally, patients may utilize their FSA (Flexible Spending Account) or HSA (Health Savings Account) funds to help cover the cost of Clear Aligner treatment. These funds can be used to pay for eligible medical expenses, including orthodontic treatment. By exploring these options, patients can better manage and offset the costs of Clear Aligner treatment.

5. What is the frequency of orthodontic visits for patients undergoing Clear Aligner treatment?

The frequency of orthodontic visits during Clear Aligner treatment will vary based on the treatment plan and progress. Typically, patients are scheduled for check-up appointments every 4-6 weeks. These appointments are required to assess progress, make adjustments, and provide the next set of aligners.

In between appointments, the treatment may go off-track. OrthoFX understands this concern and offers FXOnTrack, an innovative remote monitoring solution that allows you to track your patients’ case progress without requiring frequent in-person visits. With AI-powered technology, you can co-monitor cases with orthodontic experts, ensuring treatments stay on track. Your patients would not have to take time out for unnecessary office visits, and you will save some valuable chair time.

Close monitoring is essential for the treatment’s effectiveness and timely addressing issues. However, the patient doesn’t have to be in your chair for that to happen if you leverage remote monitoring.

6.Is the involvement of dental professionals necessary in Clear Aligner treatments?

Choosing a dental professional for Clear Aligner treatment ensures your patients receive personalized care and expertise. As a dentist, you are highly trained in tooth movement and have the knowledge and experience to design comprehensive treatment plans tailored to your needs. You will closely monitor your progress, provide guidance, and make necessary adjustments to ensure the best possible outcome.

Without professional evaluation and supervision, your patients may compromise the effectiveness and safety of the treatment.

You can read our blog, ‘Why Is an Orthodontist Involvement a Must for Aligner Treatments?’ for a more detailed answer to this query.

7. What effects do Clear Aligners have on the patient’s daily life?

Clear Aligners have minimal impact on daily life. Here are a few key points to mention.

  • Speech: Initially, there may be slight changes in speech as the mouth adjusts to the aligners, but this typically resolves within a week.
  • Eating and Drinking: Aligners should be removed before consuming anything other than water, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods without restrictions.
  • Oral Hygiene: Brushing your teeth to maintain optimal oral hygiene is essential before reinserting the aligners.
  • Cleaning: Clear Aligners can be easily cleaned by gently brushing them with a toothbrush and rinsing them with lukewarm water.
  • Avoiding Damage: It is crucial to avoid using hot water or toothpaste when cleaning the aligners, as these can damage their appearance and clarity.

Following these simple guidelines, you can seamlessly incorporate Clear Aligners into your daily routine while achieving your desired orthodontic results.

8.Finally, what is the Clear Aligner treatment process?

The Clear Aligner treatment process typically begins with a comprehensive examination and collection of digital impressions or molds of your teeth. These impressions are used to create a 3D model, the basis for designing a personalized treatment plan. Once the plan is approved, your custom aligners will be made.

How often do you change aligners? You will wear each set of aligners for a specific period, usually around one to two weeks, before progressing to the next set. Regular check-ups will be scheduled throughout the treatment process to monitor progress and make necessary adjustments.


As a dentist, addressing your patients’ concerns and instilling confidence in their choice of Clear Aligner treatment is crucial. When selecting a clear aligner provider, it is essential to have complete assurance in their product’s quality and the success it can bring to your practice.

OrthoFX, an innovation leader in aligner polymers, services, and software, offers a turnkey solution for your clear aligner business. With advanced polymer technology and an all-in-one service system, OrthoFX provides a comprehensive and reliable solution that can elevate your practice to new heights.

Partnering with OrthoFX also offers additional benefits such as clinical support, case training, and access to learning resources, which can further enhance your practice efficiency and clinical confidence. Let’s take your practice growth to the next level and provide exceptional Clear Aligner treatments to all your patients. You can visit our website or call 415-936-0006 to know more.

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