Treatment began with the application of the force drivers and IPR, as per the Archwize™ and the template supplied by the laboratory. This was the longest appointment of the entire process, but the fitting of the aligners was very straightforward. The patient was instructed in the placement and removal of the aligners and given oral hygiene advice.
The patient then returned to the practice every two weeks over the course of treatment to review progress, complete more IPR as and when necessary, and receive the next two aligners in the series. She wore each aligner for one week at a time, changing to the following aligner before bed and using ‘chewies’ to help seat the aligners fully.
Photographs and progress information were recorded in her notes and submitted onto the IAS support forum, where I received invaluable support and advice to aid successful completion of this case.
The final result is one both the patient and I are very happy with. The patient achieved well aligned upper and lower teeth on rounded arches. There was a significant reduction in the overjet and the anterior open bite also closed over – even more so than we could have expected based on the planning stage of treatment. After alignment was completed, both upper and lower bonded retainers were fitted and removable Essix retainers provided to wear full time for the first six months, followed by night wear for 12-18 months. After this period, the patient was advised to continue wearing the removable retainers a few nights a week for life in order to maintain the results.
This was my first experience of using Clear Aligners and it has been a very rewarding experience. The treatment process was very straightforward. The patient adapted very quickly and easily to the appliances and was delighted with the final result. The brilliant support received on the forum helped with any difficulties encountered throughout the process – I always received a quick response and the mentors offered advice on how to improve my technique in different areas to ensure effective treatment.
I think the general ethos of IAS Academy is really good. The training offers an easy way to develop skills, starting with the more simplistic cases and building competence and confidence to move onto more complex cases.