What conditions can be treated with Smile Shapers?
Smile Shapers are used to treat anterior malocclusions in patients with permanent dentition.
What are the contraindications?
- Any type of movement better served for traditional orthodontics
- Centric-relation or centric-occlusion discrepancies
- Teeth with short clinical crowns
- Arches with multiple missing teeth.
- Patients whose second molars have not yet erupted
- Patients with poor oral hygiene
- Patients with active periodontal disease
- Patients with dental prosthetics or implants
- Patients with severe bruxism
Are Smile Shapers covered by dental insurance?
We always recommend checking with your patient’s primary insurer, as coverage will vary between patients. If your patient’s policy allows for orthodontic treatment then Smile Shapers may be covered.
How long must patients wear aligners each day?
Patients should wear aligners 20-22 hours per day and always remove them while eating, drinking hot liquids, and brushing teeth.
Are Smile Shapers recommended for any age group?
Smile Shapers are recommended for people with permanent dentition who can comply with patient care and use instructions.
Does Smile Shapers offer post treatment retention?
Yes, we offer a wide variety of retainers to use after clear aligner therapy has been completed.
What can Smile Shapers do for my practice?
A high number of people can benefit from straighter teeth which offers significant income potential for your practice. Appointments are quick and easy, so that you do not waste any valuable chair time.
What must I send with my case?
Send a bite registration, as well as full upper and lower models or impressions (digital or traditional). Please capture the distal of the last molars and 2-3mm below the gumline. Also, include the completed Rx form with your email address.
What materials are the trays made from?
A triple layer polyester/elastic polyurethane. Smile Shapers clear aligners have excllent clarity and stability. Their low staining tendencies create a “crystal clear” appearance.
How should patients clean their Smile Shapers?
- Use a soft toothbrush with a small mount of antibacterial soap and cool water.
- Avoid cleaning aligners with toothpaste, which can leave scratches. Using denture cleaner or mouthwash on aligners can also harm or discolor the plastic.
- Do not expose aligners to hot water or other hot liquids. This can distort the aligners.