When the Plastic Doesn’t Do What the Software Says It Will!

  • Thursday 1/27/2022
  • Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Course Code: 170TL
  • Cost: $29
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 256
  • Credits: 1 CE Hour
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Todd Rowe, DMD, MS is the past President of the Massachusetts Association of Orthodontics, and maintains a private practice in Leominister.

Aligner treatments have become significantly more sophisticated over the past several years with mechanics becoming more involved than just diastema space closure. Consumer marketing has made it appear that aligners can treat most malocclusions as readily as braces. However, the “plug and play” approach of submitting an impression or digital scan and receiving a set of aligners that actually follow the computer generated treatment plan often does not produce the proposed result. Let’s look at why the computer “cartoons” often fail to accurately predict tooth movements and what to do to correct these plans so that we can more often meet our patient expectations.

Please note: $29 Non Member Fee NO CHARGE for MDS Members- Registration Required.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Predict which tooth movements are challenging for aligners and how to better control those movements
  • Understand the roll that adjacent teeth need to play in supporting or allowing tooth movements to occur
  • Discuss the limitations that computer movement hierarchies play in tooth movement predictability
  • Communicate with aligner technicians to improve their digital treatment plans before treatment starts
  • Implement corrective changes to revision plans once tooth movements do not track as predicted
Recommended Audience: Assistant, Dentist