Smile Club ZA

Doctor's Frequently Asked Questions

Top Questions Asked by Doctors

Which factors are critical to a successful Active Aligner case? Why are Active Aligners trimmed 2mm from the gingival margin?
A study from the University of Nevada compared the retentive strength of the three trimming techniques. The outcomes based on the techniques are impressive (full study here). How long does it take to receive a Candidacy Determination?

How long does it take to receive the initial proposed treatment setup?
Once you have requested a full treatment plan after receiving the patient's candidacy as a yes: The treatment plan, smile summary, and 3D video will be available to review on your platform within 3 business days. Always remember to submit quality control photos.

How long does it take to manufacture and deliver Active Aligners?
Once the treatment setup is approved by you, your patient's aligners will be shipped to you within 5 -7 working days.

How long should a patient wear each stage?
The recommended wear time for aligners is 22 hours each day for approximately 2 weeks per stage (when not using any other orthodontic acceleration device). 

What is an orthodontic acceleration device?
Example: AcceleDent - Vibratory orthodontic device clinically proven to speed up orthodontic treatment and reduce discomfort by up to 71%.
Technology breakthroughs in aligner therapy are coming thick and fast. There is currently research going into accelerator devices that will allow patients to change aligners as soon as every week. Stay tuned - we're currently looking for an accelerator partner with a research backed device.

What if my patient loses an Active Aligner?

Are PVS impressions accepted?
Yes they are, we can't stress the importance of good impressions.

What type of intraoral scans are accepted?
All leading intraoral scans are accepted. Digital scans must be submitted in STL format. STL is the open source standard – therefore you are not required to buy any specific scanner.