Here at 32Co, we’ve built the first ever platform to give dentists the ability to collaborate with a Specialist Orthodontist on every case- and we are proud of it!! Working with a colleague when you begin providing clear aligner therapy makes sure you feel confident delivering safe and effective care.
To show you, here’s a sneak peak of some examples of what you can expect when working with our orthodontists.
There is no magic system behind successful clear aligner treatment, it’s built from a combination of:
- Rigorous clinical assessment
- Proper diagnosis
- Comprehensive dentist/orthodontist-driven design (not solely a technician!)
- Effective delivery and monitoring
With PRO support, our friendly specialists and 32Co team work with you throughout all stages of the treatment to get the best outcome for you and your patient:
- Full orthodontic case assessment
- Discussions of different treatment options
- Support improving your orthodontic knowledge and skill
- Comprehensive treatment designs and advice from an Orthodontist
We know that orthodontic treatment starts with a proper and accurate assessment. Incorrect diagnosis = incorrect expectations and the incorrect outcome! Sometimes a case can have complex features which can be easy to overlook or difficult to spot.
Specialists offer clear advice about when and why a case is complex. This case-based approach to education helps to develop your orthodontic knowledge as you go. Understanding the risks and decision process behind your treatment options will help you feel in control when choosing which cases to take on.
Here’s a real example of a conversation between a GDP on our platform and one of our specialists:
“Thank you for submitting this case. This is a very difficult case due to the following:
- Almost 100% OB
- Spacing in the lower arch - which can further deepen OB if closed
- Retroclined ULS
I would not recommend taking on this case with clear aligners because:
- Correcting the retroclination requires creating palatal root torque on the upper incisors which is very difficult to achieve with clear aligners
- A deep overbite can be challenging with clear aligners
- Closing the space with clear aligners will further deepen the bite.
If the patient would like the teeth aligned only, then this is something we can do, but you would have to accept the retroclined incisors and OB. I’ve sent you a paper that summarises tooth movements that are particularly challenging to achieve with clear aligners – hopefully you find it interesting!”
And feedback from one of our GDPs:
"I LOVE it when the specialist helps me understand why its not suitable, it isn’t a negative for me at all, I’d prefer not to take it on"
Often there are multiple ways of approaching a case, and selecting which one is right will depend on the patient's treatment goals and your level of experience. Every case is an opportunity to learn and develop so our Specialists help to direct you to educational content that is tailored to you.
"Thank you for submitting this case. The patient has an increased OB and OJ. If you would like this corrected then we would need to utilise class 2 elastics. Please let me know if you would like:
1) alignment only
2) correction of OB/OJ with cl 2 elastics
I can see you haven’t used elastics on a case with 32Co before. This could be a good opportunity for you to do this. I’ve sent an elastics guide to you in the portal and linked you to a very similar case study you might find useful."
Feedback from one of our GDPs:
"It's so helpful to consult with the orthos on different approaches in the planning stage. I really like that I get educational content that’s relevant to a case I’m working on. It helps me to contextualise the content and take on more complex cases - like this one using elastics!"
Our specialists create comprehensive and in-depth treatment designs with you to ensure you and your patient get the best outcomes. They use all the data gathered about the patient to formulate their design – so it’s important the case work up is as complete and accurate as possible.
"Aims of treatment for this case: 1) Align and level upper and lower arches, 2) Improve the anterior functional guidance, 3) Widen the smile, 4) Maintain overall Class I occlusion.
Feedback from one of our GDPs:
"I read every line of the approach, I find it so helpful in understanding how the end result is achieved. Reviewing the approaches for different cases helps me learn and I love seeing how close I can get to the orthos plan before reading it!"
❌ No! The treatment plans with these traditional manufacturers are created by technicians, not dentists and definitely not orthodontists.
❌ No! They do not assess complexity for you or behave as colleagues, they are a manufacturer and they follow your instructions.
❌ No! They do not always protect you from taking on complex cases which clear aligners may struggle to correct.
❌ No! They do not help you with patient work up, consent and ongoing management
✔ Diagnosis and assessment of case complexity by an Orthodontist
✔ Highlighting cases which may be too complex or deceptively tricky
✔ Treatment design(s) and case advice created by an Orthodontist
✔ Help with patient work up and consent
✔ Specialist support once treatment has started