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Although many of my colleagues using
clear aligners recommend a 7-day patient
wear time, with adjunctive HFV we have
our patients change their aligners two times
each week. Again, rather unscientifically,
we have them alternate 4 days and 3 days
to accomplish this. We've found the teeth
have tracked every bit as well with these
accelerated changes as our patients doing
the typical 1-week changes.
Based on previous usage reports, we
tell patients to use the HFV device as
needed-often three or four times a day the
first week of treatment to help alleviate any
soreness. After the first week, we have them
use it once a day as prescribed, or as needed.
By going to twice-weekly aligner changes,
our overall aligner treatment times have
drastically decreased. We see the patients
less frequently in our office for checks, and
our number of refinements has not increased.
This could be due to the
Some patients who initially increased compliance as
it relates to comfort, or
elected to not include adjunctive the partnership between
the appliance seating and
HFV in their treatment asked at aligner system.
Two of the most fretheir first follow-up appointment
quent questions we get
if they still could, and they've during initial consults are
"How long do you think
consistently reported that this will take?" and "Is it
adding HFV has made all the going to be uncomfortable?" Having options that
difference. directly address patients'

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most pressing concerns has proved valuable
in helping them decide to move forward with
accepting treatment. We want our patients
to be happy not just when they're finished;
we want the entire experience to be positive.

Conclusion
Every patient is unique-some present
interested only in clear aligner therapy, while
other patients' needs may be best met with
the control of passive self-ligating appliances.
Either way, predictably delivering clinically
excellent finishes, comfortable throughout
their treatment, is essential. Comfortable
patients are compliant patients. Compliant
patients are efficient patients. Efficiency
allows growth, efficiency allows free time,
and efficiency allows me to travel knowing
my cases are predictably tracking.
My goal isn't necessarily to finish faster-
it's to finish better. It's about delivering a
positive patient experience, with maximum
practice efficiency. Our patients are excited
about new technology, finishing treatment
faster and options that improve treatment
comfort. Using HFV and clear aligners
such as Spark, our practice efficiency has
improved through fewer visits, same or
fewer refinements and shorter treatment
times-integral in delivering the win-win
situation we're looking for.


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