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October 14, 2019

Author: Konstantin Pipunurov

Clincheck Analog

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eXceed Aligner Plan

Orthodontic aligners can treat many malocclusion issues effectively and produce great clinical results. However, one of the major issues with aligners is pricing, with expensive aligner lab fees still preventing a great deal of prospective accepting treatment. 

As a result, more and more dentists are looking for affordable and reliable cost-cutting solutions. Many of them start their own in-office aligner production, saving money and expediting delivery cycles. In this model, treatment planning becomes essential to facilitate effective and affordable aligner therapy. Clinical expertise, mobile friendly 3D visualisation, and detailed reports covering all treatment aspects - become utterly important in the context of treatment planning. 

While the economical and operational benefits of in-office aligners’ production are clear, many dentists still hesitate to make the transition, fearing that the planning services offered by specialist companies such as eXceed, do not provide the same level of information and guidance, traditionally offered by major aligners’ vendors. 

In this paper, we will compare treatment planning from Invisalign, the world’s leading full-service aligner line and eXceed, which focuses on treatment-planning services for in-office or in-lab independent aligner makers.

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Invisalign Aligner Plan (“Clincheck”)

  • Both eXceed and Invisalign allow the user to see the stages and the movements that are happening during the case.

  • Invisalign highlights difficult movements with the TMA tool that shows blue and black dots while eXceed sends a comment to the customer, explaining which movements are difficult and would require auxiliary techniques.

  • In Invisalign, the doctor has the option to check the amount of movement of each specific tooth, Bolton discrepancy, arch size and can modify a case on their own while in eXceed, such tools are mainly just for the technician.

  • Both Invisalign and eXceed have the same tools of superimposition, grid, IPR and the ability to see pontics.

  • Only eXceed can display the 3D model without the gingival tissues, allowing the user to inspect roots’ orientation.

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  • Only in eXceed, occlusal contacts can be seen throughout the entire duration of the treatment. Invisalign displays contacts only at the beginning and at the end of the treatment.

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  • Only In eXceed, a tooth can be selected and inspected all across the staging to see if there might be a collision, if that is, a red interproximal contact will appear so you can ask for more IPR or different staging. In Invisalign, no such option exists.

The following table lists out some of the main features of the two services: 

   eXceed     Invisalign
     3d Visualisation      Y      Y
     Web version      Y      Y
     Mobile friendly link      Y      Y
     Elastics, bite jump      Y      Y
     Allows hide gingiva      Y      N
     IPR      Y      Y
     Superimposition      Y      Y
     Occlusagram for all stages      Y      N
     Print files for in-office production      Y      N

In conclusion, while the two planning tools are not identical, one can readily see that they provide the information necessary to conduct a successful aligner treatment. 

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