By Danny Chan
Few dental labs, if any, can boast 35 years of experience servicing Australia’s orthodontic community or claim 10 years of providing treatment planning support and organising educational programs for clear aligner dentist providers. Southern Cross Dental (SCD) celebrated both milestones last year.
Just as the confetti begins to settle, the dental lab is already heralding their support of a new clear aligner system: TrioClear. This is exciting news coming from a lab that has reviewed and provided treatment-planning support for over 15,000 clear aligner treatment plans.
TrioClear is a brand new clear aligner system, developed by SCD’s parent company, Modern Dental Group (MDG). The Group’s Hong Kong-based team is responsible for all the system’s development, case design and manufacture.
“Although the product is new, it builds and improves on a number of concepts already in the market,” says Dr Albert Sharp, General Manager Clinical at Southern Cross Dental.
“The market for clear aligners is growing rapidly, and we see aligner treatment becoming a standard for most general dentists. We see a gap in the market for a truly great innovative aligner system, available at an affordable price made possible by the Modern Dental relationship.”
TrioClear offers a three-step clear aligner solution that uses clinical simulation software to accurately predict alignment and movement in advance. According to the company, TrioClear’s three-step solution allows more movement per step than most other systems. Allowing a quicker, high quality result with fewer attachments and stains.
The trays progress from soft to medium to hard, with aligner thickness (0.5mm-0.6mm-0.7mm) increasing in correspondence to days spent per set (4-7-10 days).
“The unique 3-step approach is the ultimate in patient comfort and predictability without compromising the results,” Dr Sharp enthuses.
“There is a huge comfort advantage for patients to start off with a softer layer before progressing to medium then hard. It really helps those ligaments stretch and initiate the bone remodelling in the most gradual way possible. Also, fewer attachments helps.”
Thanks to TrioDim Force, the aligners stay in place with few attachments. TrioClear uses carefully designed and placed TrioDim divot spots to create highly targeted rotation forces.
Despite offering similar benefits to other clear aligner systems on the market, Dr Sharp says SCD can provide support services to TrioClear at more competitive prices.
“In general, it is more competitively priced than other premium systems for a like case. To have our own line of aligners allows us more flexibility with pricing and promotions to our customers.”
SCD has had a long-standing relationship with Invisalign, providing both treatment planning and training support for the popular aligner brand. Dr Sharp was one of the first general dentists in Australia to be accredited for treating patients with the Invisalign System and for many years was the primary presenter for the Invisalign Training Course for GP dentists.
But the experienced clinician maintains that there is no conflict of interest.
“SCD is still a distributor, and a big fan of Invisalign, and we will continue to support that product. Trio Clear is a great alternative option for those dentists who wish to use that instead.”
Dentists and orthodontists can also look forward to a fast and efficient workflow. They may submit intraoral scans or traditional impressions to TrioClear, along with a prescription form they will need to fill. TrioClear would review the files, prepare a treatment plan and send it back for approval. The trays are 3D printed in medical grade FDA approved materials.
An optional advanced feature for root simulation – available to all practitioners with access to low dose CBCT technology – is offered for cases where predicting clinical crown movement is not enough. Ideal for cases that have poor root configuration or thin buccal bone, the feature allows predicting root movement and limitations with accuracy.
“The fantastic option to integrate a cone beam study of bone and root anatomy can help the dentist plan more accurately and safely,” Dr Sharp adds.
As Southern Cross Dental charts a new course in the clear aligner space, they have also opened up an avenue of choice for Australian dentists. If practitioners are looking for a reliable solution backed by the right expertise and experience, that’s what Dr Sharp says he and his team have put on the table.
“SCD has over 10 years experience in teaching and supporting dentists in the clear aligner space. We will continue to support their Trio Clear cases and provide options catering to their level of confidence,” he says.
“Some will prefer to do all the planning themselves. Other dentists will prefer some extra treatment planning assistance, and we have the expertise to guide them through this.”