Monday, 4 April 2011

When the destination is beautiful, why should the journey be painful ?

Malocclusion is one of the most prevalent clinical conditions, affecting over ~70% of the Indian population. While most individuals seek orthodontic treatment to improve their appearance, malocclusion may also be responsible for various dental problems such as tooth decay, tooth loss, gum disease, jaw joint pain and headaches. The only option available for correction of malocclusion till now was traditional orthodontic treatment i.e. braces !

Although clear braces are generally effective in correcting a wide range of malocclusions, they are subject to many limitations and disadvantages like unattractive appearance, discomfort, frequent lacerations, poor oral hygiene etc. Due to these limitations of braces, only a relatively small proportion of people with malocclusion seek traditional orthodontic treatment thereby creating a large need gap.

Conventional orthodontic treatment is associated with:


Braces call attention to the patient's condition and treatment. In addition, braces trap food, which can further compromise appearance. Braces can also result in permanent discoloration of teeth. Many adults associate braces with adolescence.


Braces are sharp and bulky and can abrade and irritate the interior surfaces of the mouth. The tightening or adjustment of braces results in root and gum soreness and discomfort, especially in the few days immediately following an orthodontic visit.

Braces compromise oral hygiene by making it more difficult to brush and floss. These problems can result in tooth decay and periodontal damage. Additionally, the bonding of brackets to teeth can cause permanent markings on the teeth.

ClearPath was incorporated to cater to this large unmet need for an orthodontic system that addresses these patient concerns. Clearpath also believes that there is an unmet need among dental professionals for a treatment modality that increases the predictability and efficiency of treatment and enhances profitability of practice also. ClearPath's invisible braces are generally effective in correcting a wide range of irregular contact of opposing teeth in the upper and lower jaws.

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