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Mixed Dentition and Staged Treatment Support FAQs

Q: What is it? 

A: LightForce 2.0 introduces Mixed Dentition and Staged Treatment support.


Mixed Dentition on U5s and LR5

Staged Treatment Support where doctor wants to treat lowers in second scan


Q: What problem does it solve? 

A: Mixed dentition and staged treatment support offers the ability to submit an additional scan to treat teeth not planned in the original treatment (e.g., surgical case, impacted or unerupted teeth).

Q: How does it work? 

A: After the initial LightPlan has shipped, you can submit an additional set of scans for any case you would like to treat as Staged/Mixed Dentition. You can do this by navigating to the Patient Page, clicking on the gear icon, and selecting “Second Scans” from the dropdown menu. LightForce will provide a new LightPlan incorporating the untreated teeth or untreated arch into the setup from the original plan. Only the initially untreated teeth can be adjusted in this feature. Custom brackets and IDB trays for the newly treated teeth will be delivered for your patient in individual bonding jigs.

Q: How does it impact my practice? 

A: You can begin EVERY patient with LightForce regardless of phase, case type or eruption timeline.

Q: How do I get it? 

A: Any case submitted after April 7, 2022 will be eligible for mixed dentition and staged treatment support. Previous treatments will also be eligible for mixed dentition or staged treatment.

Q: Do I get IDB trays for individual teeth?
A: Yes, you will receive IDB jigs for individual teeth if the brackets are for individual teeth (newly erupted  teeth).  If you are acquiring brackets for an entire arch (staged treatment), the brackets will come as per usual in their respective segments. 

Q: What is the lead time on ordering brackets and IDBs for a second stage for mixed dentition or staged treatment?

A: They follow our lead time for regular orders.

Q: Can I reposition brackets?

A: No, not at this time. If this is a feature you are interested in, please reach out to your sales manager.

Q: Can I do a mid-course correction of the LightPlan after treatment has started?
A: No, not at this time. If this is a feature you are interested in please reach out to your sales manager.
Q: Is there a limit to the number of teeth that can be treated with Mixed Dentition Support?
A: No, there is no limit to the number of teeth that can be treated with Mixed Dentition support. However, please note that each tooth that will be treated in the second scan will receive an individual IDB jig. 

Q: Can I submit additional scans beyond the second scan? 

A: No, only second scans are supported at this time. From a practice workflow standpoint, it will be more efficient and less disruptive to wait to re-scan the pt until all the teeth that they will want custom brackets for have erupted.

Q: For cases that are currently in planning, can I add custom 6s? 

A: If the doctor is not part of the beta, custom 6s are not available for any cases created before April 7. Cases submitted from that date on will have custom 6s. 

Q: Will stock/mirrored brackets still be included in the first stage? 

A: Yes, planners will continue to set up the first stage LightPlan with mirrors and pontics for unerupted/partially erupted teeth. We will still provide mirrored/stock brackets for direct bonding in the first stage, so the doctor doesn’t have to submit second scans if they don’t want to. 

Q: Will the previously planned teeth be locked? 

A: Yes