Orthodontic tooth movement with clear aligners. Academic Article uri icon


  • Clear aligners provide a convenient model to measure orthodontic tooth movement (OTM). We examined the role of in vivo aligner material fatigue and subject-specific factors in tooth movement. Fifteen subjects seeking orthodontic treatment at the University of Florida were enrolled. Results were compared with data previously collected from 37 subjects enrolled in a similar protocol. Subjects were followed prospectively for eight weeks. An upper central incisor was programmed to move 0.5mm. every two weeks using clear aligners. A duplicate aligner was provided for the second week of each cycle. Weekly polyvinyl siloxane (PVS) impressions were taken, and digital models were fabricated to measure OTM. Initial and final cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) images were obtained to characterize OTM. Results were compared to data from a similar protocol, where subjects received a new aligner biweekly. No significant difference was found in the amount of OTM between the two groups, with mean total OTM of 1.11mm. (standard deviation (SD) 0.30) and 1.07mm. (SD 0.33) for the weekly aligner and biweekly control groups, respectively (P = 0.72). Over eight weeks, in two-week intervals, material fatigue does not play a significant role in the rate or amount of tooth movement.

published proceedings

  • ISRN Dent

author list (cited authors)

  • Drake, C. T., McGorray, S. P., Dolce, C., Nair, M., & Wheeler, T. T.

citation count

  • 51

complete list of authors

  • Drake, Carl T||McGorray, Susan P||Dolce, Calogero||Nair, Madhu||Wheeler, Timothy T

publication date

  • August 2012