3M Oral Care introduces next-generation clear aligner system

3M™ Clarity™ Aligners Flex has a proprietary five-layer construction. The outer layers resist staining and scratching while the inner layers provide flexibility and resilience. The overall structure provides durability even with reduced thickness

3M Oral Care has introduced the Clarity™ Aligners Flex + Force: a new aligner system that empowers orthodontists to choose from two unique aligner materials in one treatment design and give patients a customised treatment experience.

3M™ Clarity™ Aligners Flex has a proprietary five-layer construction. The outer layers resist staining and scratching while the inner layers provide flexibility and resilience. The overall structure provides durability even with reduced thickness.

This next-generation aligner system elevates 3M’s powerful portfolio of advanced digital solutions by offering Advanced Tx Design through the 3M Oral Care Portal, which provides treatment from simple to complex cases. 3M Clarity Aligners are also indicated for the alignment of teeth during orthodontic treatment of malocclusion and can be used to address patients with mixed dentition.

Inspired by orthodontists, the new Clarity Aligners Flex material complements the existing Clarity Aligners Force material by incorporating desirable aligner characteristics that enable orthodontists to tailor treatment. Clarity Aligners Flex also delivers for patients, providing an aligner material that fits well and is not noticeable when wearing.

“At 3M, we see Clarity Aligners Flex + Force as a delivery on our ongoing promise to provide innovative solutions to our customers,” said Steve Vander Louw, president of 3M Oral Care. “3M is a science company and we’re thrilled to be putting our science to work for customers.”

Clarity Aligners Flex + Force fits seamlessly into 3M’s Oral Care Portal, giving orthodontists one integrated workflow for two-material Tx Designs. The Oral Care Portal, a cloud-based software solution for Advanced Tx Design, provides convenient access to one platform to plan and refine aligner, digital bonding or combination treatment.

Thomas Worm, global portfolio leader of 3M Oral Care, explained: “Advanced Tx Design in the Oral Care Portal allows orthodontists to plan aligner, bracket or combination treatment via a single digital experience. Our goal in creating this integrated digital experience was to make it easier than ever to customise treatment and to support orthodontists in providing lifelong oral health for patients.”