Clear Collection for clear aligners

Hu-Friedy’s Clear Collection consists of innovative instruments designed to accent, individualize and optimize the biomechanics of the “invisible” aligner experience. The Clear Collection was designed by S. Jay Bowman, DMD MSD.


  • The TEAR DROP is an instrument created to add a notch at the gingival margin of clear aligners anywhere elastic hooks are required within the arch. It provides a reservoir to hold the elastics in place as the aligner is seated. This permits easier manipulation of elastics by the patient.

  • The HOLE PUNCH is used to create half-moon cutouts for relief of clear aligners around bonded buttons used for elastics. No need to attempt to attach
    buttons to plastic trays. In addition, the Hole Punch can nip away plastic to provide soft tissue clearance to prevent aligner impingement of tissue.

  • Correcting rotations is often a challenge with aligners. The VERTICAL emphasizes overcorrection of rotations by producing an indentation at the mesial or distal line angles on the facial and/or lingual of a specific tooth. As an option, a rotational couple can also be created using vertical indents on facial and lingual surfaces on opposing sides of a tooth. The Vertical can also be used to produce an indent to produce a mild “nudge” to enhance resolution of in-and-out discrepancies.

  • The HORIZONTAL instrument produces an indentation to accent individual root torque. It also serves a second purpose by enhancing retention of either clear aligners or retainers by placing an indent into a tooth’s undercut or below a bonded attachment.

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