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Choosing the Right Clear Aligner Course: Factors to Consider

Choosing the Right Clear Aligner Course: Factors to Consider


In the ever-evolving world of orthodontics, clear aligners have revolutionised the way we straighten teeth. As a result, there’s a growing demand for professionals who can provide effective clear aligner treatments.
Clear aligner courses and accredited diplomas at The Digital Orthodontic College are designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills needed for this specialised field. In this guide, we’ll explore the essential factors to consider when choosing the right clear aligner course.

Understanding Clear Aligners

Before we dive into the specifics of clear aligner courses, let’s start by understanding what clear aligners are. Clear aligners are custom-made, transparent trays designed to gradually move and align teeth. They have become a popular alternative to traditional braces due to their discreet and comfortable nature.

The Importance of Choosing the Right Course

Selecting the appropriate clear aligner course is vital as it will significantly impact your career. The right course can provide you with the necessary expertise and confidence to offer top-notch clear aligner treatments. So, what factors should you consider?

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Factors to Consider

1. Accreditation and Certification

One of the primary factors to consider is whether the course is accredited and leads to a recognised certification. The Orthodontics Courses that The Digital Orthodontic College has to offer are accredited in Australia as well as the UK. A credible certification ensures that you are receiving quality education and that your qualifications will be recognised in the industry. Accreditations have an advantage over CPD programs by way of assessments and awards which highlight your knowledge and skill gained to you and your patients.

2. Curriculum and Course Duration

The course curriculum is crucial. It should cover essential topics, such as orthodontic fundamentals, orthodontic philosophies, evidence-basis for orthodontic treatments, orthodontic record analysis, patient assessment, prioritising a problem list, orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning, and case studies. Additionally, consider the course duration, as shorter courses may provide a basic overview, while longer programs offer in-depth knowledge and practical experience.

3. Faculty Expertise

Look into the qualifications and expertise of the course instructors. Experienced and accomplished faculty members can provide valuable insights and mentorship throughout your education. At The Digital Orthodontic College, you are trained and mentored by some of the leading specialist orthodontists who are highly experienced and masters in clear aligner treatments.

4. Learning Resources

Evaluate the learning resources provided. Access to up-to-date materials related to the science, art and business of clear aligner treatments such as letter and templates, orthodontic protocols, study guides, lecture notes, journal articles, summaries and clear aligner softwares for practising treatment planning can greatly enhance your learning experience. Our learning resources can save a dentist hours of time and assist in developing their practice systems and protocols.

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5. Patient Interaction

If possible, find a course that offers opportunities for real patient interaction under the guidance of experienced specialist instructors. Practical experience with patients is invaluable in this field.

6. Post-Course Support

Consider whether the course offers post-course support. This can include mentorship, access to a network of professionals, and updated educational resources to help you stay current in the field.

7. Reputation and Reviews

Check the reputation of the course and read reviews from past students. Positive reviews and testimonials, and a strong reputation are indicators of a valuable program.

8. Course Flexibility

Consider the flexibility of the course. Does it offer both on-campus and online options? Flexibility can be crucial for those with busy schedules, with children and those who prefer to save costs travelling. Online courses can have the added benefit of saving our planet via reduced carbon emissions as compared to face-to-face learning modes .

9. Career Opportunities

Explore the career opportunities that the course can open up for you. A good course should prepare you for various positions in orthodontics, from working alongside experienced professionals to starting your own practice and providing interdisciplinary dental treatments.

Choosing the right clear aligner course is a pivotal step in your journey to becoming a skilled and knowledgeable professional in the field of clear aligner treatments and orthodontics. By considering factors such as accreditation, curriculum, faculty expertise, learning resources, and post-course support, you can make an informed decision that will set you on a path to success in the world of clear aligner treatments. Explore the range of Orthodontic Courses that The Digital Orthodontic College has to offer on our website.

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What People Are Saying

  • I completed the BOSS UK Diploma in 2021 and when it became available, signed up for the AU course as well. I completed the AU course at the end of last year and can honestly say BOSS (now Digital Orthodontic College) has completely changed my approach to clear aligner treatments and increased my confidence with treatment planning immensely. The fact that the course is 100% online was a huge drawcard for me initially since I have two young children, work clinically part-time and run my own business. It allowed me the flexibility to study when I had the chance and didn’t result in any loss of clinical time. Dr V is extremely passionate about orthodontics and more importantly sharing her wisdom and that comes through in her approach to teaching. The course is extremely comprehensive (NB: the AU course has quite a few complex assessments) and covers everything starting from the basics of tooth movement, which sets a good foundation and is therefore suitable even for beginners. The monthly/bimonthly webinars allow students to share cases and is a safe space, non-judgmental and therefore an incredible learning platform. I had been doing clear aligner treatments prior to starting this course, but BOSS helped me see patients with new eyes and has overhauled my treatment planning approach. I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone interested in learning, or to extend their knowledge about, clear aligner treatments.

    Thank you so much Dr V!

    Dr Lora Banicevic, Dentist NSW
  • The Australian accredited 10905NAT Graduate Diploma of Digital Orthodontic Treatment offers comprehensive training in the field, gives the candidate the opportunity to do things in a self-paced manner, while getting a personalised 1-on-1 learning experience with Dr Vandana Katyal. It was an excellent choice for me and gave me the flexibility to get the well-designed training done in my own time frame. I would strongly recommend the course to any practitioners who is looking to upskill themselves with a no-compromise high quality course, while also having to juggle between busy practices and family schedules.

    Dr Charles Sun, Dentist WA
  • I started this course unsure of how much I would benefit. The in-person lectures were fantastic (although the course is now 100% online) where I made good friends and learned a lot. The online resources are extensive and second to none, accessible at your convenience. The webinars were great – usually with the right mix of teaching, cases demonstrated and the attendees’ cases being discussed. I was also invited to deliver a webinar on intra-oral scanners, 3D printers and in house aligner manufacturing (from a dentist’s point of view) – which I enjoyed.
    Most of all the course gave significantly more confidence what can be done with aligners, how plan the setup efficiently with the end in mind and how to make the processes to get there smoother. As a result, a MUCH larger chunk of my work is now aligner based. My conversion rate for aligner treatments has definitely increased along with my confidence. The course has easily paid for itself. Full disclosure: I was invited to deliver a webinar on intra-oral scanners, 3D printers and in house aligner manufacture to my BOSS batch mates, which I also thoroughly enjoyed doing. I declined any remuneration for this, although it was offered.
    Dr Shammi Moopen, Dentist VIC
  • Since I have joined the postgraduate diploma in orthodontics I have noticed all the applied practical learning/knowledge on my patients and I am only half way through the year. Dr Vandana is a genuine educator. She goes way beyond to simplify every lecture and I really like her evidence based information and that is available for us 24/7. Her webinars helped a lot for busy dentists and loved the feedback we get in the one on one sessions with our cases. It make us think every step of the way. But the best thing I like is to see she is giving back to the community and her association with Smile Train in helping children with cleft palate is just beyond words. Thank you so much for being nice and approachable.

    Dr Claudia Braybon, Dentist NSW
  • Received my Diploma in Digital Orthodontics from BOSS and couldn’t be more stoked! Huge shout out to Dr Vandana Katyal and the BOSS team for a wonderful year. I would recommend BOSS to every dentist no matter their level of experience with Orthodontics and clear aligners. Starting off with barely any orthodontic experience, I have commenced about 9 cases in the matter of months and BOSS gave me the confidence to predictably deliver results for my patients through clear aligners which are the future of modern orthodontics.
    Dr Sarang Sathe, Dentist NSW
  • I chose Boss’s clear aligner diploma because I wanted to know the latest evidence based practice to enhance my treatment planning and case execution. I now have a much better understanding of how to diagnose, what movements can be done and what will get me into trouble. The flexible nature of the course delivery also fit perfectly into full time work and my otherwise packed schedule. The monthly case presentation webinars are also great to not only get feedback from Dr Katyal, but also to validate your own thoughts self-assess and see how you are tracking with your learning.

    Dr Gregory Nguyễn, Dentist NSW

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