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How to choose the best orthodontics course in Australia in clear aligners

How to choose the best orthodontics course in Australia in clear aligners


Choosing the best orthodontics course in new and emerging fields such as digital orthodontics and clear aligner treatments can be a daunting task, given the numerous options available. However, by considering the following factors, you can make an informed decision and select the course that best suits your needs.

Accreditation and Recognition

It is important to choose a course that is accredited by national regulatory bodies such as ASQA or TESQA (Australia) Accreditation and recognition ensures that the course meets the necessary standards, is relevant and provides high-quality education.

Course Structure and Content

The structure and content of the course are crucial considerations. Look for a course that is comprehensive and one that covers a wide range of topics, including diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of orthodontic cases. Additionally, consider the balance between theoretical knowledge and practical experience, as well as the availability of research opportunities. There should be an equal balance of knowledge and skill based learning outcomes where you can not only gain knowledge but apply that directly in your daily practice.

Support and Mentorship

Another factor is which course has the most extensive support, not only during the course but also after your graduation. Orthodontic treatments such as clear aligner treatments require a thorough understanding of tooth movement principles, biomechanics besides the usual orthodontic diagnostic and planning knowledge. It requires development of digital skills to manipulate and use 3D tools to get the desired plan as well as knowledge about how to avoid potential problems. This is best taught in a supportive environment where your questions can be answered immediately and any feedback given at the time of learning.

Faculty and Facilities

The faculty and facilities of the institution offering the course are important factors to consider. Look for a course taught by experienced and knowledgeable faculty members who are passionate about teaching as well as experts in the field. Are they accredited to train and assess for this course? Do they have credible clinical or academic interest in the area? Additionally, consider the quality of the facilities, including the availability of state-of-the-art technologies and equipment.

Location and Cost

The location and cost of the course are also important considerations. Look for a course that is conveniently located and easily accessible. A program should be able to provide you with the freedom to have personal time and flexibility to pace your learning to your needs. Additionally, consider the cost of tuition, as well as other associated expenses such as accommodation and living costs.Online courses have the added benefit of reducing carbon emissions from the associated travels and other related activities while saving you a significant amount of money.

Reputation and Alumni Success

Finally, consider the reputation of the institution offering the course, as well as the success of its alumni. Look for a course that has a strong reputation for academic excellence and produces successful graduates who are well-respected in the field of orthodontics.

In conclusion, choosing the best orthodontics course requires careful consideration of several factors, including accreditation and recognition, course structure and content, faculty and facilities, location and cost, and reputation and alumni success. By considering these factors, you can select the course that best suits your needs and provides you with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to become a successful dentist or dental practitioner in the field of orthodontics.

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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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