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The best versus the rest: comparing orthodontic clear aligners courses

The best versus the rest: comparing orthodontic clear aligners courses

Vandana KatyalDr Katyal’s Publications, Uncategorised

Dentistry in 2019 isn’t what it once was. In fact, advances in technology have dramatically transformed the profession from what it was even twenty years ago. Today, dentists have the opportunity to expand their skillset and range of services to offer more than the traditional maintenance of teeth and gum health.

To add these new strings to their bows is, quite rightly, no small feat. The high standard of dental practice insisted upon in Australia by the ADA, and expected by the discerning public, is to be both admired and upheld. Dentists looking to enhance the service they deliver in terms of teeth straightening, therefore, must undertake professional development courses in orthodontic skills – specifically those required to safely and effectively administer Invisalign clear aligners, which is far and away the treatment that most patients will request.

So how can you discern which is the best orthodontic course to take? The easiest way is by comparing a number of key factors.

The best versus the rest: comparing orthodontic clear aligners courses

Firstly, will the course really equip you to add orthodontic treatments to your business? Through its Australian-first BOSS Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Orthodontics, BOSS offers the only course that can provide you with an Accredited Qualification in orthodontics in less than 12 months.

Secondly, is the course created and delivered by a Specialist Orthodontist? Many courses are delivered by educators with limited experience in working with clear aligners, whereas BOSS courses are created and delivered by Dr Vandana Katyal, a highly experienced Specialist Orthodontist with Invisalign Diamond Provider status. Held by fewer than a dozen dental professionals in the entire of NSW, this highest level of Invisalign status is awarded only to dental professionals who deliver at least 151 Invisalign cases annually.

This status in no way impedes the independence of BOSS courses, however. In fact, unlike many other courses, BOSS offerings are independent of industry sponsors and manufacturers, meaning that they do not feature the bias evident in competitors’ industry-driven courses.

Dr Katyal’s experience is evident in the quality and breadth of BOSS course content, which is where it really distinguishes itself as the best Invisalign course available to dental professionals in Australia. Where other courses feature only lectures, BOSS courses also include practical treatment planning workshops and valuable in-office observations with real patients.


Technology is another area that greatly differentiates course content. As one of Australia’s most experienced practitioners, Dr Katyal is renowned for her early adoption of the latest technology, such as dental monitoring for virtual tracking, and she makes it a priority to incorporate these cutting-edge techniques into BOSS courses.

And what about support? In addition to the 24/7 access they receive to e-learning resources and online library, BOSS course attendees are provided with a range of materials to assist in the management of clear aligners patients, including clinical protocols, patient instructions, letters, templates to assist in the management of clear aligners patients, and even marketing and social media support. These extensive resources and support will not be found with other course providers. BOSS also offers online one-on-one mentoring with specialist orthodontist clinical cases, a service that contrasts starkly with the minimal email-only support provided by other courses.

Considering these various advantages, it’s unsurprising that BOSS has been receiving 5-star reviews and testimonials for its clear aligners courses since 2016.

All of this enables BOSS to assure course attendees and Diploma graduates that they will experience a significant increase in their skills and ability to successfully administer clear aligners with patients in the clinical environment, an assertion that other course providers are unable to offer.

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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