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A vote of confidence in clear aligners!

Vandana KatyalBOSS Courses, Uncategorised

Last weekend in Sydney I was thrilled to share some of the latest advances in clear aligners technology and best practice with a large group of fellow dental professionals.

If you’ve ever met me, you’ll know how passionate I am about raising standards in the quality of service, and in the outcomes, that dentists and orthodontists can deliver to patients who have taken the big step of straightening their teeth with Invisalign.

On Saturday, as the rest of the country was going to the polls (we’d already cast our ballots!), I welcomed a roomful of dentists dedicated to enhancing their skills in the field of clear aligners.

As the group got comfortable in the Pullman Hotel overlooking Sydney’s beautiful Hyde Park, we started the 2-day ‘Clear aligners beyond accreditation’ course by exploring exactly why clear aligners are the future of orthodontics, and looking at how remote monitoring can increase treatment efficiency.

I’m a huge proponent of technology and am something of an early adopter – whenever I discover some new equipment or software that improves the way we do things, I have to have it! Remote monitoring is a perfect example of this, as it allows dental professionals to efficiently monitor patient’s teeth straightening progress remotely, via a phone app and software. The course attendees were keen to hear about the findings of my AAO-accepted research in this area, and to learn tactics for implementing remote monitoring with their patients.

Next up was a session on how to individualise treatment plans based on smile design principals, featuring 3D simulations and case presentations, after which the biomechanics of aligners were under scrutiny. Attendees learnt how to effectively and efficiently use clear aligners to a higher standard, which included insights into the best attachments for various situations, finishing with aligners, and understanding aligner efficiency.

We wrapped the first day with a look at clear aligner attachment protocols, exploring how to identify treatment aims and biologic limits of tooth movements, estimate appropriate arch form, and understand the effect of expansion/extraction on space, attachment and treatment sequencing protocols.

Sunday morning kicked off with an overview of Invisalign Teen, always an area of great interest, in which attendees learnt the basics of facial growth and timing for various treatments, and how to apply growth modification principles.

Day two also covered how to deal with vertical problems in clear aligners, before concluding with a workshop featuring group-based case discussions and treatment planning for clear aligners, which brought together aspects of the multiple areas that had been covered during the weekend.

By the time the course ended on Sunday afternoon, attendees had developed not only a thorough understanding of the growing evidence for using clear aligners, but also an informed appreciation of how it will impact their treatment planning in the years to come.

It was a superb weekend, packed with learning and practical skills for attendees to implement in their practices, and the feedback has been fantastic, with many echoing the sentiments of previous attendee Dr James Zvirblis, a NSW dentist; ‘Vandana’s BOSS course gave me a much better insight into clear aligner systems, what they’re good at and what they’re not so good at. The biomechanics section was particularly useful, and she went over a lot of troubleshooting which I had no idea about previously. Would highly recommend course 2 for anyone starting out with Invisalign or other clear aligners!’

I am in my absolute element when I am surrounded by industry peers eager to gain the benefits of my extensive experience with clear aligners, and I can’t wait to do it all again soon!

What People Are Saying

  • 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
  • Having always steered away from clear aligners and only stuck with fixed braces, I’ve finally decided to give aligners a go this year. BOSS is extremely practical, informative and backed up by heaps of research. Dr. V is a great mentor, she’s always helpful and truthful. The team at BOSS and CCC smiles are just amazing, always there to help you whenever you need, even if it was a question that’s been repetitively asked many many times. I would highly recommend BOSS to anyone who wishes to start their journey in digital orthodontics. With Dr. V and her team behind me, my confidence level is soooo much higher and I feel like I am delivering my treatment to a higher standard and overall making me a better clinician. Thank you Dr. V!!

    Dr Claire Chiu, Dentist QLD
  • I joined BOSS in 2018 for the full year, and the wealth of knowledge that Vandana shares is immeasurable! This course is perfect for absolute beginners and also those with more experience, and Vandana caters it perfectly for the whole group. All her information is evidence based and very relatable for general dentists, giving you information that those “generic” 1-3 day clear aligner courses cannot give you. BOSS is a very comprehensive course. I highly recommend it, I plan to join BOSS again!

    Dr Michelle Sujenie, 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
  • 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
  • Dr Katyal shares so much of her own protocol and is extremely generous not only with her time but with the well thought out information she provides along with the course such as inventory lists, marketing material and case presentation templates. She tailors her advice to your own experience and helps with appropriate case selection, points out possible pitfalls and helps you understand how to overcome them. The course is also up-to-date using the latest technologies in orthodontics and is heavily evidence-based.

    I would recommend it to anyone wanting to start doing some orthodontic treatment or looking for a more comprehensive course to assist in some ortho they are already doing.

    Dr Becky Dudman, Melbourne

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