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Modern Orthodontics 2022 and beyond

Vandana KatyalGeneral

Are you ready to say goodbye to regular braces? Tech advancements are expanding the horizons of conventional treatment with the utilisation of new techniques in the orthodontics industry. Dental braces technology is a lot different than it was a couple of decades ago. Orthodontists can now finish cases ahead of schedule and provide you with a lot of new and modern orthodontics technology.

3D imaging with CBCT scanning

Regular X-rays only provide us with two-dimensional images of a patient’s dental structure. With the 3D CBCT scanners, we can have access to a more detailed image of a patient’s oral structure and provide an essential basis for dental filling, implantation, and orthodontics.

Nickel and copper titanium wires

Instead of using stainless steel wires, several orthodontists now use nickel or copper titanium wires. Although this advance use of wires is more expensive, it has a lot of benefits. These wires respond to heat fast, causing them to naturally tighten and bend as the teeth move. Since stainless steel is more likely to stretch out, meaning that it requires more tightening appointments.

Temporary anchorage devices (TADS)

TADS are generally miniscrews that are temporarily implanted into the bone near the teeth for the purpose of providing orthodontic anchorage. They will negate any unwanted tooth movement so that the brace can more easily move teeth into ideal positions.

Clear aligners

Although both clear aligners and braces are effective in treating malocclusions. Generally speaking, clear aligners have the advantage of being more flexible, which means it is more comfortable to constantly put on and remove. Today we can treat patients of all ages with invisible clear aligners and when combined with virtual monitoring apps such as Dental Monitoring, the combination is powerful! It can reduce unnecessary clinical appointments and help troubleshoot problems early.

CAD/CAM technology

This advanced technology uses computer-aided design to improve the manufacture of dental restorations with digital scans. There are 3 functional components: data capture for the oral environment; CAD to design and create dental restorations; CAM to fabricate the restorations.

3D printing and DIY aligners

This technology now allows direct printed mouthguards, dental models from STL files, indirect bracket bonding trays and even now clear aligners! Using softwares like SureSmile or your digital orthodontic lab, you can fabricate your own aligners for a fraction of the cost and within hours!

Modern Orthodontics 2022 and beyond
Modern Orthodontics 2022 and beyond

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    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.
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  • 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
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    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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