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The best versus the rest: comparing orthodontic clear aligners courses

Vandana KatyalUncategorised

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 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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