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What to Expect in a Clear Aligner Course: Course Structure and Content

What to Expect in a Clear Aligner Course: Course Structure and Content


In the world of orthodontics, clear aligners have emerged as a revolutionary alternative to traditional braces, offering patients a discreet and comfortable way to achieve a straighter smile.

As the popularity of clear aligners continues to soar, so does the demand for professionals who can expertly utilise this technology. Clear aligner courses such as our Advantage Clear Aligner CPD Program are the gateway to mastering this skill and are designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and expertise needed to provide effective treatment.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through what to expect in a clear aligner course, including its structure and the content covered.

Understanding Clear Aligners

Before diving into the details of clear aligner courses, it’s essential to have a solid understanding of what clear aligners are. Clear aligners are a series of custom-made, virtually invisible trays designed to gradually move and align teeth. They are highly effective in treating a variety of orthodontic issues, such as misalignments, gaps, and crooked teeth.

The Significance of Clear Aligner Courses

Clear aligner courses have gained immense importance in recent years due to the growing demand for skilled professionals capable of providing clear aligner treatments. These courses are thoughtfully designed to empower dental professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess, plan, and execute clear aligner treatments effectively.

Course Structure

Clear aligner courses can vary in terms of duration, curriculum, and the resources they offer. Understanding the structure of these courses is pivotal when choosing the right one for your educational journey.


The duration of clear aligner courses can range from a few weeks to several months. Short courses provide a rapid overview, while longer programs offer in-depth knowledge and practical experience.


Typically, the curriculum of clear aligner courses encompasses the following key areas:

Orthodontic Fundamentals

This includes an understanding of the fundamental principles of orthodontics, malocclusions, and tooth movement.

Patient Assessment

Students learn how to evaluate a patient’s oral health and determine their suitability for clear aligner treatment.

Treatment Planning

This involves the creation of customised treatment plans for individual patients, including the number of aligner trays required.

what to expect in a clear aligner course course structure and content

Case Studies

Analysing real-life patient cases provides students with practical insights into the treatment process.

Learning Resources

Clear aligner courses often provide students with study materials, access to online resources, and even simulation software for practising treatment planning.

Key Topics Covered

Clear aligner courses focus on several key topics that are essential for providing successful treatment.

Orthodontic Fundamentals

Understanding the principles of tooth movement, biomechanics, and occlusion is fundamental for clear aligner treatment.

Patient Assessment

Students learn how to evaluate a patient’s dental and oral health to determine if they are suitable candidates for clear aligners.

Treatment Planning

This involves creating a step-by-step plan for each patient, including the number of aligner trays required.

Case Studies

Analysing real patient cases helps students gain practical insights into the treatment process.

clear aligner course what to expect structure and content

Practical Training

Clear aligner courses often include practical training to ensure students can apply their knowledge effectively.

Patient Interaction

Some courses provide opportunities for students to interact with actual patients under the guidance of experienced instructors.


Upon successfully completing a clear aligner course, students typically receive a certification, demonstrating their competence in providing clear aligner treatments.

Benefits of Clear Aligner Courses

Enrolling in a clear aligner course with The Digital Orthodontic College offers several advantages, including improved career prospects and increased patient trust in your skills.

Finding the Right Course

Choosing the right clear aligner course involves considering factors such as course duration, reputation, and the quality of resources provided.

What to Expect After Completing the Course

After completing a clear aligner course, graduates have two primary options: they can either work alongside experienced professionals or start their own clear aligner practice. Explore the Orthodontic Courses that The Digital Orthodontic College offers on our website.”

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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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