Clear Aligner Fundamentals

New Volume 2! - Learn Diagnosis & Treatment Planning Skills and Clinical Techniques for Clear Aligner Therapy!

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New Volume 2! - Getting started with clear aligners has never been easier. In our new Volume 2 we explore the latest traditional and digital impression techniques for clear aligner workflows. Even for those who are experienced with clear aligners will find this course update exciting as you can explore our advanced concepts of attachment design and clinical efficiency for the whole team! Put your intraoral scanner to work for you by expanding your practice to offer clear aligners and utilize remote Dental Monitoring techniques to reduce office visits!

Are you interested in getting into clear aligner therapy but unsure if they really work? Are you a general dentist interested in getting into orthodontics but not know where to start?

This exciting course covers diagnosis and treatment planning, how to get started with clear aligner laboratories, the differences in technology, step-by-step clinical procedures from taking records to delivering aligners and monitoring your patients until case completion. We cover the basics to getting you started with clear aligner treatment using traditional and digital methods for recording taking, step-by-step clinical and laboratory workflows, insurance/billing and growing your clear aligner practice through innovative marketing strategies.

The clear aligner course is eligible for up to 15 hours of continuing education credits.

This course utilizes learning skills and educational content that is 50% projection slides and 50% video-based education. We emphasize simulated "LIVE" video-based techniques to demonstrate step-by-step clinical procedures including: impressions, digital scanning, bonding attachments, interproximal reduction (IPR), monitoring and troubleshooting steps, refinement and revision for case finishing, removing attachments and polishing, and placing the patient in retention.

To receive the best education possible, this course is broken down into 5 sections:

Section I: Introduction to Clear Aligner Therapy, Principles of Tooth Movement, Identifying Aligner Cases and How to Work With Aligner Manufacturing

Covering the basics of clear aligner treatment, including identifying cases in your practice, diagnosis and treatment planning, and reviewing aligner brand options.

Topics include:

  • Historical Overview of Clear Aligners
  • Introduction of Aligner Terminology Unique to Clear Aligners
  • Goals of Aligner Treatment
  • Introduction to Orthodontics and How Teeth Move
  • Fundamentals of Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
  • Identifying Cases in Your Practice
  • Comparison of Major Clear Aligner Laboratories and Production Methods

Section II: Taking Records, Diagnosis & Treatment Cases, Submitting and Reviewing Cases

Focuses on step-by-step procedures related to record making and taking including charting, photography, x-ray options, analog and digital impressions and submitting cases to clear aligner laboratories.

Topics include:

  • Overview of Records Necessary for Aligner Therapy
  • Comprehensive Overview and Clinical Demonstration of Photography Techniques
  • Making Perfect PVS Impressions Even Align Will Accept
  • 2-Phase Impression Techniques
  • Digital Technology & Scanning Technology for Making Aligner Treatment Simple
  • Uploading Cases to Invisalign and ClearCorrect and Evaluating Treatment Setups

Section III: Receiving Cases, Delivering Aligners, Placing Engagers, Performing IPR, Monitoring Treatment, Treatment Revision, Treatment Completion & Retention

A comprehensive review and clinical step-by-step procedural based education focusing on receiving cases in your office, unboxing, placing engagers/attachments, IPR, treatment in ideal cases, and mid-course correction during when treatment doesn't go perfectly.

Topics include:

  • Invsalign and ClearCorrect Unboxing Cases and Preparing for Starting Treatment
  • Delivering Your First Aligner - Clinical Step-By-Step Procedures
  • Use of Treatment Auxiliaries
  • Bonding Attachments - Clinical Techniques
  • Attachments: Size, Shape, and Use
  • Interproximal Reduction Protocols and Step-by-Step
  • Successful Treatment with Clear Aligners
  • Monitoring Treatment and Troublehsooting When Teeth Don't Move
  • Finishing Treatment and Retention
  • Make Your Own Clear Retainers

Section IV: Business Skills For Incorporating Aligners Into Practice

This section is a great way to get started with growing your practice and getting ready for doing more clear aligners. Preparing the office for both the clinician and teams to do more aligner treatment!

Topics include:

  • Choosing Treatment Options
  • Setting Fees for Clear Aligner Treatment
  • Overview of Insurance Benefits and Billing
  • CDT Codes for Orthodontics & Aligners
  • Using Social Media to Grow Your Practice
  • Case Presentation Skills
  • Teamwork Approach in Clear Aligner Practice
  • Remote Monitoring with Dental Monitoring

Section V: Case Gallery

Clear Aligners ROCK! This section highlights some of the cases and clinical conditions where clear aligner therapy is perfect. Emphasis is placed on great starting cases and treatment appropriate for your first case.

Fast Track Dental

National Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
Approval does not imply acceptance by
any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.
9/1/2020 to 8/31/2022.
Provider ID# 392479

Your Instructor

Melissa D Shotell, DMD, MS
Melissa D Shotell, DMD, MS

Dr. Melissa Shotell is a Board Certified Orthodontist and practices in a multi-specialty practice in Sonora, CA focusing on the interplay of Orthodontics and restorative treatment. Dr. Shotell received her DMD at Nova Southeastern University and advanced hospital training a General Practice Residency Certificate from The Ohio State University. After spending years in general practice treating a broad range of patients, Dr. Shotell returned to complete a certificate and master’s degree in Orthodontics from Loma Linda University. At Loma Linda University, Dr. Shotell focused her training on cutting-edge three dimensional imaging technology for diagnosis and treatment planning for interdisciplinary dentistry. Dr. Shotell considers education to be her passion and regularly consults and lectures on dental technology, clear aligner therapy, orthodontics, office efficiency and workflow, and teamwork.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
Will I be able to follow-along?
Absolutely! Our course is an interactive, self-guided journey through digital dentistry techniques. Included are interactive files for you to be able to work closely with the instruction given on the screen.
How long can I access the course?
For as long as you like! After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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