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This Graduate Diploma in Digital Orthodontics is the most comprehensive clear aligner course available to dental professionals.

Course Overview

The 10905NAT Diploma is a 12-18 month program, flexible and takes 7 hours per week of your time. It is evidence-based and focused on problem based learning with a high volume of cases diagnosed and treated with clear aligners – all presented for you in video formats via a 24/7 e-learning portal. You will also have access to our case discussion forum app with a large number of other practitioners giving valuable feedback to your questions.

Dr Vandana Katyal, Orthodontist and Course Director, also offers a 24/7 chat forum for you to discuss your cases directly with her. We guarantee to increase your confidence, competence and case acceptance with clear aligners for your orthodontic treatments.

Intended vocational, community outcomes of the course

The purpose of the course is to address the needs of registered dental practitioners undertaking simple to moderate orthodontic treatments within their general practice.

Specifically, having completed the Graduate Diploma of Digital Orthodontic Treatments dental practitioners will be able to:

  • identify orthodontic cases suitable for their scope of practice
  • identify cases requiring referral to specialist orthodontists

Safely and predictably:

  • diagnose cases within their scope of practice
  • develop orthodontic treatment plans of their cases
  • use 3-dimensional digital software and technologies in orthodontic applications
  • treat with orthodontic appliances, specifically customised clear aligners
  • offer orthodontics as part of a multidisciplinary treatment plan
  • ‘troubleshoot’ unexpected orthodontic situations and problems
  • identify risk management strategies
  • use virtual orthodontic monitoring at different stages of orthodontics planning and treatment

Intended vocational, community outcomes of the course

As independent professional practitioners, dentists applying clear aligner and digital technology demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility for patient outcomes.

Graduates will demonstrate ability to make high level and independent judgements in a range of technical functions in a range of contexts including addressing presenting orthodontic complaints, identifying and addressing potential orthodontic issues in children versus adults and dealing with relapses and concerns.

Graduates are required to plan and implement treatments using emerging, digital methods, and selection of the right customised appliances as addressed in units, Evaluate and use digital technologies for orthodontic treatments and Commence and monitor digital orthodontic treatments.

Since dentists operate independently as professionals, they are accountable for their own outputs, and of managing risk and rectifying any issues that may arise.

As professionals, graduates are also responsible for research and ongoing maintenance of their own knowledge in their field.

Essential entry requirements

Entrants to the Graduate Diploma of Digital Orthodontic Treatments must:

  • be over 18 years of age; and
  • as a minimum hold a Bachelor of Dentistry or equivalent; and
  • be registered to practise dentistry as a Dental Practitioner by the relevant dental board or agency
  • have English Language to ASCF 5
  • Participants must have active dental indemnity insurance during the enrolment period.

Why enrol in the Graduate Diploma?

  • Master clear aligners and digital orthodontics at your pace
  • Flexible 24/7 online learning mode
  • Receive 1:1 coaching sessions with Dr Vandana Katyal, Orthodontist
  • Monthly live case-discussion webinars (our most loved feature)
  • Orthodontist-led training program with unrivalled case discussion 24/7 forum
  • Unrivalled alumni support
  • Quality assured nationally recognised training in Australia and UK

NAT10905001 Research and use evidence-based information about digital orthodontic practice

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to research and apply information about digital orthodontics to own practice.

It requires knowledge of sources of evidence-based research about orthodontic practice, different types of digital orthodontic treatments, current and emerging evidence-based theories and current and emerging technologies for diagnosing, planning, monitoring and delivering digital orthodontic treatments. It includes comparison between traditional and digital orthodontic treatments and their benefits and disadvantages.

NAT10905002 - Perform orthodontic examinations and record taking

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to undertake orthodontic diagnostic examination and record taking procedures as the basis of comprehensive orthodontic diagnosis. Examinations are both extra and intra-oral and include intra-oral (three-dimensional) 3D scanning, cephalometry and photography.

It requires the ability to diagnose malocclusion, with clinical examination using records as a supplement or to confirm the findings.

NAT10905003 – Diagnose orthodontic conditions and plan treatments

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required make a substantiated diagnosis for a presenting orthodontic complaint based on examinations and patient interactions, and then to prepare and refine treatment plans based on that analysis. It also involves the skills to communicate ethically and effectively with patients and agree on a finalised treatment plan.

NAT10905004 - Evaluate and use digital technologies for orthodontic treatments

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to evaluate and use digital technologies for digital orthodontic treatment planning and monitoring.

It requires ability to apply knowledge of clear aligner material and biomechanics to create the most appropriate plan for the patient.

NAT10905005 - Perform early interceptive orthodontics

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prevent and correct problems of the growth of jaws, abnormal soft tissue habits and the eruption of teeth for growing children.

It requires the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of facial growth and optimal timing for orthodontic or dentofacial orthopaedic treatment in children.

NAT10905006 - Commence and monitor digital orthodontic treatments

This unit describes the performance evidence, skills and knowledge to treat patients and monitor progress against expectations using clear aligners or other customised digital orthodontic appliances. It requires the ability to apply specialised knowledge of the benefits and limitations of clear aligner technologies and therapies and related biomechanics and attachment protocols.

NAT10905007 - Use a multidisciplinary approach in orthodontic practice

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify the need for a multidisciplinary approach to patient treatment, make referrals, and communicate effectively with other dental and medical specialists to facilitate holistic patient care. Treatments from other dental and medical professionals may include oral surgery, restorative dentistry and treatments to manage facial disharmony. The unit also involves undertaking teeth movement to facilitate other dental treatments.

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
  • I just attended the 2018 Boss Course 1 in Melbourne. It was a comprehensive introduction into orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning. I have walked away feeling confident in my knowledge and abilities. I recommend this course to beginners and those with more experience. The group was small and the course felt tailored to our individual levels of experience. Dr Katyal was so kind and approachable and generously shared her knowledge. The course was heavily scientifically based and Dr Katyal frequently referred to the literature and gave recommended pre-readings to enhance our knowledge and make the most of the session.

    Dr Rachael McDonald, Dentist, Melbourne
  • 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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