Dentsply Sirona offers new on-demand Aligner Course Series

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Dentsply Sirona offers new on-demand Aligner Course Series

Dentsply Sirona’s new Aligner Course Series is designed to advance clinicians’ skills through self-paced and user-friendly interactive online learning. (Image: Dentsply Sirona)
Dental Tribune International

Dental Tribune International

Fri. 23 February 2024


CHARLOTTE, N.C., US: The Aligner Course Series is an on-demand programme designed to equip dental practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in clear aligner therapy. The self-paced curriculum enables clinicians to progress through learning modules at their own speed and according to their own schedule, taking them on an individual learning journey that aims to help them develop confidence in their practice.

The series consists of nine courses that are categorised into three levels: foundational, procedure-based and mastery.

Foundational courses

Dr Sara Mahmood. (Image: Dentsply Sirona)

The foundational level lays the groundwork for understanding key concepts and principles and consists of two expert-led courses that cover the biomechanics of tooth movement and aligners, as well as occlusion and alignment problems. These courses provide a solid foundation for practitioners seeking to expand their knowledge of aligner therapy.

Course 1: “Biomechanics of tooth movement and aligners”, presented by Dr Tyler Rathburn

Course 2: “Occlusion and alignment problems”, presented by Dr Sara Mahmood

“I highly recommend the orthodontic learning series for anyone who may be interested in growing this area of their clinical life,” commented Dr Mahmood of Dallas in the US, a Dentsply Sirona educator and key opinion leader. “The key takeaway from my course is simple. Malocclusion is a disease process that clinicians should diagnose and treat, like they do with everyday conditions such as caries and periodontal disease. It is our responsibility to understand the ins and outs of misaligned teeth and to educate others about them and to subsequently offer solutions to our patients,” she explained.

Procedure-based courses

The procedure-based level of the series consists of five courses that deal with various aspects of aligner therapy. These courses are ideal for clinicians seeking a comprehensive understanding of identifying and treating aligner case types efficiently and predictably.

Course 3: “Case diagnosis and patient selection”, presented by Dr Kelly Toft

Course 4: “Treatment plan and prescription”, presented by Dr Geoff Stone

Course 5: “Digital treatment plan for aligner therapy”, presented by Dr Anthony Ponzio

Course 6: “Starting and managing treatment”, presented by Dr Karin Frank

Course 7: “Clear aligner capstone”, presented by Dr Jeffrey Rohde

Mastery courses

For those seeking to master treatment of complex cases, Dentsply Sirona offers two mastery courses that provide participants with the expertise necessary to handle the most challenging aligner therapy cases with confidence and precision.

Course 8: “Diagnosing and treatment planning complex cases”, presented by Dr Josh Rowley

Course 9: “Advanced capstone”, presented by Dr James Taylor

Erania Brackett. (Image: Dentsply Sirona)

Commenting on the new series, Erania Brackett, senior vice president of orthodontic aligner solutions and customer experience at Dentsply Sirona, said: “We are dedicated to supporting dental professionals by providing comprehensive educational resources. We understand the challenges dental practitioners face when it comes to continuing education. The Aligner Course Series has been thoughtfully designed to address those challenges and provide an engaging and flexible learning experience. We aim to equip practitioners with the skills and knowledge required to achieve optimal patient outcomes, elevate their practices and advance with confidence.”

The Aligner Course Series is part of the Dentsply Sirona (DS) Academy clinical education offering on the DS Academy Campus, which includes educational series related to diagnosis and treatment planning, endodontics, implants and sustainability. By expanding their access to educational resources, Dentsply Sirona aims to support dental professionals at every step in their career and to keep them updated with the latest industry advancements.

Clinicians can register on the DS Academy Campus here.

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