New on-demand Aligner Course Series offered by Dentsply Sirona

Dentsply Sirona has announced that it will be offering a new Aligner Course Series is designed to build and expand clinicians’ skills through self-paced, user-friendly, interactive online learning.

The Aligner Course Series is an on-demand programme designed to equip dental practitioners with the knowledge and skills to excel in aligner therapy. The self-paced curriculum enables clinicians to progress through learning modules at their own speed and according to their own schedule.

Aligner Course Series
The continuing education (CE) courses, available through DS Academy, support clinicians in orthodontic aligner treatments (Image: Dentsply Sirona)

The Aligner Learning Series consists of nine courses, categorised into three levels: Foundational, Procedure-based, and Mastery. The Foundational level, which lays the groundwork for understanding key concepts and principles, includes two expert-led courses covering the biomechanics of tooth movement and aligners, as well as occlusion and alignment problems. These courses provide a solid foundation for practitioners looking to delve into aligner therapy.

• Course 1: Biomechanics of Tooth Movement & Aligners, Dr Tyler Rathburn

• Course 2: Occlusion & Alignment Problems, Dr Sara Mahmood

“I highly recommend the orthodontic Learning Series for anyone who may be interested in growing this sector of their clinical life,” said Dr Sara Mahmood, DDS from Dallas, TX United States, 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 everyday conditions such as caries and periodontal disease. It is our responsibility to understand and educate the ins and outs of misaligned teeth and to subsequently offer solutions to our patients.”

Procedural courses

For its Procedure-based level, five courses delve into 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, Dr Kelly Toft

• Course 4: Treatment Plan & Prescription, Dr Geoff Stone

• Course 5: Digital Treatment Plan for Aligner Therapy, Dr Anthony Ponzio

• Course 6: Starting & Managing Treatment, Dr Karin Frank

• Course 7: Clear Aligner Capstone, Dr Jeff Rohde

Mastery courses

For users seeking to master complex cases, Dentsply Sirona offers two Mastery courses providing participants with the expertise necessary to handle the most challenging aligner therapy cases with confidence and precision.

• Course 8: Diagnosing & Treatment Planning Complex Cases, Dr Josh Rowley,

• Course 9: Advanced Capstone, Dr James Taylor

“We are dedicated to supporting dental professionals by providing comprehensive educational resources,” said Erania Brackett, senior vice-president of orthodontic aligners solutions and customer experience at Dentsply Sirona. “We understand the challenges dental practitioners face when it comes to continuing education. The Aligner Learning 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 Dentsply Sirona’s Academy Clinical Education offering, which includes learnings 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 keep them updated with the latest industry advancements.

Related: Dentsply Sirona launches DS Campus to provide online clinical education