Basic Comprehensive Course In Aligner Orthodontics

Basic Comprehensive Course In Aligner Orthodontics
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Since 2010, the Clear Aligner (CA) industry has grown dramatically, helping many patients who want better smiles get the smiles they want without the use of fixed braces. With its rapid growth, however, we as dentists have faced several challenges as the biomechanics and management of an Aligner patient is somewhat different from Fixed braces. Lacking a sound foundation in clear aligners, aligner treatment occasionally became less efficient and therefore could not meet the standard of care expected of traditional Fixed braces. To add to the complexity of managing these patients, were 2 major challenges – one of which was the ability to interpret the Digital Treatment Plan as to how realistic the plan would be. The other was the challenge of any removable appliance – motivation for co-operation. Foreseeing that CA may be something some dentists would eventually incorporate in their daily orthodontic practice, we wanted to improve what dentists could do and cement a protocol for managing the Clear Aligner patient, predictably.

This 48 hour Mini-residency Clear Aligner (CA) program endeavours to help dentists achieve the same predictability and high-quality results of traditional orthodontics. The clear aligners modules have been specially curated also to handle the myriad of different aligner systems in the market as most clear aligners have certain commonalities in their workflow. Doctors will be armed with the ability to discern and select which cases are those that can achieve results predictably and which cases would be those that would pose a challenge and may need auxiliaries like Sectional fixed braces and Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs). Doctors would also be taught what are some tell-tale diagnostic criteria which may impact decisions in treatment planning, what are some movements to avoid so as we achieve clinical predictability while respecting biological limitations and finishing techniques. Doctors would be exposed how to handle patients who are failures to clear aligners and would like to offer Sectional Lingual braces to align 6 anterior teeth.

We have trained thousands of dentists to provide quality orthodontic care in Fixed Orthodontics since 2000 regionally. Invisalign Certified since 2005 and having experience of using many other aligner systems, we are now introducing our Modular Clear Aligner course to provide a researched curriculum, so that GPs and orthodontists can effectively grow their orthodontic practices within their dental practice. Building a foundation in clear aligners would allow the doctors to choose a clear aligners system that would best fit the demands of their patients, as there are so many systems available in the market today. This generic clear aligner course draws principles from many aligner systems and try to bring out some commonalities and differences among different clear aligners systems. The intention of this course is to provide a non-biased training in orthodontic treatment of the clear aligners patient from A to Z.

Twelve days of education will give you the tools to choose the right cases for clear aligner treatment and how to incorporate orthodontic adjuncts used in fixed braces to help treat more challenging cases in more challenging Class I, Class II, and Class III extraction and non-extraction modalities. To simulate the challenges in clinical practice of aligners, Hands-on workshops have been incorporated in the modules.

Course Highlights

  • Aligner orthodontic mechanics and principles made simple.
  • Not commercially driven.
  • Hands-on workshop on sectional fixed with aligners, buttons to settle posterior open bite. Use of TADs with aligners.
  • Building the clear aligner orthodontics team.

Module 1: 19 Dec 2021 - 20 Dec 2021 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

  • The transition from Straightwire Appliance (fixed braces) to clear aligners.
  • Future directions in the clear aligner space.
  • Fundamentals in Biomechanics of Fixed braces and Clear aligners - why they are so different?
  • Selecting the right cases to start clear aligners (simple cases).
  • The importance of good records in clear aligners treatment.
  • The digital workflow starts with an Intra-Oral (IOS) Scan or PVS impression. Is the difference material or academic?
  • The treatment planning software - is this double and predictable?
  • Plastics used to fabricate clear aligners – is there a difference? 3D printing of models to be used for Aligner Fabrication.
  • Considerations in attachment placement – are they all needed? THEORY AND HANDS-ON
  • Attachments bonded to aligners, engagers, power ridges, bite ramps.
  • The treatment planning appointment discussing the digital treatment.
  • Interproximal reduction (IPR), Expansion (Anterior – proclination, lateral , posterior – Distalization).
  • The delivery of aligners.

Module 2: 13 Mar 2022 - 14 Mar 2022 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

  • Informed consent for Clear Aligners (CA) and Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD).
  • The clear aligners patient – From patient acquisition, patient evaluation, clinical/ex-clinical, engagement during the process of treatment planning, review visits and diagnosis to delivery of aligners.
  • Monitoring treatment clinically and remote monitoring.
  • Class I treatment with clear aligners.
  • Anterior-posterior malocclusion (I): Class II treatment with clear aligners – HANDS ON: CUTS AND CUT OUTS and utilization of various aligner pliers.
  • Anterior-posterior malocclusion (II): Class III treatment with clear aligners.
  • Trouble shooting and case finishing – Adding torque with torqueing aligner plier, button cutter, tear drop elastic plier.
  • Unsatisfactory extraction space closure and posterior open bite - how to deal with this using auxiliaries - Buttons and Sectional fixed HANDS ON.

Module 3: 12 Jun 2022 - 13 Jun 2022 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

  • Vertical malocclusion (I) - Anterior open bite treatment with clear aligners. Treatment with and without TADs- when to indicate.
  • Movements that are less likely to relapse – is there a difference between active extrusion and passive extrusion and molar intrusion?
  • Vertical Malocclusion (II) – Deep bite treatment with clear aligners.
  • Transverse Malocclusion and facial asymmetry treatment with clear aligners.
  • Aligner protocol (I) – Extraction lower incisor.
  • Aligner protocol (II) – Extraction premolar.
  • Aligner protocol (III) – Orthodontic-Restorative.
  • Aligner Protocol (IV) – Orthodontic-periodontics.
  • Aligner Protocol (V) – Orthognathic surgery.

Providers Terms

The organizer reserves the right to cancel, postpone or change the venue, date and time of the course should unforeseen circumstances occur. In the event the course is unable to proceed and the organizer cancels the course for any reason whatsoever, fees paid for the course shall be fully refunded. The organizer shall not be liable for any direct, or indirect, consequential or special damages that may be incurred due to such cancellation, including, but not limited to, airfare, hotel expenses, cancellation penalties and any other private expenses.

Should the participant cancel his/her registration/participation in the course or is unable to attend the course due to any unforeseen circumstances, the following shall apply subject to the participant’s notification of such cancellation to the organizer in writing: If notification of cancellation is given more than 6 months prior to the start of the course, fees paid for the course shall be fully refunded, subject to a deduction of SGD100 for administration and bank charges.

  • If notification of cancellation is given 4 - 6 months prior to the start of the course, 75% of fees paid for the course shall be refunded.
  • If notification of cancellation is given 2 – 4 months prior to the start of the course, 50% of fees paid for the course shall be refunded.
  • If notification of cancellation is given 1 - 2 months prior to the start of the course, 25% of fees paid for the course shall be refunded.
  • If notification of cancellation is given less than 1 month prior to the start of the course, there shall be no refund of any fees/money paid for the course.

The organizer reserves the right to amend or substitute any of the above from time to time as they deem fit.

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60.0 hrs


Sun, 19 December 2021

Start Time:

9:00 AM


3 Modules - 2 Days / Module






Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur,

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Dr. Kenneth Lew

Dr. Kenneth Lew graduated with a BDS in 1982 with numerous university medals. He then studied orthodontics in University of Adelaide. After graduating with an MDS (Ortho) in 1987, he served as an academic in NUS Dental Faculty and a clinician in NUH. In 1992, he received the Fellowship of Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, as an acknowledgment of his contribution to dentistry. A Fellow of The Academy of Medicine on both general and specialist roles, Dr. Lew has served as an external examiner to both BDS and MDS Orthodontics programs regionally as well as in Australia. Dr. Lew is cited in “International Who’s Who of Professionals” as a ‘dental expert in orthodontic and aesthetic dentistry who is the secret behind the smiles of many Asian celluloid personalities’. Prior to his departure to full-time private practice in 1994, Dr. Lew founded and co-directed the MDS Orthodontics in NUS. He was a founding member of the Association of Orthodontics (Singapore) and served previously as the President of AOS (Singapore). Many dentists have benefitted from his approachable mentorship cum extensive clinical experience in treating both Asian and Caucasian patients for the last 25 years and his unique ability to impart knowledge in an easily comprehensible manner. Dr. Kenneth also has immense experience and expertise in using Invisalign technology. He has been an Invisalign Diamond provider for the last 5 years (2015-2020) and was conferred the Invisalign title of 'Invisalign Speaker' and KOL since 2015.

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