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WATCH THIS FIRST! NAVIGATING THE COURSE 

VIDEO GROUP FORUM IX Unit Albums will populate with videos as we proceed though the 17 weeks. Click the links for the video albums and supporting documents folders to access.  All content is password protected or requires a membership to the group.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS ALL This is the master documents folder where all unit folders and documents are organized.

PREWORK UNIT 0 WEEK 0 VIDEO ALBUM
3hr 7m
DOCUMENTS PREWORK UNIT 0 WEEK 0  

This section contains all the resources to help catch you up with all of Align’s innovations to present date. It’s important to understand the reasoning/purpose/design of Invisalign’s optimized attachments, not only for the practical purpose of understanding them (biomechanical push surfaces, velocities of movement per aligner, movement’s particular attachments are indicated for, etc…) but to also mimic their intent should conditions and thresholds not be met in the software. This will allow you, the doctor, to have full control of your outcomes.

Course Introduction
Prework – Video 1
Watch this first! This is our welcome video to lay the groundwork for getting started.

Align Corporate
Prework – Video 2
This video will give you a better understanding of Align the company.

Invisalign Manufacturing
Prework – Video 3
A peek behind the curtain of the manufacturing process at Align…makes you appreciate the automation process.

Smartforce
Prework – Video 4
Introduction to Smartforce customized attachments and staging allowing for more predictable tooth movement.

G4 Innovations
Prework -Video 5
G4 next generational advancement video regarding innovations for root movement & lateral incisor control.

Open Bites
Prework – Video 6
Open bite innovations from Align that address multi-tooth open bite.

G5 Innovations
Prework – Video 7
G5 generation improvement regarding deep bite solutions from Align.

Science of G6
Prework – Video 8
G6 generation improvement regarding extraction treatment with Invisalign.

G7 Improvements
Prework – Video 9
G7 generation improvement regarding weekly aligner changes.

Invisalign First
Prework – Video 10
A short overview of Invisalign First.

IN-OFFICE SYSTEMS UNIT 1 WEEK 1
1hr 57m
DOCUMENTS IN-OFFICE SYSTEMS UNIT 1 WEEK 1

Important in-office systems and workflow to assist with scaling a clear aligner practice with skill.

Initial Submission and Systems Intro
In-Office Systems Video 1
A review of in-office systems to get you up to speed on seamless integration of aligners within your practice.

Bonding Attachments
In-Office Systems – Video 2
Easy to follow process for making attachment bonding a breeze.

Bonding Attachments 2.0
In-Office Systems – Video 3

An idea from Scott Frey using a black light flash light to trimming of the flash to better help identify and remove the flash.

Digital Workflow Don Spillers
In-Office Systems – Video 4

Bonding Broken Attachments
In-Office Systems – Video 5

Patient Oral Hygiene
In-Office Systems – Video 6
Align Attachments Patient Care Supplemental Video

Maz Attachment Filling Template Live
In-Office Systems – Video 7
Dr. Maz with his in-office team demonstrating filling attachments.

ALIGNER BIOMECHANICS UNIT 2 WEEKS 2-3 VIDEO ALBUM
3hrs 24m
DOCUMENTS ALIGNER BIOMECHANICS UNIT 2 WEEKS 2-3 

An Intensive couple of weeks involving biomechanic principles of moving teeth with plastic. While we all know biomechanic principles, teeth move differently when pushed, versus being pulled with fixed. A thorough understanding of these principles is paramount to achieving the same results as we are accustomed to with fixed appliances.

Biomechanic Principles
Aligner Biomechanics – Video 1
This step-by-step approach breaking down each movement for each tooth is dense with content and may require a few times to review for it to gel. These will become more clear once we start to apply these to case types and actual treatment in the coming chapters of this course.

Anterior Space Closure
Aligner Biomechanics – Video 2
The seemingly simple movement of anterior space closure is a seductive siren unlike any other….learn from my bitter experiences…

Extrusion
Aligner Biomechanics – Video 3
Extrusion is no illusion with aligners when designed properly so it can be as predictable as the rising sun each day. Also please reference the related publication on extrusion via the link in the summary document. Enjoy!

Maz Review 1
Aligner Biomechanics – Video 4
Maz’s first contribution to this section regarding biomechanics with clear aligners.

Rotation Laterals
Aligner Biomechanics – Video 5
Let’s continue the fun and learn to no longer loathe laterals with aligners!

Rotation Cuspids
Aligner Biomechanics – Video 6
Can your cuspids cooperate???

Arch Development
Aligner Biomechanics – Video 7
Proper arch development mechanics is something that I overlooked for far to long. Studying your previously treated cases is a must for developing a confident acumen accounting for movements we take for granted in our fixed appliance prescriptions.

Molar Mechanics
Aligner Biomechanics – Video 8
Menacing Molar Movements Made Manageable…

Maz Review 2
Aligner Biomechanics – Video 9
Part 2 of Maz’s contribution to biomechanics.

CLINCHECK SETUP UNIT 3 WEEK 4 VIDEO ALBUM
3hrs 37m
DOCUMENTS CLINCHECK SETUP UNIT 3 WEEK 4

This week we focus on digital treatment planning and will delve into ClinChecks and Aligner setup. Your practice technician may usually do this, but it is important you know the mechanics of the process. You will be better equipped to demand results and understand the limitations. As the saying goes, there’s no better person to depend on than yourself.

Dr. Bart on Efficient Design
ClinCheck Setup – Video 1
First guest presenter Dr. Bart Iwasiuk, will provide his insight and expertise on efficient design of the digital treatment plan.

CC Pro Review Webinar
ClinCheck Setup – Video 2
Digital treatment planning and learning to “doctor” your plan to achieve the best outcome.

CC Pro Review Class II Teenager
ClinCheck Setup – Video 3
Making adjustments with ClinCheck pro for more predictable outcomes for Class II Teens.

CC Pro Review Class II Adult Crowding Part 1
ClinCheck Setup – Video 4
Treatment planning samples, demonstrating the thought process of how to bend plastic for Class II adult cases.

CC Pro Review Adult Open Bite
ClinCheck Setup – Video 5
Final treatment planning sample to wrap up this section with examples of Adult Open Bite.

CC Pro Review Adult TMD
ClinCheck Setup – Video 6
Setting up ClinCheck for Temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

CC Pro Review Class III Subdivision Left Adult
ClinCheck Setup – Video 7
The last case sample for this unit demonstrating the use of ClinCheck Pro for bending plastic.

CC Pro Settings Review
ClinCheck Setup – Video 8
Maz addresses questions and reviews ClinCheck Pro settings.

Align ClinCheck Pro Tutorial Videos
ClinCheck® Pro Tutorial: A-P and Midline Adjustments
https://youtu.be/i1vbLcD_6-M

ClinCheck® Pro Tutorial: IPR and Spacing
https://youtu.be/syDvR9fuyHU

ClinCheck® Pro Tutorial: Occlusal Contacts
https://youtu.be/8OtH2CB6IlQ

ClinCheck® Pro Tutorial: Mesio-Distal Tooth Adjustment
https://youtu.be/TiC9Bm6eJCI

ClinCheck® Pro Tutorial: Tooth Adjustment
https://youtu.be/wDK3BZQYQMM

ClinCheck® Pro Tutorial: Attachments and Precision Cuts
https://youtu.be/9p20nHxbJLM

PHASE I TREATMENT PLANNING UNIT 4 WEEK 5 VIDEO ALBUM
3hrs 29m
DOCUMENTS PHASE I TREATMENT PLANNING UNIT 4 WEEK

A review of some important diagnostic information regarding how to use a Bolton Discrepancy in proper treatment planning. We also review some pre-comprehensive consideration for both children (Phase 1 treatment in children) and adults (Phase 1 expansion to mask skeletal issues), allowing a more broad treatment of malocclusions with aligners.

Dr. Kotteman Invisalign First
Phase 1 Treatment Planning -Video 1
First video of Phase 1 week presented by Dr. Bill Kotteman.

Dr. Galante Mixed Dentition
Phase I Treatment Planning -Video 2
Dr. Donna Galante on her experience treating early mixed dentition with aligners.

Dr. Galante Erupting Dentition
Phase I Treatment Planning -Video 3
Dr. Donna Galante showcases best practices for treating this age group with transitioning dentition and aligners.

Dr. Blevins Phase I
Phase I Treatment Planning -Video 4
Dr Regina Blevins shares her perspective on managing early mixed dentition cases with aligners.

TSD and Expansion
Phase I Treatment Planning – Video 5
Maz addresses Phase 1 considerations with aligners and Bolton Discrepancies.

Phase I Mechanics
Phase I Treatment Planning – Video 6
Nico suggests you consider using aligners rather than fixed appliances for Phase 1.

Maz IPR Techniques
Phase I  Treatment Planning – Video 7
Maz shows off his preferred method of doing IPR.

Nico IPR Techniques
Phase I Treatment Planning – Video 8
Jonathan now presents his method which can be used in cases with moderate crowding without creating ledges or trauma to the soft tissues in both anterior and posterior areas.

Propel
Phase I Treatment Planning – Video 9
How, why, and when do we use Propel and its technologies.

DEEP BITE UNIT 5 WEEKS 6-7 VIDEO ALBUM
1hr 45m
DOCUMENTS DEEP BITE UNIT 5 WEEKS 6-7

Deep bite weeks… one of the more historically challenging occlusions to treat with aligners, due to the material’s inherent properties. We show in this week how to overcome this obstacle, and how to set your cases up properly.

Overbite Correction Part 1
Deep Bite – Video 1
First of two installments by Nico on deep overbite correction.

Overbite Correction Part 2
Deep Bite – Video 2
Second of two installments by Nico on deep overbite correction.

Over Correction Method Part 1
Deep Bite – Video 3
Dr. Maz in the first of two videos on making a case for over correction of Deep Bite with aligners.

Over Correction Method Part 2
Deep Bite – Video 4
Dr. Maz second video on making a case for over correction of Deep Bite with aligners.

Case Example
Deep Bite – Video 5
Maz on an efficient way to deliver orthodontic care using aligners vs. fixed appliances.

OPEN BITE UNIT 6 WEEKS 8-9 VIDEO ALBUM
2hrs 1m
DOCUMENTS OPEN BITE UNIT 6 WEEKS 8-9

Discussing probably the biggest advantage of aligners…. Controlling the vertical dimension. Aligners are extremely adept at closing open bites, in these weeks we will show you how.

Nico Anterior Open Bite Closure
Open Bite – Video 1
Open your mind to Closing Open Bites. Includes Nico’s 2018 AAO presentation on this topic.

Nico Anterior Case Review
Open Bite – Video 2
Case Review of a Clincheck modification for Anterior Open Bite highlighting the subtle nuances that are key to success.

Dr. Dayan Closing Anterior Open Bites
Open Bite – Video 3
Open Bite Mechanics pioneer, Dr. Willy Dayan discusses closing Anterior Open Bites with aligners.

Maz Open Bite Correction
Open Bite – Video 4
Maz discusses his take on closing anterior open bites.

Maz Case Example
Open Bite – Video 5
A Case Example of an Open Bite case treated using the concepts introduced this week.

CLASS II UNIT 7 WEEKS 10-11 VIDEO ALBUM
3hrs 45m
DOCUMENTS CLASS II UNIT 7 WEEKS 10-11

Class II Correction with aligners can be very efficient and predictable. However, the clinician must take several variables into consideration to allow for this treatment plan with aligners to be consistent, scale-able, and repeatable. We also review the new mandibular advancement feature from align during this week.

Molar Rotation Correction
Class II – Video 1
Molar Rotation Correction by Dr. Maz as first step to making class II correction more efficient with aligners.

Bite Jump vs. Segmental Distalization
Class II – Video 2
Next steps in evaluating the remaining class II discrepancy. After molar rotation is resolved, the remaining class II discrepancy must be evaluated, and discerned as to whether or not a bite jump (i.e. arch coordination), or more aggressive mechanics (i.e. segmental distalization) are needed.

Nico Correction Alternatives
Class II – Video 3
Nico introduces a new spin on this topic which may make the difference.

Nico Case Example
Class II – Video 4
A case example using the technique in Nico Corrections Alternatives.

Dr. Glaser Elastics and Plastics in Teens
Class II – Video 5
Dr. Barry Glaser reviews using elastics and plastics with teens.

Dr. Galante Mandibular Advancement Feature
Class II – Video 6
Dr Donna Galante shares her experience with Mandibular Advancement.

Dr. McFarlane Mandibular Advancement Feature
Class II – Video 7
Dr. Bruce McFarlane shares his experience with Mandibular Advancement.

Dr. Glaser Mandibular Advancement Feature
Class II – Video 8
Dr. Barry Glaser shares his experience with Mandibular Advancement.

CLASS III + TADS UNIT 8 WEEK 12 VIDEO ALBUM
2hrs 17m
DOCUMENTS CLASS III + TADS UNIT 8 WEEK 12

While some of the anteroposterior principles of Class II Correction may apply here, correction of this malocclusion may be less predictable under the assumption that teeth in the mandible move the same as the teeth in the maxilla; hence, we review how to account for these limitations in this week’s review. Additionally, we will discuss the use of TADS with Invisalign.

Nico Class III Mechanics
Class III + TADs – Video 1
Nico introduces this important topic for Class III week.

Dr. Fournier TADS
Class III + TADs – Video 2
Another pioneer of the industry Dr. Christian Fournier presents his case.

Maz Class III Treatment Recommendations
Class III + TADs – Video 3
Maz on treatment recommendations. This video consolidates Class III topics and presents a comprehensive approach to treatment.

ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY UNIT 9 WEEK 13 VIDEO ALBUM
2hrs 0m
DOCUMENTS ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY UNIT 9 WEEK 13

As we continue to ramp up the difficulty of occlusions treated with plastic, we look forward to reviewing principles involved in treating patients with Orthognathic Surgery and Clear Aligners during this week’s review.

Dr. Kotteman Aligners & Surgery
Orthognathic Surgery – Video 1
Clear aligner expert Dr. William Kotteman, discusses orthognathic surgery with aligners.

Dr. Maz Aligners and Surgery
Orthognathic Surgery – Video 2
Maz on orthognathic surgery and treatment with clear aligners.

Nico Aligners and Surgery
Orthognathic Surgery – Video 3
Dr. Jonathan Nicozisis discusses the need for aligner treatment for orthognathic cases.

Dr. Reza Aligners and Surgery
Orthognathic Surgery – Video 4
Dr. Reza OS a surgeon, reviews orthognathic surgery with aligners.

Dr. Maz Case Example
Orthognathic Surgery – Video 5
Maz on a case example demonstrating bi-maxillary advancement with a 3 piece maxilla using aligners.

COMPLEX MALOCCLUSIONS UNIT 10 WEEK 14 VIDEO ALBUM
5hrs 27m
DOCUMENTS COMPLEX MALOCCLUSIONS UNIT 10 WEEK 14

During this week, we focus on treatment of more complex malocclusions involving the resolution or use of TADS, extraction, and impactions with Invisalign.

Dr. Fournier Impactions
Complex Malocclusions – Video 1
The first video of a series of two by Dr. Christian Fournier. Dr. Fournier discusses impactions with aligners.

Dr. Fournier Extractions
Complex Malocclusions – Video 2
The second video by Dr. Christian Fournier discusses extractions with aligners.

Dr. Maz Extractions
Complex Malocclusions – Video 3
Maz discusses Extractions.

Nico Extractions
Complex Malocclusions – Video 4
In this video, Nico presents his own evolving approach to extraction therapy with aligners.

Nico Impacted Cuspids
Complex Malocclusions – Video 5
Nico shares his experiences with Impacted Cuspids.

Dr. Lanzetta Case Sample
Complex Malocclusions – Video 6
In this video Dr. Mike Lanzetta will present a 4 bi extraction case using just Align’s G6 innovations.

Align Summit Panel Lecture
Complex Malocclusions – Video 7
Align summit featuring 3 speakers, review on our own time to see some nice content on impaction and extraction treatment by Dr Couchat in the beginning, and Dr. Sammota at the end.

CASE FINISHING UNIT 11 WEEKS 15-16 VIDEO ALBUM
3hrs 3m
DOCUMENTS CASE FINISHING UNIT 11 WEEKS 15-16

It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. During this section, the reasons for development of posterior open bites is reviewed, along with resolution of the posterior open bite for proper finishing. An introduction to 3D printing will also be reviewed.

Dr. Maz Posterior Open Bites
Case Finishing – Video 1
In this video Maz presents the topic of finishing posterior open bite cases with aligners.

Dr. Maz Refinement Submission
Case Finishing – Video 2
Maz advocates eliminating all initial interference and showing a bite jump for arch coordination. He cautions not to extrude posterior teeth unless detailing marginal ridges.

Dr. Maz Finishing Elastics
Case Finishing – Video 3
In this video Maz reviews finishing elastics.

Dr. Maz Case Study
Case Finishing – Video 4
Case study in finishing with aligners.

Don’t Be Unsettled by Unsettled Cases
Case Finishing – Video 5
Nico recommends a “Hakuna Matata” approach to cases that remain unsettled despite your best efforts.

Dr. Eisenstein In-House 3D Printing
Case Finishing – Video 6
Dr. Oleg Eisenstein covers the key aspects on 3D printing of in-house aligners.

Pontic Pandemonium
Case Finishing – Video 7
Nico reviews pontics and his approach to them.

BUSINESS CONSIDERATIONS UNIT 12 WEEK 17 VIDEO ALBUM
2hrs 26m
DOCUMENTS BUSINESS CONSIDERATIONS UNIT 12 WEEK 17

Last but not least, we discuss business considerations for introducing aligners into your practice. What we hope to show you is that treating your patients with aligners is not only beneficial clinically to both parties, but also to your bottom line as well.

Dr. Layman Digital Economics
Business Considerations – Video 1
In-house Digital Ecosystem and business considerations of clear aligner therapy from Dr. Bill Layman.

Dr. Lanzetta Profit and Aligners
Business Considerations – Video 2
Dr. Mike Lanzetta on growing and changing his practice with an aligner therapy offering.

The Plastic Employee
Business Considerations – Video 3
Nico on the “So What” question. Why you should incorporate aligner treatment at your practice.

Dr. Maz Aligner Efficiencies
Business Considerations – Video 4
Dr. Maz explains the many efficiencies that result from aligners.

Dental Monitoring
Business Considerations – Video 5
Information on dental monitoring services to assist with compliance and increasing chair capacity.