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The Aligner Intensive Fellowship Syllabus



3hrs 08m

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

Video 1 In-Office Systems: Initial Submission and Systems Intro
Maz gives a review of in-office systems to get you up to speed on the seamless integration of aligners within your practice.
Video Length 43:21

Video 2 In-Office Systems: Bonding Attachments with Nico
Easy to follow process for making attachment bonding a breeze. Also, an idea from Scott Frey using a black light flashlight to trimming of the flash to better help identify and remove the flash.
Video Length 18:04

Video 3 In-Office Systems: Digital Workflow Part 1 with Don Spillers 
Here is an exemplary example of how an individual can scale digitally with the right systems and processes without sacrificing the quality of patient care or your own personal time.
Video Length 42:45

Video 4 In-Office Systems: Digital Workflow Part 2 with Don Spillers
This is the latest update offering additional support for digital workflow improvement.
Look for supporting documents in the Dropbox folders to go along with this video.
Video Length 49:41

Video 5 In-Office Systems: Bonding Broken Attachments 
Align Attachments Supplemental Video
Video Length 02:36

Video 6 In-Office Systems: Patient Oral Hygiene
Align Patient Care Supplemental Video
Video Length 02:24

Video 7 In-Office Systems: Attachment Filling Template Live with Maz
Maz with his in-office team demonstrating filling attachments prior to patient visits.
Video Length 07:43

Video 8 In-Office Systems: IPR Techniques with Maz
Maz shows off his preferred method of doing IPR.
Video Length 10:39

Video 9 In-Office Systems: IPR Techniques with Nico
Nico 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.
Video Length 06:19

Video 10 In-Office Systems: Pontic Pandemonium with Nico
Nico reviews pontics and his approach to them.
Video Length 03:51


3hrs 59m

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

Video 1 Aligner Biomechanics: Biomechanics Principles with Nico
This step-by-step approach to 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 clearer once we apply these to case types and actual treatment in the coming chapters of this course.
Video Length 29:05

Video 2 Aligner Biomechanics: Anterior Space Closure with Nico
The seemingly simple movement of anterior space closure is a seductive siren unlike any other...learn from my bitter experiences.
Video Length 16:24

Video 3 Aligner Biomechanics: Extrusion with Nico 
Extrusion is no illusion with aligners when designed properly so that 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!
Video Length 19:06

Video 4 Aligner Biomechanics: Review 1 with Maz
Maz’s first contribution to this section is biomechanics with clear aligners.
Video Length 41:46

Video 5 Aligner Biomechanics: Rotation Laterals with Nico
Let's continue the fun and learn to no longer loathe laterals with aligners!
Video Length 17:42

Video 6 Aligner Biomechanics:  Rotation Cuspids with Nico
Can your cuspids cooperate???
Video Length 17:11

Video 7 Aligner Biomechanics: Arch Development with Nico
Proper arch development mechanics is something that I overlooked for far too 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.
Video Length 11:52

Video 8 Aligner Biomechanics: Outside of the Box Arch Development and Bolton Considerations with Maz
Outside of the box "Phase 1" considerations with aligners and Bolton discrepancies from Maz.
Video Length 28:27

Video 9 Aligner Biomechanics: Molar Mechanics with Nico 
Menacing Molar Movements Made Manageable.
Video Length 16:57

Video 9.1 Aligner Biomechanics: Molar Uprighting Case Example with Nico
Final restoration LR6 and lumineers on upper 2-2
Video Length 1:28

Video 9.2 Aligner Biomechanics: Ying-Yang Saved My Life Tonight with Nico
Using the ying-yang to save and upright molars that tipped terribly mesially during the first set of aligners.
Video Length 5:31

Video 10 Aligner Biomechanics:  Review 2 with Maz
Part 2 of Maz's contribution to biomechanics.
Video Length 33:34


3hrs 39m

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 that you know the mechanics of the process. Then, 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.

Video 1 ClinCheck Setup: Efficient Design ClinCheck Setup with Dr. Bart
The first guest presenter Dr. Bart Iwasiuk will provide his insight and expertise on systematically reviewing and designing your ClinCheck treatment plan.
Video Length 39:27

Video 2 ClinCheck Setup: CC Pro Review Deep Bite Adult with Maz 
A contemporary deep bite example is demonstrated along with staging considerations for proper space closure.  Updated September 2020
Video Length: 23:34

Video 3 ClinCheck Setup: CC Pro Review Class II Teenager with Maz 
Making adjustments with ClinCheck Pro for more predictable outcomes for Class II Teens.
Video Length 33:59

Video 4 ClinCheck Setup: CC Pro Review Class II Adult Crowding with Maz
Treatment planning samples, demonstrating the thought process of how to bend plastic for Class II adult cases.
Video Length 18:02

Video 5 ClinCheck Setup: CC Pro Review Adult Open Bite with Maz
Treatment planning sample of Adult Open Bite.
Video Length 15:30

Video 6 ClinCheck Setup: CC Pro Review Adult TMD with Maz
Setting up ClinCheck for Temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
Video Length 12:10

Video 7 ClinCheck Setup: CC Pro Settings Review with Maz 
Maz addresses questions and reviews ClinCheck Pro settings.
Video Length 6:36

Video 8 ClinCheck Setup: Introduction to the Doctor Subscription Program
Video Length: 9:20

Video 9 ClinCheck Setup: Doctor Subscription Program for Low Stage Treatment and Retainers with Nico
Jonathan reviews all aspects of the Doctor Subscription Program regarding how to use it and its indications. In addition to a few case examples, the business model and potential impact on your practice are detailed.
Video Length: 60:30

Align ClinCheck Pro Tutorial Videos
ClinCheck® Pro Tutorial: A-P and Midline Adjustments
Video Length 4:19

ClinCheck® Pro Tutorial: IPR and Spacing
Video Length 3:36

ClinCheck® Pro Tutorial: Occlusal Contacts
Video Length 2:51

ClinCheck® Pro Tutorial: Mesio-Distal Tooth Adjustment
Video Length 2:06

ClinCheck® Pro Tutorial: Tooth Adjustment
Video Length 4:19

ClinCheck® Pro Tutorial: Attachments and Precision Cuts
Video Length 3:12


3hrs 23m

A review of some important diagnostic information regarding how to use a Bolton Discrepancy in proper treatment planning. We will also review some pre-comprehensive considerations 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.

Video 1 Changing Little Smiles with Dr. Sandra Tai
Discussing the importance of early interceptive treatment with Dr. Sandra Tai.
Video Length 38:45

Video 2 Phase 1 Treatment Planning: Invisalign First with Dr. Kotteman
First video of Phase 1 week presented by Dr. Bill Kotteman.
Video Length 35:58

Video 3 Phase 1 Treatment Planning: Aligners for the Little Ones with Dr. Bart 
Showing indications and benefits of Invisalign First for interceptive orthodontics.
Video Length 31:45

Video 4 Phase 1 Treatment Planning: Three Keys to Managing Phase 1 with Dr. Regina Blevins 
Focus on managing common challenges specific to early treatments.
Video Length 50:00

Video 5 Phase 1 Treatment Planning: Phase 1 is Fun with Aligners with Nico!
Understanding the advantage aligners have over fixed appliances for early treatment is discussed, and some ClinCheck design tips are reviewed. Finally, business considerations are briefly touched upon as a preview to business week on what an aligner-focused practice looks like.
Video Length 21:58
Video 6 Phase 1 Treatment Planning: Phase I Mechanics with Nico
Nico suggests you consider using aligners rather than fixed appliances for Phase 1.  
Video Length 22:55



2hr 6m

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

Video 1 Deep Bite: Overbite Correction Part 1 with Nico
First of two installments by Nico on deep overbite correction.
Video Length 22:04

Video 2 Deep Bite: Overbite Correction Part 2 with Nico
Second of two installments by Nico on deep overbite correction.
Video Length 22:22

Video 3 Deep Bite: Over Correction Method Part 1 with Maz
Maz in the first of two videos on making a case for overcorrection of Deep Bite with aligners.
Video Length 26:28

Video 4 Deep Bite: Over Correction Method Part 2 with Maz
Maz's second video on making a case for overcorrection of Deep Bite with aligners.
Video Length 18:38

Video 5 Deep Bite: Case Example Submission with Nico 
Nico Demonstrating ClinCheck set-up of a deep bite malocclusion
Video Length 15:06

Video 6 Deep Bite: Contemporary Case Work Up Example with Maz 
Video Length 11:42

Video 7 Deep Bite: Deep Overbite and Digital Workflow with Nico 
Video Length 9:26



2hrs 10m

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.

Video 1 Open Bite: Anterior Open Bite Closure with Nico
Open your mind to Closing Open Bites.  Includes Nico’s 2018 AAO presentation on this topic.
Video Length 26:27

Video 2 Open Bite: Anterior Case Review with Nico
Case Review of a ClinCheck modification for Anterior Open Bite highlighting the subtle nuances that are key to success.
Video Length 10:59

Video 3 Open Bite: Closing Anterior Open Bites with Dr. Dayan
Open Bite Mechanics pioneer, Dr. Willy Dayan, discusses closing Anterior Open Bites with aligners.
Video Length 21:07

Video 4 Open Bite: Open Bite Correction with Maz
Maz discusses his take on closing anterior open bites. Updated September 2020
Video Length: 49:28

Video 5 Open Bite: Case Example with Maz
A Case Example of an Open Bite case treated using the concepts introduced this week.
Video Length 21:42


6hrs 37m

Class II Correction with aligners can be very efficient and predictable.  However, the clinician must consider several variables to allow 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.

Video 1 Class II: The 3 Pillars of Class II Correction with Maz 
Video Length 48:32

Video 2 Class II: Correction Alternatives with Nico
Nico introduces a new spin on this topic which may make the difference.
Video Length 30:20

Video 3 Class II: Case Example with Nico
A case example using the technique in Nico Corrections Alternatives.
Video Length 8:07

Video 4 Class II: Elastics and Plastics in Teens with Dr. Glaser
Dr. Barry Glaser reviews using elastics and plastics with teens.
Video Length 31:21

Video 5 Class II: Comprehensive Class II Correction Review with Dr. Drew Ferris
A thorough review of various methods of Class II correction with Invisalign, ranging from adolescent to adult correction, will be reviewed.
Video Length 70:56

Video 6 Class II: Mandibular Advancement Feature with Dr. McFarlane
Dr. Bruce McFarlane shares his experience with Mandibular Advancement.
Video Length 47:21

Video 7 Class II: Mandibular Advancement Feature with Dr. Glaser
Dr. Barry Glaser shares his experience with Mandibular Advancement.
Video Length 45:33

Video 8 Class II: Making Class II ClinChecks First Class with Dr. Bart
Video Length 36:04

Video 9 Class II: Class II Teen Case Report with Nico
Video Length 10:57

Video 10 Class II: Carriere Motion Elegance with Dr. Fournier 
A brand new way to simultaneously use clear Carriere motion II with aligners. Incorporate 2 systems highly aesthetic and speed up your correction with Dr. Christian Fournier.
Video Length 54:35


2hrs 15m

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.

Video 1 Class III + TADs: Class III Mechanics with Nico
Nico introduces this important topic for Class III week.
Video Length: 29:21

Video 2 Class III + TADs: TADS Class III + TADs with Dr. Fournier
Another pioneer of the industry, Dr. Christian Fournier, presents his case.
Video Length: 70:24

Video 3 Class III + TADs: Class III Treatment Recommendations with Maz
Maz on treatment recommendations. This video consolidates Class III topics and presents a comprehensive approach to treatment. Updated September 2020
Video Length: 34:43


3hrs 10m

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.

Video 1 Orthognathic Surgery: Aligners and Surgery with Dr. William Kotteman
Clear aligner expert Dr. William Kotteman discusses orthognathic surgery with aligners.  
Video Length 39:09

Video 2 Orthognathic Surgery: The AAO 2021 live presentation update to Maz's previous surgical video gives us a series of suggestions for the systematic treatment of orthognathic surgical patients with clear aligners.
Video Length 51:27  

Video 3 Orthognathic Surgery: Surgery First Approach with Clear Aligner Technique with Dr. Sandra Tai
Dr. Sandra Tai discusses pre-surgical treatment goals for positioning teeth in preparation for surgery, setting up a ClinCheck software plan for surgical cases, post-surgical fixation and finishing, and Surgery First and Virtual Surgical Treatment planning.
Video Length 40:24

Video 4 Orthognathic Surgery: Aligners and Surgery with Nico
Nico discusses the need for aligner treatment for orthognathic cases.  
Video Length 16:54

Video 5 Orthognathic Surgery: Aligners and Surgery with Dr. Reza
Dr. Reza OS, a surgeon, reviews orthognathic surgery with aligners.
Video Length 31:41

Video 6 Orthognathic Surgery: Case Example with Maz
Maz on a case example demonstrating bi-maxillary advancement with a 3 piece maxilla using
Video Length 11:15 



5hrs 45m

This week, we focus on the treatment of more complex cases involving the resolution of extraction, impactions, and pre-prosthetic cases with Invisalign.

Video 1 Complex Cases: Impactions with Dr. Christian Fournier
The first video of a series of two by Dr. Christian Fournier.  Discusses impactions with aligners.  
Video Length 61:00

Video 2 Complex Cases: Extractions with Dr. Christian Fournier
The second video by Dr. Christian Fournier discusses extractions with aligners.
Video Length 19:14

Video 3 Complex Cases: Premolar Extractions with Dr. Sandra Tai
Dr. Sandra Tai discusses Premolar Extraction Treatment including the Concept of Anchorage, G6 Innovation for Premolar Extraction, and setting up a ClinCheck software plan.
Video Length 36:37

Video 4 Complex Cases: Extractions with Nico
In this video, Nico presents his own evolving approach to extraction therapy with aligners.
Video Length 30:19

Video 5 Complex Cases: Impacted Cuspids with Nico
Nico shares his experiences with Impacted Cuspids.  
Video Length 12:36

Video 6 Complex Cases: Case Sample with Dr. Mike Lanzetta
In this video, Dr. Mike Lanzetta will present a 4 bi extraction case using Align’s G6 innovations.
Video Length 12:19

Video 7 Complex Cases: Multidisciplinary Treatment with Dr. Manal Ibrahim
Video Length 34:39

Video 8 Complex Cases: Complex Teen Treatment with Dr. Manal Ibrahim
Video Length 60:40

Video 9 Complex Cases: Pre-Restorative Aligners with Dr. Drew Ferris
In this video, viewers will learn the advantages of aligners in pre-restorative orthodontic treatment. Multiple different case types are covered in-depth, as well as how to communicate with the interdisciplinary team.
Video Length 61:26

Video 10 Complex Cases: Decompensating the Decompensation with Nico
Video Length 11:27

Video 11 Complex Cases: Unconverging Converging Roots with Nico
Video Length 4:17



3hrs 8m

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

Video 1 Case Finishing: Posterior Open Bites with Maz
In this video, Maz presents the topic of finishing posterior open bite cases with aligners.
Video Length 42:53

Video 2 Case Finishing: Refinement Submission with Maz
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.  
Video Length 26:10

Video 3 Case FInishing: Finishing Elastics with Maz
In this video, Maz reviews finishing elastics.  
Video Length 11:04

Video 4 Case Finishing: Case Study with Maz
A case study in finishing with aligners.
Video Length 17:56

Video 5 Case Finishing: Don’t Be Unsettled By Unsettled Cases with Nico 
Nico recommends a "Hakuna Matata" approach to cases that remain unsettled despite your best efforts.
Video Length 41:40

Video 6 Case Finishing: Auxiliaries to Keep Teeth Tracking with Dr. William Kotteman 
A review of methods to keep teeth tracking in aligners will be reviewed
Video Length 48:48



6hrs 14m

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.

Video 1 Business Considerations: Efficiency and Profitability with Dr. Drew Ferris
Video Length: 60:22

Video 2 Business Considerations: Transforming to a Digital Practice with Dr. Tom Hartsock
Video Length: 43:55

Video 3 Business Considerations: 2022 Aligner Make Buy Decision Considerations with Dr. Bill Layman
A discussion about a digital workflow and the economic factors surrounding the decision with Dr. Bill Layman.
Video Length:  27:21

Video 4 Business Considerations: Profit and Aligners with Dr. Mike Lanzetta 
Dr. Mike Lanzetta on growing and changing his practice with an aligner therapy offering.
Video Length: 20:24

Video 5 Business Considerations: The Plastic Employee with Nico 
Nico on the "So What" question.  Why you should incorporate aligner treatment in your practice.
Video Length: 49:10

Video 6 Business Considerations: The Plastic Employee 2.0 with Nico
Video Length: 26:05

Video 7 Business Considerations: The Plastic Employee 3.0 - Outside the Box Business Model with Nico
Video Length: 20:06

Video 8 Business Considerations: Efficiencies for Teens and Growing Patients with Nico
Video Length: 48:37

Video 9 Business Considerations: Aligner Efficiencies with Maz
Dr. Maz explains the many efficiencies that result from aligners.
Video Length: 17:38

Video 10 Business Considerations: iTero and Teen Treatment with Dr. Dovi Prero
Video Length: 60:35

Video 11 Business Considerations: Investing in Your Invisalign Lab Fee with Maz
Video Length: 20:34