Professional Diploma in Clear Aligner Therapy

This Professional Postgraduate Diploma is delivered in collaboration with the City of London Dental School and SAFE Orthodontics. The course is a component programme for the MSc (Clin) in Clear Aligner Therapy. SAFE Orthodontics is supported and endorsed by Align Technology as an official training provider.

A blended, interactive learning programme focused on clinical skills to promote a best practice approach in orthodontic care with the highest standards of clinical knowledge. The faculty, training, mentorship and support for the course are provided by Aligner Consulting.

About The Programme

What the Sudents Say


The next cohort begins in January 2020 and is expected to complete the course in 12 months

Learning outcomes

The course aims to teach the general dentist how to use clear aligner therapy as a tool to improve the treatment outcomes in all aspects of their general dental practice, including aesthetic, periodontal and restorative care.

  • Understand orthodontic anatomy and classification
  • Assess, diagnose and treatment plan the orthodontic patient suitable for clear aligner therapy
  • Understand the biomechanical principles of tooth movement
  • Be able to interpret clinical imagery in orthodontic alignment
  • Understand the treatment process of clear aligner therapy and materials used
  • Know the components of the clear aligner as an orthodontic appliance
  • Appreciate different treatment protocols for different malocclusions
  • Know how to use computer-assisted technology when planning orthodontic alignment
  • Utilise the learning outcomes above to create a portfolio of clinical cases. Mentorship will be provided for case assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, active treatment, finishing, and retention.

Course Structure

Term 1 High-Level Theory

The first term is designed to teach delegates a high level of orthodontic theory and methodology and align themselves with the standardised protocols of the SAFE Orthodontics system. This is delivered by a combination of self-guided learning with online material and live/recorded webinars. 1-1 online mentoring on the student’s own cases will also begin from Day 1.


To provide students with the advanced theoretical and clinical knowledge necessary to undertake the practical and clinical training offered in the later terms of the programme.

Term 2 Practical Training and Clinical Application

The second term will begin with a 5-day residential with workshops on Occlusion; Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning; Ethical Sales and Consent; Advanced use of the ClinCheck; students own cases; and integration of Invisalign with restorative dentistry in the skills lab

The residential will be followed by the online presentation of clinical cases and protocols for different malocclusions via live webinars. This will provide the students with clinical examples of how the skills practised and acquired during the residential are applied in the clinic.

The clinical cases will be integrated with Q&A sessions, critical and recommended reading, and thought-share elements. 1-1 online mentoring on the student’s own cases will continue.


Students will acquire the practical skills required to use clear aligner therapy in orthodontic treatment, and learn how to apply them to clinical cases of increasing complexity.

Term 3 Clinical Case Presentation

In Term 3 the focus is on finishing cases, retention, and preparation for final case presentations

There is a 2-day residential.  Day 1 is MCQ and Short Answer papers as part of the final examionation. Day 2 is student presentations on progress so far (receive feedback prior to final submission)

1-1 online mentoring continues

Aim: to integrate all of the learning from Terms 1 and 2 and be able to demonstrate this by successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma Examination

The Diploma has been created by two leading experts in the field of clear aligner therapy education:  Dr. Raman Aulakh MOrth  BDS  PGDip (ClinEd) (Specialist Orthodontist) and Dr. Andy Toy MMedSci (ClinEd)  BDS  MFGDP(UK) (General Dental Practitioner with a Special Interest in Orthodontics)

Course Fee 

£7,500 (Instalment plan by individual arrangement)

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Cases Completed by our Students

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Dr Colin O’Hehir

“I chose the course to improve my clinical skills and knowledge of orthodontics and aligner treatment while still practising as a GDP. The program is very well organised and has brought my clinical skills and confidence to a different level! All areas of aligner therapy are covered and really well delivered. Having the chance to discuss cases and getting detailed feedback from the tutors are invaluable experiences. I am pleased I took the decision to do this course. I’d give it 10 out of 10.”

Dr Lisa O’Dwyer

"I have found this course hugely beneficial! It has improved my assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning skills. I now have more confidence taking on these cases in practise. I would highly recommend it to any GDP looking to improve their knowledge in this area of dentistry."

Dr Eoin O’Neill

"This diploma has given me a huge boost in my confidence in offering Invisalign treatments. I have a much deeper understanding of the principals of orthodontic treatments. I feel I can offer ethical, safe and predictable treatments and would recommend the course to anyone considering offering Invisalign treatments."

Dr Adrian Cunningham

“The diploma has given me great confidence in assessing & treating my Invisalign patients. I would recommend it strongly to clinicians at all levels to create a predictable, smooth system for their Invis-align cases.”