Dental Protection and 32Co announce ground-breaking partnership transforming how dentists provide clear aligners
Dental Protection, the world’s leading dental indemnifier, has partnered with 32Co, the world’s first fully-integrated clear aligner system: combining training, manufacturing choice and 1:1 orthodontic mentorship into dentists’ clear aligner workflow. This is the first partnership between a clear aligner company and a dental indemnifier, and exists to both reduce risk for dentists, and improve patient outcomes.
32Co saw the challenges dentists were facing in the clear aligner market; ineffective clinical training, technician-driven treatment plans resulting in multiple refinements, and escalating prices. Recent studies found the average clear aligner case requires twice the number of aligners than initially anticipated, often meaning double the expected treatment time - causing frustration for patients and clinicians.
32Co’s clinically rigorous approach of integrating education and mentorship directly into the workflow results in less than half of their clear aligner cases needing refinements and more reliable clinical outcomes for patients.
As the first partnership benefit, Dental Protection members will gain priority access to 32Co’s flagship training. The Clear Aligner Stretch Course improves the clinical confidence and workflow of existing providers in a CPD-accredited, comprehensive 4-week certification to get better clinical outcomes. For practice owners looking to train new providers, the equally rigorous Clear Aligner Starter Course gets associates treating patients safely in under 6-weeks. 32Co has trained over 500 dentists to provide clear aligner treatment confidently and safely with expert guidance. With a significant waitlist for their training, Dental Protection members will now be first in line for each newly released course date. Members can also access the 32Co Platform, which makes it possible to work directly with a specialist orthodontist on every case.
Dr Sonia Szamocki, founder of 32Co, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Dental Protection, the world’s leading dental indemnifier. We share a common vision of empowering dentists to provide safe and effective clear aligner therapy, while reducing risk and enhancing patient satisfaction. We believe that clear aligner orthodontics is not just a plastic device, but a service that requires proper training and support. That’s why we created 32Co, a platform that provides everything dentists need to succeed with clear aligners.”
Professor Ama Johal, Clinical Education Lead at 32Co, said: “Dentists told us how disappointed they were with the one-day courses they were offered by traditional aligner systems. Our educational philosophy is that clear aligner training should be personalised, practical, continuously evolving and free. We were determined to build an educational experience unlike any other using the latest in learning design principles and the 32Co technology. It appears we’re succeeding, with 32Co learners reporting a 92% increase in confidence on average.”
Raj Rattan MBE, Dental Director at Dental Protection, said: “We are delighted to partner with 32Co, a company that is revolutionising the dental industry. We recognise that clear aligners are becoming increasingly popular among patients and dentists alike, but they also pose significant challenges and risks if not done properly. That’s why we support 32Co’s innovative model of integrating personalised training and 1:1 orthodontic mentorship into the clear aligner case workflow. This not only improves clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction but reduces personal risk and the likelihood of complaints and claims.”
Kevin du Plessis, a 32Co Stretch Course graduate now working as a 32Co Provider, said: “I thought it was too good to be true, but I have already recommended their training to so many other dentists. It’s targeted, tailored, comprehensive and delivered professionally to a group of online delegates in a way I never thought possible.”
From May 2023 Dental Protection is partnering with 32Co to give its members priority access to their Clear Aligner Stretch or Starter Course with more benefits coming later this year. Dental Protection members can apply by visiting http://www.32co.com/dentalprotection/priorityaccess.
Refinement statistic: Science Direct