Aligner Essentials

Aligner Essentials Banner Shockley Wier Donald McGann Amit Lala

Aligners for the seasoned ortho practitioner!

Dr. Shockley Wier along with Dr. Don McGann (POS Founder) and Dr. Amit Lala (Orthodontist and University Lecturer) designed Aligner Essentials to be a detailed instruction manual for how to be successful on your aligner cases regardless of what clear aligner system you use. This 2-day accelerated course eliminates the basics and focuses on more precise techniques to improve clear aligner treatment. This class benefits doctors who have experience treating traditional orthodontic cases. This class is also great for graduates of the Aligner+ series.


    • Step by Step walk through of an aligner case – from case selection through retention
    • Aligners vs Straight Wire: When do I need Brackets?
    • Aligner Mechanics Simplified
      • Detailed explanation of methods of Cl II correction, Cl III correction, Vertical Correction, Transverse Correction, etc.
  • Attachments/Auxiliaries Explained
  • Simulation Evaluation including McGann Lala 3D Simulation Evaluation Protocol – The new standard for POS
  • What to look for and what to do at each appointment
  • What to do when Aligners Do Not track
  • When and How to request a revision
  • Prepopulated Copy/Paste Treatment Plans to Increase Efficiency
  • Overlays on Aligner Cases – What Really Happened?
  • Handout is Topical – A great reference in the future to easily look up how to address the majority of the issues that you see clinically
  • All New Cases, All New Slides, All New Look



Shockley Wier

    • 1984-1987 – The University of Cincinnati
    • 1987 – Early Admission into Dental School with requirement for Bachelor’s Degree waived due to exceptional academics/ qualifications
    • 1987-1991 – The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
    • Deans List – 9 of 14 quarters
    • Presidents List (Perfect 4.0 Average) – Remaining 5 quarters
    • 1991 – Graduated with DDS degree – Graduated Cum Laude (#8 in class of 120)
    • 1991-Present – OKU Dental Honor Society


    • 1991-1995 – Worked in Group Practice
    • 1995-Present – Private practice with emphasis on Orthodontics, Restorative, Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics
    • 2007-Present – Progressive Orthodontics Instructor and responsible for new instructor training and current instructor certification at Progressive Orthodontics

Curriculum Contributors:

Donald McGann

    • Dental Degree—University of the Pacific Dental School with OKU Honors


    • Founder and President of Progressive Orthodontic Seminars and Progressive Dental Supply
    • Inventor the IP Appliance®, IPSoft™ Orthodontic Diagnostic Software, Neet Springs, Bracket Delivery Set, Lateral Retractors, Occlusal Retractors, Flexi Bonding Retractors, and the Individualized Growth Prediction Software
    • Published in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, Asian Dentist, and GP Ortho News
Amit Lala

    • DDS, PhD (in Oral Biology), and Postgraduate residency in Orthodontics – SUNY Buffalo, USA, 2001


    • Runs multiple private practices in Orthodontics and Pedodontics in Boston, Massachusetts
    • Lecturer – Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Department of Developmental Biology (Section of Orthodontics)
    • Esteemed member of the Scientific Committee within the Yankee Dental Congress
    • Featured speaker in 2007 Invisalign Summit for Orthodontists, Premier provider for Invisalign for the last decande
    • Extensive knowledge in clear aligner therapy
    • Recipient of IADR Hatton award
    • Published multiple papers in international peer-reviewed journals in the field of Oral Biology


  • 2023:
  • June 17-18, 2023, Madrid, Dr. Amit Lala