DENTAL ASIA JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2019 18 Under the Spotlight An Exciting Age in Orthodontics Interviewed by Dr. Chala R. Platon W i t h t h e a d v e n t o f innovative techniques and appliances aided by progressive technologies, the field of orthodontics in particular is an interesting one to watch. Sydney-based orthodontist specialist, Dr. Vandana Katyal will agree heartily, having spent many years researching on oral appliances alongside delivering the latest, most efficient andmost comfortable invisible dental orthodontic treatments. Besides being a specialist orthodontist, Dr. Katyal is also entrepreneur (or a ‘dentaprenuer’ as she calls herself) who founded Best Orthodontic Seminars & Sessions (BOSS), which aims to help dental practitioners develop the best evidence- based orthodontic treatment goals and more. As head lecturer at BOSS coupled with many research achievements in the field, Dr. Katyal’s knowledge and experience in orthodontics is unparalleled. Dental Asia sat down with her to find out more about her journey into orthodontics and her thoughts on upcoming digital trends and popular innovations such as clear aligners. K i nd l y wa l k u s t h rough your beginnings as a dental professional. I gr adua t ed f rom Sydney University with my Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2001. Since then, I’ve been in dental practice, finally choosing to specialise as an orthodontist in 2013. I also hold a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology – which is all about the study and clinical research on the incidence and prevalence of a disease – and I am currently about to finish my Master’s degree in Business Administration in February 2019 fromone of Australia’s most innovative business schools. I also lecture for Best Orthodontic Seminars & Sessions (BOSS), a company which I founded, teaching dentists and orthodontists the future of orthodontics while maintaining my clinical orthodontic practice in Sydney, Australia. Whatinfluencedyoutospecialise in the field of orthodontics? I enjoy creating smiles and have always been fascinated by the influence of science and art in dentistry which can change lives! For me, there is no speciality other than orthodontics wherein the artistic elements are combined with science and evidence-based research. Orthodontics was just a natural decision and path to take as I am very passionate about straightening teeth, improving function and giving people beautiful smiles. For me, orthodontics is a more natural way of giving patients the most natural smile without having to use crowns or veneers. Presently, there are numerous innovations and advancements in orthodontics such as clear aligners. What are your views on this? I think we are in a very exciting age in orthodontics – never before has there been the ability to create an individualised appliance for each patient. For the very first time, we have a customisable appliance that is not only comfortable for patients but also suits the various lifestyles of teen and adult patients. The clear aligner is a revolutionary innovation that has dramatically changed the face of the industry. As expected, there are advantages and disadvantages to consider when choosing between fixed traditional appliances and clear aligners. However, in the hands of an experienced orthodontist, both appliances are equally as effective and efficient in achieving the best results in straightening teeth.