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How to Pass the NDEB Canada ACJ Exams

Your journey as an ITD in Canada will involve the Assessment of Clinical Judgment (ACJ) exam. This is a 5 ½ hour-long examination with only a short 30-minute break. It takes a deeper look at your clinical judgment, including testing how you diagnose, treat, and make decisions about your future patients.

As you can imagine, this is a fundamental step to prove to the national dental examining board that you have the skills and knowledge required to become a fully qualified dentist capable of serving Canada. Before you can take the ACJ exam, you must have already taken and passed the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK). A passing scaled score is a 75 or more. The entire test has around 120-150 single-answer multiple-choice questions, and you can sign up by logging into your NDEB profile to register and pay the fee.

General Tips to Pass the NDEB Canada ACJ Exams

Let’s start by saying the ACJ is not nearly as scary as some may say. Studying for this exam is different compared to the AFK because this is less about memorization and more about critical thinking and problem-solving. The entire exam is divided into cases and x-rays. This is information you would typically learn over time in a dental degree program and may require you to revisit some older texts to refresh your memory.

 The goal is to assess how well you approach each case. The national dental examining board wants to ensure that you have the proper approach for orthodontic, pathology, endodontic and other cases.

 For example, let’s say you have a Pathology case involving an ulcer in the mouth. You should be able to question the patient's medical history to see if they have a previous autoimmune disease or related issue. Another would be to determine if a patient was exposed to a chemical due to their career and if you are trying to uncover their medical history. The goal is to show you understand how to discover those diagnostic details that will create a quality outcome for the patient.

 You should expect a lot of questions about smoking. Everyone from ITDs immigrating to Canada to those students entering their first year should have a solid understanding of the effects of smoking. Knowing how to clarify your patient smokes 10 packs a day compared to 10 individual cigs will drastically affect how you should plan treatment for them.

 1 - Take Advantage of Practice Questions

If you are a member of a prep school, then you will be exposed to the different styles of questions on the NDEB Canada ACJ exam. Otherwise, you should try the practice exams as much as possible. There will be tricks and examples designed to throw you off your game. You have to remember that you are being tested for your problem-solving capabilities and not just memorization of facts.

Dedicate a space and time every single day to studying for your exam. You want to make your practice habits a ritual that prepares your mind for the task at hand. This way, your brain will recognize what you are doing when sitting for the exam and make you more relaxed as you answer questions because it will feel familiar. 

 2 - Study X-Rays/radiographs in Detail

Use any resource possible to study up on x-ray film. A good portion of the Canada NDEB ACJ exam relates to how you interpret film from different patients. You will need to be able to diagnose what is happening and propose a treatment plan aligned with the radiographs and medical and dental history of the patient 

 3 - Think About the Big Picture

The ACJ exam focuses on patient care and treatment. It requires problem-solving and critical thinking. Read each question on the exam slowly to yourself, so you take in every piece of information possible. There are trick questions designed to send you in one direction toward a diagnosis when in reality, you need to pivot to a different outcome. The only way to catch these tricks is to slow down and focus on the big picture of patient care. 

 4 - Lean into Your Weaknesses

There are multiple topics like pathology, periodontology, endodontics, radiology, anesthesiology, etc.  Every ITD will have a strength in specific areas and probably a weakness or two in others. That requires you to budget your study time, so you focus a bit more on the areas you need more help. Once you are confident you have a topic under your belt, move that to a “quick review” focus and double your efforts on weaker topics. 

 5 - Seek Out Resources

The beauty of the internet is that there is so much free information readily available for your review. From YouTube to Reddit boards to social media, there are endless resources that will help you gain insight into what to expect on the ACJ exam. 

ACJ Exam Advice from Dr. Luca Salvador

Dr. Luca is the founder and President of the Internationally Trained Dentist’s Association of Canada. He was awarded his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Poznan University of Medical Sciences in 2018 and was happy to contribute some advice of his own about the ACJ exam. 

Start by taking the time to prepare for this exam, but do not overthink the questions when you get to the testing day. Trust your judgment and be confident. People score lower because they overthink and do not rely on their training and knowledge. This is all about stress management and overcoming mental barriers so you can access the information required, offer a solid diagnosis, and then move on to the next question.

Take care of yourself as you prepare for this exam. Be sure to exercise, eat well, meditate, and do anything else that lowers your stress and improves your mental capacity.

 We highly recommend reading our article on improving your memory and concentration as there are excellent tips in there for exam prep.

You may also want to reduce caffeine intake on exam day so you can remain calm as you move from question to question. 

As long as you work through cases and radiographs/images available online or reference textbooks consistently, you should do well. You should start about 3 months out from the exam date and be sure to balance your study with your regular life. A prep course will help because they condense the information you need to learn for the exam instead of trying to cover so many textbooks on your own. At the end of the day, it is all about finding what works best for you, so you stay cool and collected during the ACJ exam. 

ACJ Exam Advice from Dr. Zeina Naous

She is an ITD that scored exceptionally well on the ACJ and offered a unique insight into what worked best for her study methods and habits leading up to the big day. Her most significant point was to remember that the ACJ is not purely memorization. It is problem-solving and considering the whole patient care plan. That is why she suggests reading a lot of cases, so you get used to the style of questions and medical treatment in Canada. 

Zeina also talked about using elimination as a crucial tool in the ACJ exam. Going through each answer and removing those answers you know cannot be possible because they do not fit the scenario is an excellent way to start. From there, your goal is to get as close to a proper diagnosis as possible. This is especially helpful for the X-ray questions.

 You may want to create a booklet that summarizes different chapters or examples of specific medical cases related to standard x-rays. Unlike case-based questions, x-rays are about what you do or do not see. Therefore, you need to learn how to identify the pathology that appears in the radiographs.

The biggest thing to be aware of during the ACJ is that you are answering questions from the “Canadian point of view.” For many ITDs, this will be a different way of thinking because it involves a modern diagnostic method. In that regard, you need to read each question as carefully as possible to ensure you understand the full breadth of the topic.

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 What Comes After the ACJ Exam?

 Once you have successfully passed the ACJ exam, it is time to move on to the NDECC. First, congratulate yourself as you are halfway through the exams involved in the NDEB. That by itself is quite the achievement. 

 The NDECC is a new exam that replaced the previous ACS. It is known as the National Dental Examination of Clinical Competence. As you can tell from the title, this is a fairly important exam that will evaluate your judgment through a series of clinical situations. 

 This exam began in 2022 and is a two-day process where you will perform seven clinical requirements on simulated patients under 10 situational judgment requirements. You can register for this exam once you have completed the ACJ through the NDEB website. 

 Wrapping it Up

From all of us at Beautiful Smiles & Teeth, we wish you the best of luck in this exam. If you have made it this far, we believe you can power through to a successful practice in Canada. We want to extend a special thank you to Dr. Zeina Naous and Dr. Luca Salvador for their excellent insight into this article. 

We know there is a lot of information to digest for this process and want to reassure you that the best course of action is to study, prepare mentally, create a space for your practice, and maintain a well-balanced lifestyle, so you are healthy and mentally capable of success. With a bit of preparation, you can move one step closer to your dream of being a dentist in the great country of Canada. Trust your instincts. You’ve got this!

About the Author

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a website where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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How to Pass the NDEB Canada AFK Exams

We wanted to create a series dedicated to how to pass the NDEB exam when moving your dental practice to Canada. 

This is designed to help ITDs as they make the transition through Canadian immigration and begin to work, practice, or build a dental career in one of the most beautiful and welcoming countries in the world.

 This is part one of our series, where we will get into the details of the AFK Exam in the NDEB process. We will provide some excellent insights and preparation guides as well as insights from one of the top scorers, Dr. Zeina Naous. She is an ITD from Lebanon who is working her way through the NDEB Dental Equivalency process.

We hope this series will result in many more ITDs experiencing the rapid growth potential and lucrative careers available in Canada.

 What is the NDEB Dental Exam in Canada?

 For foreign-trained dentists, the NDEB Dental Exam in Canada is a requirement for certification. The NDEB Dental Exam is offered  consists of two parts: the written exam and the clinical exam.

The written exam is a multiple-choice format that tests your understanding of dental and medical knowledge. The clinical section will test your skills with simulated patients.

While studying for both exams, it's important to keep in mind that there's no right or wrong way to prepare. For example, some students prefer using flashcards while others enjoy reading textbooks or taking online courses. 

NDEB stands for the National Dental Examining Board, which is the body that oversees the competence level of those ITDs wishing to become or practice as Canadian dentists.

 The NDEB equivalency process is designed to establish the credentials of those who have not gone through an accredited dental program.

 The first thing you will need to do in this process is get your account and profile approved after registering at the NDEB website. 

That can take anywhere from 4-6 months.

We suggest registering, then immediately beginning to prepare for your AFK exam so you can take it as soon as you are cleared.

 What is the AFK Exam in Canada?

 The Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK) is a written exam that students can take when they are studying for the NDEB certification. 

The purpose of this exam is to test your basic knowledge of the subjects required by the NDEB equivalency process, which includes anatomy, physiology, dental subjects, etc.  

You should know that passing the AFK does not guarantee that you will be able to pass all other exams required.

It's just one step along your journey toward becoming a Canadian dentist. 

The test comprises 200 multiple-choice questions designed to evaluate your knowledge and clinical application capabilities. 

The AFK is held twice per academic year [currently February and August], but that could change in the future as more and more students are using the online version over in-person proctored exams.

There is a 100-question multiple-choice self-assessment you can try out on the AFK website.

The AFK has a dual purpose. Not only is it required for the NDEB equivalency process, but it is also a fundamental step in attending dental school in Canada.

 Where Do You Take the AFK Exam?

 You can sit for the AFK by joining a number of different NDEB prep schools throughout Canada or by directly interacting with the NDEB. This will require 300 questions in two parts, each taking roughly 2 hours to complete. 

The AFK is offered in two available formats. The first is electronic delivery via a Prometric test center.

The other is through a booklet offered at preselected exam sites that are listed when you register.

In order to pass the AFK exam in Canada, you will need a test-equated re-scaled score of 75 or greater. Anything less is considered a fail.

You can register for the AFK in the same portal you used for setting up an account with the NDEB system.

 AFK Exam Insights from Dr. Zeina Naous

 Okay, let’s get to the detailed information from an ITD that not only successfully passed the AFK  and ACJ exam, but received one of the highest scores in ACJ history.

Dr. Naous is originally from Lebanon and currently lives in Canada while completing her NDEB equivalency process. She is 26 years old, a content creator, and a social media influencer. 

Her degree was completed in 2018, and she moved directly after graduation without any dental experience in Lebanon.

How Long to Practice for the AFK Exam?

According to Dr. Naous, the AFK is all about discipline. You should start preparing for your exam about 3-4 months before sitting for the test. 

You want to soak in as much of the practice information as much as possible. She strongly recommends prep programs and courses as part of your studying regimen. 

The reason for this long preparation is that you will be competing against others in your “cycle.”

The more people that join prep courses, the more experience and exposure they will get with mock exams and practice materials compared to you.

 The AFK covers a great deal of information that requires reference materials. While you can do it all on your own, it is easier when you have a curriculum or outline provided by people that have passed the exam and have been researching the material for a long time.

The exams are not very hard, but they are very detailed, so it may take some time in order to understand everything thoroughly enough so that you know exactly what information is necessary when answering questions correctly on the exam day!

 Should I Join a Preparation Program or course for the AFK Exam?

 Yes, if you can afford to join a prep course or school, you should do it. There are many options out there, but few provide the level of support that is needed to pass the AFK exam. 

The first thing to look at when choosing a program is whether or not they offer personalized coaching and guidance from experienced instructors. 

They should offer you resources to prepare like personal study sessions, group workshops, and one-on-one tutoring sessions all designed around your needs as an individual student.

 You also get access to regular updates on how other students are performing on their exams so that you can see how well-prepared everyone else is.

This is a confidence booster because everyone knows what's going on with each other instead of just wondering about things behind closed doors.

 Part of the reason I agreed to be interviewed for this article was that I believe in the personal stories of success as a catalyst for your own completion of the AFK exam. 

Seeing testimonials from former students who were able to pass their exams after using our methods provides you with tips and tricks needed to overcome hurdles.


 Attending Lectures for AFK Topics

 When you study for the AFK exam, attendance at lectures is just as important as preparing for the exam.

The best way to prepare for an exam is by learning all you can about the subject matter. You can do this by attending lectures and reading textbooks and articles about it. 

AFK has its own set of topics that must be covered in order to pass its exams. The subjects covered include local lectures covering Anatomy and Physiology, Dental Practices, and anything else related to the profession of dentistry will only help bolster your experience and workable knowledge.

Other AFK Topics;

⋅ Pharmacology

⋅ Pathology

⋅ Pedodontics

⋅ Surgery

⋅ Prosthodontics

⋅ Restorative

⋅ Endodontics

⋅ Radiology

⋅ Medical Management

⋅ Orthodontics

⋅ Anesthesiology

⋅ Basic Science

⋅ Epidemiology

⋅ Periodontics

 Practicing for the AFK Exam

 Unlike most tests, you don’t want to cram for the NDEB exams. Instead, you should create a study plan that has enough time to allow for memorizing information and understanding the content.

This way, you can avoid mistakes in the exam and feel confident about answering questions correctly. 

Assemble a study group of fellow students who are also preparing for the exam.

Having others help you revise material will make it easier for everyone because they will be able to share their notes with one another and compare notes after each practice session.

 A Monthly Guide to Training for the AFK Exam

Let me share with you how I prepared myself for the AFK and maybe that can help you decide on a structure for studying and adapting your lifestyle.

 Month #1

  ♦ Plan out a specific study time and place that I will use every day

  ♦ Find and attend lectures either online or in-person to help grow my knowledge

  ♦ Do as much reading as possible, and then go over that material 1, 2, or even 3 times

  ♦ Develop a solid understanding of problem-solving in general

  ♦ Dive early into Pharmacology  because that is a heavy topic and requires a lot of memorization

 Month #2

  ♦ Focus more on precise learning going subject by subject

  ♦ Start to divide your time between studying and taking practice exams for each topic

  ♦ This is a good time to build a network of fellow students by preparing and having study groups where you test each other

 Month #3

  ♦ Troubleshooting - time to see where your mistakes are happening the most and focus on those areas

  ♦ You do not want to just correct a bad answer but understand what led you to that incorrect answer so you can retrain your        thought process to avoid the mistake in the future

  ♦ Start to ease back on stress so you can relax more by introducing breaks so your brain will focus more when it is time to study and begin to internalize information

 Month #4

  ♦ It is all about practice testing and honing in on those topics that you are still having trouble understanding

  ♦ The rest is just a refresher to ensure it is still present in your mind

  ♦ If you are attending a course, it is a good idea to participate in mock exams with them too. This will let you see what your scoring level is in general and in comparison to other students in that cycle.

General Tips for the AFK Exam 

Start practicing as soon as you can. The sooner you start, the better your chances of success. Practice at least 5 days a week. 

You need to be able to dedicate some time each day to studying and preparing for the tests, especially if you want to get them done in a shorter period of time.

Study at least 3 topics a week.

This will help ensure that you stay consistent with your studies, which is one of the most important factors when it comes to passing any kind of exam.

 Stay consistent with reviewing all topics covered during each section/topic within an exam so that when it comes time for the actual testing, there won't be any surprises.

 It really helps to have a plan in place from the beginning.

The NDEB equivalency process is a marathon, not a sprint. 

There are many resources online and off that provide you with a solid outline to study from, so spend those first few days of studying just developing your overall plan.

 The goal is to pass your exam on the first try.

The current fee for the AFK is $800 if you register and take it through the NDEB. 

Failing not only means you miss out on that money, but now you have set back the rest of your NDEB equivalency process by probably 6 months. Not to mention that if you took a prep course, that probably set you back an additional $3,000-$4,000 as well.

 The more you delay, the longer it will take to either get into a dental school in Canada or move on to the next step of the NDEB equivalency process.

 What Comes After the AFK Exam?

 After you have successfully completed the AFK exam, you will move on to the ACJ - Assessment of Clinical Judgment. 

This exam has a $1,350 fee, but the preparation courses tend to be slightly more affordable at around $2,000-$2,500, depending on where you go.

This will be what is considered one of the hardest parts of the NDEB equivalency process because it tests your ability to bring the correct tools to the problem.

 You are expressing your ability to function through problem-based learning and how well you design and implement strategies to overcome clinical issues.

This is more than theoretical knowledge. It is how you express your clinical experience.

 Wrapping it Up


 This was only the first part in our series on the NDEB Examination Process in Canada for ITDs wanting a career in dentistry

 We want to thank Dr. Zeina Naous for her valuable insights into the exam, including her personal experience in receiving one o dentistry.

 We hope this article answers many of the questions you may have about the AFK exam and how best to prepare yourself for your upcoming testing date.

 Please be sure to come back to our site as we tackle other topics in this series and walk you through the process of transitioning from ITD to a certified dentist in the beautiful country of Canada.

 If you have any questions about this article or the ITD process, be sure to send us a note through our contact page. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more helpful ITD articles!


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Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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5 Best Ways to Finance Your NDEB Canada Exams for Internationally Trained Dentists

Even without the current political turmoil, international events causing refugees, and a global pandemic, there is still that desire inside each of us for a brighter, more reliably stable future life.

That is probably why so many people consider Canada an excellent option for moving. The annual immigration in Canada is around 300,000 new immigrants every year - one of the highest rates per population of any country in the world.

The simple truth is that Canada has been and probably will always be viewed as a culture of kind-hearted individuals.

Sure, Canadians have their challenges just like any other country, but the overall quality of life is relatively high. That is why so many internationally trained dentists seek a new career in the land of the maple leaf.

Canada’s dental equivalency process is a significant opportunity for ITDs. The current pay rate is higher than most other countries, and the social benefits far outweigh the challenges of getting across the border.

The only downside is that the costs of making this transition from an internationally trained dentist to a fully certified Canadian dentist are high.

You can expect to pay anywhere from $10K CAD to $15K CAD, and that is just for exam costs and registration fees. There is also the price tag of actual immigration and any schools or prep courses you may take to make it through the NDEB Canada process.

That is why we have decided to put together this little guide.

We want to ensure all ITDs seeking a brighter future as fully certified Canadian dentists get all the help they can get.

Here are our financial suggestions for getting you through the NDEB Canada Exams and into a solid career.

1 - Get a Transitional Job

While you may not be a full dentist in Canada, odds are you have dentistry experience and can use those same skills in a similar capacity by working in a different role.

There are many dentistry-related jobs that are high in demand and pay well enough to support a basic living while saving up or paying for your NDEB exam process.

Dental Assistant

 There are a lot of openings for dental assistants in Canada because the demand for dentists is so high, and they need support staff. The average salary is between $38,000 to $48,000 CAD and is a great stepping stone to being a dental hygienist or researcher.

Essentially, you are the jack-of-all-trades that works closely under the dentist’s supervision.

Of course, every clinic will be different, and some provinces have laws that govern specific roles, but for the most part, you are the “gopher” for the practice.

This is a great opportunity for ITDs who need extra help with language requirements for immigration or downtime to study for their NDEB certification process.

To be a dental assistant in Canada, you will need to be certified through the National Dental Assisting Examining Board, which requires an exam.

You are supposed to have 10 months of education or formal training, but those requirements can be waived based on your previous experience as an ITD, depending on your country of origin.

Dental Assistant Salary per Region

Canadian ProvinceAve. Hourly Salary in CAD
British Columbia
Nova Scotia

Dental Hygienist

This is a popular option for many ITDs immigrating to Canada because many of the skills you use while performing this job are parallel to being a full-time dentist.

You will be working closely with patients, checking for oral cancers, preventing cavities, examining gums, and overall getting more experience with on-the-job reinforcement.

To be a dental hygienist in Canada, you need one of three options:
  • A 2-3 year advanced diploma.
  • A bachelor of dental hygiene.
  • A private college program for dental hygienists.

Your background as an Internationally Trained Dentist with a formal degree and experience may allow you to waive these educational requirements, but again, that requires speaking with a board or school to know if you qualify.

The really good news is the pay bump. The average salary for a dental hygienist in Canada is over $70,000 CAD, which sets you up nicely to afford the immigration process and pay for the NDEB equivalency process.

All the resources you need to become a qualified dental hygienist are available on The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association website.

Dental Hygienist Salary Canada

LocationAverage Wage
$ per hr
British Columbia42.00
Manitoba 40.60

Dental Technician


While this can be an extremely lucrative transitional job for an ITD, it also requires a specific set of skills that may or may not be related to your educational background.

 For example, most dentists have not spent a great deal of focus on repairing the devices used in crowns, bridges, dentures, or orthodontics. A lot of this activity requires the use of specific instrumentation that an ITD may have only a cursory understanding of using.

The good news is almost every province in Canada has a severe dental technician shortage, so finding help to get started in this career is fairly easy.

The average salary is about $53,000 CAD - $96,000 CAD depending on the clinic and province. The work environment tends to be relaxed because you are not dealing with patients directly, but usually fulfilling orders from other dentists.

To work as a dental technician in Canada, you will need to be:

  • A recipient of a dental technician degree or equivalent study from a recognized institution.
  • Provided services equivalent to a dental technician for at least 5 years and can prove your training, experience, and educational background.

Every province will be different, but you can get a solid understanding of the specifics of being a Dental Technician by checking out the British Columbia process here.

Average (Median) Hourly Wages for Dental Technicians in Canada

Average Wage
$ per hr
British Columbia22.00

Dental Office Administrators

We wanted to mention this transitional job for ITDs preparing for the NDEB exam and certification process not because it pays extremely well.

 In fact, it is on the lower end of the spectrum at around $28-$52,000 CAD. Rather, this is a great job to learn the backend office skills necessary to run a full practice.

As a dental office admin, you will get to see the ins and outs of the Canadian healthcare system as well as solidify your understanding of the language and culture. This is excellent training for those ITDs with little to no experience with Canada.

2 - Get a Loan

Many ITDs immigrating to Canada for the NDEB equivalency process seek out private or public funding via loans. We always advise our readers to take a practical approach to this kind of situation. You do not want to be on the line for a large sum of money as you are immigrating without some source of income potential in the near future.

.There are many qualified lenders in Canada that will work the internationally trained dentists. This is because banks and private institutions are fully aware that the demand for dentists is high, and they are extremely likely to earn a small profit by lending to those going through the NDEB Canada exam process.

FCR Loan Programs

Foreign Credential Recognition or FCR programs are backed by provinces and the Canadian federal government. They offer incredibly low-interest rates of price + 1-2% and max out at around $15,000. You pay them back like you would any other normal loan.

To qualify for FCR loan programs, you must be:
  • NDEB registered with the approval
  • PR/Approved Refugee/Canadian Citizenship verified
  • Under a Study, Plan to take your NDEB certification process exam

Government Approved Private Lending

Many private institutions want to get in on the lending opportunities to ITDs. That is why Canada has created a microlending arm backed by their currency rates with interest rates of around prime plus 1-2% and a maximum amount of $15,000. These are good options to grow your credit rating in Canada.

To be eligible for government-approved private lending, you must be:
  • NDEB registered with the approval
  • PR/Approved Refugee/Canadian Citizenship verified
  • Under a Study, Plan to take your NDEB certification process exam

Private Banks ITD Bundle Programs

These bundled programs are designed to essentially fund you through the entire ITD to Canadian certified dentist process. You will get the funding you need if you have:

  • NDEB registration approval
  • Permanent Residency / Canadian Citizenship
  • 650 or above credit score
  • Study plan

That means you will have needed to already have moved through the immigration process to qualify and have a credit history in Canada. You are also going to be on the line for a lot more money and that can get overwhelming quickly.

Windmill Microlending

They are committed to transparent lending practices based on reasonable rates and terms that can enhance your ability to fund the NDEB dentistry exam process.

To date, Windmill Microlending has approved more than 805 loans for newcomers in the field of dentistry. To learn more about Windmill Microlending programs, check out their website.

3 - Start a Side Hustle

It may seem strange for ITDs to check out social media for a business idea, but if you go on TikTok, Pinterest, or Reddit, you will find endless suggestions for starting a side hustle.

This could be anything from being a freelance writer to building a print-on-demand coffee mind business.

There is a lot of risk and reward to be had due to the digital age.

You can make a decent amount as an Uber driver in the right setting or build an Etsy shop with handmade products from your country of origin.

Like anything else in life, the possibilities are endless and require dedication and time to perfect.

Some suggestions for side hustles include:

  • Starting a dropshipping business
  • Wholesaling through Amazon/eBay
  • Freelancing online
  • Building an Etsy shop
  • Print on Demand
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Blogger/YouTuber
  • Selling informational digital precuts
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Social Media Consultant
  • And plenty more programs.

4 - Secure a Job Ahead of Time

There is an often overlooked aspect ITDs rarely try because of fear or anxiety, and that is to reach out to dental practices ahead of time.

Building a solid network of peers within Canada is a great way to ensure you will have some kind of financial opportunity in the future. We highly recommend reaching out to practices, schools, and dentists in the provinces you wish to practice in after you have passed your certification process.

Sometimes they will have jobs you can perform while waiting for your NDEB exam. Always keep your communication polite and professional as these could be your peers in the future.

5 - Find a Job in an Unrelated Field

It may not be the most glamorous, but Canada is hiring for practically every municipal position you can imagine.

 Like most of the world, Canada went through a job loss for a short period due to the pandemic. That created a lot of job openings in government, city, and municipal careers.

Many of these jobs pay well and offer you the opportunity to live in the country while you are working towards your NDEB exam.

Update your CV and cover letter so you can apply to any local organization, government, or business, and you may be surprised with how easy it is to secure a job.

Special Note for 2022 and Beyond

We wanted to point out that the NDEB equivalency process is currently under review. Because Canada is in such need of dentists, they are reevaluating the NDEB by reducing certain test requirements and lifting the restriction on how many times you can attempt the exam.

This story is still unfolding, but it looks like it will be even easier to immigrate to Canada as an ITD. We will keep you posted as new information is released, but we wanted to give you the heads up now.

You will see many prep schools and colleges changing their curriculums to meet these new requirements. This is good news for ITDs everywhere!

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 ♦   5 Best NDEB Canada Review Centers for Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD)
 ♦   How to Prepare for TOEFL Test in Canada

Wrapping it Up

Canada is a wonderful country to move to, with plenty of opportunities for internationally trained dentists. The potential job market is wide open, and the earning salary range is excellent at an average of $126,750 CAD per year.

We highly recommend you review our site's other information about the immigration process and requirements for your NDEB exam or equivalency process.

Our goal is to help you and all the other ITDs find a new home in the relaxing, naturally bountiful, and friendly culture of Canadian life.


Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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How to Immigrate to Canada as a Dentist

Canada is currently ranked the number one country in the world according to the U.S. News & World Report.

That is the first time this northern territory has ranked so high, and it has to do with the balance of work, life, family, and enjoyment.

Canadian living is relaxed, where the majority of the country is laid back and friendly.

More importantly to all our international dental readers, Canada is currently experiencing a high demand for new dentists.

Population growth, an aging citizenry, labor shortages  and technological advancement in diagnosis and treatment are drastically increasing the need for new dentists to enter the marketplace.

So much so that the current outlook is expected to grow at a higher than normal rate for the foreseeable future.

This is an excellent opportunity for internationals wishing to learn how to immigrate to Canada as a dentist.

Advantages of Moving to Canada as a Dentist

Besides the wonderful job offers available, when you immigrate to Canada, you get access to some of the best wages available. The expected salary for an average full time dentist is between $120,000 and $240,000 CAD annually.

Imagine moving from a country that pays 20-40% less than what you could be earning in Canada.

Not only that, but you will get excellent free healthcare through the national system (universal health coverage). In many cases, private healthcare is also included as a sign-on benefit which has dental coverage for specific private providers.

Yes, the income potential is high, but you also get to live in one of the most naturally beautiful destinations in the world and most livable cities.

Canada is a rich, resource-heavy country that is dotted with cosmopolitan cities with varying cultures and historical centers.

You also get: 

♦   A chance at Canadian Permanent Residency

♦   One of the most beneficial passports in the world upon full citizenship

♦   Access to internationally renowned universities

♦   Access social benefits

♦   Apply for Citizenship and Dual Nationality after four years

♦   Enjoy protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Canada Express Entry System Openings

Express Entry system is the quickest way to immigrate to Canada as a dentist. This cuts down the entire Canadian Immigration process from years to only a few months. The point is to drive more skilled professional worker immigration to a nation with a growing population.

Being a dentist is a highly qualified occupation for Express Entry through the Federal Skilled Worker program (FSWP).

This is a competitive immigration system that ranks all eligible candidates against each other based on age, education, language ability, work experience, and other factors.










The Canadian government was kind enough to create the National Occupation Classification Codes that designate particular occupations currently high in demand. This includes dentist noc code under the NOC Code 3113, which covers:

♦   dental surgeon

♦   qualified dentist

♦   doctor of dental surgery

♦   endodontist

♦   general practicing dentist

♦   implantology dentistry

♦   the dental and oral surgeon

♦   the maxillofacial and oral surgeon

♦   medicine oral specialist

♦   oral pathologist

♦   maxillofacial surgery and oral pathology specialist

♦   oral radiologist

♦   orthodontist

♦   pediatric dentist

♦   Pedodontist

♦   periodontist

♦   prosthodontist

♦   public health dentist

♦   stomatologist

It is important to note that some occupations in the dental field are excluded. These include:

♦   Dental assistants

♦   Dental Hygienists and dental therapists

♦   Dental technologists, dental technicians, and laboratory assistants

♦   Denturists

Overall, you will want to take advantage of this federal skilled worker program because it grants you express entry into one of the best places to live and work as a licensed dentist.

Take Advantage of the Provincial Nomination Program

Another way to immigrate to Canada as a dentist is to engage in the PNP (Provincial Nomination Program).

These are unique criteria set by each of the 11 provinces in Canada that allow for a certain number of skilled workers to be nominated by the specific area for inclusion.

Provincial nomination can lead to permanent residency if you find private employers that are willing to sponsor you.

If you work with a school or program that helps you get into Canada as a dentist, you will probably learn a great deal about the Provincial Nomination (PNP) because these organizations have direct ties to the government.

They know how many dental jobs openings are available in each province and can help you to get set up.

The 11 provinces in Canada are:

♦   Alberta

♦   British Columbia

♦   Manitoba

♦   New Brunswick

♦   Newfoundland and Labrador

♦   Northwest Territories

♦   Nova Scotia

♦   Ontario

♦   Prince Edward Island

♦   Saskatchewan

♦   Yukon

The Canadian Immigration Application Process

We will now go over the complete process of immigrating to Canada as a dentist. Keep in mind that things may change periodically as the government issues new rules and regulations to the Canadian immigration policy depending on the number of people taking advantage of the different available programs.

Also, Check Out

 ♦   How to Become a Dentist in Canada (A Step by Step Guide)
 ♦   How to Prepare for TOEFL Test in Canada

Step 1 - Determine Your Eligibility

Before you can figure out how to immigrate to Canada as a dentist, you need to make sure you meet the minimum qualifications required. There are over 80 different visa pathways to Canada, so odds are you probably meet at least one of them.

Every entry program will have its own minimum qualifications. For dentists using the Express Entry program, you must:

♦   Have at least one year of continuous full-time work experience in a skilled occupation (over the previous 10 years).

♦   Be able to meet the demands of the Canadian Language Benchmark language proficiency in either English or French.

♦   Hold a post-secondary degree that meets the Canadian standards of an Education Credential Assessment.

Essentially are you a qualified dentist in your home country that has worked full-time for at least a year and can speak English or French conversationally? If you can do that, you qualify.

Step 2 - Get Your Qualifications Accredited

To get your accreditation, you need to show evidence that your dental degree translates over to Canada. The easiest way to do this is through the ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) program.

They will verify that your information is correct from a recognized dental program, in a recognized institution.

The most common way this is done is during your Visa application. You can fill out a section that includes your educational studies and grants you points based on the level of study you have completed.

You will have to supply a decent amount of documentation for this step, so hiring an experienced immigration professional may be a wise decision.

Step 3 - Apply to the Dental Regulatory Authority (DRA)

You can do this by visiting the homepage of the province you wish to live within. They will direct you to the DRA for that provincial government (territorial regulatory body). If you elect to use a different migration process, then this is where you start those programs. That includes:

♦   Express Entry

♦   PNP (Provincial Nominee Program)

♦   Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot - this requires a valid job offer from an RNIP participant

♦   Atlantic Immigration Pilot - sending skilled workers to the 4 Atlantic provinces with a formal job offer of at least 1 year

Step 4 - Either Take an NDEB Equivalency Process or Complete an Accredited Qualifying/Degree Completion Program

The most common step here for internationally trained dentists is to complete the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) series of admittance exams.

You can find many different organizations that will help you prepare to sit these tests if it has been a while since you last reviewed the information.

We strongly encourage you to work with dental review centers that teach you everything you need to know for these exams.

They provide you access to the critical information needed to practice in Canada as a dentist, as well as connect you with many of the networks and job opportunities in their local area.

If you do not wish to take the exam but would rather finish a degree completion program (university degree), you can work with these same institutions or apply to any of the high-quality schools and universities available in Canada.

You may be eligible for a student visa while completing your education which is another foot in the doorway to immigrate to Canada as a dentist.

Step 5 - Complete all Paperwork and Applications

This is what we will refer to as the “fuzzy part.” To put it bluntly, this paperwork requires a spate degree on its own. There is a lot of bureaucracy in the Canadian government that requires exact documentation and details in order to verify all parts of your application process.

We highly suggest working with an immigration attorney or one of the dental organizations listed in our other blog posts to complete this step.

Step 6 - Practice!

With everything else completed, a certification in your pocket, and a dental work offer on the horizon. You are now ready to practice dentistry in Canada. The last thing you will need to do is make your way to Canada and activate your visa.

Getting Connected with an Immigration Consultant

When you are deciding how to immigrate to Canada as a dentist, you should engage the services of an immigration consultant. These are known as RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) and have been given the designation as experts in their fields.

Hiring an RCIC practically guarantees that you will successfully navigate the ever-changing immigration policies, laws, and visa opportunities currently being offered to your profession.


Can you immigrate to Canada as a dentist? 

Yes! Not only are you capable of immigrating as a human being, but a dental background has high demand and opens more opportunities than others.

What about if I am from India? 

There is a vibrant Canadian-Indian community throughout the country. You will find a lot of support when moving to Canada as an Indian dentist.

Can I bring my family with me as I immigrate to Canada? 

Yes, as a visa holder, you are able to pass on your immigration to your spouse and children automatically. If your partner has advanced skills or education, you actually benefit by moving as a family.

Will I be selected to immigrate to Canada as a dentist? 

The Express Entry candidate pool is highly competitive. It involves CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) points to determine your rank inside the pool. Getting a job offer, having a solid educational background, proving working experience, and more increases your chance of being selected in the PNP program or express entry.

Do I have to have a job offer in order to immigrate to Canada as a dentist? 

There are three main ways to immigrate to Canada as a dentist:

♦   Using Express Entry

♦   With a valid job offer or arranged employment from a Canadian based employer

♦   Under the PNP or RPNP programs

How much money do I need to have? 

This will vary wildly on your own personal circumstance. We can tell you that the cost for the Express Entry program will be roughly $2,300 CAD for an individual and $4,500 CAD for a couple.

This does not include settlement funds which start at $13,000 CAD for an individual.

That is the amount of money the government wants to see you have available after moving.

Why is it so easy to immigrate to Canada and not the US? 

Canadian cities depend on the immigration population. Unlike the US, Canada embraces its immigrants to bolster the labor market. This is also why Canada has one of the most reliable currencies in the world.

Are there age requirements? 

This is another “fuzzy area” of immigration. The best ages are going to be between 25-35 because those are viewed as having a lot of work years ahead of them where people are contributing to the overall economy.

However, there are no age limits on immigration as Canada recognizes the value in older immigrants because of their experience and skills.

Wrapping it Up

Learning how to immigrate to Canada as a dentist is a long and complex process. There are a lot of steps you need to follow and comprehensive paperwork that must be verified and filled out with a high level of accuracy.

We strongly encourage you to follow up with an RCIC for the complete details, but we hope this guide has offered the basic overview so you can get the ball rolling.

As always, be sure to check out the rest of our site for more information.

We are the leading source of info for ITDs looking to build a new life in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.


Karen Nunez is a practicing dental health care professional in Alberta, Canada. She's passionate about educating her readers on achieving optimum dental health through extensive research on the latest dental topics and providing science-backed product recommendations. Her mission to help Internationally -trained dentists integrate in Canada makes her a difference maker in her field.

In her free time, you can find her glued to her favorite Paulo Coelho books and concocting the best chocolate cupcakes her loved ones go crazy about.


About The Author:

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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4 Best Invisible Braces (Clear Aligners) of 2023

Admit it, you’ve probably stood in front of the mirror dreaming of the perfect smile. A true eye magnet. We all have. 

But the sheer cost and time of traditional orthodontic treatment make it nothing more than a pipe dream.

But what if it didn’t have to be? 

Enter at-home clear aligners. 

Yes, even some parts of dentistry have moved online. Who would’ve thought? Now, you can get straighter without stepping a single foot out of the house. And no, your dentist doesn’t set up shop in your living room, but they can send you some life-changing products to bring out a new you. 

In this comprehensive guide, we'll talk about the ins and outs of at-home teeth alignment treatment and shed light on why it’s important, how the process works, and the best at-home aligner brands to look out for.  

What Are Invisible Braces or Clear Aligners?

Also known as invisible aligners, clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment for misaligned or crooked teeth. They apply constant pressure on your teeth to gradually move them into shape like braces. But unlike braces, they’re virtually invisible and removable. An aligner tray is customized for every patient, depending on the degree of tooth misalignment (malocclusion).

Types Of Invisible Braces

The following are the three types of invisible braces:

Clear Aligners

These are the most popular and widely-used types of invisible braces. They consist of clear plastic trays, each slightly smaller than the previous one, to gradually move your teeth into place.

Trays apply low-force pressure to the teeth and advance them over time. It takes an average of 18 months for this process to complete.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are basically the same as clear aligners regarding how they work and what they achieve. Unlike their plastic counterparts, however, ceramic braces are made from a thin layer of ceramic that makes them more aesthetically pleasing than clear aligners.

Although metal braces are more visible, clear ceramic brackets make them far less. These may take as little as six months to show results.

Lingual Braces

Like traditional braces, lingual braces employ a bracket-and-wire design to align teeth and repair bite problems. These types of braces attach to your tongue side (underside) rather than the fronts like other kinds.

Lingual braces are almost invisible and make for a much more aesthetically-pleasing look, but there’s one major drawback: they can be pretty uncomfortable.

What Material Are Invisible Braces Composed Of?

Clear and ceramic braces are made of transparent thermoplastic acrylics, making them more aesthetically pleasing than metal braces. They can be removed while drinking & eating though you may experience discomfort when wearing the trays for long periods.

When Do I Need Clear Aligners?

Perhaps you’re tired of metal braces and don’t like the way they look. If that’s the case, you should definitely consider investing in invisible or clear aligners instead.

Or perhaps your teeth are still growing, and traditional braces could threaten your growth plates.

However, dental aligners are capable of treating a variety of different cases. If you have one of the following conditions, then you could be a good candidate for aligners:

»   Crowded Teeth - Also known as malocclusion, crowded teeth are when the upper and lower jaws don’t line up properly. This can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and gum recession. It Happens in small mouths, where teeth overlap one another, stick out, and/or get pushed inside.

»   Crooked Teeth - Teeth that don’t stand front-faced and straight are considered crooked. It may happen when you’re still growing, but it can also indicate more significant problems in the jaw or skull.

»   Diastema - Small or large gaps between the teeth are known as diastema. Minor spaces can develop in any mouth area, but they are frequently seen between the two upper front teeth.

»   Overbites - The upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth to form an overbite. Overbites are generally caused when the upper jaw is too big for the lower one, but it can also signify an unbalanced bite.

»   Underbites  -Lower front teeth overlap with the upper front teeth to form an underbite. This is normally caused when the lower jaw is too small for the upper one, but it also happens due to an unbalanced bite.

»   Open Bites - It’s called an open bite when the outward-slanting front upper and lower teeth don’t touch one another. This is usually caused by excessive over or underbite.

»   Misaligned Primary (Baby) Teeth - Clear aligners may be used during phase I orthodontic treatment to make room for the developing permanent teeth and existing baby teeth. Suitable for children between ages 6 to 10.

In-Office Aligners vs. At-Home Aligners

Clear aligners come in two types:

The most popular option among aligners is in-office alignment. These aligners must be received from a licensed doctor and more intensive treatment. 

At-home aligners, also known as direct-to-consumer aligners, are less expensive than in-office aligners. Since the application and treatment are completed remotely (your aligner is delivered), you won’t have to visit a dentist or orthodontist for checkups. It’s the future of clear aligners. 

At-home and in-office aligners are both made from clear, medical-grade, BPA-free plastic (BPA-free products are those that do not contain the organic chemical Bisphenol A in their construction.). Some aligners may or may not touch your gums. With a ‘scalloped’ design, the trays sit comfortably along your gum line, making the trays less irritating and even more invisible. 

The gum line is not trimmed in other aligners (most options at home). As a result, they partially cover your gums and might cause more irritation at first. But most people aren’t bothered by it as the discomfort is minor. For this article, we’ll be talking about at-home aligners.

How To Get Dental Aligners? - The 4-Step Process


If you’re looking to straighten teeth, you’re probably also curious to know how the entire dental alignment transaction works. In this short section, we outline the process for getting your at-home invisible aligners:

1. Get a Customized Treatment Plan

The first step is to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist or order online for an impression kit. In person, a dentist will examine your teeth and scan your mouth, or for the at-home teeth aligning treatment, you can send back the impression kit with the mold of your teeth (after biting into the “goopy putty”). 

An individualized treatment plan will then be developed—we won’t bore you with this part; just let the experts handle it.

2. Your Aligners Are Made and Delivered

Using 3D technology, your custom treatment plan will be digitally created once your teeth impressions from the goopy putty have been inputted. Following approval of the digital models, the aligners are made in a production facility.

As soon as you accept treatment, the process begins. It can take up to 3 weeks for some aligner brands to ship you the product. The preliminary impression kits usually take less time to reach your door. 

3. Wear and Replace Your Aligners Accordingly 

You’ll replace your aligner trays every one to three weeks (they’ll be sent to you periodically). For teeth straightening to be effective, you need to wear them for about 20 to 22 hours a day.

Single aligners can only move teeth slightly (1 mm or less), so multiple aligners are needed.

The teeth will slowly move into the correct position with each set of aligners. You’re looking at anywhere between 3 and 24 months to complete the treatment. 

4. Flex That Smile at Day, Keep It Conditioned at Night

Once treatment is complete, a custom retainer is created from a mold of your newly straightened teeth. These nighttime aligners are meant to be worn every night while sleeping to ensure your teeth don’t slowly move back to their original position. 


6 Reasons Why Should I Get Clear Aligners


1. Get a Straighter Smile Without Visible Braces Comfortably

At-home aligners are practically invisible. With a custom treatment plan, your teeth will move almost imperceptibly to you and others—save for the increase in your smile’s brilliance.

These appliances are almost undetectable when worn on the teeth since the aligners don’t require brackets and metal wires. 

If you have many interactions with others and your smile plays a big role, clear aligners can help maintain your confidence and approachability

Aesthetic dental anomalies have shown to be a strong motive for bullying children, especially affecting their upbringing and social development. That includes braces themselves. So people who suffer from social anxiety and insecurities can take the subtler route with invisible aligners and fix their teeth.

2.  An Affordable and Convenient Option

Straightening teeth was previously both expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, today’s invisible aligners provide a less expensive alternative.

You don’t have to go anywhere for any procedures. Instead of spending time at the orthodontist’s office, you can get the procedure done in your home—no hassle or time wasted.

3. They Are More Convenient to Use

Unlike traditional braces that restrict your menu options to foods like hard, chewy, and brittle, clear aligners can be taken out while you eat.

4.  Less Risk of Chronic Conditions and Injuries

Your oral and overall health can be negatively affected by misaligned teeth. Overcrowding can result in excessive wear and tear on your enamel since they’re grinding on each other so much. Teeth that protrude can also cause discomfort in your mouth and even lead to speech problems and headaches

Not to mention, misaligned teeth and jaws have been shown to affect mental health, especially in children and teenagers who get bullied for crooked teeth and thus have low levels of confidence and self-esteem. 

On a more positive note, clear aligners treatment has been shown to improve periodontal health significantly. 

5.  Easier to Maintain Proper Dental Hygiene

Clear aligners have been shown to facilitate oral hygiene and reduce the number of appointments and emergency visits

Besides taking out the aligners when you want to eat, removable clear aligners allow you to clean your gums, teeth, and other dental parts thoroughly. 

And, the removable aligners themselves can be cleaned separately, so you won’t have to try and maneuver your toothbrush around delicate wires and brackets.

6.  Reduced treatment times-  Results in as little as 12 Months!


Compared to metal braces, clear aligners may reduce treatment time by half. Clear aligners usually treat your alignment problem in as little as twelve months, while traditional metal braces can take over two years to work.

But only your dentist can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and treatment time estimate based on your alignment issues.






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Best Clear Aligner Brands: Your Best Options

You’ve learned all you need to know about clear aligners. Now, you might be looking for directions. Where do you go to buy the best invisible braces? In this section, we’ve reviewed the best possible options based on public approval and service. 

1. NewSmile

NewSmile is a pretty recent company founded in early 2020—but they skyrocketed to stardom for their fantastic service. With NewSmile, you can have clear aligner treatment designed remotely and administered from the comfort of your own home.

Pricing$1899/ yr or $83/ mo (As of Jun. 12, 2022)
Night aligners Pricing$2099/yr or $91/mo (As of Jun. 12, 2022)
Treatment Length4 mos-10 mos
0% Down PaymentAvailable with a monthly plan.
Impression Kit$89
ShippingFront Door Delivery
Impression Kit Free Shipping

Get The Latest Price


»   NewSmile costs $1,499. Even though this isn't the absolute cheapest option available for teeth alignment in Canada, it still represents thousands of dollars less than braces or Invisalign, as well as nearly $800 less than SmileDirectClub. 

»   You can keep track of your progress with the NewSmile Aligner Monitoring App. 

»   The NewSmile customer satisfaction rating is excellent. Even though they don't have as many customer reviews as some of their competitors, we were able to find more than 100 reviews of their services, most of them positive.

»   If at the end of your treatment, your smile does not match the one in your treatment preview, NewSmile will "work with you to identify the cause, and will help you achieve the results you desired."


»   You might not be getting the most specialized treatment since they use a team that includes both orthodontists and general dentists.

»   Nighttime-only aligners from NewSmile cost $200 more, even though they’re exactly the same as the all-day aligners.

2. SmilePath

SmilePath is another at-home invisible aligners provider. They’re unique because they make clear aligners financially accessible to anyone, even if their credit score needs some work. 

Simply make an order online and send your molded teeth to them. They’ll evaluate your eligibility and send you image previews for what your teeth might look like at the end of the treatment. Like what you see? They’ll start making your aligners as soon as you approve and ship them to you within a few weeks. 

Pricing$1499 - one time
$84/mo (18 mos)
$234/mo (6 mos)
(As of Jun. 12, 2022)
Night aligners Pricing$1599 - one time
$89/month (18 mos)
$284/month (12 months)
(As of Jun. 12, 2022
Treatment Length6 mos. - 8 mos.
0% Down PaymentAvailable for an 18-month plan.
$295 for 12-month plan
$299 for Night Aligner 12-month plan

Impression Kit$55
ShippingFREE shipping within Australia
(Up to 3 weeks)

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»   As an additional convenience, SmilePath offers a nighttime option so that you can wear your aligners only at night.

»   The pricing for at-home clear aligners from SmilePath is the lowest available. Additionally, they frequently provide discounts on their website, which further cut their great rates.

»   They have an excellent customer service team that can answer all of your tough questions professionally and politely.

»   They use high-quality plastic aligners produced by supplier Retainer Essix, with over 15 years of industry experience. 


»   While some of their competitors offer free tooth scanning in their physical offices, SmilePath requires you to make your own molds of your teeth.

»   Although SmilePath aligns your teeth more quickly than braces or Invisalign, it is not the fastest option. Other brands can complete the alignment in only three months, while SmilePath usually takes at least six months.

»   The aligners won't arrive as quickly as others, so you might have to begin your treatment a week or two later compared to other providers.

3. Straight My Teeth

As the lowest price provider, Straight My Teeth makes treatment affordable for a wide range of people without compromising quality. Alongside affordability, at-home clear aligner companies like Straight My Teeth eliminate all in-person checkups, a true godsend during the pandemic. 

Pricing£799 - one time
£110/mo (6 mos) with £339 Downpayment
(Price as of Jun. 12, 2022)
Night aligners Pricing£899 - one time
£125/mo (6 mos) with £399 Downpayment
(Price as of Jun. 12, 2022)
Treatment Length4 mos-8 mos
0% Down PaymentNo
Impression KitIncluded in one-time price.
£44.99 separately

Shipping(12-14 business days)

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»   Straight My Teeth has the lowest prices on the market by far. For your full treatment, you'll only pay £999 (or less if you catch a sale). The fee also includes one set of aftercare retainers and a whitening kit.

»   Retainer Essix manufactures the plastic for Straight My Teeth aligners, a reputable and established dental supply company.

»   Their customer service staff is consistently praised for their responsiveness and professionalism in online reviews.

»   On par with the industry average, treatment takes an average of 6 months.


»   You might not be working with the most qualified professional on your case when you visit Straight My Teeth as they have unlicensed dental technicians on staff.

»   Refinements cost an additional £150 if you are unsatisfied with your results at the end of treatment.

4. AlignerCo

AlignerCo is relatively young as far as home aligner companies are concerned. So far, they have flown under the radar in the U.S. and Canada since opening their doors in May 2019. 

Although they have not had any marketing campaigns like SmileDirectClub, they have generated some buzz by offering prices well below the industry standard, quickly establishing themselves as an affordable service.

Pricing$895 - One-time payment which includes Impression kit and a set of Retainers
Night aligners Pricing$1095- one time
Treatment Length4 mos - 8 mos
0% Down PaymentAvailable with a 12-month plan
Impression Kit$55
ShippingUp to 3 weeks

Get The Latest Price


»   Everyone can apply for the SmileFlex Easy plan since there is no credit check (although it requires a $345 down payment).

»   Among all the companies offering at-home aligners, AlignerCo's $1,635 sticker price is easily one of the lowest, and sometimes they run promotions that further cut the price.

»   All AlignerCo aligners are made from Essix plastic, a reputable and experienced dental products company.

»   Anyone who does not wish to wear their aligners all day can opt for the Night Only treatment offered by AlignerCo.

»   Customers consistently praise them for their attentive, helpful service.


»   To begin your treatment, you will need to order an impression kit from AlignerCo since it doesn’t have any physical locations offering free tooth scans.

»   On their website, AlignerCo claims to offer orthodontist-designed treatment plans, but they actually use both orthodontists and dentists. Both are highly qualified to design and oversee your treatment, but if you are sure you want to work with an orthodontist, AlignerCo might not be the best option for you.

»   Compared to some of its competitors, AlignerCo may be a bit slower with delivery and treatment.

»   Their shipping policy is foggy, and their impression kits aren’t eligible for returns.

Some Things to Look Out for With Clear Aligners

Clear aligners can be amazing. But there are some drawbacks, too. We mention them in this section:

They’re Not for Everyone

For starters, clear aligners are not the best option for those with severely crooked or misaligned teeth. In cases where they must be gradually repositioned upward or downward for better alignment with the rest of your mouth, conventional braces get the job done more effectively.

Clear aligners, studies show, we’re also not as effective in producing adequate occlusal contacts (where your teeth meet when your mouth is closed), controlling teeth torque, and retention.

Aligners Require Your Cooperation

The success of clear aligners depends heavily on the patient’s cooperation. You may want to remove them more often than necessary due to their ease of removal. 

To have successful alignment and keep pace with your treatment schedule, your clear aligners should be left in your mouth for at least 22 hours daily for the duration of your treatment. As long as you leave them in, other than for eating or brushing, you can easily stay in control of your progress. 

However, if you have a strong tendency to keep taking them out, traditional metal braces might be better since they cannot be taken out at will.

You’ll Need to Do More Brushing and Flossing

You won’t have to change the details of your oral hygiene routine. You can still use your regular toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. But you’ll need to use them more frequently—after every meal specifically. 

Imagine wearing clear aligners, and the spinach from lunch is trapped between your teeth for everyone to see. Not only is that a socially lousy look, but if you don’t remove all of the plaque and food particles from your teeth, you’re more likely to develop cavities as they remain there for a longer time.

What to Look Out For When Choosing an Aligner Brands? - Buyer’s Guide

Picking out the right clear aligner brand can be challenging, especially when you consider over 20 different invisible braces companies of the same type of transparent braces. Here are some things to consider when buying an aligner:

Adequate Research

Doing some research first before you buy would be a smart move. You might find out that your dentist can recommend or provide the service at a discounted rate, so ask him/her first.

Treatment Process Should Be Simple

An easy-to-understand treatment plan is extremely important. You’ll want to make sure that your clear aligner brand has a proven track record of successful results but also understands the importance of your time and money. A treatment plan with minimal visits can save you some bucks and some time.

Make Sure They Will Give Revisions If Needed

Not all clear aligners are one-time wear products, so if you’re not getting your teeth aligned to your liking, you can get them adjusted or readjusted. Be sure to ask the brand/office about this detail before you sign up for their service.

Warranty and Money-Back Guarantee

You should check if the brand offered you a money-back guarantee and warranty in case something goes wrong.

Customer Reviews

How Others Rate Them?

Conduct some research on the transparent aligner brands you are interested in. See if their track record is effective or not, read customer reviews, check for unfavorable feedback and, more.

Does The Brand Have Any Unfavorable Feedback?

Stay away from brands that have a lot of unhappy customers voicing their complaints online.

Competitive Price

A lower price tag is always better. But don’t choose an aligner brand based on its price alone. Quality matters more than quantity, so check out which clear aligner brands offer the best combination of quality and low cost.

And for this article, we have researched to find the best product that can help you in your oral treatment.

FAQs On Best Clear Aligners

What are the major distinctions between traditional braces and invisible/clear aligners?

The most crucial difference is that invisible aligners are removable. You can take them out anywhere you want, which means people won’t be able to see your treatment as they would with braces. 

Invisible aligners also allow for a much faster treatment time, about six months to one year, depending on the severity of the situation and how well they have been fixed.

Whereas the orthodontist will connect a metal bracket to each tooth with traditional braces. These brackets are held in place by a metal wire, correcting any misalignment. Because the braces are fastened in position, they move your teeth all of the time. Furthermore, they can utilize orthodontic appliances to repair significant issues.

Are invisible braces safe for your teeth?

In any case, for the most part, they are safe. The appliances can cause some discomfort in your mouth, but it’s not a big deal. Along these lines, if you do have a question about side effects caused by invisible aligners or any other sort of braces, you should ask your dental specialist.

What are Invisible braces costs and average treatment time?

The cost of invisible aligners varies based on your situation. On the off chance that you have a little issue, the treatment time will likely be less than six months. In any case, you might need to wear them for up to a year if you have a severe issue with your teeth.


We’ve looked at four of the best clear aligner brands on the market and found that all offer significant reductions in treatment time compared to traditional braces.

While invisible aligners are not for everyone, they can be an excellent option if your teeth aren’t severely crooked. If you’re looking for a fast, easy way to get your teeth straightened without spending months in braces, then clear aligners may be the perfect choice for you.

From this blog post, you can better understand what they offer without wasting too much time poring over reviews or trying them yourself. So if you want to achieve a beautiful smile in as little as six weeks, then one of these top-rated brands is worth considering.

So don’t wait any longer. Order your best clear aligners today!


Karen Nunez is a practicing dental health care professional in Alberta, Canada. She's passionate about educating her readers on achieving optimum dental health through extensive research on the latest dental topics and providing science-backed product recommendations. 

In her free time, you can find her glued to her favorite Paulo Coelho books and concocting the best chocolate cupcakes her loved ones go crazy about.

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Got A Dry Mouth? Learn the Causes, Symptoms, & Treatments Today

Do you have a mouth as dry as the Sahara?

It's not the best feeling in the world, to say the least. The doctors call it Xerostomia. And it occurs when your salivary glands are slacking on the job (they're not producing enough saliva in your mouth).

Your mouth becomes parched. It feels dry. And if that wasn't bad enough, it can cause other symptoms like bad breath, dry throat, and cracked lips that are unkissable. It’s rough (pun intended). But more on the side effects later.

Saliva is an important part of your body's digestion processes: it moistens and breaks down food. Your oral goo is also protective, dare we say obsessive, about your dental health, working day and night to protect your mouth against gum disease and tooth decay. So when enough of it isn’t being produced in your mouth, it can be cause for concern. 

Don’t fret too much, a dry mouth has its effects but it’s not the end of the world. Though it could be a symptom of a more serious underlying medical problem, it’s usually fixable.

So, between the cracked lips and a potential Alzheimer's scare, it's needless to say that treating your dry mouth is paramount. And in this article, we're going to layout the symptoms, shed light on the causes of dry mouth, and suggest research-backed products to treat that dry feeling.

Your dry mouth will be gone in no time. Ready? Let’s get started.

How can I tell if I have a dry mouth?

Some people may be able to spot a dry mouth right away. Others may be experiencing it, but not know their condition exactly. If you have the following symptoms, as indicated by a study published in the National Library of Medicine, you could very well have a dry mouth:

  • A dry or sticky feeling in your mouth
  • Thick, stringy saliva—a sign of dehydration
  • Chapped lips
  • Bad breath
  • You may have difficulty chewing, speaking, and swallowing. A dry mouth can also affect your taste buds, leaving a metallic, salty, or other taste in your mouth
  • Your throat may feel dry and sore, with hoarseness to it
  • A dry and grooved tongue

If you're worried about your dry mouth symptoms, the best-qualified professional is a dentist. As part of your dental appointment, your dentist will check both your mouth and teeth for signs of dry mouth syndrome and any related problems, such as tooth decay.



What is causing my dry mouth?

You might be curious about what exactly is causing your dry mouth. Some culprits are active lifestyle choices, others are more passive and out of your control. Either way, if you have a dry mouth, it's worth looking into the causes for troubleshooting.

How can I get rid of my dry mouth?

So now that you know the symptoms and causes of a dry mouth, the next obvious question becomes what to do about it. Luckily for you, we've gathered five research-backed products that can help treat dry mouth quickly and easily.

Remember that if you have underlying oral health problems, it would be advisable to consult a dental professional to provide advice or more appropriate prescription drugs to suit your needs.

Rinse with Special Mouthwash

Mouthwash is great for improving oral hygiene and freshening your breath, but special kinds of mouthwashes can also help resolve a dry mouth.

Try XyliMelts

Pop a Dry Mouth Lozenge

Brush with the Right toothpaste

Again, if you have any health conditions that you have doubts about regarding your body's reaction to the products (for most, highly unlikely), then it's best practice to consult your family physician or dentist. If dry mouth problems persist, it can be worth investigating whether there's an underlying problem like salivary gland dysfunction.

Now that you're educated and equipped with the right set of knowledge and products, you can manage dry mouth like a pro and ensure your mouth feels nothing remotely close to the Sahara desert ever again.





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Dealing with Bad Breath (Halitosis): Causes & Remedies

Bad breath (halitosis) is like a bad mood–you shouldn’t inflict either onto others. It never ends well. The last thing you want is to have a conversation with someone who’s only thinking about how you’re torturing their nose hairs when they should really be listening to you

You can’t even blame them, either. The bad smell and residing icky taste in your mouth are unsettling for you, too. It can even damage your body image and self-confidence. In many ways, it’s like a curse. And you’re sick of awkward encounters and insecurities. You’re sick of it all. 

So you finally decided to get up and make a change. No more stinky breath. And we’re here for it. In this short read, you’re going to learn the causes behind bad breath and get research-backed remedies–for the sake of nose hairs everywhere.

What’s causing my bad breath?

It may seem obvious that your bad breath is due to poor dental hygiene: When we don’t brush, plaque builds up, and trapped food particles mix with oral bacteria–which causes the foul odor. 

However, there are other culprits that we should acknowledge, too:

Bronchitis/sinus infection/postnasal drainage: the developed mucus during any of these conditions smells bad. As the mucus drips down your sinus and throat, it meets the air you’re exhaling through your open mouth (since you can’t breathe with a congested nose). That’s when it transfers to your breath.

Smoking or chewing tobacco: the tobacco lingering on your breath can cause bad breath. Both activities can also result in a dry mouth and cause gum disease.

Dry mouth: the saliva in our mouths eliminates particles that may cause bad odors. Saliva deficiency can therefore cause bad breath, as malodor-inducing particles can remain.

Kidney/liver problems: these dysfunctional organs may have trouble filtering out toxic substances from the bloodstream and rest of the body, which results in bad breath. 

Stenchy foods and beverages: as your stomach absorbs food oils (like from garlic and onions) during digestion, they travel to your lungs through the bloodstream, where it mixes with exhaled air. 

Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD): when your stomach contents like bile, undigested food, and stomach acid, reflux up your esophagus. This can leave residue in your mouth and mix with oral bacteria, making the foul breath odor stronger.

Remedies for Bad Breath

So how do you get rid of bad breath? Most of the time it’s not that difficult–especially if you have the right tools. In this short section, we’re going over the possible solutions:

Scrape your tongue

Tongue scraping may be helpful for cleaning a coated tongue, which is a buildup of debris, bacteria, and dead cells on your tongue. Doing so can effectively remove odor-causing bacteria, but also improve your tongue’s appearance and may even elevate your sense of taste.


The Mastermedi tongue scraper boasts a 100% stainless steel finish with a U-shaped curve for flexible ease of use in your mouth. Two non-synthetic handles give it a good grip. And it has an anti-gagging ridge in the back of the mouth for effective back-of-the-mouth cleansing. Lastly, as it is travel-friendly and durable, confidently remove gunk on the go.


Rinse with an anti-microbial mouthwash

Rinsing your mouth with an anti-microbial mouthwash inhibits and destroys the growth of microorganisms that are causing the bad breath odors in your mouth. It’s a great temporary solution to freshen your breath and kill mouth germs before brushing your teeth again.

The certified vegan and gluten-free TheraBreath Oral Rinse is recommended by dentists for over 20 years. As it contains chlorine dioxide, it effectively reduces oral malodor, dental plaque, tongue-coating accumulation, and various sulfur-producing bacteria in saliva. Destroy morning breath and food odor with this non-alcoholic, mint-flavored mouthwash.




Treat a dry mouth

You can let some Orahealth Xylimelts dissolve in your mouth if you suffer from halitosis caused by a dry mouth. It stimulates saliva productionreduces the risk of tooth decay, and reduces plaque by 50%–as claimed on the package. Xylitol is the hero ingredient that helps your teeth fight cavities. What's more, it can be used with braces, dentures, and CPAP machines. The best thing about this product is that it is easy to use- stick the discs to your adjoining cheeks and gums and instantly feel your mouth be moisturized and rehydrated.


Parting Words

We went through causes of bad breath and potential remedies, but remember that it’s most important to ensure you’re not a victim of bad breath at all. And the trick is incredibly simple: practice proper oral hygiene. 

Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day. We recommend that you use an electric toothbrush, which is more effective in improving gingival health and removing dental plaque. Additionally, flossing your teeth helps you reach hidden food remains and reduces the build-up of plaque in the gums to prevent bad breath.  

Now, with the research-backed bad breath products at your side, every time someone offers you gum, you won’t be wondering whether they were being generous or if it was because you reeked of bad breath. You’ll happily chew, and pass forward the kindness.

Remember that no dental products can replace the advice or recommendation of oral health care professionals. You should visit the dentist regularly and consider a thorough professional cleaning if you have doubts about your oral health and the effectiveness of the recommended products.