Jörg Schwarze studied dentistry at the universities of Bologna, Cologne and Bonn, where he did his doctorate and specialist dental training; in 1994 he qualified as an orthodontist; in 1995-1997 he undertook professional development with a focus on adult orthodontics, biomechanics and fixed appliances, as well as clinical traineeships in various orthodontic practices in Germany and the USA; in 1997 he founded his practice in Cologne, and has been in private practice since 2004. He held a guest professorship at the University of Ferrara (Italy) from 2005 to 2016. Dr. Schwarze is a founding member of the Clinical Education Council and a member of the European Clinical Advisory Board and Intl. Product Steering Board from Align Technology. He is also a general secretary of the Society for Aligner Orthodontics (DGAO).