November 15, 2022
Invisalign, a less invasive alternative to regular braces, has helped millions of people experience healthy smiles and straight teeth. The treatment, consisting of aligners that are more discreet and comfortable, as well as removable, deliver the same outcome as braces for most people, but are less noticeable and visible.
Invisalign therapy is best applied by an experienced, trained orthodontist, and the orthodontist you choose is always the most important choice in the treatment. You will spend quite a bit of time with your doctor and staff, so this guide will help you select the best provider for your needs.
General dentists, while legally allowed to practice and provide some orthodontic care, are not specialized in the straightening of teeth. Dentists provide various types of dental care, while orthodontists are dedicated to tooth alignment.
All orthodontists are dentists, but dentists are not usually orthodontists. Orthodontists have received advanced education to become licensed, and their practice is usually focused specifically on the medical art of tooth alignment and care.
Additionally, Invisalign treatments are generally provided at a lower cost at an orthodontist, due to the volume discounts the orthodontist receives for the equipment and tools. Dentists that only occasionally provide Invisalign treatment generally pay higher prices for the same expensive tools.
It is best to search for your Invisalign treatment from a licensed, experienced orthodontist that specializes in Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is a medical device, and like all medical devices, the outcome of the treatment is determined in part by the experience of the professional administering it.
Make sure that when you are searching for an orthodontist, the office you are visiting is truly an orthodontic professional. Check the website and the local reviews on Google and other ratings websites like Yelp. If the office is offering dental procedures like dentures, crowns, or cleanings, it is likely a general dentistry that may use a part-time orthodontist. The professional orthodontist that specializes in Invisalign usually offers better, faster results, access to the latest tools, and lower prices for better service.
At your first visit, make sure the doctor advertises as an orthodontic office, and only performs orthodontic procedures. If they perform general dental procedures, consider extending your search.
Some orthodontists do not offer Invisalign, choosing to use cheaper clear aligners. Invisalign is the field leader in innovation, and provides orthodontists that offer it with cutting-edge research, technology and licensing. The more experience your orthodontist has with Invisalign, the higher the level of care you will receive during your treatment.
The Invisalign program offers significant discounts to higher-volume orthodontists, which means you get better quality treatment for less money. General dentists do not get these discounts, due to the low volume of Invisalign treatments they perform. Remember to get treatment by an orthodontist that specializes in Invisalign, and not a general dentist.
Invisalign orthodontists not only have more experience with the process, they offer exclusive technology and tools that can only be used by Invisalign-approved doctors. This means less pain, less time, and a faster result for you.
You will see the difference from the very first consultation. Instead of taking clay impressions of your teeth, Invisalign doctors use iTero 3D scanning to create 3D scans of your teeth and mouth, instantly getting a 3D model of your teeth, roots and jaws.
This is just one of the benefits you will receive with Invisalign treatment. With Invisalign, your aligners are made of a proprietary SmartTrack material that was developed using decades of research. SmartTrack is proven to align teeth up to 50% faster, and much more predictably than other aligners.
SmartForce attachments, developed and offered exclusively by Invisalign, that resemble your natural teeth and offer assistance in moving your teeth to the proper position. They are low profile, gentle, and effective in applying the right amount of pressure to move your teeth faster and more comfortably.
Recently, several fly-by-night companies have started offering DIY and at-home kits that offer no professional orthodontic care. Rather, these companies claim that they can help fix your teeth with a box in the mail and a Youtube instruction video.
This is both dangerous and misleading.
There are significant dangers to using these treatments without any in-person consultation from an experienced doctor. Since there is no in-person exam, you can miss critical issues that could be the major cause of your dental issues. Failing to address these could cause permanent damage to your mouth.
There are tens of thousands of consumer complaints filed against the companies offering these discount treatments, and the American Association of Orthodontists has warned against using these items, due to failure of supervision during the process.
Bottom line, by choosing a reputable and highly ranked local orthodontist to begin your Invisalign treatment, you ensure that every visit is a pleasure, and your teeth are straightened as quickly and effectively as possible.