If you are looking into Invisalign as a treatment option for your misaligned teeth, you might wonder if you should see a dentist or an orthodontist. Our CCOA team is here to explain why you might want to consider an orthodontist.
Should You Choose An Orthodontist For Invisalign?
If you are considering getting Invisalign to straighten your smile, you might notice that general dentists are also capable of providing this service. While it is true that dentists can effectively administer Invisalign treatment, we are here to tell you why we think you should consider an Orthodontist instead.
After completing dental school, orthodontists receive additional training on the movement of teeth and treating jaw abnormalities.
It makes sense, then, that if you want to shift your teeth into alignment, address TMJ issues, or correct your bite, you might want to consult a person who is specially trained in the craft. All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists.
An orthodontist should be able to tell right from the start of your treatment, whether or not Invisalign is the right option for you, or whether a different type of orthodontic treatment might be more beneficial. Some people simply are not good candidates for Invisalign and would be better served with clear braces or metal braces. A general dentist may not be able to provide alternative options for your orthodontic treatment like an orthodontist can.
Patients who seek orthodontic treatment will often be particularly interested in the look of their teeth and smile, and so is your orthodontist, but more notably we are looking at the spacing, jaw alignment, a strong bite, and long-term good oral health. Dentists who offer cosmetic services often include Invisalign as part of their menu of services because it does alter the look of teeth, but if you’re in search of true alignment, an orthodontist may be the option for you.
Orthodontists should have the latest technology and equipment at their fingertips to straighten teeth. Patients sit for 3D impressions using a digital scanner. Orthodontists build accurate computer models of teeth and jaws to design an Invisalign treatment plan for you.
You will be more likely to have the latest and most effective treatment options presented to you when you consult with an orthodontist, which also means you’ll likely get the most efficient treatment plan too.
There are various types of Invisalign to consider, which a general dentist may not offer or have experience with, including Invisalign Full, Invisalign Lite, Invisalign Teen, Invisalign Express, and Invisalign First.
As with any medical procedure you undergo, you want to rely on the professional who has the most experience in delivering good treatment and quality results. Orthodontists work with Invisalign all the time and see dozens of Invisalign cases every week. Plus, orthodontists are specifically trained on how to move teeth, whether they’re using Invisalign or another method.
Find out if Invisalign treatment is right for you
Invisalign treatment is an effective solution for a variety of issues, including crowded or crooked teeth. Invisalign clear aligners may not look like much, but while you’re going about your busy day, your Invisalign aligners are working to gently shift your teeth into place. They are also removable, so you can take them out when needed for eating, drinking, or brushing and flossing your teeth.