Everyone knows that when you need braces, you need to see an orthodontist. Why, then, do so many dentists offer Invisalign? Is it a good idea to go to your general dentist for Invisalign treatment, or should you see an orthodontist for Invisalign just like you would with traditional metal braces? The short answer is no, you don’t need to go to an orthodontist for Invisalign aligners. Here’s why.
Qualifications and Training Matter More Than Dental Specialty
When you need complex dental care, you likely seek out a dentist who specializes in a specific field. You look for an oral surgeon if you have an impacted wisdom tooth that needs to be surgically removed or an endodontist if you need a complicated root canal treatment. When it comes to Invisalign, finding a dentist who is trained in providing Invisalign treatment matters more than simply choosing an orthodontist.
Orthodontists and general dentists can both receive training and certification in Invisalign and this is the most important qualification to seek in an Invisalign provider. In fact, it’s better to go to a general dentist who has extensive experience with the Invisalign system than an orthodontist who does not. At Sachi & Co., we’ve helped countless patients achieve beautiful smiles with Invisalign clear aligners.
Invisalign Technology Is Different
Why is it so crucial that a dentist has experience and training in using Invisalign? It’s because the Invisalign system is so dramatically different from traditional metal braces. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners rather than metal brackets and wires to gently shift your teeth into their new positions.
Understanding Invisalign's unique treatment planning software is critical for an Invisalign provider. Because of its state-of-the-art technology, Invisalign produces far more predictable results than conventional braces, which means much of the specialized training orthodontists receive isn’t as relevant with this system. Again, what is relevant here is Invisalign training specifically, not general orthodontic training.
Seeing Your Regular Dentist Makes Invisalign More Convenient
Another reason to choose your own dentist for Invisalign treatment is that it’s much more convenient. You won't have to juggle visiting two separate practices because you'll see your regular dentist for all of your orthodontic care. There's no need to worry about coordinating care between your dentist and orthodontist, filling out new patient paperwork, or familiarizing yourself with a new practice.
Although you'll need to visit our office every four to six weeks to monitor your progress with Invisalign, we can schedule at least some of these appointments to coincide with your normal dental cleanings and exams for your convenience. Because you see your dentist on a regular basis, you'll be closely supervised once your treatment is complete, allowing us to ensure that your retainers are properly fitted and that you are using them as directed to maintain your results.