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Do You Need to See an Orthodontist for Invisalign?

March 21, 2024
Do You Need to See an Orthodontist for Invisalign?

Invisalign is a proven alternative to traditional braces. Using clear aligners, patients can address their mild to moderate orthodontic needs without drawing any unwanted attention. To make them even more convenient, you can receive this treatment from most general dentists. But, should you? 

While you don’t have to see an orthodontist for Invisalign, it is a good idea to consider doing so. Both general dentists and orthodontists have your oral health as their primary focus — including the successful transformation of your smile. However, your orthodontist has an advantage.

Orthodontists Have More Experience with Invisalign

General dentists offer a lot of services. They are responsible for helping their patients with preventative care, restorative treatments, and cosmetic concerns. This means that they spend a large part of their time performing dental fillings, root canal treatments, placing dental crowns, addressing gum disease, and so much more. And yes, a small percentage of their patients will be treated with Invisalign as part of cosmetic dentistry. 

Orthodontists only focus on orthodontic issues — what Invisalign is designed to treat. They understand tooth movement and have the right tools and skills to get teeth to move effectively. And, most importantly, they understand how Invisalign makes this happen. 

Because of their primary focus, orthodontists have worked with many patients undergoing Invisalign treatment, always successfully reaching an ideal outcome. With this experience, they understand how to handle anything that may arise along the way. 

Orthodontists Have Specialized Training

Simply put, orthodontists are more qualified. After graduating from dental school, they spend an additional 2 to 3 years of postdoctoral education learning all the ways the teeth and jaws move to create aligned bites and beautiful smiles — along with how to address many types of complex orthodontic issues. 

Moving teeth is easy, however moving teeth into a balanced bite occlusion while maintaining that the tooth roots are parallel to one another and centered on your jaw bone is quite complex. Due to their extensive training, specializing in braces and Invisalign, Orthodontists often achieve superior results in less time. 

Orthodontists Give You Confidence in Your Treatment

When you invest in orthodontic treatment, you want to feel confident that you will end up with great results. Working with someone you can trust — who specializes in orthodontics – can give you a boost of confidence. 

As you move into this phase of caring for your oral health, make sure you do your research and feel good about who is guiding you through the process. 

Invisalign at Quincy Family Orthodontics

If you are interested in Invisalign and want to find out if it is a good option for your orthodontic needs, then it is best to seek out a skilled, experienced orthodontist. At Quincy Family Orthodontics, we use the latest technology to create the aligners that will transform your smile.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to straighten your teeth with Invisalign? 

The amount of time it takes to straighten your teeth with Invisalign will vary based on your orthodontic needs. On average, it can last anywhere from 6 months to 24 months. 

Is Invisalign removable? 

Yes! Not only is Invisalign clear and almost invisible but it can also be removed for convenience when eating, brushing your teeth, etc. 

Is Invisalign as good as braces? 

This depends on the tooth movements needed for your case. Invisalign works just as well as traditional braces, if not better, for certain tooth movements but not as well for others. Usually the treatment time for Invisalign and braces is the same.

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