If you want braces, you need to see an orthodontist. So why can you get Invisalign from a dentist? Is it a good idea? We know many patients ask these questions when deciding where to go for Invisalign treatment. The short answer to the question is: no, you don’t need to see an orthodontist for Invisalign. Here’s why.
Qualifications and Training Matter More Than Dental Specialty
Most of the time when you need a dental treatment, you look for a dentist that specializes in providing it. If you need surgery for TMJ disorder, you find an oral surgeon; if you have a cracked tooth that requires a root canal, you look for an endodontist. When it comes to Invisalign, instead of looking for an orthodontist, it’s more important to find a doctor who is Invisalign certified.
Invisalign certification is available to orthodontists and general dentists. This certification means that the doctor in question has completed specialized training on providing Invisalign treatment. This is the most important factor to look for in your search for an Invisalign provider—it’s better to see a general dentist who is Invisalign certified than an orthodontist who is not. At Dental Associates, Dr. Jason Mielcarek is Invisalign certified.
Invisalign Technology Is Different
Why is being Invisalign certified so important? Because the Invisalign system is so different from traditional braces. Rather than using metal brackets and wires to push and pull the teeth into new positions, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that gently shift your teeth.
What’s important for an Invisalign provider is understanding Invisalign’s unique method of treatment planning. Invisalign yields much more predictable results than braces thanks to its advanced technology, which means there’s not as much of a need for the specialized training orthodontists receive. In short, Invisalign simply works differently than braces and, going back to the previous point, requires a different kind of training.
Seeing Your Regular Dentist Makes Invisalign Treatment More Convenient
Here’s another reason to get Invisalign from your dentist—it makes your treatment much easier. Instead of having to juggle two different providers for dental care, you’ll just be seeing your regular dentist. There’s no worries about coordinating care between two practices or filling out new patient paperwork and getting to know a new doctor.
Although you’ll need to come into our office every four to six weeks to ensure that your Invisalign treatment is going as planned, we can time at least some of these appointments to coincide with your regular dental cleanings and exams for your convenience. Once your treatment is complete, you’ll be much more closely monitored than you would at an orthodontic practice since you’ll be seeing your dentist regularly anyway. This allows us to make sure your retainers fit properly and that you’re wearing them as needed to maintain your beautiful new smile.