An orthodontist isn’t the only type of doctor that can effectively straighten your smile these days. Many dentists are now being trained in administering Invisalign to patients, which leaves many with the question: “Should I get Invisalign from a dentist or an orthodontist?”
Invisalign treatment rarely requires modification. This highly customized technology allows both dentists and orthodontists to equally administer the therapy effectively. That being said, there is still one essential factor that can help you choose the best Invisalign provider, and that is experience. Invisalign has a ranking system that allows patients just like you find the most qualified Invisalign provider to straighten their smile.
Read on to learn more about Invisalign and how to find the best provider to help you achieve the straight and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.
How Invisalign Works
Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to move teeth into a more desirable position slowly. Invisalign uses a series of customized, clear, medical-grade aligner trays to shift teeth into alignment gently. Each set of aligners will be worn for two weeks, or as directed by your Invisalign provider, before switching to the next set. Invisalign’s nearly-invisible aligners mean that patients can discreetly and conveniently straighten their smile without braces being the first thing someone else sees in your appearance. Additionally, Invisalign is completely removable, allowing you to eliminate any food restrictions and maintain excellent oral hygiene throughout your treatment.
Invisalign can treat a wide variety of dental issues, including:
The Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist
A dentist is educated and trained to provide comprehensive oral health treatments. From preventing future dental issues to restoring damaged or decayed teeth, a dentist’s priority is to keep your teeth healthy and functioning. Dentists can provide oral health evaluations, x-rays, and treatments, including dental bridges, crowns, root canals, and routine fillings. Many dentists are now also offering orthodontic treatment in the form of Invisalign.
An orthodontist focuses on dental irregularities, including crooked teeth, bite issues, and jaw misalignment. Improving the form and functionality of the teeth and jaw is their specialty. For patients with severe malocclusion, an orthodontist may be a better option for straightening their smiles.
Provider Ranking System
Invisalign classifies its ranking system based on the number of cases a provider treats on a yearly or monthly basis. The more cases a doctor treats, the higher their provider ranking. All dentists who offer Invisalign as a treatment have been educated and trained to do so through Invisalign. For more complicated alignment issues, a dentist or orthodontist who has extensive Invisalign experience may be better suited, while minor imperfections can be quickly addressed with any Invisalign provider.
The Invisalign provider ranking system is as follows:
Preferred – The provider treats 10 cases per year.
Premier – The provider has treated at least 50 cases and treats at least 25 cases every 6 months.
Premier Elite – The provider has treated at least 300 total cases and treats 50 cases every 6 months.
At the end of the day, both a dentist and orthodontist can provide quality Invisalign service. Instead of focusing on a specialty, look for an experienced provider who you can feel confident will do the job right. If you are interested in finding a way to straighten your teeth and are wondering if Invisalign could work for you, contact Premier Dental Center today. Invisalign can treat a wide variety of dental issues, and treatment typically takes between 8-12 months to achieve the smile of your dreams. To schedule a consultation appointment, call Premier Dental Center today.