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Every week we meet with new patients who have been told by their dentist, “You’re not a candidate for Invisalign.” Some may have heard from a friend that “Invisalign doesn’t work.” These patients end up in our office disappointed from the start, having been told that Invisalign isn’t an option. You can imagine their shock and surprise when they learn that in our practice they can ABSOLUTELY be treated with Invisalign. Most patients are confused, wondering why Invisalign will work in our office when their dentist said that it wouldn’t work.
If you shop around, you may find several orthodontist and dentists offering what seem to be the same treatment, all claiming to be Invisalign providers. You may notice that there are a wide range of prices from these different providers, even though they all offer the same product, Invisalign, which comes from the same manufacturer. All treatment is not the same. Not all orthodontic or dental practices have the same experience with the Invisalign product and thus approach creating the ideal smile much differently. As a somewhat limited but still useful analogy, consider bringing someone in to paint the interior of your home. You might say: paint is paint. To a great degree, that’s true.
You will, however, find several different painting contractors all using the very same paint, yet creating different results, and requiring different prices for the same project. In choosing one over the other, you will likely consider any number of factors, including their reputation and what their clients have to say about them, before and after pictures of their work, their experience, their guarantees and your assessment of their sincere interest in what they do. Are they really interested in creating the most beautiful, most perfect look for your home or just about getting paint on walls as quickly as possible? You will probably even be rightfully suspicious of anyone offering too cheap of a price; you know they’ll be under pressure to take shortcuts and compromise along the way.
You won’t say to yourself: well, paint is paint, they’re all using the same paint, and they’re all doing the same thing, putting paint on walls, so, what’s the difference? You know there is a difference. Here, we are talking about something considerably more important and more technically complex than paint on walls.
Invisalign is like paint – it is a product. To say Invisalign doesn’t work is like saying paint doesn’t work. The outcome and result ultimately depends on the level of expertise and experience of the person using the product.
Most people who find themselves in the position of shopping for an Invisalign doctor don’t give much thought to who they should see and why. They may go online and pick the first one that pops up in their Google search, or they may go with one down the road from their office, simply because they have passed by the building for years while on their way to work, or they get treatment from their dentist who they have seen for cleanings, fillings and checkups. While you may get lucky and end up with results you are happy with, there are better ways to go about picking an Invisalign doctor.
A common question patients have is whether or not they can see a dentist for Invisalign treatment. It is important to understand that there are some important differences between dentists and orthodontists, and a dentist should not be seen in place of an orthodontist. An orthodontist is someone who has two to three years of education beyond dental school solely to learn the delicate physics of straightening teeth and aligning jaws. On the other hand, a dentist has several fewer years of education and specializes in cleaning teeth and fixing cavities, usually with almost no training in orthodontics. If you want to ensure you have the straightest smile and the most correct and comfortable bite after treatment, you shouldn’t give a second thought to going to an orthodontist.
There is a wide range of experience with Invisalign even among orthodontists. Some doctors just aren’t comfortable using Invisalign to straighten teeth and create beautiful smiles. They say, “In their hands, braces just work better.” It is 100% understandable that doctors that don’t use Invisalign routinely would shy away from recommending Invisalign to their patients. If you go to see these doctor’s for orthodontic treatment, you will likely end up with braces on your teeth.
If you’re reading this post, you are likely interested in Invisalign to create your perfect smile and you will obviously will want to find an orthodontist with the most experience using Invisalign. The Invisalign Company has made it easy for consumers to find the orthodontists with the most experience. The Invisalign Company gives different rankings to doctors based on their level of experience treating patients with Invisalign. The doctors that are Top 1% Invisalign Providers are those that have treated more patients with Invisalign than 99% of the Invisalign doctors in the world.
The choice for your Invisalign doctor should be made carefully. This is more than just paint on a wall – this is your smile. You see your smile every time you look in the mirror. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but how we see ourselves and believe others see us does have a significant impact on our confidence and self-esteem. There’s just no way around it. A smile judged as ‘defective’ by self and by others is a heavy weight to carry around. We are not just considering Invisalign here. We are considering happiness now, and for all the years ahead.
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