Invisalign® is a type of treatment that helps to straighten teeth without the use of traditional metal braces. Invisalign® has quickly revolutionized the teeth-straightening process. Now patients have a different option besides ugly metal brackets. However, choosing the right dentist to place Invisalign® seems to be a qualm for many people. It is important to find a location that truly understands the process for the Invisalign® treatment. Fortunately, we do.
The Invisalign® Treatment
For people who do not know, Invisalign® involves wearing a series of customized clear plastic aligners that help shift the teeth into the proper position. The virtually invisible aligners, consist of a thermoplastic material of a unique development that looks similar to teeth-whitening trays.
A series of Invisalign® aligners will match the patient’s exact teeth through the customization process. This process will gradually move the teeth in the sequence without causing the patient pain or require adjustments in the office. Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners.
Each aligner will make slight adjustments to the position of the teeth in a process that we map out in advance for the specific situation. When placing the aligners on the teeth, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately two weeks, the patient will begin using the next set of aligners to continue the teeth straightening process.
Easy to Use
Both general dentists and orthodontists can prescribe Invisalign®. While an orthodontist is a specialist with training in moving and adjusting teeth, many general dentists were working with Invisalign® even longer than some orthodontists and therefore, have more experience.
In its earliest days, dentists used Invisalign®. However, when orthodontists saw this new technology on the rise, many got in on the action. Suddenly, orthodontists became the preferred Invisalign® provider, because they were better trained to modify teeth-straightening treatment.
Now, Invisalign® has progressed to the point where treatment almost never requires modification. Invisalign®s become a highly-customizable technology that dentists and orthodontists can equally administer as effectively.
Choosing an Invisalign Dentist
However, there is still one distinguishing factor that can help a patient choose the best Invisalign® provider: Experience. Invisalign® has a ranking system that helps patients find the most qualified Invisalign® providers. To choose whom to go to, be sure to pick the person with the most experience and the most Invisalign cases a year.
Luckily, Invisalign® has created several categories of providers to give patients this information. First, you have the Preferred provider, who treats at least 10 cases per year. Then, you have the Premier provider, who has treated at least 50 cases total and at least 25 cases every six months. Finally, you have the Premier Elite provider, who has treated at least 300 cases total and treats 50 cases every six months.
Contrary to popular belief, there are no continuing education requirements for any of these designations; the more cases a provider has treated, the more experience he or she will have.
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