Many general dentists now offer Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is a treatment system that uses clear plastic aligners to shift a patient's teeth into their optimal arrangement gradually.
While dentists can prescribe these devices, seeing an orthodontic specialist for Invisalign is a better choice. Our staff includes qualified orthodontists who will consider your child's overall dental health when planning Invisalign treatment.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign works by creating a graduated series of clear plastic aligners. The patient changes these aligners every few weeks to gently push the teeth into new positions. Each aligner has slightly straighter teeth than the last, meaning the changes happen gradually.
Invisalign treatment is comfortable, discreet, and in many cases, faster than traditional braces. It can be an excellent choice for teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth without unwanted attention.
Invisalign is excellent for patients with minor to moderate alignment issues like crowding, crossed or crooked teeth, and minor overbites.
Why an Orthodontist is a Better Choice for Invisalign
If you search online, you'll find that hundreds of dentists offer Invisalign treatment. While these dentists are well-trained in Invisalign procedures, going to an orthodontist for this treatment provides significant advantages.
Here are several reasons why it is better to see an orthodontist to receive treatment with Invisalign:
When an orthodontist evaluates your teeth for Invisalign, their level of experience makes a difference. A skilled orthodontist can tell you whether your teeth will respond to Invisalign or whether you should consider another form of orthodontic treatment.
Since many dentists offer Invisalign as their only orthodontic treatment, it may not be in their best interest to tell you to look elsewhere for another option. Orthodontists can provide an unbiased opinion and offer only the best options for your situation.
Our staff of orthodontists receives years of specialty education in how teeth move. While dentists may receive extensive training in using Invisalign, they are likely not as well-versed in the intricacies of orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontists have more advanced equipment than dentists. They are skilled in using tools like 3-D intraoral scanners to evaluate a patient's orthodontic issues and plan the ideal course of treatment.
Orthodontists Can Offer More Options
Orthodontists can skillfully combine Invisalign with other appliances to provide a custom treatment plan. Dentists who use Invisalign typically only have one tool at their disposal.
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Invisalign is a useful alternative to traditional braces for many teens and adults. However, an orthodontist should prescribe it for the best results.
If your child needs an orthodontic evaluation or any other dental care, contact us at one of our convenient Central Jersey offices. We can help you decide what orthodontic treatment is best for your child's oral health.