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Do I Really Need an Orthodontist for Invisalign?

Austin, TX – Invisalign is an excellent way to get the smile you’ve always wanted, without drawing more attention to yourself during the process. It’s a very popular choice for teens and adults for its discrete nature and the seamless way it can fit into busy lifestyles. It’s no surprise that because of its popularity, it’s not just orthodontists offering this treatment. Today, you can find many dentists also offering Invisalign treatment from their offices. So, if your dentist offers Invisalign, what do you need an orthodontist for?

Dr. Silvana Gonzalez of Pure Smiles Orthodontics is an orthodontic expert with many years of experience. She explains why it’s important to see an orthodontist, even for Invisalign.

Why Choose an Orthodontist Over a Dentist for Invisalign?

Dedicated experience just in orthodontics

Every orthodontist is a dentist, but not every dentist is an orthodontist. Once dental school is complete, a general dentist can go on to start practicing right away. In order to be called an orthodontist, one must continue on for an additional 2-3 years. During this training, an orthodontist learns the ins and outs of malocclusions and how to correct them. They learn how to accurately diagnose orthodontic issues, as well as learn a variety of treatment options so they can help patients find the right one for their issues. 

Expertise in a variety of malocclusions

No two mouths are the same, and that means no two malocclusions are, either. An orthodontist has experience treating patients with all types of malocclusions, from minor issues to the most complex. 

Variety of treatment options

Invisalign is a great option for many patients, however, it may not be the most ideal option for every patient. Your orthodontist will know when Invisalign may not be the best and can recommend a treatment that will better suit your needs. 

Dentists focus on the care and maintenance of your smile, while orthodontists focus on creating properly aligned teeth with healthy bites that function properly. Both of these roles are important for healthy, long-lasting smiles. But when it comes to Invisalign treatment, orthodontists have the clear advantage. 

Why Orthodontists are the Best Choice for Invisalign:

  • While your dentist will have everything you need to maintain your smile, their knowledge on the movement of the teeth, jaws, and surrounding facial tissues is limited compared to that of an orthodontist.
  • An orthodontist corrects smiles every day, treating dozens of patients daily. They are not only better trained, they simply provide the treatment much more often.
  • Your orthodontist will know how to handle any situation that may arise during your treatment, and can make adjustments to your treatment plan as needed to ensure a beautifully straight smile and properly functioning bite once treatment ends. 

If you are interested in Invisalign treatment, an orthodontist is the best place to turn. Call Pure Smiles Orthodontics today at 512-215-2520 to get started with your free consultation.