Invisalign is an alternative to braces for orthodontic treatment. It clearly and discreetly shifts your teeth into the proper position without the need for rough, unsightly metal brackets and wires. There are many differences between Invisalign and traditional braces, and one of the biggest differences is that you don’t need to see an orthodontist for Invisalign.
Why is that? How does Invisalign work without the expertise of an experienced orthodontist? There are many aspects of Invisalign treatment that make it possible for dentists to offer it without the additional training that an orthodontist completes.
Invisalign Uses Computer Technology
When you enter into Invisalign treatment, the entire treatment plan is created by advanced computer software. Digital images of the teeth are entered into the system and the computer evaluates them to determine what changes are needed. Then a series of aligners are created that will gradually shift your teeth into the proper positions. The entire set of aligners that will be required to complete treatment are created at the beginning. You are instructed to wear them each for about two weeks before switching to the next one in specific order.
A dentist has the necessary knowledge to look over the computer’s proposed plan and approve it before any aligners are made. This does not require the expertise of an orthodontist.
Invisalign Only Requires Occasional Monitoring
As you move through your treatment, switching aligners according to instructions, occasional monitoring by your dentist is recommended. You may only need an evaluation every other month or so, as opposed to braces which require monthly adjustments and monitoring. As your dentist monitors your progress, they will be looking to see if your teeth are responding to the treatment and realigning as they are supposed to. If your teeth seem to be taking longer to shift, your dentist may recommend that you wear each aligner for longer than the typical two weeks.
Your progress depends in part on how much you wear your aligners. It is important to wear them as many hours a day as possible. Dentists recommend wearing them for a minimum of 22 hours a day, meaning you only take them out to eat and brush your teeth.
Invisalign Can Only Correct Minor Orthodontic Conditions
Another aspect of Invisalign that makes it possible to be administered by a dentist instead of an orthodontist is that this treatment is only designed to treat patients with minor orthodontic issues. Minor crowding, overbite, slightly misaligned teeth, and gaps are some of the problems Invisalign can correct.
It is not designed to treat complex orthodontic conditions like severely misaligned teeth or bite patterns. Patients with these conditions may need traditional braces to properly correct their orthodontic issues.
Benefits of Getting Invisalign From Your Dentist
When dentists began offering Invisalign, it changed the way many people viewed orthodontics. More patients are seeking treatment now who may have otherwise gone without. When the dentist you already see for your regular cleanings can also provide and monitor your orthodontic treatment, it is much more convenient. It can also be more affordable in some cases because you don’t have to find an orthodontic practice and pay for that treatment on top of what you already pay for your dental care.
Invisalign Treatment Can Take Less Time Than Braces
In many cases Invisalign treatment can be completed in a shorter period of time than braces. The main reason for this is that if you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign, your orthodontic issues are already minor and will require less extensive corrections.
Meridian Dental Group Provides Invisalign Treatment
Whether you are already a patient here at Meridian Dental Group or you’re looking for a dentist who offers Invisalign treatment in addition to comprehensive dental care, you’ve come to the right place. Meridian Dental Group can maintain your oral health and provide you with orthodontic care at one convenient location. We have treated many satisfied patients with the Invisalign system and will continue to do so.