If you think about it, you probably already know the answer to this question. But let’s take a closer look just in case. As clear aligners like Invisalign have gained popularity, dozens of online copycats have popped up claiming to offer straighter teeth without seeing a dentist or orthodontist. When it comes to dental and orthodontic care, removing interaction with a trained provider from the picture just isn’t a good idea. But thanks to new technology, you don’t necessarily need a separate orthodontist to get great orthodontic care. You can get safe, effective solutions right in your trusted dentist’s chair.
Why Should I Avoid Online Orthodontic Offers?
We all want a great smile, and straighter teeth is a goal for many adults and teens. The cost of orthodontic treatment can be a little daunting. But promises of quality care at bargain prices online are simply too good to be true. Online companies claim to offer personalized service via the internet, but when it comes to orthodontic care, there’s no substitute for in-person monitoring from a trained professional.
Orthodontic work involves making changes to the jaw and bone structure of the face. Moving teeth without an in-person exam and regular follow-up by a qualified dentist or orthodontist can be downright dangerous. This is why the American Dental Association issued has issued a statement warning against online orthodontics. The ADA “believes that supervision by a licensed dentist is necessary for all phases of orthodontic treatment including oral examinations, periodontal examinations, radiographic examinations, study models of scans of the mouth, treatment planning and prescriptions, periodic progress assessments and final assessments with stabilizing measures.”
Can I Get Invisalign From My Dentist?
Invisalign clear aligners are one of the most important developments in dentistry in the last several decades. This alternative to traditional braces, when managed by an experienced dentist or orthodontist, is a game-changer for adults and teens looking for straighter teeth. And yes, your family dentist can offer Invisalign, so you don’t necessarily need an orthodontist for a straighter smile. Your dentist gets extensive specialized training in the system so they can plan and execute a treatment plan just for you.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to adjust your bite incrementally. The aligners are made of a patented clear plastic material that’s FDA approved and available only through Invisalign. Your dentist uses Invisalign’s digital technology to create a customized plan to straighten your teeth. Then, your customized aligners are produced off-site and shipped to your dentist. You’ll get a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks as they gradually shift your teeth into place according to your treatment plan, with monitoring by your dentist along the way. You’ll need to wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours each day, and your dentist will check to make sure they fit correctly.
What Are the Advantages of Invisalign?
Our patients are thrilled with the Invisalign system. Here are some of the reasons why:
- They’re virtually invisible, with no brackets or wire involved. This is a key consideration for our adult patients.
- They need to be worn for at least 20 hours per day but can be removed while eating and while cleaning your teeth.
- They often take a shorter amount of time to work than traditional braces.
- Your dentist creates a customized treatment plan with Invisalign and can make any changes he or she feels are necessary as the process moves along.
What If Invisalign Isn’t Right for Me?
Invisalign works great for many adults and teens, but it’s not for everyone. For patients with significant structural issues in the jaw, traditional orthodontia may be a better option. Invisalign is also not approved for use in children. In these cases, we’ll refer you to an excellent orthodontist for traditional braces. Your oral health is always our top priority.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The Invisalign system costs about as much as traditional braces and depends on the length and extent of treatment. We understand the cost of quality orthodontic care can be daunting. That’s why so many people are turning to the internet for straighter teeth, but the evidence is clear that it’s just not worth the risk. Instead, talk with us about financing plans and other options for making the trusted Invisalign system affordable for you.
Invisalign at Greenhill: Remove the Risk
Taking a chance with your bite and bone structure with an online company that offers zero face to face interaction just isn’t worth the risk. At Greenhill Family Dental, our providers are specially trained to offer patients all of the benefits of an aligner system without the risks of using an online company. We offer the convenience of Invisalign combined with the experience and skill of qualified professionals. Getting your orthodontic care through your family dentist also streamlines the appointment and billing process. Comfort, convenience, skill and experience are a winning combination for your smile.