Should I Go to a Dentist or Orthodontist for Invisalign?

Finally, it’s time to correct the problems with your teeth, and you’ve found the treatment method to get that perfect smile…Invisalign. You’re ready to move ahead with treatment and even more ready to finally have straight teeth, but there’s one thing holding you back. How do you decide whether to go to a dentist or orthodontist for Invisalign? Both are medical professionals who help keep your teeth healthy, so which one makes more sense?

About Treatment with Invisalign

If you’re not sure exactly what Invisalign is, here’s a quick overview. Invisalign is a form of treatment where removable, invisible aligners correct and guide the teeth, so at the end of treatment, you’re left with a beautiful smile for life (with proper care, of course). Like braces, Invisalign uses gentle pressure to help move the teeth, and it corrects a number of issues, such as bite problems, alignment problems, crooked teeth, crowded teeth, and spacing issues. Invisalign is available in a variety of options, ranging from treatment of severe issues to very mild issues.

Why Go to an Orthodontist for Invisalign

To get started with the Invisalign system, it’s important to see a professional, and because there are a number of Invisalign options available, the professional you see for this should be an orthodontist. An orthodontist specializes in the treatment of malocclusions and other structural issues with the mouth. Responsibilities of an orthodontist include:

  • Diagnosing teeth and jaw abnormalities
  • Designing treatment plans to fix these issues
  • Applying braces, Invisalign or other forms of treatment to the patient
  • Monitoring and adjusting treatment plans accordingly
  • Helping patients maintain their smiles after treatment

Orthodontists have more advanced training than dentists, which in most cases makes them the better choice when considering orthodontic treatment like Invisalign. Some dentists offer Invisalign, and they may have attended seminars or conferences that discuss how to use the treatment, but they have not received the extra two years of education and residency experience in orthodontics that orthodontists have.

How to Get Started with Invisalign

Your dentist may be the first step in recognizing you have an issue with your teeth, as many routine check-ups may warrant your dentist’s concern. At this point, in many cases, your dentist will refer you to an orthodontist who can help you tackle these issues. 

Many dentists and orthodontists have a partnership, and work together to improve the oral health of the people in their community. If your dentist does not refer you to an orthodontist, do a little research about the orthodontists in your area and find one who specializes in Invisalign. Schedule your initial consultation and start on your path to a better smile!