How to Get the Best Invisalign Results Possible: 5 Questions Patients Should Be Asking
Q: There are a lot of orthodontists and dentists offering Invisalign. How do I know if I’m going to someone good?
A: Successful Invisalign results, just like successful braces results, come from knowledgeable providers who have a lot of experience using Invisalign. While it’s possible for a pilot to do a great job landing an aircraft type he’s never flown before, the question is: Do you want to be a passenger on that plane? Do you want to take the risk? In orthodontics, you want to pick a doctor who has broad orthodontic knowledge plus lots of experience using Invisalign.
Q: I noticed a wide price range in Invisalign treatments. Why is this?
A: Many factors go into setting fees in orthodontic treatment. The doctor’s overhead in running his or her facility, length and complexity of treatment, need for limited or partial braces, and difficulty of the tooth movements needed in order to get a good result are just some of the factors that go into determining cost. Invisalign is not a one-size-fits-all appliance. Each patient is unique and their treatment must be customized to their individual characteristics.
Q: How do I determine cost of treatment?
A: The only way to do this is to be evaluated by the orthodontist or dentist doing the Invisalign. Most will offer a complimentary initial exam and give you the cost at this visit. Additionally, monthly payment plans can make the treatment more affordable.
Q: Is a doctor even necessary? I thought Invisalign makes the aligners.
A: This is a common misconception. Invisalign manufactures the aligners, but the doctor is solely responsible for the diagnosis, treatment and its outcome. Invisalign is a laboratory service. If your doctor does a good job with this critical step of the process, and you follow the instructions that have been given to you, you should get a great outcome.
Q: What about these new at home aligner treatments I’m hearing about like Smile Care Club or Crystal Braces?
A: Self-treating to align your teeth is analogous to performing your own facelift. These are both cosmetic procedures that have the potential to enhance or ruin your looks permanently. Quite frankly, clear aligner therapy without the skill and knowledge of an experienced doctor is a bad idea. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.