What Are the Pros and Cons of an Orthodonist Vs General Practicing Dentist for Invisalign Treatment?

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Orthodontist vs gp

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I would talk to your family general dentist and have him refer you to an orthodontist. After getting his in put go to a GP and see what he says. The more information you get the better you will feel. See who you feel good about and will show you cases he has finished before. The relationship you establish will serve you best. 

Chesterfield Orthodontist

GP vs Orthodontist for Invisalign

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Choose the practitioner that has the most experience with Invisalign.  If you can find a premier provider and ideally someone with an iTero digital scanner you will have done well.  Orthodontic specialty training does not focus on Invisalign so you will find GPs who have just as much and sometimes more experience.  Look at the volume of cases treated.  Price will probably be the same.

Carlo Biasucci, DDS
Ontario Dentist

Go with the one who has done the most Invisalign.

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If you choose a premier provider close to you then you should be ok. sometimes GP's are premier providers and orthodontists are not.  Premier providers do a lot of cases and have the most experience with this treatment.

Michael J. Thomas, DDS
Los Angeles Dentist

Experience and Expense

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The only qualification you need to be concened about is the experience of either the dentist or the orthodontist with invisalign.  We automatically assume the ortho is the most experienced because his speciality is straightening teeth. Some dentists have as much experience, if not more than the orthodontist.  I do not think the general dentists' prices are lower...unless he does many cases and his lab costs are less and he can afford to lower his price.  They will be comparable to the orthodontist or higher. Find a good dentist or orthodontist who has experience and you LIKE!  See a couple before you decide and make sure your Viverra retainers are included in the invisalign case price you are quoted!  Hope this helps with your decision!

Robert Fields, DDS
Van Nuys Dentist

Orthodontist offers more experience and options for Invisalign patients

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Invisalign is a great option for many kinds of cases.  However it is not appropriate for all cases, as there are some movements it is not so good at doing.  Some GP's have ample experience in treating straight forward cases.  Orthodontist fees for Invisalign seems to be levelling out with GP's so that may no longer be a factor.  To me, the biggest advantage of consulting with an Invisalign certified orthodontist is that they have the experience and expertise at recognizing cases that are not predictably treated with Invisalign.  And more importantly they have the options and tools to take care of those cases or even Invisalign cases that "get into trouble" along the way.

Doug Depew, DMD
Atlanta Orthodontist

Pro an Cons of an orthdontist vs general dentist for invisalign

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For an easy crowding or spacing case with one is good but for a more complex case an orthodontist has more experience and you may opt to see an orthodontist.  In terms of pros and cons, a general dentist is going to usually be a little less expensive than an orthodontist but normally has less experience.  Ask the dentist to show you similar before and after cases as yours to get an idea who should be able to handle the case. 

Leonard Tau, DMD
Philadelphia Dentist
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Orthodontist vs General Practitioner for Invisalign

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The bottom line is the amount of experience either one has with Invisalign. For a simple routine case, either one is good. For a more complex case, the orthodontist will have more tools to work with.

Jay Neuhaus, DDS
New York Dentist

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