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Choosing An Orthodontist For Any Orthodontic Or Invisalign Treatment

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It is extremely important to make the right choice when it comes to choosing the doctor who will be making important decisions regarding the processes and treatment plan to be followed while you undergo orthodontic treatment. It is always better to choose an orthodontic specialist over a general implants dentist as the orthodontist has additional hours of experience and exposure to orthodontic cases. After completing the undergraduate course in dentistry, the orthodontist receives 2-3 years of additional full-time training that focuses on braces, bite problems and straightening teeth. This rigorous training provides them with a deep understanding and knowledge about the dynamics of orthodontic care. All the examinations and licensing criteria ensure that they are able to visualize each and every step and any complications that could possibly arise during treatment in a particular case which enables them to create a highly customized treatment plan for each patient, unlike the cookie cutter approach that would be employed by someone who has not received such in-depth training in orthodontia.

The orthodontist will also not hesitate to invest in better equipment from time to time since his sole practice is based on providing the best orthodontic care with the most modern equipment. All the extra continuing education classes that they take help them to brush up and remain updated on all the new trends in orthodontics. No one can grasp the finer aspects of the subject by just attending some workshops and seminars that last for a few hours and where the licensing and certifying processes are not very strict. Hence, it is like choosing a general physician who has attended a few sessions on cardiology to do a complicated heart surgery instead of going to a cardiologist to get the procedure done. An orthodontist will be able to guide you correctly on the type of braces that would provide the fastest and best results based on the assessment of your dentition, bite etc.

In case your general dentist recommends Invisalign, do go to the Invisalign website and check the details. They might convince you by saying that Invisalign is a relatively easy thing to do and no special or extra effort is required from the dentists’ end to ensure success. Beware! Such tactics might appear good and cost-effective, but in the long run might prove to be disastrous. One needs to understand that Invisalign is just a lab making clear trays and selling them to doctors across the world. After only 6 hours or so of training, a dentist could be legally doing that without understanding principles of proper occlusion.

The Invisalign factory just wants to sell the product and therefore they do not care much as to where or to whom they sell as long as a dentist is licensed. The Invisalign factory is not responsible for quality, but the doctor is. Therefore, it is important to choose an orthodontist if you are considering straightening your teeth. A trained orthodontist will be able to give proper instructions about the exact tooth movement that he or she wishes to achieve and sequence in which the various steps of the treatment plan should be carried out. He would also be better at spotting any complications or undesirable changes and suggesting the required changes during the tray fabrication.

The orthodontist will be in a position to give specific and accurate instructions for individual cases rather than depend on the lab technician to make important design modifications. Armed with the extra knowledge and experience that comes with years of training and practice, the orthodontist can lead the treatment rather than follow a “similar problem, similar solution” kind of treatment plan that a technician would utilize if he doesn’t receive proper guidelines from a dentist who himself is ill-equipped to make firm decisions. So, make a sound choice while picking a doctor to straighten your teeth. After all, it is your teeth and money at stake!

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