Next to traditional braces, Invisalign is the most popular way to solve teeth misalignment. Unlike braces, however, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that patients wear over their teeth and remove them only when they are eating, brushing and flossing.
The relative ease of Invisalign makes them a good alternative, but it requires special knowledge for a dentist to provide treatment. If you are looking for an Invisalign dentist, here is what you need to do:
1. Ask your general dentist.
Your general dentist is in the best position to recommend whether you should get Invisalign and whom to get it from. In some cases, they recommend visiting other providers to address problems you might not know you had, such as bite and bone structure issues.
2. Check their accreditation.
Dentists providing Invisalign in the UK show before and after results. All you need is to ask. They undergo training with Align Technology, which classifies providers as Platinum, Platinum Elite, and Diamond providers. The higher up the classification they go, the more Invisalign cases they have handled.
3. Look at their past work.
A dentist’s classification does not always tell the entire picture. Dentists often take photos of their patients’ teeth before and after Invisalign. Ask to view these pictures to help you evaluate if the dentist’s work is what you are looking for.
4. Assess their personality.
Treatment often takes several months, which means you will be visiting the dentist’s clinic regularly. Make sure your personality is compatible with the dentist and you feel comfortable in their clinic at all times.
5. Communicate your needs properly.
What you want to achieve may be different from what the dentist thinks needs to be done. Although the dentist is medically trained to provide treatments, they should recognise that you, as a patient, is the one who ultimately decides what to get.
Choosing the right dentist is one of the most important things to do before undergoing Invisalign treatment. By asking for expert referrals, checking the dentist’s accreditation and previous work, and finding a dentist who fits your personality and listens to your needs, you will soon enjoy a brand new set of beautiful, pearly white teeth.