Is It Better to Get Invisalign at an Orthodontist or a Dentist? 

Are you interested in Invisalign treatment? Then you may wonder who you need to see to get started. Should you schedule an appointment with your regular dentist or with an orthodontist?

Keep reading to learn the difference between the two and what you should do next to fix your smile. 

What Are the Differences Between and Orthodontist and a Dentist

Both general dentists and orthodontists can offer Invisalign treatment so it can be a bit confusing when trying to decide who to choose. 

A general dentist is trained to offer comprehensive dental care. They provide everything from preventive care and routine dental cleanings to restorative treatments, root canals, tooth extractions, x-rays, fillings and crowns. Some also offer Invisalign treatment, but not all. 

An orthodontist is a dental professional who specializes exclusively in addressing teeth alignment issues. They know how to provide the right treatment that would help patients achieve the ideal jaw and teeth alignment. 

Do I Need a Referral for Invisalign?

In most cases, no, you don't need a referral for Invisalign treatment. That's because many general dentists offer this type of orthodontic treatment and don't need to refer you to a specialist so you can correct your smile. 

However, if your dentist doesn't offer Invisalign and they consider that you need specialized treatment to straighten your teeth or correct jaw misalignment, they may refer you to a specialist, be it an orthodontist or surgeon. 

Orthodontist or Dentist: Who Should I See for Invisalign Treatment?

The answer ultimately depends on your needs and expectations:

  • Your general dentist is more familiarized with your overall dental health and can have a more personalized and holistic approach. 
  • An orthodontist may be better suited if your misalignment is quite severe and requires a combination of braces and clear aligners. If the misalignment is skeletal, the orthodontist may also need to work with a surgeon to correct the issue.
  • If you need to address more oral health issues, such as cavities, extractions, and crowding, a general dentist's office can be a one stop shop for all your dental issues. This can be a more convenient and time-effective approach than seeing different specialists. 

How Vino Smiles Dentistry Can Help

Vino Smiles Dentistry offers all the services you need to transform your smile, including Invisalign. 

It all starts with an initial consultation during which Dr. Christopher Rodriguez will examine your oral health as well as teeth and jaw alignment and determine if Invisalign is actually a good solution for you. Based on his assessment, he will then take impressions of your teeth and map out your entire orthodontic treatment. He will also closely supervise your treatment to ensure you will get the smile you always wanted. 

Are you ready to start your Invisalign journey? 

Get in touch with us now to book your appointment. 

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