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Dental Costs - Invisalign

Invisalign is one orthodontic solution for straightening your teeth.

There are two broad categories of clinician who can provide you with Invisalign.

1. General dentist with Invisalign accreditation

  • Education and training of general dentist: 4 to 5 years
  • Invisalign accreditation: 5-day course

2. Registered specialist orthodontist with Invisalign accreditation

  • Education and training of specialist orthodontist: 4 to 5 years of general dentistry PLUS 3 to 4 years' specialisation
  • Invisalign accreditation: 5-day course
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Orthodontics is a highly specialised field of dentistry that focuses on the alignment of your teeth, bite and jaws.

Invisalign's growing popularity is due to the fact that it does away with braces. This appeals to many people for many reasons, mainly because Invisalign is barely visible and is not fixed to the teeth – offering two-way freedom.

The Invisalign popularity explosion ...

Why do most patients prefer this solution to fixed braces?

  1. Almost invisible
  2. Removed before meals
  3. Relatively comfortable and easeful
  4. Can be removed for special occasions
  5. Facilitates oral hygiene maintenance
  6. Great for active people and those into sports

Most general dentists have limited experience with conventional braces, but they have embraced Invisalign because of the relative ease of administering the process compared with fitting technically difficult braces.

Many general dentists today still refer to registered specialist orthodontists for most, if not all, of their complex orthodontic cases requiring jaw surgery, severe overcrowding and reduction of overbites as well as challenging patients, including most teenagers.

The Invisalign popularity explosion ...

Why do most clinicians prefer this solution to fixed braces?

  1. Near-invisibility makes it highly marketable, with greater consumer demand
  2. No need to have the technical experience that fixed braces require
  3. Easy accreditation (5-day course only)
  4. Case support provided by Invisalign
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