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Tips – 1. Specialist Care

When choosing an Invisalign provider for your Invisalign treatment, always ask:

Is the treating practitioner a registered specialist orthodontist, or a general dentist?

A specialist orthodontist:

  • has had an additional 3 to 4 years of university training
  • is restricted to performing orthodontic treatments all day every day, and therefore has a great deal of experience in all forms of orthodontic treatment
  • is best able to spot the pitfalls with a proposed orthodontic treatment, thus reducing the likelihood of patient dissatisfaction
  • can manage everything from the most simple to the most complex orthodontic case, and so are usually better versed in providing patients with all orthodontic options – which can often include the correction of the jaws, bite and whole smile in relation to the face, rather than just cosmetic teeth straightening
  • with their understanding of the jaws, bite and dentition, is capable of carrying out their own Invisalign prescription (known as a clin check), rather than revert to Invisalign to assist them with this sensitive component of the treatment.

To learn more about the differences in treatment between a specialist orthodontist and a general dentist, read the recommentations made by the Australian Society of Orthodontists.

If you’re wanting to see a specialist orthodontist, never assume that a practitioner is a specialist orthodontist. It’s not uncommon for junior associate dentists, dental assistants and reception staff to imply that their senior clinicians are “specialists”, or even to refer to them as such, usually understanding neither the official industry definition of the title nor the implications of such an error. Always ask to be given a business card or title attached to an email that includes the word/s specialist and/or orthodontist to confirm the registration status of the practitioner. Or simply check for yourself on the AHPRA website.

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Tips – 2. Experienceinvisalign provider

Experience with Invisalign is rucial. Two very important reasons are that it:

  • allows the clinician to have a clearer understanding of which cases are suitable for Invisalign and which are not
  • allows the clinician to determine early if the aligners are not tracking in the right direction and hence to initiate an adjustment before too long.

Blue diamond Invisalign providerWhat status does the treating practitioner have with the provider, Invisalign?

This reflects the practitioner’s level of experience with Invisalign. The categories of excellence awarded by Invisalign Australia are:

  • Blue Diamond – Carries out more than 750+ cases per year.
  • Platinum Elite – Carries out more than 80 cases per year.
  • Platinum – Carries out more than 50 cases per year.

Beware! Invisalign status is conferred on the clinic, not any individual practitioner. So, although you may be attending an Invisalign Elite Platinum clinic, your particular treating practitioner may be inexperienced in providing Invisalign.

The official Australian Invisalign website caters for these two crucial parameters in its “Find a Provider” search page.

This enables you to select your clinician according to experience, proximity and status as a registered orthodontist or general dentist.

If you are motivated to have treatment with the most skilled and experienced Invisalign practitioner available, regardless of price, you will most likely choose:

Invisalign Provider Type – Blue Diamond Provider

Practice type – Specialist Orthodontist

Sort – Experience & Proximity

If you are seeking Invisalign at the lowest price available, you will most likely choose, on Invisalign’s Find a Provider page:

Invisalign Provider Type – General Provider

Practice type – Dentist

Sort – Proximity

As with all extensive orthodontic treatment, it is highly recommended that you seek the second opinion of a registered specialist orthodontist before starting Invisalign treatment with a general dentist.

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