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Benefits Of Receiving Invisalign® Treatment From A General Dentist
- Invisalign® is a popular treatment option for adults and older teens who want to straighten their teeth. It is a discreet alternative to braces; one that takes the form of transparent, custom-made dental trays. Like braces, Invisalign® uses gentle, constant pressure to move the teeth into more desirable alignment.
How Invisalign® works
- After a general dentist clears the patient for Invisalign®, they use proprietary software from the manufacturer to create a 3D model of the patient’s mouth. This digital model is based on intraoral scans, x-rays and CT scans of the individual’s mouth. The dentist will save each digital set of alterations as a new version of the model. These ‘versions’ or progressive alterations of the original 3D model are the blueprints used to fabricate a series of Invisalign® trays. Over the course of treatment, the general dentist will administer a new tray to the patient every two to three weeks, based on the teeth’s progress.
General dentists and Invisalign®
- A general dentist who offers Invisalign® must go through in-career training from Align Technology; the company that owns Invisalign®. This training equips general dentists with the skills they need to use the proprietary design software that creates the digital blueprints for the dental trays. This training is not the magic ingredient that makes a particular dentist deliver consistently good results. A general dentist will create good outcomes with Invisalign® treatment when:
1. They take a holistic approach to treatment
- When a prospective patient asks about Invisalign®, a general dentist will only green-light the treatment if it is the best course of treatment. The dentist will use the depth of their knowledge to craft an in-depth diagnosis of their patient. They will be on the lookout for underlying issues that may require a treatment that is different or more aggressive than Invisalign trays. A general dentist also has an edge when it comes to dispensing Invisalign® trays. This advantage comes from their knowledge of the technical aspects of tooth movement and realignment. As such, a general dentist is well placed to craft trays that will move the teeth without causing damage to the roots or the jaws.
2. They provide the appropriate follow-up treatment
- The last pair of Invisalign® trays is not the end of an individual’s treatment plan. This means that the patient will need a general dentist who will focus on a long-term outcome. A general dentist will prescribe a retainer to keep newly straightened teeth from reverting to their previous alignment. They will also recommend and offer further treatment to improve the oral health of the patient.
Take advantage of the experience and skills of a general dentist
- General dentists treat a wide variety of oral health problems, which works to the patient’s benefit. Their experience allows them to design Invisalign® clear braces that straighten the teeth while also improving the patient’s overall oral health.
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