IntroductionWhat is Invisalign?
How Invisalign works
Will Invisalign work for me?
Is Invisalign safe?
Invisalign ProcessFinding an Invisalign Dentist
Visiting your Practitioner
Reviewing your Treatment Plan
Receiving your Aligners
Wearing your Aligners
Other InformationHistory of Invisalign
Technology behind Invisalign
Braces & Invisalign Differences
What is ClinCheck?
Finding an Invisalign Dentist
First and foremost, you need your dentist to be competent, which means that he or she maintains a high level of professionalism and knows the latest treatments and developments in the dental field. To ensure this, look for a dentist who is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dentists who are members of the AGD must meet the requirements for continuing education and are pledged to uphold the highest standards of principles and patient care.
A dentist may have a degree that says DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery). These degrees apply to general dentists and represent the same training programs, but different dental schools use different terms.
Learn how long your dentist has had the practice, and whether he or she has a satisfied customer list. If he or she has a long waiting list, or you have to wait weeks for an appointment, that may indicate that youíre onto a good thing. Then again, it may just add frustration when you need to book an emergency appointment for yourself.
Observe the operating theatre. Is it clean, well organized, and orderly? Is the patient protected against sharp objects or anything that can cause bodily harm? Ask the dentist about his compliance to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for both his patients and staff. He should be glad to answer any and all questions.
Finally, consider cost. Some people are very loyal to a dentist they like and will stick with him or her regardless of what their insurance does or doesnít cover. Others give more weight to cost. If they seem outrageously low, there may be a reason. If they seem too high, think again: you donít want to put off necessary treatment because you canít afford it. See, also, what your dental insurance will cover, and ask whether your chosen dentist accepts your insurance plan. If not, you may have to start your search again.
Finding the right dentist and the right dental specialist is an important decision for you and your family. Some people see the same dentist for decades, referring them on to children and even grandchildren. Your dental health is far too important to neglect. Taking care of your teeth is up to you. Insuring that you have a competent dentist is also your responsibility, and by using these simple guidelines, you will be sure to have an enjoyable visit to your new dentist.