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3 ways to how much Invisalign experience your Dentist has

3 ways to how much Invisalign experience your Dentist has 1024 683 Urban Smile

It’s easy to think that you’ll get the same smile result no matter which Dentist you choose for treatment right? Wrong! Yes, Invisalign aligners are made from 3D plastic, printed at the Invisalign manufacturing plant, but did you know that this printing is based on the Dentist’s Invisalign prescription they plan for you? It’s actually the dentist that plans your treatment using the Invisalign software.  So your final smile could vary depending on which Dentist does your planning and how much experience they have. Your final smile outcome is not controlled by Invisalign It is a device manufacturing company, not a medical provider. 

Here’s three ways  to know if your Dentist is experienced when it comes to Invisalign treatment

  1. Years vs Number of Patients – your Dentist may tell you they have 20 years experience with Invisalign, but that doesn’t actually tell you how many Invisalign patients they have treated. If a dentist only treats 5 Invisalign patients per year, that’s only 100 patients over 20 years.  But if your dentist tells you they treat 100 patients per year with Invisalign then that 2000 patients over 20 years. There is a big difference in the level of experience that comes with treating 2000 patients as opposed to 100. Invisalign provides an easy way to tell how many new Invisalign cases a dentist treated in the previous year by using a tiered award label system. They also give out a ‘lifetime’ achievement award which is based on the total number of Invisalign patients treated. Our Doctors at Urban Smile have achieved a 2000 patient Lifetime Achievement Invisalign Award.
  2. Before and After Invisalign photos – many dentists will show you before and after photos of other Invisalign patients. There are two questions we recommend asking the Doctor.  1. Did you treat these patients yourself? and 2. Can you show me a before and after case of a patient who had similar issues with their teeth as mine?

  3. Not all Dentists are Orthodontists? It takes an additional 3 years of formal study to become a qualified Specialist Orthodontist. Only a specialist has the training and experience to give you your best smile. So whilst a dentist may have access to a machine (such as iTero) that will generate a ‘predicted smile outcome’ of your teeth, just remember that this predicted outcome is only a computer simulation. It may not be the actual prescription plan that is the best to create your new smile.