Whether to choose a dentist or an orthodontist is one of the most common questions that confuse many patients who are planning for teeth straightening with Invisalign treatment. While the answer may seem obvious, but being a patient, the choice is yours. For instance, if you are having pain in your ankle, you would see a podiatrist, and if you have heart complications, you will consult a cardiologist. In the same way, if you are planning for teeth straightening, then it is advisable to visit an orthodontist. An orthodontist specializes in correcting irregularities of the teeth.
Similarly, Invisalign is teeth straightening treatment that seeks a dentist who is completely specialized to identify, correct, and protect teeth and jaw before, during, and after the treatment. Thus, Invisalign needs an orthodontist. Here are a few reasons why you should choose an orthodontist over a dentist for Invisalign/braces:
- Education and Training: All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. Though both dentists and orthodontists earn the degree from the same general dentistry school, an orthodontist will spend three more years in additional training that is related to the treatment of jaw abnormalities such as teeth alignment and jaw structure. On the other hand, a dentist offering an orthodontic treatment will be trained for less than a month. Thus, consulting a specialist for orthodontic treatment guarantees better results.
- Latest Treatment Options: No matter what your smile goals are, an experienced orthodontist will always have a treatment plan ready to cure your jaw irregularities. Because of years of experience, an orthodontist will be well aware of all the effective and the latest treatment options best for your smile. This experience also helps an orthodontist to conclude the best treatment plan for you, thereby drastically reducing the time-to-treatment.
- Save Money Down the Road: On your first visit, you might find your family dentists more affordable than an orthodontist, but down the road, their inexperience in treating the jaw irregularities may cost you more. If you visit a regular dentist for orthodontic treatment, you are indirectly putting your oral health at risk, which may cost you more money in the long run. An experienced orthodontist may be expensive, but promises the best results in the long run.
If you have any questions related to orthodontic treatments, then we suggest you to contact Dr. Alkhunaizi. We will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. As a certified orthodontist at Kakar Dental Group, Dr. Alkhunaizi has the experience and proficiency in creating and implementing a personalized treatment plan that accommodates your unique requirements. She has completed her American Board of Orthodontics Certification that represents the highest level of commitment in Orthodontics. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Alkhunaizi for orthodontic treatments in Falls Church, you can call us at 703-534-1611.
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