The Top Reasons Why You Should Only Seek Invisalign Treatment with an Orthodontist

It seems that there are many options for straightening teeth these days and there’s no question that Invisalign is a terrific choice for many patients.  Invisalign allows you to experience virtually invisible teeth-straightening while continuing to eat the foods you enjoy, brush and floss your teeth normally for better oral health and minimize office visits. It is often the clear choice for Adults and Teens!

However, you might wonder is it necessary to see an orthodontist for your Invisalign treatment or can your general dentist do this?   Here are the top reasons why only an orthodontist should treat you or your teen:

  • Orthodontists are specialists.

All orthodontists are dentists. We go through the four years of dental school after college to become dentists.  After dental school, orthodontists devote an additional 2-3 years to orthodontics—the study of moving teeth.   Once certified, we practice orthodontics exclusively.  We focus our continuing education on orthodontics and use the latest technology and research to provide custom treatment plans to best serve our patients. This unique knowledge and skill ensures that our patients get the best possible result.

  • Orthodontists identify the cause of the problem.

Invisalign is not a “one size fixes all” treatment. It is an orthodontic tool just like metal braces, and it requires specialized skill and training to achieve an excellent result. You may see crooked or gapped teeth. We see the cause of the problem. Orthodontists use their education, experience, and expertise to delve deep to discover the root of the issue and solve it in a way that is healthy and sustainable, providing our patients with an attractive smile and a lasting result.

  • Orthodontics goes beyond your teeth.

Orthodontists study facial aesthetics and understand how tooth movement can change your facial profile, smile line, and general appearance. We understand how it relates to the face and future growth changes, and we take a holistic approach to your treatment so that your overall appearance is considered along with your smile.

  • You want it done right.

Orthodontists don’t just “Do” Invisalign; we use our specialized skill and knowledge to move teeth using clear plastic aligners. We carefully listen to our patient’s treatment goals and desires and we are best prepared to advise and treat the patient to ensure that the teeth, upper and lower jaws, gums, and facial muscles are positioned so that you can bite, chew and speak well. Without taking these components into consideration, problems can arise.  Some consequences of less expert treatment include issues with the jaw joint (TMJ), headaches, excessive wearing or chipping of the teeth, premature tooth loss and gum problems.

Entrust your family’s care to a professional. Even conditions that seem simple to fix can have underling consequences that require special knowledge to control and correct. Just like a set of gulf clubs used by the weekend golfer are more effective and accurate when used by a professional, the same goes for Invisalign.  The general dentist that occasionally “does” some Invisalign, will find it difficult to match the success of an orthodontists.


For more information about how Invisalign can give you the healthy smile you’ve always wanted, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. James Lupi, please give us a call at our convenient Stafford, VA office at (540)720-4178 or book a consultation by clicking here.

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