Invisalign Preferred Providers – 5 Easy Steps to Finding One Right For You

I am sure that a lot of parents looking to find the right orthodontist, for either themselves or their children, feel a bit overwhelmed with the number of options out there. Fortunately, there are many resources that can make the whole process much easier.

A beautiful smile is an important investment. Hopefully, after reading this post you can be more comfortable choosing an orthodontist in your area… at least with respect to Invisalign.

1. Find local providers on the official Invisalign website

Go to, enter your zip code in the search box in the upper right, and you will get a complete list of dentists and orthodontists providing Invisalign in your area. You will be able to tell if a specific provider is an orthodontist or a dentist by looking below their name. Both dentists and orthodontists can treat patients with Invisalign, but it is important to know that in addition to dental school orthodontists also complete a 2-3 year long residency in orthodontics. In this residency, they study healthy and efficient tooth movement as well as how to care for patients for a long term healthy smile.

2. Select the level of experience right for you or your child

The search results are ranked by the number of Invisalign cases each provider completed last year. This doesn’t necessarily mean the providers at the top have the most overall experience, but the doctors that treated the most cases last year will be listed first.

You may also notice some additional distinctions located below doctors’ listings: Preferred, Premier, Premier Elite, and Invisalign Teen. These can be a little difficult to see, and there isn’t much explanation of what they mean on the site. However, they are very important recognitions of a doctor’s Invisalign experience level. Since there is now no required yearly minimum for cases treated, knowing a doctor’s Invisalign experience before you choose is even more essential. Here is exactly what those distinctions mean:

Preferred Provider:

– Completes 10 continuing education Invisalign classes per year (in-person or online)

– Treats 10 cases per year

Premier Provider:

– Completes 10 continuing education Invisalign classes per year (in-person or online)

– Has treated at least 50 cases lifetime

– Treats at least 24 cases every 6 months

Premier Elite Provider:

– Completes 10 continuing education Invisalign classes per year (in-person or online)

– Has treated at least 300 cases lifetime

– Treats 48 cases every 6 months

Invisalign Teen:

– Treats at least 4 patients aged 11 to 19 each quarter

3. Visit websites of providers

As essential as clinical experience is, actual results are far more important. Look at patient photos and compare smiles on different orthodontists’ websites. Unfortunately, a lot of dental and orthodontic websites out there use stock photos. If you aren’t sure if a website’s photos are real just ask the receptionist when you call in.

4. Schedule multiple consultations

It is always important to seek different opinions and compare offices and staff. There is a big difference between price and value. Some offices have a lot more to offer than others. Evaluate things first hand.

5. Decide

At this point, you should be armed with enough knowledge to make a decision, but if you’re still in doubt, you can always ask your friends or your dental hygienist.

Invisalign is a great tool for straightening teeth, but it is by no means a magic wand. You should definitely consult with your orthodontist or dentist to find out if it is the right choice for you. Invisalign’s requirements for certification and other distinctions are subject to change. Unfortunately, these standards are not readily available to the public. Don’t be afraid to ask your orthodontist or dentist.

Source by Scott Frey

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