Finding the Perfect Invisalign Provider

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Because Invisalign is relatively new, many parents might find it difficult to find a skilled Invisalign provider. However, many orthodontists have been trained in this technology and there are even special certifications available for orthodontists that show that they have been properly trained and are a great choice for you or your teenager seeking orthodontic treatment. Here are some tips and trips to trick to help you find the right provider with the right qualifications.

Look for an Invisalign Elite 1% Provider

An Invisalign Elite 1% provider is not just trained in Invisalign, he has gathered the knowledge and experience to set himself above all other dentists and orthodontists in the nation. Both Dr. Gemmi and Dr. Middleberg are Invisalign Elite Preferred Providers, because of their extensive experience and training with these aligners.

Why do you want to work with one of these providers? It is a common misconception that Invisalign and Invisalign Teen can only correct very trivial bite and alignment problems. Orthodontists who are not very familiar with the system or for whom the system is rarely used may only be willing to treat mild alignment issues with this solution, because they do not have the skill set necessary to use Invisalign to its full potential.

If you are looking for an Elite provider in your area, you can use Invisalign’s website to find dentists and orthodontists in your area that do these treatments. They are usually sorted by which offices treat the most cases every year. When you search for providers in our area, our office will be very near the top, because of the Elite position held by Drs. Gemmi and Middleberg.

Invisalign Elite

All it takes to be able to offer Invisalign to your patients is the completion of a training course—for most dentists and orthodontists, this training course only lasts a single day! That is hardly enough time to be completely acquainted with the system and to make sure that you fully understand all of the options available to you as a provider. This is why Invisalign has introduced the three provider levels, to show which providers have made a special effort to learn about the treatment and provide it to their patients.

The three levels are Preferred Provider, Premier Provider, and Elite Provider. Each has to complete a certain number of classes and treatments in order to retain their level status.

A Preferred dentist or orthodontist must take at least ten Invisalign classes every year, which can be completed online or in person. He must also use Invisalign on at least ten patients. All Invisalign providers now have to meet these requirements in order to be allowed to offer Invisalign to their patients.

A Premier provider must also take those ten classes online or in person and must have treated at least fifty cases in total and twenty-four cases every six months. Providers who meet these qualifications have much deeper knowledge of Invisalign and all of the applications and features available to their patients than those that only treat a few patients every year.

The Elite level makes up only 1% of all providers who offer Invisalign. They have to complete the ten classes a year and have treated more than three hundred cases in their practice’s lifetime. They also have to treat at least forty-eight cases every six months. These providers are dentists and orthodontists who are treating many different cases at the same time and understand deeply how different applications and features of Invisalign can be used to treat moderate and even some severe alignment and bite issues.

Look for an Invisalign Teen Provider

If you are looking for orthodontic treatment for your teenager, you will want to look for an orthodontist that is specially qualified to treat teenagers. While Invisalign was originally introduced just for adults, it can also be used to treat teenagers, just as metal braces often are.

In order for a provider to qualify as an Invisalign Teen provider, they must have at least four patients every quarter that fall between the ages of eleven and nineteen. This means at least sixteen patients a year, and plenty of experience using the plastic aligners to treat the specific problems that teenagers face.

Look for an Orthodontist

While there are many qualified dentists in the world, who have extensive knowledge of teeth, there is quite a gap between the training that dentists receive and the training that orthodontists receive. It is the difference between seeing your primary care physician and a cardiologist when you have heart disease. Your primary doctor may know plenty about the heart, but a cardiologist has been specially trained in treating heart disease. Dentist know how to keep a mouth healthy and may know plenty about adjusting the alignment of teeth, but orthodontists have trained specifically in these treatments.

An orthodontist knows exactly what it takes in order to move your teeth or your child’s teeth into better alignment. Drs. Gemmi and Middleberg have the knowledge required to make your Invisalign treatment as quick and comfortable as possible. If you want the very best care, it’s always best to choose the doctor who has been trained specifically in that kind of care.

They will be able to tell you if Invisalign is the right choice for you. The wrong Invisalign provider will try to force Invisalign on you, even if it is not the right option. The perfect provider will make sure you are getting the best possible treatment for your needs.