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Is it okay to switch Invisalign dentists?

I love how my smile looks after Invisalign treatment! It has been four months and the dentist has me using retainers still. But without getting into too much detail, I’m not happy with the dentist anymore. So I want to try a new one. Do I have to stay with the same dentist that I originally did Invisalign with? Or can I choose someone new?

– Cora in Rhode Island

Cora,

From an ethical point of view, your original Invisalign dentist has an ethical obligation to provide you with a smooth transition to your new dentist. So there should be absolutely no issue in continuing treatment at a new dentist. Even if you were still in the middle of your Invisalign treatment, there really should be no issue.

If for some reason your dentist doesn’t follow that ethical code, it still shouldn’t be a problem. The new dentist should be able to create new retainers for you without needing too much information from  the original dentist. At most, it would require a new impression of your teeth be taken.

It is great to hear that you are pleased with your results. Invisalign has one of the highest patient satisfaction records of any treatment.

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Invisalign for missing teeth?

I have always had crooked teeth and my parents never could afford braces. To complicate things, I actually have two bicuspids of which one of them was recently pulled because it was bothering me. My guess is that since these are still baby teeth that the other will have to come out too. I also had a back molar extracted.

What I’m trying to find out is if these missing teeth will still allow me to be a candidate for Invisalign. I really do not want to get ugly metal braces as an adult. My dentist was also recommending I replace these teeth with dental implants.

One last thing is that I also have an underbite. So I don’t have much space between my top and bottom teeth. Maybe the top ones can be moved to make more room. Does all that make sense?

– Ruth in West Virginia

Ruth,

Missing teeth does not automatically disqualify you from being an Invisalign candidate. But there are some other factors that may affect things. You  mentioned that you have an underbite which may actually be a bigger obstacle in straightening your teeth. Another issue where Invisalign is not recommended is if an individual has severe crowding.

That said, every dentist has their own opinion of how effectively Invisalign will straighten teeth. If you meet with an orthodontist, you will likely experience that they are more conservative. This is because their comfort level is geared toward brackets to straighten teeth. Most general dentists will be more willing to try Invisalign for a variety of cases. Another thing worth mentioning is that every Invisalign case is also monitored by an Invisalign staff orthodontist. This means if your case is approved by Invisalign, then it is generally safe.

It may be in your best interest to meet with a couple of dentists to see what their opinion is of your specific case. It is difficult to make any recommendations without having seen your teeth.

As far as your question about replacing the lower teeth, that would likely not be required for Invisalign to close the gaps in your lower teeth. That said, you still need to seek the advice of a dentist that can evaluate your case in person.

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What to do when your front teeth are too big?

I can’t tell you how much I hate the way my two front teeth look. They are big and long and they stick out in front more than the others.

I’m finally ready to do something about them, I just don’t know what to do. I have been trying to research and figure out what kind of cosmetic dentistry option is right for me. But I get the feeling that anything cosmetic will end up making them bigger and uglier than they look already.

Maybe I just need to have them removed and replaced with dental implants? Do you know if that will work or do you have any ideas? Please help!

– Kathryn in South Carolina

Kathryn,

Having your teeth extracted and replaced with dental implants is a very extreme measure. Please, don’t remove your otherwise healthy teeth.

You need to consult with an expert cosmetic dentist. It is excellent that you are doing your homework but you don’t have to do this all on your own. A great cosmetic dentist is passionate about creating beautiful smiles and will go out of their way to make sure you absolutely love your new smile.

It is always challenging to make recommendations to someone without having actually seen their case. So again I’ll mention working with a true cosmetic dentist. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is a world-renowned organization so if a dentist is a part of the AACD it is likely they do excellent work.

One option to reduce the appearance of teeth is to have them trimmed down with diamond strips to make them both shorter and narrower in appearance. After that has been done, a retainer would help to reposition them.

Another option that may work is Invisalign. This innovative system has a very high patient satisfaction rating and repositions teeth to their proper position. They are invisible too.

Or if they are really large and the appearance needs to be greatly reduced, porcelain veneers could be placed after the teeth are prepared and shaved down a bit.

You are on the right track and well on your way to a beautiful new smile. Just make sure you seek the talent of a cosmetic dentist that is experienced and has a beautiful portfolio of work. You need to focus more on which dentist you choose instead of choosing the treatment.

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How much longer is Invisalign than braces?

I have heard that Invisalign is a nicer alternative than regular metal braces. I really don’t want to get braces because they are ugly and all my friends have already got them off. How much longer does Invisalign take to straighten your teeth when compared to braces?

– Tammy in Texas

Dear Tammy,

The good news is that you have heard incorrectly about how long Invisalign takes. They actually take about half the time as traditional metal braces. On average, Invisalign takes about a year to straighten teeth and for some individuals they have worked in as little as six months.

Invisalign has many benefits. The clear aligners are invisible and completely removable. This means they can be removed before you eat and also when you need to care for your teeth. Invisalign is much more comfortable too. This innovative system is safe and works well for most adults.

It is true that they are a bit more expensive. Another disadvantage is that they are not recommended for children or teenagers whose teeth have not completely erupted.

You should meet with your dentist to help you to determine if you are a good candidate.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.

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