I’m not sure what to do. We’ve seen an orthodontist for my son, who does need his teeth straightened, but he thinks we should do traditional braces. My son has metal allergies. I’ve explained this and asked about Invisalign. He said he doesn’t offer Invisalign because the orthodontist has less control. He thinks they are less useful. He’s insisting sometimes the “old standards” are best. Maybe they are, but what about for people in my son’s circumstances?
It is a shame your orthodontist is so closed minded. Truthfully, a small handful of orthodontists feel threatened by Invisalign because a general dentist can place them and feel it cuts into their business. However, most have embraced the newer technology and find it helps bring in patients which otherwise would never wear tradtional braces.
Long Term Solution: A Holistic Dentist
While you have orthodontists resisting Invisalign, you have many dentists who refuse to consider metal sensitivities as a thing to worry about in their field.
This is unfortunate for patients, because even those who don’t have allergies which show obvious symptoms, there are a large group of people which end up feeling much better overall when they use metal-free solutions in their dental care.
You may find some dentists resistant to factoring in his allergies with things such as dental crowns, fillings, and later in life even things such as dental implants. Though, hopefully, he’ll never need a tooth replacement.
Dentists who consider themselves Holistic Dentists will be a better option for your son’s dental care because they’ll be more likely to listen to the special considerations needed for his body.
Is Invisalign Effective?
It used to be that Invisalign could only handle the ideal cases. That’s no longer true. Except for the most challenging cases, they are now a good fit for most people.
The orthodontist you visited may not have kept up with the advancements in this procedure because he’d already written it off. i think your gut instinct for your son is spot on and Invisalign will work for him.
See another dentist to get a second opinion. It doesn’t have to be an orthodontist.
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