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September 3, 2022

Four Helpful Tips for Finding the Perfect Invisalign Provider

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Invisalign is one of the hottest cosmetic treatments available! The aligners are able to discreetly straighten teeth and provide patients with a beautiful and healthier new smile. That said, if you’re interested in beginning Invisalign treatment in Ann Arbor, you might be unsure about how to find the right dentist for the job. Here are a few tips to keep in mind so that you can find the best Invisalign provider for your smile.

1. Check Their Experience

Dentists receive much more training and education than what they learn in dental school! Several providers complete extensive training in specific fields so that they can provide top-of-the-line care. Orthodontists, for instance, receive a far different and specialized branch of training than your average dentist. This training and other relevant information, affiliations, and certifications is often listed on a dentist’s website, and green flags that you want to look for include being a “Preferred,” Premier,” or “Elite” Invisalign provider. These statuses indicate that a dentist has completed several classes and treated numerous cases, meaning that they’re well-versed in Invisalign treatment

2. Look at Patient Reviews & Before/After Photos

If you’re curious about any sort of dental treatment, patient reviews and before/after photos are valuable resources. Looking at these items can be very informative if you’re curious about a certain provider’s work—not to mention, many dentists are thrilled to show off their smile galleries! With something like Invisalign, it’s very easy to visually track the results, meaning that these pictures can be especially informative. Reviews also give a large amount of insight to how the office and staff operate.

3. Consider the Office Atmosphere

On that note, you should consider the office atmosphere; especially since you’ll be spending quite a bit of time there! You’ll want to feel comfortable with everything from the location to the staff to the dentist themself. You’ll also want to be sure that you’re able to confidently voice your questions and concerns. When you meet your provider, don’t hesitate to chat with them and gauge their personality; most dentists are happy to get to know their patients and want them to feel right at home!

4. Be Mindful of Your Needs

You should be mindful of all your needs and what boxes you need to check when it comes to finding the right provider. Are you looking to receive Invisalign yourself, or are you looking for another family member? (Certain orthodontists specialize in treating teenagers, for instance.) Are you limited by financial implications or your insurance plan? Do you need a provider with an office close to your house? All of these factors contribute towards the overall ease and success of your treatment, so think long and hard about what you need.

A straighter smile is possible with the help of Invisalign—and finding the perfect provider for you will be an easy process if you consider these four tips.

About the Author

Dr. James Olsen received his dental doctorate from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and has proudly served patients and families in Ann Arbor for several years. His practice is pleased to offer a wide range of services including orthodontic options like Invisalign. If you have any questions about Invisalign or would like to arrange an appointment, you can contact Dr. Olsen through his practice’s website or over the phone: (734) 996-0200.

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