Choosing the orthodontist who transforms you or your child’s smile is a big deal! Like any doctor, you want to be sure that you can trust your orthodontist and his or her qualifications, experience, techniques and communication skills.
You and your family’s smiles deserve the greatest quality of care, and that means choosing your orthodontist carefully before starting treatment with Invisalign, clear aligners or braces. Here are 5 reasons why you should choose an experienced Invisalign doctor for treatment:
Dentist Vs. Orthodontist for Invisalign Treatment
Some dentists offer Invisalign treatment, does that make them an experienced Invisalign specialist? Between schooling, training and experience, dentists and orthodontists have different backgrounds!
1. Qualifications: Orthodontist schooling
Though your family dentist may offer Invisalign treatment, dentists don’t receive the same training that orthodontists do. Dentists are focused on dental hygiene and health, while orthodontists are focused on the structures and positions of the teeth and jaw bones.
Both an orthodontist and a dentist complete dental school, but orthodontists have to devote an additional 2 to 3 years to orthodontic-specific training. After receiving a certification, orthodontist schooling for the most experienced orthodontists continues.
Both of our orthodontists at Spillers Orthodontics are strong advocates for continuing education!
Dr. Spillers is a member of numerous ongoing education organizations, including the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Southern Association of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists, and many more.
Dr. Gordon is an active Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, as well as a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Georgia Association of Orthodontists, Georgia Dental Association and more.
Our orthodontists are dedicated to staying on the cutting-edge of orthodontic techniques and technologies to create the perfect smiles and an exceptional experience for every patient.
2. Diagnosing the root of the problem
Although a dentist may have some Invisalign experience, an orthodontist has special expertise in examining and guiding the positions of the teeth and the jaw bones, while optimizing facial aesthetics.
Orthodontists have special training in understanding how your smile can change your facial profile. Orthodontists identify and treat the root of the bite or tooth misalignment, while dentists are mainly focused on the health of the teeth. Successful Invisalign/clear aligner treatment requires an approach that includes both aesthetics and functionality.
At Spillers Orthodontics, we see beautiful smiles as an added benefit to treating the underlying root of the issue: the malocclusion (misalignment). Our main focus is aligning your teeth and jaw bones to restore your health, treat symptoms related to your misalignment, and consequently – create your perfect smile.
3. Customized treatment plans
We create fully custom treatment plans for every patient in order for us to achieve the utmost level of personalization throughout the entire orthodontic process. Through personalized treatment plans, our orthodontists create a custom plan using different techniques, appliances or treatments that cater to the patient’s condition.
Before beginning any orthodontic treatment, knowing the provider’s experience in orthodontic diagnosis is essential! Along with that, the provider must be up-to-date on the customized treatments available for you.
At Spillers Orthodontics, we provide our very own clear aligners, designed and printed in our in-house lab! SO Clear Aligners are made to accomplish minor tooth movement with 10 aligners or less. (Invisalign treatment generally uses around 20 to 30 aligners.) Providing our very own specialized clear aligners helps us accomplish truly personalized treatment.
We can treat patients of all ages and case complexities with clear aligners. You choose the type of treatment you prefer, and our experienced orthodontists create a custom treatment plan to get you to your perfect smile.
4. Lower cost
Many people believe choosing an Invisalign specialist is more expensive, but fortunately this isn’t the case! The more Invisalign experience an orthodontist has, the lower they’re able to offer the cost of treatment.
A dentist or orthodontist who doesn’t specialize in Invisalign may require additional resources to treat your condition. This can end up costing you more money!
The cost of our SO Clear Aligners is comparable to the cost of popular direct-to-consumer teeth aligners at home! At our practice, specialized SO Clear Aligners are the same price as braces.
Overall, the cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on the severity of your treatment and the length of treatment required. Your out-of-pocket cost and monthly costs will also vary based on the payment plan you choose and whether you have insurance coverage.
At your first visit, we’ll work with you to create a financial plan that suits your budget. Choose from in-house financing with no interest, outside financing with CareCredit or LendingPoint, or pay-in-full for a 5% discount on treatment. We don’t want finances to be the determining factor in the type of treatment you choose.
5. Experience in successful treatment
When you choose an orthodontist who’s earned an Invisalign distinction, like Spillers Orthodontics’ Diamond Plus Top 1% Invisalign Provider status, you can rest assured that they’ve treated thousands of cases successfully.
Dr. Spillers and Dr. Gordon are two of the most experienced Invisalign providers in Georgia. No matter your case complexity, our orthodontists can create an effective treatment plan for you. They draw on a combined 35+ years of experience and extensive training to help you determine the best plan of action for your smile.
It’s critical to consider an orthodontist’s expertise when making a decision for your smile. Undergoing Invisalign treatment requires experience and education, and with a specialist, you’re guaranteed to receive that!
Start your smile journey today!
Whether you choose clear aligners or a modern form of braces, we’re here to guide you through the smile transformation process and help you achieve the level of health and confidence you’ve always longed for.
If you aren’t sure which treatment you’re interested in, take our quick smile quiz! Your first visit to one of our orthodontist offices in Macon or Warner Robins is completely free of charge and includes a one-on-one consultation and thorough exam from a 5-star orthodontist.
Get started today with specialists you can trust. Request your complimentary exam, reach out to us with any questions, or start from home with a virtual smile assessment when you click “start from home!”