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5 Tips on How to Pick the Right Invisalign Dentist.

“Yes! I have finally decided that I want to choose Invisalign to straighten my teeth!”

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August 16, 2021

Best Invisalign Dentist in Singapore?

Making the choice to straighten your teeth for better aesthetics, oral and general health is indeed a wise decision, well done to you for getting through this hurdle! Now it is time to decide on the dentist whom you want to entrust your teeth to. Choosing the right Invisalign provider that understands your needs plays an instrumental role in achieving your ideal smile.

Invisalign has transformed the smiles of over 10 million people around the world [1]. It is an innovative, convenient straightening tool that can do wonders to your teeth. Let us enlighten you with a simple analogy on why it is very important to select who to straighten your teeth:

If you are going to hire someone to construct the living room of your home with a specific design you have in mind, it is very likely that you’ll research extensively on the best contractors in town to suit your needs. Each contractor will come with different price tags and varying methods used to achieve your desired end goal. Who are you going to choose? The contractor that only started three months ago or the individual who has been working on homes day in and out for the past ten years?

An experienced and efficient dentist can make your Invisalign experience an enjoyable one. In this article, we provide you with 5 helpful tips on how to research for and pick the right Invisalign dentist especially for you. Let’s embark on a journey to change your smile and your life for the better!

dentist standing beside dental chair

Can any qualified dentist provide Invisalign treatment?

A dentist will have to be a Certified Invisalign Provider to take on Invisalign cases at their dental practice. To become a certified Invisalign Provider, dentists receive training from an Invisalign expert via a series of virtual live courses.

During these onboarding sessions, they are trained on:

  • How to use all the Invisalign products,
  • Treatment planning around their patient’s needs,
  • Administering Invisalign safely and effectively to every patient,
  • Assess their patient’s progress through case studies,
  • How to proceed with treatment if ideal tooth movements are not achieved

Tip 1: Do your research! Have a rough idea on the Dentist’s profile before visiting the practice.

Did you know that Invisalign rates practices and dentists based on the number of cases they take on per year Invisalign has an ingenious system that highlights those who are experts and are more experienced in using their technological systems. This system works in a way that the more patients they see and treat, the higher their ranking.

The Invisalign Provider Tiers allow patients to view their ranking so that they can make an informed decision on their dentist or orthodontist of choice.

Each practice is awarded points based on the number of cases they take on per year. They are given 1,000 points for every Invisalign Lite, Invisalign Moderate and Invisalign Comprehensive case they treat [2].

Diamond providers are awarded to the top 1% of the practices that have treated at least 151 cases per year.

It is important to do your research before visiting the practice. Perform a quick Google search of the orthodontist and read up on his/her credentials, Invisalign rankings, reviews, and testimonials from their past patients before your appointment. Reach out to friends and family and ask for recommendations and personal experience if any.

During the appointment, listen to their proposed treatment plan and what they feel is the best for your case.

Here are some questions that you can ask to find out more about their experience and proficiency with Invisalign:

  • How long they’ve been an Invisalign provider,
  • Their Invisalign ranking,
  • An explanation of the process and rough timelines,
  • Pictures of their past cases (any before/after pictures available for viewing)
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Tip 2: Know the difference between a Dentist vs Orthodontist and the care they provide.

Many patients often wonder if they should see a general dentist or orthodontist for Invisalign. Let us help you distinguish between the two. Orthodontists are a subspecialty of dentists concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tooth or jaw malocclusions. They correct crooked teeth, misaligned bites and monitor facial growth in children, adolescents, and adults.

To become an orthodontist in Singapore, one must successfully obtain their bachelor’s or Doctor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S or D.D.S) course and subsequently undertake an extra three years of postgraduate specialty training. To put it in layman terms, they are the dentists you see for braces.

A general dentist focuses on the treatment and maintenance of your overall dental health. They perform your regular dental checkups, scaling and polishing, fillings, extractions, root canal treatment, provide dentures etc. Some general dentists even take on basic traditional braces cases.

Both general dentists and orthodontists can offer Invisalign.

There is no ‘right’ person to go to for Invisalign treatment per se. If your general dentist has had lots of experience with a wide range of Invisalign cases, go for it! Seeing your regular dentist for Invisalign can be advantageous as they have all your dental history and treatment records stored in their system. This provides them with all the information they need to come up with a thorough treatment plan for you. It also makes your life a lot easier as you can get your six-monthly checkups, any outstanding dental work and Invisalign all done at the same place!

If the difficulty of your case is beyond the ability of a general dentist, they will refer you to an orthodontist for a consultation and treatment. More complex Invisalign cases will be taken on by an orthodontist as they have received specialized training on how to carry out challenging tooth movement and treat complex malocclusions.

An orthodontist treats jaw and tooth misalignments every day as part of their job. They will have enough experience to be able to pick up any potential complications and risks associated with your case that a general dentist may not see. You can rest assured that an orthodontist will be equipped with the expertise to not only straighten your misaligned teeth but also fit your upper and lower jaw in a harmonious position. With specialist care comes a heftier price tag; orthodontists charge a significantly higher amount than general dentists as they have a greater skillset and more experience. For many patients, the extra financial investment is worth the peace of mind and the higher quality end result.

To read more about whether Invisalign can treat complex cases, click here: https://www.nofrillsdental.com/2020/10/15/invisalign-for-complex-cases/

Dr Bernice Tan with iTero intraoral scanner

Tip 3: Check if they are using the latest technology in the practice.

A progressive dental or orthodontic practice will take the time and effort to invest in the latest technology and equipment to provide the best care for their patients. Technology plays an indispensable role in the fabrication of Invisalign aligners. Intra-oral scans are taken at the clinic and sent to Invisalign to create a unique treatment plan for each patient. All Invisalign records collected by the dentist are then sent to an Invisalign lab for custom trays to be made.

Digital dentistry is the core foundation of all things dentistry today and has become more efficient and user-friendly over the past few years. This allows dentists to work in even smarter ways than before. Incorporating technology in the dental practice allows for better precision and predictability, creating fast, precise 3D images of your teeth that are used to develop your treatment plan.

patient POV of dentist

Tip 4: Find someone whom you can Trust and will listen to your concerns.

Communication is an imperative part in establishing a good dentist-patient relationship. A good dentist will take time to listen to your needs and take your best interests at heart. You are going to be seeing your dentist for the next couple of months, if not years, so finding a dental practice and team that makes you feel comfortable should definitely be one of your priorities!

Dental check up with Dr Li Kexin

Tip 5: A good dental practice will be Transparent about Costs.

Let’s face it. Invisalign is the most expensive clear aligner option. Financing this journey will involve some careful budgeting on your part.

When thinking about Invisalign costs, consider the following:

  • Initial consultation cost,
  • All review appointments and clear aligners,
  • Material costs,
  • Retainer costs,
  • Any extra costs if you happen to lose a set of aligners or your retainers,
  • Any follow-up appointments after the end of treatment.

Always make sure that you ask for an ‘all in’ cost from your dentist to be sure you won’t have any unforeseen surprises later on. It is their duty to be open and honest about their pricing.

Most practices offer instalment plans to divide the cost of treatment into monthly payments. However, these plans vary with every patient case. We advise you to check and verify with your clinic regarding their down payment and instalment policies before committing to treatment. Some may require a credit check for approval as well. Take time to weigh out all options by comparing dentists and financing programs to make your Invisalign journey more friendly to your pocket without compromising on quality [4].

To read up more about the cost of Invisalign click here!

Invisalign clear aligners in box

Conclusion: Choosing the right dentist for Invisalign in Singapore.

Invisalign is the most exciting breakthrough in orthodontics. It is worth putting in the extra effort to research on the best Invisalign provider suited for your every need – you won’t regret it! We hope that the tips we provided you will give you a better picture on what you should look for before commencing treatment. All the very best on your Invisalign journey!

NoFrills Dental Team of Professionals | Professional Team of Dentists in Singapore | Best dentists in Singapore

References

  1. Invisalign.com. n.d. Frequently Asked Questions | Invisalign. [online] Available at: <https://www.invisalign.com/frequently-asked-questions> [Accessed 5 August 2021].
  2. Premier Orthodontics. n.d. How to Choose the Best Invisalign Orthodontist | Premier Orthodontics. [online] Available at: <https://yourazbraces.com/invisalign/invisalign-orthodontist/> [Accessed 6 August 2021].
  3. Malmin.co.uk. n.d. What Is an Invisalign Diamond Provider? – Malmin. [online] Available at: <https://www.malmin.co.uk/what-is-an-invisalign-diamond-provider/> [Accessed 6 August 2021].
  4. Smile Prep. n.d. An Honest Invisalign Review: What Your Dentist Might Not Tell You | Smile Prep. [online] Available at: <https://smileprep.com/invisalign-review/> [Accessed 7 August 2021].
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Are you looking to get started on your Invisalign journey?

NoFrills Dental is powered by a dedicated group of highly-experienced clinicians .

In recognition of our expertise in Invisalign treatment. We’ve been awarded the Invisalign Diamond Provider Award for the year of 2020.

If you’ve have any questions queries about Invisalign procedure, please feel free to give us a call.

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Best Invisalign Dentist in Singapore?

Making the choice to straighten your teeth for better aesthetics, oral and general health is indeed a wise decision, well done to you for getting through this hurdle! Now it is time to decide on the dentist whom you want to entrust your teeth to. Choosing the right Invisalign provider that understands your needs plays an instrumental role in achieving your ideal smile.

Invisalign has transformed the smiles of over 10 million people around the world [1]. It is an innovative, convenient straightening tool that can do wonders to your teeth. Let us enlighten you with a simple analogy on why it is very important to select who to straighten your teeth:

If you are going to hire someone to construct the living room of your home with a specific design you have in mind, it is very likely that you’ll research extensively on the best contractors in town to suit your needs. Each contractor will come with different price tags and varying methods used to achieve your desired end goal. Who are you going to choose? The contractor that only started three months ago or the individual who has been working on homes day in and out for the past ten years?

An experienced and efficient dentist can make your Invisalign experience an enjoyable one. In this article, we provide you with 5 helpful tips on how to research for and pick the right Invisalign dentist especially for you. Let’s embark on a journey to change your smile and your life for the better!

 

dentist standing beside dental chair

Can any qualified dentist provide Invisalign treatment?

A dentist will have to be a Certified Invisalign Provider to take on Invisalign cases at their dental practice. To become a certified Invisalign Provider, dentists receive training from an Invisalign expert via a series of virtual live courses.

During these onboarding sessions, they are trained on:

  • How to use all the Invisalign products,
  • Treatment planning around their patient’s needs,
  • Administering Invisalign safely and effectively to every patient,
  • Assess their patient’s progress through case studies,
  • How to proceed with treatment if ideal tooth movements are not achieved

Tip 1: Do your research! Have a rough idea on the Dentist’s profile before visiting the practice.

Did you know that Invisalign rates practices and dentists based on the number of cases they take on per year Invisalign has an ingenious system that highlights those who are experts and are more experienced in using their technological systems. This system works in a way that the more patients they see and treat, the higher their ranking.

The Invisalign Provider Tiers allow patients to view their ranking so that they can make an informed decision on their dentist or orthodontist of choice.

Each practice is awarded points based on the number of cases they take on per year. They are given 1,000 points for every Invisalign Lite, Invisalign Moderate and Invisalign Comprehensive case they treat [2].

Diamond providers are awarded to the top 1% of the practices that have treated at least 151 cases per year.

It is important to do your research before visiting the practice. Perform a quick Google search of the orthodontist and read up on his/her credentials, Invisalign rankings, reviews, and testimonials from their past patients before your appointment. Reach out to friends and family and ask for recommendations and personal experience if any.

During the appointment, listen to their proposed treatment plan and what they feel is the best for your case.

Here are some questions that you can ask to find out more about their experience and proficiency with Invisalign:

  • How long they’ve been an Invisalign provider,
  • Their Invisalign ranking,
  • An explanation of the process and rough timelines,
  • Pictures of their past cases (any before/after pictures available for viewing)
dentist standing in front of signage of nofrills dental

Tip 2: Know the difference between a Dentist vs Orthodontist and the care they provide.

Many patients often wonder if they should see a general dentist or orthodontist for Invisalign. Let us help you distinguish between the two. Orthodontists are a subspecialty of dentists concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tooth or jaw malocclusions. They correct crooked teeth, misaligned bites and monitor facial growth in children, adolescents, and adults.

To become an orthodontist in Singapore, one must successfully obtain their bachelor’s or Doctor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S or D.D.S) course and subsequently undertake an extra three years of postgraduate specialty training. To put it in layman terms, they are the dentists you see for braces.

A general dentist focuses on the treatment and maintenance of your overall dental health. They perform your regular dental checkups, scaling and polishing, fillings, extractions, root canal treatment, provide dentures etc. Some general dentists even take on basic traditional braces cases.

Both general dentists and orthodontists can offer Invisalign.

There is no ‘right’ person to go to for Invisalign treatment per se. If your general dentist has had lots of experience with a wide range of Invisalign cases, go for it! Seeing your regular dentist for Invisalign can be advantageous as they have all your dental history and treatment records stored in their system. This provides them with all the information they need to come up with a thorough treatment plan for you. It also makes your life a lot easier as you can get your six-monthly checkups, any outstanding dental work and Invisalign all done at the same place!

If the difficulty of your case is beyond the ability of a general dentist, they will refer you to an orthodontist for a consultation and treatment. More complex Invisalign cases will be taken on by an orthodontist as they have received specialized training on how to carry out challenging tooth movement and treat complex malocclusions.

An orthodontist treats jaw and tooth misalignments every day as part of their job. They will have enough experience to be able to pick up any potential complications and risks associated with your case that a general dentist may not see. You can rest assured that an orthodontist will be equipped with the expertise to not only straighten your misaligned teeth but also fit your upper and lower jaw in a harmonious position. With specialist care comes a heftier price tag; orthodontists charge a significantly higher amount than general dentists as they have a greater skillset and more experience. For many patients, the extra financial investment is worth the peace of mind and the higher quality end result.

To read more about whether Invisalign can treat complex cases, click here: https://www.nofrillsdental.com/2020/10/15/invisalign-for-complex-cases/

Dr Bernice Tan with iTero intraoral scanner

Tip 3: Check if they are using the latest technology in the practice.

A progressive dental or orthodontic practice will take the time and effort to invest in the latest technology and equipment to provide the best care for their patients. Technology plays an indispensable role in the fabrication of Invisalign aligners. Intra-oral scans are taken at the clinic and sent to Invisalign to create a unique treatment plan for each patient. All Invisalign records collected by the dentist are then sent to an Invisalign lab for custom trays to be made.

Digital dentistry is the core foundation of all things dentistry today and has become more efficient and user-friendly over the past few years. This allows dentists to work in even smarter ways than before. Incorporating technology in the dental practice allows for better precision and predictability, creating fast, precise 3D images of your teeth that are used to develop your treatment plan.

patient POV of dentist

Tip 4: Find someone whom you can trust and will listen to your concerns.

Communication is an imperative part in establishing a good dentist-patient relationship. A good dentist will take time to listen to your needs and take your best interests at heart. You are going to be seeing your dentist for the next couple of months, if not years, so finding a dental practice and team that makes you feel comfortable should definitely be one of your priorities!

Dental check up with Dr Li Kexin

Tip 5: A good dental practice will be Transparent about Costs.

Let’s face it. Invisalign is the most expensive clear aligner option. Financing this journey will involve some careful budgeting on your part.

When thinking about Invisalign costs, consider the following:

  • Initial consultation cost,
  • All review appointments and clear aligners,
  • Material costs,
  • Retainer costs,
  • Any extra costs if you happen to lose a set of aligners or your retainers,
  • Any follow-up appointments after the end of treatment.

Always make sure that you ask for an ‘all in’ cost from your dentist to be sure you won’t have any unforeseen surprises later on. It is their duty to be open and honest about their pricing.

Most practices offer instalment plans to divide the cost of treatment into monthly payments. However, these plans vary with every patient case. We advise you to check and verify with your clinic regarding their down payment and instalment policies before committing to treatment. Some may require a credit check for approval as well. Take time to weigh out all options by comparing dentists and financing programs to make your Invisalign journey more friendly to your pocket without compromising on quality [4].

To read up more about the cost of Invisalign click here!

Invisalign clear aligners in box

Conclusion: Choosing the right dentist for Invisalign in Singapore.

Invisalign is the most exciting breakthrough in orthodontics. It is worth putting in the extra effort to research on the best Invisalign provider suited for your every need – you won’t regret it! We hope that the tips we provided you will give you a better picture on what you should look for before commencing treatment. All the very best on your Invisalign journey!

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Our team of experienced dentists are fully dedicated to providing patients with high-quality and affordable dental care. Our dentists are well-versed in the cosmetic dentistry, and highly adept in producing highly aesthetic and long lasting results for all of our patients.

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