Though most orthodontists and many dentists are specialized at providing Invisalign treatment, it is important to find a skilled doctor. Experienced orthodontists and dentists can use Invisalign to solve a wider variety of problems. It may be of benefit to seek a second option to determine applicability and pricing differences.
These "clear" treatment retainers are most appropriate for skeletal and dental Class I, mildly crowded orthodontic cases with good shape (less than 3 mm of crowding) that normally can be treated with removable retainers. Revolving of the posterior teeth tend to be difficult to determine. Observance upon these appliances is necessary, and the patient is expected to wear them for at least 20 hours per day. Despite traditional dental appliances, most patients are actually provoked to wear these appliances because of their superior esthetics. There is an advantage for patients using these appliances if they have periodontal or gum problems because, contrasting appliances like braces, these removable applications allow easy oral hygiene practices on a daily basis.
If one has a particularly difficult case, it is advisable to seek a proper consultation and diagnosis from an orthodontist prior to starting treatment. Generally, orthodontists can perform more complex movements than dentists and can supplement these clear retainers with a brief period of fixed appliances (traditional braces) to either attain complex tooth movements prior to starting or detailing the dentition at the conclusion of treatment.
Some orthodontists use attachments irregularly, a small portion of composite attached to planning teeth, to help shift the teeth more quickly and to produce certain tooth movements. The attachments are sometimes referred to as 'buttons' by dentists and orthodontists and are removed manually at the end of treatment. These "buttons" are normally tooth colored.