Being the mom of 5 kids I often think I could start a referral business offering local moms advice on pediatricians, dentist, orthodontist, the best places for birthday parties, shopping and the list goes on and on as I continue to get phone calls, emails and text message asking me for my advice and past experiences. I don’t consider myself a professional but there are plenty of life experience that come along with raising 5 kids. One of the questions I am often asked now that I have endured the tween and teen journey of sitting in my Orthodontist office for hours and hours – is how does one choose the right Doctor when it comes to straightening ones teeth? or better yest how does one choose an Invisalign provider?
My mom advice is:
Step #1 – Locate who your local Invisalign Teen providers are in your area by using the Find A Doctor section on the Invisalign website. You will be able to find your local provider complete with contact information and experience level by using the Find A Doctor search section. You will see which Doctors are Teen providers — these are providers with specific experience treating teen cases with Invisalign.
Click here to Search for a local Doctor now.
Step #2 – Research the Doctors in your area by asking other families what their experiences were as well as do some online research, you can often find reviews written by past patients that can be helpful in making your selection.
Step #3 – Schedule a face to face meeting or consultation with the potential Doctor or Doctors to determine which one is the right fit for your needs. Be sure to inquire if they offer free consultations of if there is a fee so you are prepared financially.
Step #4 – Be prepared – Before you attend your scheduled consultation make a list of questions you would like to ask, have your tween/teen take the Invisalign Smile Assessment and bring it with you.
Step #5 – Find Out – During your consultations you will discover that each Doctor will vary when it comes to pricing, patient interaction and treatment recommendations. Once you gather this information you can find which Doctor you feel most comfortable with.
Step #6 – Choose – Now it is time to select the Doctor for your tween/teens Invisalign treatment. Evaluate how each consultation went, did one Doctor connect better with your tween/teen, did you feel more comfortable asking questions to one over another, was the office atmosphere more welcoming over another. Once you choose it’s time to move on to step #7 and Begin treatment.
Step #7- Begin Treatment – Once you have chosen your Doctor you will need to contact their office to set up your first appointment which will begin with creating a treatment plan for your tween/teen, taking impressions and discussing your goals. Part of Invisalign’s technology is that, once your doctor takes impressions and molds of their teeth, he’ll be able to show you a virtual representation of how their teeth will move during treatment. You can learn more about the entire treatment process by visiting the Invisalign Treatment Process page.
For more information on Invisalign Teen click here.
* I am a member of the Invisalign Teen Mom Advisory Board. My Son is receiving complimentary treatment from Invisalign, but all opinions expressed are my own.