Can I Get Invisalign from My Dentist?
Posted on 07/09/2018
Clear Invisalign trays on grey-blue countertop.

At Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics, we take pride in helping patients of all ages throughout the Sedalia & Kansas City, MO communities achieve healthier smiles through quality orthodontic care. While braces are the most popular treatment we offer, more and more patients are choosing the convenience of Invisalign. If you're considering straightening your teeth with Invisalign, you probably know that you can get it from an orthodontist – but can you get Invisalign from a dentist? And what's the difference between Invisalign from a dentist vs. an orthodontist?

The Difference Between Invisalign from a Dentist vs. an Orthodontist

Invisalign is technically a type of orthodontic treatment, just like braces, as it works to alter the alignment.

Some dentists complete training that allows them to offer Invisalign in addition to standard dental treatments. So technically, it is possible to get Invisalign from a dentist – but it's important to understand how this differs from visiting an orthodontist.

An orthodontist goes through several years of schooling on top of dental school to learn the complex science, technologies, and techniques of moving teeth. This training gives orthodontists the expertise to use orthodontic treatments to make careful, finely-calibrated adjustments to the alignment of teeth – and this training is above and beyond what dentists receive.

With this in mind, a dentist may be limited in their ability to use Invisalign and may only be able to treat mild malocclusions. Visiting a orthodontist, however, ensures you're getting the most comprehensive treatment options possible. Orthodontists can often use Invisalign to treat a wide range of malocclusions, and seeing an orthodontist helps you get the best smile possible. Ultimately, getting Invisalign from an orthodontist is the best way to achieve ideal results.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Kansas City, MO Orthodontist

Want to find out what Invisalign can do for you? As your Kansas City & Sedalia orthodontist, we can help. Dr. Kavanaugh can use Invisalign to treat a range of conditions, and we work hard to make treatment convenient for our patients. Request an appointment online to see how Invisalign can help you achieve a beautiful new smile. We look forward to hearing from you, and we're excited to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!