If you are like me, you want the facts. A very recent research study confirms what many of us already knew. Some of our closest colleagues who are dentists use the Invisalign technique on patients, and these dentists are not orthodontists. However, they are usually only taking on little cases that may have been discussed with a trained orthodontist beforehand.
Look at the conundrum of whether or not you should see a dentist or an orthodontist for orthodontic care like this: The problem is general dentists are not even qualified to determine what is an easy case. A general dentist only has a 50-50 chance at completing your case to acceptable standards. Even in a 5-step aligner treatment, there is a significant difference in the quality of care from a qualified orthodontist and an unqualified general dentist.
As far as the research study published in Angle Orthodontist, they stated that: ““The results showed that 29 orthodontists (96.7%) presented cases considered satisfactory and would be approved on the qualification exam, whereas only 15 dentists (50%) had cases considered satisfactory.” Anyone considering receiving their orthodontic care should take a close look at this independent study before making a decision on where to receive treatment for a bad bite.