A few weeks ago at a birthday party, I had a few people walk up to me and ask me, “Does Invisalign really work? To which I replied, “Well, it depends. In many cases it does work but it cannot fix every problem that someone has with their smile. We have literally helped thousands of people to get great results with their smile using Invisalign but there have also been thousands of cases that the patient wanted to use Invisalign but we had to use braces or a combination of braces and Invisalign to correct all of their issues. Orthodontic treatment should always be based on the exact needs of the individual patient. Everyone has a unique situation when it comes to their smile as well as their lifestyle. A good orthodontist should help the patient to determine if they need treatment in the first place and find the best solution for that patient based on their needs and preferences. It should never be a case where the treatment is based on something someone saw on TV unless the solution on TV is the best course of action for the patient. That being said, if someone comes into the office and they want Invisalign and we can get them the results that they want then I am all for helping them with Invisalign.
They seemed satisfied with my answer to their Invisalign question and then moved on to ask me another question about yet another commercial that they had seen repeatedly on TV for an at home, D.I.Y. Invisalign. I asked them, “Do you think it is a smart idea to treat your smile at home? Are you pretty confident in your skills as an orthodontist?” We all laughed as someone’s wife mentioned that they couldn’t even make chocolate chip cookies out of a box so imagine how their teeth would come out if they tried to do their own Invisalign. A woman then replied with the perfect response, which was, “My teeth are so important to me as I smile everyday of my life and in every situation of my life. I smile at home with my husband and kids to show them love and affection. I smile at work with my co-workers and clients to let them know that I am happy or that I agree with what they are saying. My smile is just too important to leave to chance. When it comes to my smile I want to make sure that I have a the very best person helping me to get the best results. A discount, D.I.Y. smile is just not worth it to me”. I simply replied, Amen”.