How to Choose an Invisalign Dentist: Part 2
Level up your hunt for the right Invisalign provider with this follow-up piece, meant for expert researchers (and those trying to figure out what an Invisalign Flagship vs Dedicated Clinic means).
In Part 1 of How to Choose An Invisalign Dentist, we covered the fundamentals with an easy four-step checklist to help you find your ideal Invisalign provider. Accreditation, reputation, location and operating hours continue to be important factors in your decision-making journey, but that’s not all! You also want your Invisalign provider to be qualified, experienced and competent in this teeth-straightening method, so, in this piece, we drill down into details to help you level up your search.
Experience: Flagship vs Dedicated Clinic
Some dental clinics refer to themselves as an Invisalign Flagship Clinic. Like the name suggests, this is an honour conferred by Align Technology, the US-based makers of Invisalign, to leading clinics by volume. We interpret this as a mark of experience. Meanwhile, others may use the term Invisalign Dedicated Clinic. This is quite different from flagship status — it means that the clinic is exclusively dedicated to Invisalign, which to us, points to expertise.
Each status carries weight in its own right, but to be able to put both together under one roof, like in the case of i.Dental’s Capital Tower clinic, is quite a feat in our books! i.Dental also happens to be a Blue Diamond Invisalign provider, which we’ve explained in Part 1 is the highest possible tier based on number of cases handled. Experience isn’t everything, but it sure counts for something!
The Technology: Advanced, and in Advance
If you know Invisalign, you know it’s all about technology. As an Invisalign Flagship and Dedicated Clinic, i.Dental at Capital Tower offers a fully digitised experience. This is powered by the latest innovations from Align Technology, which they get first dibs of! In fact, they are one of the first clinics in town equipped with the brand-new iTero Element® 2 scanner. The second-generation digital scanner boasts a 25% faster scanning time, which means you get an accurate, 3D image of your teeth in a snap. This is then used with the Clincheck® software to map out the path to your ideal smile. You can request to view your Clincheck® results to see exactly how your teeth will shift – no guesswork involved here!
i.Dental also offers a Dental Monitoring app, so you can take and transmit images of your teeth during your treatment for your dentist to assess your progress remotely. If all’s on track, you could even skip a trip down to the clinic, saving you precious time.
The Training: Hands-on, Always
When technology moves as quickly as it does these days, staying ahead involves constant training – which is what you can expect at an Invisalign Dedicated Clinic. Beyond their initial accreditation training in the Invisalign treatment, the i.Dental team undergoes regular training by Align Technology to ensure that they are ready to bring the latest to patients. At these training sessions, the dentists can also interact with Align’s expert team, discussing patient cases and sharing best practices in order to improve the patient experience.
On your search for the ideal Invisalign provider, be sure to add the Big 3 (experience, technology and training) to the Basic 4 (accreditation, reputation, location and operating hours) for a comprehensive selection checklist. It’s also equally important that you feel completely comfortable with your Invisalign provider, so make your final decision after meeting your dentist. Make an appointment today to get started!