Would you let your dry-cleaner cut your hair?

An odd title is it not? It does however provoke some thought.

I am sure you agree that you would not let your dry-cleaner cut your hair or would you ask your dermatologist to deliver your child. It may sound like an exaggeration but there is a point to make.

It is essential that prospective patients do their due-dilligence when seeking any service. You would not hire your local pharmacist to build you a house. Many people are unaware as to what is required to become an orthodontic specialist.

It is not a one-day course in questionable treatment practises that offer unrealistic results over-night. Years of training are involved beyond dental school. The qualifications of the practitioner in managing your care is what should be first investigated, before entering into the doctor-patient relationship.

Invisalign is a great tool for aligning teeth in select circumstances but the technician needs to be guided to ensure the planned movements are possible. Just because the computer says the teeth can be put in a particular position does not mean it is a healthy, biologically compatible movement. There are excellent general practitioners who can undertake certain limited treatment, that is not at question.

When choosing to undergo comprehensive orthodontic treatment it is imperative that all aspects of the care you should receive can be managed appropriately. Knowing when to refer and seek the advice of someone more experienced in the task at hand is the sign of a quality clinician. One must always know their limits. If a clinician cannot handle any potential complications, such as an infection, after placement of a dental implant, should they be placing the implant in the first place? Food for thought!

Please take some time to view this excellent video from the American Association of Orthodontists.