I have finished my Invisalign treatment and am currently receiving retainers every 4 months. However, I am not happy with my dentist and am changing. Will I be able to continue with my retainers? I don’t really want to have to choose a dentist because of an affiliation with Invisalign. By the way, I am extremely happy with my results!
– Linda in Texas
Your current dentist, that you are leaving, has an ethical obligation to do everything necessary to facilitate a smooth transition to another dentist. So yes, you should be able to continue with your retainers with another dentist. You could switch even if you were in the middle of treatment.
And even if your dentist doesn’t live up to that ethical code required by the dental association, it isn’t difficult or expensive to have a new retainer made without any of the previous information. The dentist has his or her assistant take a simple impression of your teeth, pour up a model, and send it to almost any dental lab.
And the new dentist does not need to be Invisalign certified. (Though it could be helpful.)
And glad to hear you are so happy with your Invisalign treatment. In surveys of patient satisfaction with cosmetic dental and cosmetic surgery procedures, Invisalign ranks near the top.
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