Should I See an Orthodontist for Invisalign® Treatment?

A lot of general dentists offer Invisalign® treatment. But that doesn’t mean they’re offering the best expertise and level of care that’s available to you. That’s why we recommend scheduling an appointment with our board-certified orthodontist in Milford, Michigan. Dr. Siara-Olds has the training and experience to ensure you get the smile of your dreams.

Here’s what you need to know about the benefits of seeing an orthodontist for Invisalign treatment.


A general dentist goes through four years of dental school. But an orthodontist is a specialist. They go through an additional two to three years of education after dental school to specialize in how to safely move your teeth and jaws.

“I want the best results for everyone that comes into my office, so I do work hard for my patients. I want them to have the best smile.”

— Dr. Nicole Siara-Olds

To be clear, both dentists and orthodontists have to go through special training before they can offer Invisalign to their patients. But only an orthodontist has the additional years of education to specialize in orthodontics, giving them a solid foundation and thorough understanding of orthodontic care.

An orthodontist will also work with your dentist to ensure you achieve the look and function you want for your smile. In this way, both your dentist and orthodontist work as a team for your highest good as a patient.


General dentists typically offer a wide range of services, from teeth cleanings to root canals. This means that they may not handle Invisalign cases as often as an orthodontist.

An orthodontist, on the other hand, specializes in providing orthodontic care for their patients. They also tend to treat a much higher number of Invisalign patients, which means they’ll bring more experience to your case.


Choose an Invisalign provider that has had many successful patient cases. Ask to see before-and-after photos of their Invisalign patients. Watch their video testimonials and read their Google reviews. The more experience an Invisalign orthodontist has, the more peace of mind you’ll feel about your orthodontic treatment.

Here’s what one of our Invisalign patients has to say about his experience with Siara-Olds Orthodontics.

“I was concerned initially, you know. Is there going to be a lot of pain associated with this? But the Invisalign process has just been great.”

— Jayme, Invisalign Patient at Siara-Olds Orthodontics

Experience matters. Choose an Invisalign provider like Dr. Siara-Olds who’ll make sure you receive the best orthodontic care.


A lot of people still associate orthodontics with traditional metal braces. But it’s important to remember that  Invisalign aligners are a type of orthodontic treatment. These clear aligners work by exerting constant but gentle pressure on your teeth to move into place. For this reason, you’ll need to wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours per day.

Learn More: How to Take Care of Invisalign Aligners →

Throughout your orthodontic treatment, we’ll schedule appointments to check your progress and see if you’re ready for the next set of aligners in your Invisalign treatment plan.


Dr. Nicole Siara-Olds is a board-certified orthodontist in Milford, MI. She’s also accepting new patients and would be more than happy to help you on your orthodontic journey toward a healthier, more attractive smile. To request an appointment, please call Siara-Olds Orthodontics at (248) 684-6833. You may also fill out our  online contact form and someone from our office will reach out to you soon.

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