I’m probably sounding like a prude but I don’t like my dentist who has been providing me with my Invisalign. He is crude and tells off-color jokes every time I’m there. I did mention it to the desk once and they apologized and said, “That’s his way of keeping things light.” He’s not my normal dentist anyway. Mine planned to get Invisalign certified but hadn’t done it yet, so I’ve just bee seeing the other dentist strictly for Invisalign. Do I have to stick it out with him or can I switch to another dentist? Will I have to start over? I’m happy with the Invisalign, just not the dentist.
You don’t sound like a prude to me, just refined. That’s a good thing. It sounds like your dentist lacks some professionalism. I’m glad to hear you are happy with your Invisalign treatment, though. It has a very high patient satisfaction rate.
You can certainly switch dentists at any time, even if you are in the middle of a particular treatment. Ethical obligations require your dentist to cooperate with your new dentist by providing all the materials, scans, x-rays, treatment notes, etc. needed to continue your treatment.
While you’re looking, keep wearing your aligners. Be sure to check the dentist’s reviews to ensure you don’t end up with another dentist who makes you uncomfortable.
Invisalign Pro Tip
When you switch dentists, you can ask him to provide you with tooth whitening gel during your treatment. Many patients don’t realize their Invisalign aligners can double as teeth whitening trays. This allows them to whiten and straighten their teeth simultaneously.
It’s like getting a mini smile makeover. There is only a minimal cost for the gel, which saves you money having your teeth whitened later.
Obviously, this isn’t necessary, it’s just a way to be proactive saving money down the line. Best of luck finding your new dentist.
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