I am in the middle of Invisalign treatment. I love the treatment itself. Plus, the results I am seeing are fantastic so I’d like to be able to finish the treatment. I am just hoping I can do it with a different dentist. The one I am currently seeing has very poor people skills and says things that make me very uncomfortable. In fact, he’s political the whole time of our appointment. It’s like he’s using his appointment time as his platform to push whatever agenda he has next. I thought I could just sit silently and let him go through his schpeel each time but I’ve gotten to the point where I am dreading appointments. Is it possible to switch or am I stuck here for the duration of the treatment?
That sounds like a miserable experience. Every dentist has his or her own chairside manner. While freedom of speech is important, it is very bad form on the part of your dentist to essentially preach to you while you are “trapped” in his office. He has turned what could have been a great doctor/patient relationship to his own personal propaganda platform. It is unprofessional and unfair.
The good news is you don’t have to continue with him. No matter where you are in a dental procedure, you are permitted to switch dentists. Not only that, but your dentist is ethically obligated to provide all the available information to your new dentist. This includes all diagnostics and notes. If he gives you trouble with that, I would first remind him of his ethical responsibilities. If he still gives you trouble, go to the dental board. They’ll straighten him out. Just make sure you continue wearing the last pair of aligners that you were provided, in the meantime, to keep your treatment on track.
I’m thrilled to hear you are enjoying Invisalign and the results. It has a very high patient satisfaction rate. Especially given your bad experience with your dentist, I wanted to tell you about a hidden benefit to bring you some cheer. I don’t know if your current dentist mentioned this or not, but the aligners you are using to straighten your teeth, can also double as teeth whitening trays. This means you can straighten and whiten your teeth at a fraction of the cost.
If you want to do this, ask your dentist to provide you with the whitening gel and you can wear that in your aligner just as you would a bleaching tray. If you have no need or desire to whiten your teeth at the moment, just make certain you keep your last pair of aligners on hand, so you can when you are ready.
Best of luck with your new dentist.
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