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Is Invisalign Really Worth It? One Patient Explains Her Journey (Video)

invisalign teen patient explains invisalign hype

Kenilworth/Wilmette, IL – Chances are good that you’ve seen an advertisement or two for Invisalign. The clear aligner therapy is hyped as being quick, easy and comfortable. But does it really provide the results that it claims, in the way that it claims to?

According to many patients, the marketing hype may be just that – hype. One former patient recently shared her Invisalign journey with Dr. Michael Stosich.

“Like many patients, she saw an advertisement and thought Invisalign sounded like the perfect solution to her smile problems,” says Dr. Stosich, who treats patients in the Chicago area. “But unfortunately, many patients finish Invisalign treatment with smiles far from what they had envisioned.”

Amanda told Dr. Stosich that she sought to straighten her smile and visited her dentist for the treatment. But, throughout her time in Invisalign, the dentist rarely checked on the progress of her tooth movement, resulting in a smile that was far from straight when the treatment time ended.

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“Amanda spent $5,000 for Invisalign treatment that didn’t even move her teeth,” says Dr. Stosich. “And her story isn’t a rare one – all it takes to offer Invisalign is a weekend course, and providers are given certain titles based on the number of cases they do, not on their accuracy.” A provider may have the title premier or elite, but that refers simply to the number of cases, and not the end result of those cases.

Dr. Stosich has dedicated his life to the study of how teeth move, and works incredibly hard to pair the latest technology with a sound, scientifically based plan for tooth movement. His patients enjoy faster tooth movement and greater comfort not due to marketing hype, but due to his diligence and dedication to understanding how teeth move.

“One of the problems we see with Invisalign treatment is that more dentists are offering it as an option in their offices,” says Dr. Stosich. “Your dentist is great at caring for the health of your smile, but he or she doesn’t have the unique knowledge needed to guide your teeth to better locations.”

Orthodontists spend additional years in school and training, learning all the intricacies that go into tooth movement. Over the years, Dr. Stosich has treated cases of every difficulty level, and is an expert on clear aligner therapy and braces.

Amanda isn’t alone in her frustrations with Invisalign, and Dr. Stosich sees it often. Before making a decision on orthodontic treatment, be sure you are seeing an orthodontist who has proven experience and can show you patient results to match.

Luckily for Amanda, she found Dr. Stosich, who was able to provide her with his high tech, state-of-the-art iD braces. Paired with his knowledge and experience, Dr. Stosich guaranteed Amanda a beautifully straight and properly functioning smile in six months.


  • Michael S. Stosich, DMD, MS, MS

    Dr. Michael Stosich is a board-certified orthodontist and the director of orthodontics at the University of Chicago Medicine. He is known for his extensive experience in leading clinical enterprises, publishing, and lecturing both in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Stosich has expertise in starting, growing, and maintaining successful orthodontic practices, including those in pediatric dentistry, general dentistry, and multi-specialty clinics. He serves on the editorial board of several publications and has been involved in innovating patient care and education, focusing on the future of dental and orthodontic healthcare.

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