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By Dr. Jonathan Gluck DDS MSD
Gluck Orthodontic Specialists is proud to announce our practice as Tennessee’s first and only Invisalign Top 1% Provider.
You’ve probably heard about Invisalign as an alternative to braces, but what is it exactly? Invisalign is an orthodontic appliance that straightens teeth using a series of clear retainer-like trays, moving the teeth little by little to their final position of alignment and bite. Invisalign is a great alternative to metal braces for adults and children because they are easy to wear, can be taken in and out as needed and, of course, they are invisible, so talking and smiling at work and school is a breeze.
But before you run to your nearest dentist office and jump into Invisalign treatment, it’s important to note that not all Invisalign providers (that is, orthodontists and general dentists) have the necessary level of experience to ensure your treatment goes smoothly and you get outstanding results. When choosing a doctor to treat you or your child with Invisalign, consider these three things before making a decision:
Origin of the Product
There are several clear aligner products on the market, but it’s important to remember they are not all created equal. Invisalign is a product of Align Technology, a company based in San Jose, California. Compared to the other clear aligners on the market, Align has invested significantly more time and money into their research and development, creating a top-notch product that allows providers to use their knowledge and expertise for the best treatment outcomes. That is why Invisalign is the clear aligner of choice at Gluck Orthodontics Specialists.
Invisalign Status Level
Look back at the first line of this post. It mentions that Gluck Orthodontic Specialists is now Nashville’s first and only Invisalign Top 1% Provider. Sounds nice and important, doesn’t it? What exactly does Top 1% status mean? There are only 100 Top 1% Invisalign providers in North America. It means we treat at least 100 cases every six months and we have total lifetime treat at least 1000 cases. Invisalign status levels are an important indicator of the level of expertise and experience of the doctor prescribing and delivering the treatment. The levels range from Preferred Providers that treat just 10 cases per year to Premier Elite Providers that treat at least 50 cases and on up to the Top 1% ,where Gluck Orthodontics stands.
Quality of Care
Another key to consider is the quality of care you want to receive with your Invisalign treatment. Simple math shows that a Top 1% provider treats ten times the number of patients as a Preferred provider, four times as many as a Premier provider and twice as much as an Elite provider. Those figures also don’t include the number of lifetime cases, an important number as with each patient treated, Dr. Gluck and I are constantly learning and improving our technique. You’ll never doubt the quality of work being done on your teeth with a Top 1% provider.
Gluck Orthodontic Specialists is the only practice in Tennessee to achieve this level of expertise and experience. Dr. Gluck and I put our expertise to work every day for our patients, continuously expanding our knowledge and improving our process. We’d be honored to share this with others and look forward to providing the Gluck Orthodontics legendary experience to many more of Tennessee’s fine citizens.
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Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.