Why You Should Choose an Orthodontist for Invisalign®

Choosing an orthodontic specialist, like Dr. Melissa, over a general dentist for your Invisalign treatment is a decision that will truly make a difference in your smile. Orthodontics, and Invisalign especially, is an investment in your health, function, appearance, and confidence. Why would you trust anyone less than an expert?

In order to become certified as an orthodontist, a dentist must attend an additional two to three years of training at an accredited university residency program and then pass national board examinations. This education, along with the experience of a practice dedicated solely to orthodontics, gives orthodontists a unique ability to create a custom treatment plan and execute safe, predictable, and efficient treatment whether using braces or Invisalign. 

Many adults who never would have desired braces are now considering orthodontic treatment because they are willing to wear clear aligners. They usually have noticed their teeth getting worse, and would like to make sure their bite is healthy. In some cases, they may have been told by a general dentist that Invisalign will be used “for aesthetics only and not to correct the bite.” If this is the case, a consultation with our Carson City orthodontist, Dr. Melissa, is definitely recommended, so you become fully educated on all your options before proceeding with the financial and time investment of orthodontic treatment. Many times, the best treatment option will be a combined approach, with the orthodontist providing bite correction and the dentist providing aesthetic veneers, implants, whitening, etc. Dr. Melissa partners with many excellent dentists in the Carson City, Lake Tahoe, Dayton, Incline, Gardnerville, and Minden, NV area who are dedicated to providing the best possible experience and outcome. 

Finding the right Invisalign provider is a critical step to achieving your best results. There’s no such thing as “doing Invisalign.” There is only “doing orthodontics” with Invisalign as a tool. As a certified orthodontic specialist with years of training and experience, Dr. Melissa can give you the smile you’ve always wanted—one that is beautiful and healthy.


Click here to visit your patient reward hub!
it feels good to give back
Click here to download scholarship application and learn more!
it feels good to give back

It Feels Good to Give Back

We are proud to offer our Patient Rewards Program to recognize your accomplishments and congratulate your winning achievements. Earn points to redeem for prizes, gift cards, and more! In addition, we take part in Smile For A Lifetime, an organization that provides orthodontic scholarships to patients struggling with financial challenges.



  • choose kind words
  • always go the extra mile
  • give lots of hugs & high fives
  • smile at everyone


  • enjoy the journey
  • celebrate the little things
  • laugh out loud
  • say and feel Woohoo!


  • always say thank you
  • acknowledge what went right
  • welcome challenges as opportunities to grow
  • share the abundance


  • think outside the box
  • take the path less traveled
  • lead by example