What is Invisalign Express and how does Invisalign Express work?
How Does Invisalign Express Work?
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Invisalign Express offers shorter treatment length, less tooth movement
Invisalign Express refers to a shorter treatment length compared to regular Invisalign. This is solely based on the number of aligners needed to achieve your goal of straightening your teeth.
Only your doctor can verify if you qualify for the express treatment, and it is based on the complexity of movements needed.
For our patients, all records are taken and our patients can see their final result on the computer imaging program before committing to treatment. This allows our patients to be part of the treatment process and will also answer the question regarding length of treatment.
Invisalign Express is a maximum of 10 trays in the system, which is a minimum of 20 weeks of treatment not including retainer treatment.
This is for cases that require little movement, mild crowding and mild to no rotation. It is a great system for rebound cases of people who had braces before.
Invisalign Express is treatment that can be completed...
Invisalign Express is treatment that can be completed within 5 months (10 aligners). Typically minor space closure or anterior tooth rotations can be corrected in this time frame. The cost to the dentist is less in an express case, which translates to a savings to the patient.
You need to be careful about attempting to move teeth too quickly to fit within this timeframe. Invisalign is very particular about which cases fit within the express parameters.
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Invisalign Express Options
Invisalign Express has limitations
Invisalign express is treatment that involves 10 aligners or less. The treatment does work but case selection is very specific. If more aligners are needed then you will be charged extra.
In my practice I limit Invisalign express to cases where someone had braces or Invisalign before and needs some very minor correction. For example, small spaces have formed or some very minor crowding has occurred.
For all other cases, Invisalign "Full" is the best choice.
Invisalign express is used when the problem requires ten aligners or less. The Invisalign company will not make midcourse or refinement aligners if the problem is not rectified in those ten aligners. Express cases are for only very minor problems.
Thsi method uses only 10-14 aligners and there is very limited scope for minor corrections at the end.
It is for very, very mild crowding whereby the patient is happy to have their teeth files slightly to create space.
I tend to find patients get very fussy with the results and you are very stricted with IE
I would recommend paying more and getting full Invisalign.
Invisalign Express is now be called Invisalign Lite; a bit like pepsi lite, but still bad for your teeth.
Does Invisalign Express Work?
Yes - Invisalign Express works. But, since the "Express" system has a limited number of trays with no option for refinement, it works best on very simple malocclusions.
Invisalign Express works the same as Invisalign, but is more limited. It is mainly for more straight forward cases and is limited to 10 total aligners. It can work great when the back teeth are hitting correctly and minor crowding or spacing of the front teeth exist. The cost is typically much less than with full treatment Invisalign or Invisalign Teen is needed. consult with your dentist or orthodontist to see if Invisalign Express is an appropriate treatment.
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