I want to correct minor shifting from my wisdom teeth removal. Would I Qualify for Invisalign Express? (photo)
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It's a close call, a gamble. Invisalign express doesn't allow for refinements. You only get 10 trays and that is it. Invisalign regular you get unlimited trays and 2 refinements so it's more of a guarantee you will be happy with your final results. I would suggest you don't do express -
Lawrence D Singer DMD
only after you get scaned in can we tell how many trays you will need. i feel by photos you might need more than 10 for a reallly good result. get to an orthodontist and fine out for sure good luck
The final word will be the clincheck - which is the digitized simulation of your teeth from start to finish incorporating movements that Invisalign aligners can provide. If your goals can be met in 10 aligners or less, then you'll be a candidate. If you require that to be the case, then your dentist can set up the simulation to stop at 10 aligners and you'll get what you get. Based on the photos a good correction can be expected in 10 aligners but an ideal result will take longer. Once you see the simulation, you'll be able to make a decision if that will be an acceptable result or not.
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Your dentist can submit your case for "Express", and then see how the "Clin-Chek" looks. Invisalign will show in graphic detail exactly what can or cannot be accomplished. If YOU AND YOUR DENTIST AGREE that you will be satisfied, then, and only then, will he give them the go-ahead to manufacture your aligners. If you or he are NOT satisfied with the Clin-Chek, then it can be resubmitted as regular Invisalign.