If you’ve put off orthodontic treatment because you want to avoid a “mouth full of metal,” you are not alone. Many adults and teens prefer to avoid the hassles associated with traditional metal braces. Fortunately, this isn’t the only way to achieve a straight, beautiful smile. Invisalign provides you with a more comfortable, discreet and convenient alternative.
Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. There are two different options available to you: traditional Invisalign and Invisalign Express. The right option for you will depend on the severity of your orthodontic issues.
What is Invisalign Express?
Invisalign Express works the same way as traditional Invisalign, but the treatment duration is significantly shorter. Full Invisalign treatment typically requires 20-30 aligners to achieve your desired outcome, while Invisalign Express uses 10 aligners or less. As a result, most patients complete their treatment in about 6 months compared to 12-15 months for traditional Invisalign.
Our dentists will use 3D imaging technology to create a digital impression of your bite. This impression will be used by the Invisalign lab to create your aligners. You’ll wear each Invisalign Express aligner for approximately 2 weeks before moving onto the next one in the series. Your treatment will be complete once you’ve gone through every Invisalign Express aligner provided by our dentists.
As with traditional Invisalign, you’ll need to wear your Express aligners for 20-22 hours a day in order to achieve optimal results. The only time you should remove the aligners from your mouth are to eat and brush your teeth.
When Should I Consider Invisalign Express?
Invisalign Express is only intended for use with minor crowding or spacing issues. For more complex cases, you’ll need to undergo full Invisalign treatment or get braces. During your initial consultation, our dentists will evaluate your bite alignment issues to determine whether Invisalign Express is right for you.
You must meet the following criteria in order to be considered a candidate for Invisalign Express:
- Under 2 mm of spacing or crowding per arch
- Minimal rotation of the cuspids, bicuspids and incisors
- Under 2 mm of midline correction required
- Under 1.5 mm of dental expansion required per arch
In addition, Invisalign Express may be right for you if you are experiencing issues associated with orthodontic relapse.
Special End-of-Year Discounts on Invisalign Express Treatments
Arlington Dental Aesthetics and South Riding Smiles are offering a special end-of-year deal on Invisalign treatment. Take advantage of these discounts to save:
- $500 off any full Invisalign treatment
- $250 off any Invisalign Express treatment
This deal only runs through the end of 2018, so schedule an appointment today to take advantage of this great offer. In addition, Flex Spending Account (FSA) money can be used to pay for Invisalign treatment. In the vast majority of cases, FSA money must be used before the end of the year, and any remaining money won’t be rolled over to 2019. If you have remaining 2018 FSA money to spend, start your Invisalign Express treatment now so that you can receive this discount and pay for your treatment with pre-tax dollars.
Contact our Northern Virginia Dentists
Please call 703-527-1020 today to schedule an appointment at Arlington Dental Aesthetics or call 703-327-7705 to schedule an appointment at South Riding Smiles. We serve patients in Arlington, South Riding and throughout Northern Virginia.