Invisalign is a clear alternative to standard metal braces that allows you to realign your bite without dietary restrictions or of the hassles associated with annoying brackets and wires. While Invisalign® can address a wide range of orthodontic needs, it’s not the only braces alternative. If you’re looking for a simple teeth-straightening solution and have only mild orthodontic issues, Invisalign® Express may be a better option for you. Designed to work quickly and effectively, Invisalign Express can give you the beautiful smile you deserve.
Traditional Invisalign vs. Invisalign Express
Invisalign gradually shifts your teeth using a series of removable plastic aligners. These aligners are customized to fit the contours of your mouth, and each one is worn for approximately two weeks at a time.
While traditional Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of 20 to 30 aligners, Invisalign Express can correct your problems with 10 or fewer aligners. This means that treatment time typically lasts only six months as opposed to one year for traditional Invisalign.
Invisalign Express is a great option if you want to straighten your smile before:
- A big event, such as a class reunion or business conference
- A special occasion, such as a wedding
Candidates for Invisalign Express
Since Invisalign Express involves a shorter treatment time, it can only address simple orthodontic issues. You must meet the following criteria to be considered an ideal candidate for Invisalign Express:
- Less than two mm of spacing or crowding per arch
- Less than two mm of midline correction required
- Less than 1.5 mm of dental expansion required per arch
- Minimal rotation of the cuspids, bicuspids and incisors
You will need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day for best results.
Adults who’ve failed to maintain the results of their prior orthodontic treatments often use Invisalign Express to address teeth that have shifted over the years. The dentists at Arlington Dental Aesthetics will examine your mouth to determine if Invisalign Express is right for you. If you have more moderate to severe spacing, crowding or alignment issues, they may suggest a different orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign Express Advantages
Invisalign Express is cheaper than traditional Invisalign because it requires fewer aligners. To determine the exact number of aligners your treatment would require, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.
In addition to being a more affordable option, Invisalign Express allows you to enjoy all the benefits of traditional Invisalign. This includes:
- Custom-crafted aligners that comfortably conform to your mouth
- No need for frequent visits to tighten metal brackets and wires
- The ability to eat your favorite foods without restrictions
- Wearing clear aligners that others cannot see
- Aligners that are easy to clean and don’t affect your ability to brush and floss
- Fewer emergency visits since you don’t have to worry about metal brackets and wires breaking
Contact Our Northern Virginia Dentists
To learn if Invisalign Express is right for you, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. For our Arlington, Virginia, location, call 703-527-1020. For our South Riding, Virginia, location, call 703-327-7705. Arlington Dental Aesthetics is proud to help patients in Northern Virginia achieve straighter, brighter smiles.