For years, Invisalign® has been the premier choice in orthodontic treatments for those who want to realign their teeth discreetly, comfortably, and efficiently. At Smiles for Life Dental Care, we have helped countless patients achieve straight, uniform smiles with these remarkable, virtually invisible aligners. The Invisalign® system offers a variety of unique advantages, from their aesthetic superiority to conventional wire-and-bracket braces to the fact that they can be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating. Perhaps best of all, they produce the same excellent results that can be accomplished with traditional braces in approximately the same treatment time.
Yet, for some patients, that treatment time remains too long for their liking. It is with these patients in mind that Dr. Joe McIntyre and Dr. Dan Whiting are proud to introduce Invisalign® Express to our Harrisonburg, VA cosmetic, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry practice. For appropriate candidates, Invisalign® Express offers all of the benefits of the conventional Invisalign® system, but with a significantly shorter treatment time.
Are you a suitable candidate for Invisalign® Express? To find out, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. McIntyre or Dr. Whiting at Smiles for Life Dental Care today.
Head to Head: Invisalign® vs. Invisalign® Express
Invisalign® Express was created for patients with more minor crowding or spacing issues than the average candidate for Invisalign® treatment. It is also an excellent option for patients who previously underwent orthodontic treatment and are beginning to experience orthodontic relapse. Orthodontic relapse refers to the condition in which the teeth that were realigned during orthodontic treatment start to move back toward their original positions in the jaw, usually because patients haven’t worn their retainers in years.
Unlike conventional Invisalign® treatment, treatment with Invisalign® Express requires three months or less to complete. Patients are provided with five clear plastic aligners, each custom-crafted to guide the teeth increasingly closer to their ideal positions within the mouth. As with conventional Invisalign®, the Invisalign® Express aligners are changed out approximately every two weeks; however, the fifth aligner represents the final stage of treatment.
Because of the shorter treatment time, the cost of Invisalign® Express treatment is lower than its conventional counterpart. As with conventional Invisalign®, patients must wear their Invisalign® Express aligners between 20 and 22 hours a day, removing them only for brushing, flossing, and eating, in order to achieve the best possible results in the shortest possible span.
Invisalign® Express is not a suitable option for all patients with orthodontic issues. It is best suited for patients with mild orthodontic problems. In order to maintain the results achieved through Invisalign® Express, patients will be required to wear retainers as advised by our dentists.
Patients who are not considered good candidates for Invisalign® Express may still be considered good candidates for Invisalign®. Our dentists carefully evaluate each patient to determine the most effective form of treatment in his or her particular case.
Learn More about Invisalign® Express
To learn more about Invisalign® Express, please contact Smiles for Life Dental Care today.