When is Invisalign Express Beneficial?

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Orthodontic patients who visit our office have several choices of Invisalign treatment. We offer the full Invisalign alignment system which consists of 20 to 30 alignment trays and normally takes a year and a half for complete treatment. For our younger patients, we have the Invisalign Teen option. The treatment time varies, but this type of Invisalign has modifications to make the alignment trays suitable for teens with growing jaws and erupting molars. Another exciting option for patients who are interested in Invisalign treatment is Invisalign Express.

Invisalign Express is a treatment designed to benefit patients who have minor complaints about their smile. These are sometimes naturally occurring problems the patient has not addressed. Relapsing after braces is another common issue that Invisalign Express remedies.

The Invisalign Express alignment system works just like the full Invisalign alignment trays. It gently guides teeth out of alignment into the best position and gives our patients beautiful smiles they are proud to share with the world. Patients wear the clear alignment trays for 20-22 hours a day. The express trays come out before eating or drinking anything (except plain water), and patients must brush their teeth before putting the alignment trays in their mouths.

Patients can be self-conscious about misalignments that are not significant enough to warrant the time and expense of a full Invisalign course of treatment. In these situations, the modified express course of Invisalign treatment is the best way to perfect a smile without requiring a patient to spend a year following the treatment protocol. Our dentist often recommends the Invisalign treatment as a part of a complete smile makeover.

If you have minor misalignments, you would like to straighten, or you would like to reposition teeth relapsing to incorrect positions after past orthodontic care, please contact our office. Our staff can schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist to help you determine if Invisalign Express is an excellent treatment choice for you.

How Long Does Invisalign Express Treatment Last?

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Invisalign is the top choice for patients who require orthodontic treatment. Invisalign straightens teeth, corrects the bite, and fixes spacing issues. The treatment is comprised of clear, plastic aligners shaped similar to mouth guards. These aligners are see-through enough to allow patients discretion during their treatment, and seamless enough for comfort. Regular Invisalign treatment takes about fifteen months to complete, but Invisalign Express is also available for some patients.

Invisalign Express is perfect for those with only minor orthodontic issues needing correction. Express can correct the same issues Invisalign Full can, but only those that are within a certain extent. For example:

• Minimal rotation of the incisors, cuspids, and bicuspids
• Less than two millimeters of gaps or crowding per arch
• Less than two millimeters of midline correction required
• Less than three millimeters of arch expansion total

This treatment option is appreciated by patients who wish to perfect their smile before a significant event in their life, such as a graduation or big birthday. Express requires only about ten aligners over the course of six months, compared to the twenty or thirty aligners needed for Full. Our Invisalign Express dentist in Los Angeles can inform you if you are a candidate for this treatment at a consultation appointment.