Invisalign Express: All Aboard the Smile Express!
This one’s for all of you with mildly crooked teeth because small fixes can change your smile in a big way.
It’s one thing to live your whole life dealing with comments like “You’d be so much prettier if you straightened your teeth!” (sigh), but a whole other ball game when you want to fix your smile and people give you an incredulous “But your teeth look fine!” reaction.
The fact of the matter is that no one knows your smile like you do. Even if your teeth don’t jut out like Bugs Bunny or criss-cross like train tracks, maybe there’s a tiny gap between your front teeth that you just can’t unsee, or a slightly rotated tooth that’s been bothering you.
There will be people, especially those struggling with more severe crooked-teeth issues, who tend to dismiss your concerns as trivial, but an ideal smile is something that only you can define for yourself. There’s no sense in letting their comments stop you from getting the smile you want, but there is a way to get it done more inconspicuously — with Invisalign.
Introducing Invisalign Lite & Invisalign Express
In an earlier story, we mentioned that there is more than one type of Invisalign treatment. While we generally use “Invisalign” to refer to Invisalign Comprehensive, which is the default treatment for adults as it has the broadest applicability for most conditions, there are specific treatments for people who are just looking for minor-to-very-minor aesthetic improvements.
For minor crowding and spacing, Invisalign Lite is a possible option. If your ideal smile can be achieved with no more than 14 sets of aligners, your Invisalign provider may prescribe this. For very minor cases of crowding, spacing or post-braces relapses, there’s Invisalign Express, which involves just seven sets of aligners.
It may even be possible to shorten your treatment time further by using orthodontic devices like AcceleDent and V Pro5 every night. These gadgets emit gentle pulses to encourage teeth movement, so you may be able to move on to the next set of aligners more quickly than the standard two-week wear time. It’s best to ask your Invisalign provider about this and whether it’s suitable for you.
It must be said, though, that Invisalign Lite and Invisalign Express work faster than Invisalign Comprehensive only because they involve fewer sets of aligners. This means that they are unable to correct misaligned bites or fix more complex or severe conditions, and compliance is still key — 20 to 22 hours of daily wear is a must if you hope to complete treatment within the prescribed time.
Only an accredited Invisalign provider can advise whether Invisalign Lite or Invisalign Express is a realistic option for you. The first consultation is a great opportunity for you to share your concerns, describe your ideal smile, and learn more about the Invisalign system. Your Invisalign provider would be able to take a digital scan of your teeth, develop a treatment plan, and advise you on the most suitable treatment option. Using Invisalign’s digitised workflow, your provider can create a 3D simulation of your tooth movement throughout the course of the treatment and calculate the number of sets of aligners you would need. You can also request to see this simulation, called ClinCheck® , to make sure that you’re happy with the planned end results before starting on your Invisalign journey.
If you need help choosing the right Invisalign provider, check out our three-part guide for basic, intermediate, and advanced researchers.