If you are in need of orthodontic work, then you may have heard of Invisalign. Invisalign is a modern alternative to traditional metal braces that uses a series of clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. Since the treatment aligners are clear, it is as if you are wearing nothing at all to outside observers. What you may not realize is that Invisalign also offers a shorter version of their traditional treatment for those with minor orthodontic issues or have had a simple orthodontic relapse. Those with these problems can save time and money with Invisalign Express.
Invisalign Express works in much the same way as Invisalign Full. The main difference is that Invisalign Express requires a shorter treatment time. This usually ends up being around six months for most patients. Due to this factor, about half as many aligners are used for Invisalign Express. However, Invisalign Express is only designed to handle orthodontic issues that are more minor in nature. People with minor spacing and crowing issues make good candidates for Invisalign Express. Nonetheless, there are certain requirements that a patient must meet in order to be considered for Invisalign Express. One of the requirements states that the patient should only be suffering from minimal tooth rotation. In addition, a good candidate will have less than two millimeters of spacing or crowding per row, less than two millimeters of midline correction needed, and less than 1.5 millimeters of dental expansion needed.
You may need Invisalign Full or traditional metal braces if you do not fit the above requirements.