If you have slightly crowded or crooked teeth, chances are that there have been plenty of times that you wish you’d had braces when you were younger. But when you were a teen, having traditional metal braces for 2 or 3 years probably seemed like a painful proposition that wasn’t worth the effort or the expense. After all, your teeth didn’t seem that crooked.
However, since those days there have been occasions—like your wedding or an important job interview—when you wish your teeth were straighter. In fact, you may have often wished that you could have straighter teeth and a more beautiful smile if only for your overall sense of wellbeing and confidence.
Now, thanks to Invisalign’s fast treatment options, you can have straighter teeth in as little as 3 months, without the appearance or inconvenience of metal braces. If all you need is a minor correction to your front teeth, then an Invisalign Express option could be exactly what you’ve been hoping for.
After all, small fixes can make a big difference.
Invisalign Express 5 & 10
Invisalign Express aligners are clear plastic aligners that are quite effective for simple corrections that move your teeth into a straighter position. These options are also effective for teeth that had been straightened previously but have been moving back towards their original position.
The two express options for teens and adults are Invisalign Express 5 and Invisalign Express 10. Depending on a patient’s goal, either option can achieve straighter teeth without what most people assume will be the high cost of orthodontic treatment.
The Invisalign Express treatments consist of wearing a series of either 5 or 10 sets of aligners that are switched out about every 2 weeks. This means aligners are worn for 10 to 20 weeks, whereas a traditional Invisalign orthodontic treatment typically uses 25 or more aligner sets.
Invisalign Express 5 is so named because the treatment requires up to 5 sets, or stages, of aligners that are worn over approximately 3 months. This option is great for fixing minor crowding and spacing issues with the front teeth.
Invisalign Express 10 can also straighten minor things that annoy many patients, such as crooked or slightly overlapping front teeth. Up to 10 sets, or stages, of aligners are worn over a span of approximately 6 months.
[To see Invisalign’s before and after images for generally straighter teeth on Invisalign’s website, click here.]
What Are The Benefits of Invisalign Express?
Invisalign aligners are made of a clear composite plastic, so there’s no flashy metal in your mouth, and no brackets, rubber bands, wires, or headgear. Unlike traditional metal braces, they cause no or only minimal irritation or discomfort. Invisalign Express 5 & 10 treatments are:
- Quick and effective: Minor tooth corrections can be achieved in as little as 3 months.
- Virtually invisible: Invisalign Express aligners are made from a clear SmartTrack material and are customized to fit snugly around your teeth.
- Easy to take care of: Because the aligners are removable, it’s easier to eat, brush, and floss. They can also be easily removed for important events or while playing sports, for example.
So, just how does Invisalign Express work? The Invisalign aligners are made after Dr. Mullins takes a precise 3D digital scan of your teeth. He then customizes a treatment plan based on the placement and structure of your teeth, with a 3-D virtual representation of the desired final result and the number of aligner stages required.
With a tool called Invisalign Assist, Dr. Mullins is able to track how your teeth are moving. If your teeth aren’t moving as they should, he can adjust your next set of aligners accordingly so that your treatment isn’t delayed.
With specialized training in Invisalign treatment options as well as other orthodontic solutions, Dr. Mullins can help you envision your best possible outcome for a beautiful smile. He and the staff at My Family Dentistry are dedicated to continually providing the most advanced, state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment options for children, teens, and adults.
To learn more about what makes My Family Dentistry different from other dental practices, read Why Our First Patient & Her Family Are Still Our Patients—And Always Plan To Be. Give us a call at (865) 947-6453 to learn more about our dental services, or schedule an appointment online.
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