If your teeth need a minor correction to improve your smile, you may not want to go through the process of wearing bulky, metal braces. The Invisalign system can help you to straighten your smile and correct imperfections with tooth alignment and bite without drawing attention to your teeth. The Invisalign Express system can even speed up this process, and your dentist can help you to determine if this innovative treatment option can work for you.

What is Invisalign Express?

The traditional Invisalign braces system uses transparent, soft plastic aligners in order to gradually move the teeth into a more desirable position. You’ll wear each aligner for approximately two weeks before moving on to the next stage. Treatments with traditional Invisalign usually require 20-30 aligners before your teeth arrive at their correct position.

Invisalign Express offers all the great benefits of Invisalign while expediting the process. This system is best suited for people who have spacing or crowding problems with their teeth that can be fixed with 10 or fewer aligners. This means that treatment times will only be about six months.

Criteria For Being an Invisalign Express Candidate

The Invisalign Express system will correct simple problems with the teeth quickly, so certain criteria need to be met in order for you to be a candidate:

  • Minimal rotation of the front teeth
  • Less than 1.5 mm of expansion needed per arch
  • Less than 2 mm of crowding or spacing per arch
  • Less than 2 mm of midline correction needed 

If you don’t meet these criteria, it doesn’t mean that you can’t utilize the Invisalign system to straighten your teeth. However, the traditional Invisalign treatment will likely be a more appropriate treatment plan.

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What is Life Like with Invisalign Express?

Just like the traditional Invisalign system, Invisalign Express should fit in conveniently with the rest of your life. You will wear your aligners around the clock, except for when you are caring for your teeth or eating. In order to keep your treatment time on track, this means you’ll need to wear your braces for approximately 22 hours a day, which includes while you are sleeping. You’ll also need to follow up with your dentist every four to six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as it should.

Many adults are choosing Invisalign Express to finally correct a minor orthodontic problem that they’ve always wanted to fix. The fact that these braces are extremely discreet makes them a great option for professionals who don’t want metal braces interfering with their professional and personal lives. Invisalign Express is also a comfortable option that promotes better oral hygiene than traditional braces.

How Much Does Invisalign Express Cost?

Since your treatment time with Invisalign Express is cut in half, you can expect that the costs of this system will also be much lower than those of the standard Invisalign system. Most dental insurance providers will cover Invisalign Express to the same extent that they would fund original braces, so contact your insurance policy to see how much they’ll pay toward your orthodontic work. Payment plans and financing may also be available to make your treatment even more affordable.

Last Reviewed by Dr. Eli Friedman on December 18, 2020