When exploring the world of orthodontics and trying to decide which product will work best for your orthodontic needs, it can be challenging to find a product that corrects your issue and fits your lifestyle. That’s why many patients are opting for Invisalign, a new and improved method of treatment for a wide range of issues with the teeth.
With the various types of Invisalign available, you may be asking yourself, “Which Invisalign treatment option is right for me?” Let’s discuss your options.
Invisalign is a way to get straight teeth without the hassle of braces, making it a popular choice among patients of various ages. The system consists of clear plastic aligners, which must be worn 20-22 hours each day for a number of months and only removed when eating, drinking or cleaning your teeth. Invisalign is available in different types that treat a multitude of issues, ranging from moderate to cosmetic. The types of Invisalign systems available include:
- Invisalign Full
- Invisalign Teen
- Invisalign Lite
- Invisalign Express
Let’s delve into what makes each of these treatment types unique and try to shed some light on what category you might belong to in the process.
This form of Invisalign treatment is directed toward those who have more moderate-severe issues with their teeth. Invisalign Full typically takes the longest out of all the Invisalign treatment types to complete, lasting a year or longer to finish treatment. This is due to the fact that Invisalign Full is treating the most complex issues with the teeth, so naturally it will take a bit longer than the other options available.
For less severe cases, your orthodontist may recommend Invisalign Lite, which works the same as Invisalign Full, but for a shorter period of time. Invisalign Lite is recommended for patients with mild to moderate crowding and spacing issues and slight alignment problems. Patients who are utilizing this system can expect their treatment to last less than a year. In most cases, about 7-9 months.
For the mildest case, your orthodontist may recommend Invisalign Express. This form of treatment is perfect for patients with slight cosmetic issues and will typically take six months or less to complete treatment. Patients who don’t need a lot of correction are perfect candidates for Invisalign Express.
Perfect for younger patients with mild to moderate issues, the Invisalign Teen system is a popular choice for those who don’t want to deal with braces as a teen. This form of treatment works perfectly for crowding and spacing problems and overall alignment issues and typically will takes about the same amount of time to complete as the Invisalign Full treatment.
The Invisalign Teen system is made with teens in mind, as it includes blue compliance indicators on each set of aligners to ensure that the patient is wearing them for the recommended time each day. The system even includes replacement aligners in case the unfortunate occurs, and the patient accidentally loses their aligners.
Invisalign and Your Options
It’s important to speak with your orthodontist about your options when it comes to Invisalign and if you are a candidate. They will need to evaluate you and prescribe the right form of treatment that will provide you with maximum results, so that you can go on living your best life, free from worry about your orthodontic treatment. Be one step closer to a spectacular smile by seeing if Invisalign is right for you!
At Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, our team is ready to chat about your smile. Call (843) 4-BRACES to learn more today!