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Invisalign Lite Vs Express

Medically reviewed by Dr Minoo Ghamari  / Feb 08, 2024 / No Comment 
Invisalign Lite Vs Express

Are you torn between Invisalign Lite and Invisalign Express? Maybe you aren't sure what Invisalign treatment is right for you? Or are you looking for orthodontic treatment and want to avoid traditional braces? No matter what brought you here, we have two answers for you.

Invisalign treatment is a popular way to straighten teeth and address minor orthodontic issues. Two popular treatments include Invisalign Lite and Invisalign Express (i7). Knowing which to choose can be tricky, but help is on hand. Today's guide explores the differences between Invisalign Lite and Invisalign Express, looking at their approach, duration, cost, and more to determine your best choice.

What We Are Going To Cover:

Invisalign Lite Vs Express: Treatment Approach

The approach for Invisalign Lite and Express are the same. The only difference is the concerns they treat. Invisalign Lite treats minor orthodontic issues, like minor straightening. Invisalign Express treats slight crowding, small gaps, and minor crowded teeth to achieve your dream smile.

Invisalign Lite Treatment Approach

Invisalign Lite is designed like the original Invisalign process but works best for customers with minor orthodontic issues. The following steps guide you through the treatment approach:
  1. Consultation: Determines if you are a candidate for Invisalign Lite. Digital scans and impressions are taken to create a 3D model of your mouth, which we use to create your customised treatment plan to achieve your new smile.
  2. Aligners arrive: Clear aligners will arrive at our practice. You will be invited for a second appointment, where we will check the fit, show you how to use the clear aligners and explain your treatment process.
  3. Treatment begins: You will wear your aligners daily, changing them regularly as they add pressure to your teeth, moving them into their new position.
  4. Regular check-ups: You will attend every six weeks to assess your progress and perform routine dental work to keep your smile healthy.
  5. Enjoy your new smile: Once treatment ends, you will have a new smile to enjoy. Night-time retainers must be worn to maintain your smile

Express Treatment Approach

Invisalign Express treats small gaps, minor crooked teeth, and slight crowding to give you the smile of your dreams. The treatment follows a similar approach to Invisalign Lite. We have the steps of the treatment plan below for you:
  1. Consultation - Determines if you are a candidate for Invisalign Express. A 3D model of your smile and a treatment plan based on your goals to achieve your new smile are created.
  2. Aligners ordered - Once you are happy with your new smile, custom clear aligners are ordered.
  3. Treatment begins - You will have a second appointment when your aligners arrive to fit them and run through your treatment plan. Up to seven aligners are used to add gentle pressure to move your teeth into the desired position.
  4. Regular check-ups - Every six weeks, you will be invited for check-ups to assess your progress, make any adjustments, and carry out routine dental work.
  5. Enjoy your new smile - After treatment ends, you will wear a retainer at night to maintain your new smile.

Invisalign Lite Vs Express: Treatment Duration

Invisalign Express can take less time than Invisalign Lite, allowing you to complete the treatment within three months. Both treatments allow you to see results in a few weeks, but how long they take depends on the work required to achieve your new smile.

Invisalign Lite Treatment Duration

Invisalign Lite is faster than other Invisalign treatments, taking anywhere from a few weeks to six months to achieve your new smile. Minor alignment issues can be rectified in a few weeks; other cases can take six months. Invisalign Lite is only suitable for minor alignment and adjustment. Any issues with bite, complex alignment, or spacing must be dealt with with other Invisalign treatments. These can take longer to adjust, hence Invisalign Lite's speedy results.

Express Treatment Duration

Invisalign Express is a speedy treatment and takes roughly three months. This is because the treatment targets minor issues, straightening your teeth and closing small gaps between them. How long your treatment takes will depend on the work required to achieve your new smile; some customers see a faster turnaround of a few weeks! On average, you can expect it to take three months, though, with a time frame provided in your consultation.

Invisalign Lite Vs Express: Technological Features

Invisalign makes Invisalign Lite and Express and have the same technological features as the Invisalign Full treatment. These are used to create your perfect smile with minimal effort from yourself.

Invisalign Lite Technological Features

The following three key elements make up Invisalign Lite's technology, allowing you to achieve your perfect smile:
  • SmartTrack Material - Uses gentle and constant force to move your teeth. The material helps to speed up treatment time, allowing you to see results quickly
  • SmartStage Technology - Programmes individual tooth movement simultaneously, helping us to predict your results and you to see them quickly
  • SmartForce Attachments - Helps your aligner deliver the results you want. Bite ramps, precision cuts, and a power ridge are some of the attachments and features we can use to help you achieve your perfect smile

Express Technological Features

Invisalign Express has a variety of technological features to create your new smile. The three main elements are listed below:
  • SmartForce Attachments - Help deliver the results you want. Precision cuts, a power ridge, and bite ramps are some of the features and attachments used to create your new smile
  • SmartStage Technology - Programmes each tooth movement simultaneously, offering better prediction of your results and faster delivery
  • SmartTrack Material - Uses constant and gentle force to move your teeth, speeding up treatment time and providing quick results

Invisalign Lite Vs Express: Cost

Invisalign Express is a cheaper treatment than Lite. Both treatments are more affordable than Invisalign Full, making a perfect smile suitable for more budgets. We also offer payment plans for both treatments, allowing you to spread the cost and enjoy your new smile sooner.

Invisalign Lite Cost

Invisalign Lite costs between $5,000 and $7,000. The cost of your treatment will vary depending on how much work is required to achieve your new smile. During your consultation, you will receive a specific price for your treatment. At Gorgeous Smiles, we offer several payment plan options to make the perfect smile accessible for all. You can spread the cost of your Invisalign Lite with us, allowing you to have your new smile sooner. We offer consultations where you can learn more about the cost of your treatment and the payment options available to you.

Express Cost

Invisalign Express, or i7, costs between $3,500 and $5,500. The cost of your treatment depends on the work required to achieve your new smile. It is the most affordable of Invisalign treatment plans while still providing you with the desired results. We offer a variety of payment plans, too, allowing you to spread the cost of your Invisalign treatment. You can book a consultation for an accurate cost of your treatment and to see what payment options are available to you.

Invisalign Lite Vs Express: Customer Experience

Customers were satisfied with both treatments, praising the hands-on approach from our staff, the fast results, and the ability to see their new smile before treatment began. While some customers found the aligners uncomfortable, they are pain-free, allowing them to use them every day and see the results quickly.

Invisalign Lite Customer Experience

Customers were pleased with their Invisalign Lite treatment. They enjoyed the consultation, where they could see what their smile would look like and ask any questions about the treatment. Customers who had previous orthodontic treatment preferred the Lite treatment, noting the fast results and how pain-free it was. While the aligners are not painful, a few customers found it hard to do their usual activities with the aligners, like eating and drinking. The aligners can be removed for you to eat or drink, giving you flexibility, so you don't need to worry about biting into an apple with your aligner in your mouth.

Express Customer Experience

Overall, customers were impressed with their Express treatments. They enjoyed the speedy results, allowing them to experience their new smile sooner than other types of Invisalign. They also praised the level of support, making it easier for them to ask questions and raise any concerns. Some customers found the aligners uncomfortable but did not report any pain, making it easier to wear them daily. They found the treatment was easy to incorporate into their lifestyle, too, reducing the chances of them skipping days and slowing down the treatment.

Invisalign Lite Vs Express: Customer Support

Both treatments come with plenty of customer support. All our support is offered in person, allowing us to see your smile and make any adjustments if needed. You can also contact us via phone or email or message us through our site.

Invisalign Lite Customer Support

You get plenty of in-person support with Invisalign Lite. From the initial consultation to fitting your aligners and aftercare appointments, we offer the support and guidance you need. All of our appointments are done face-to-face, allowing us to check your treatment progress, identify any causes for concern, and treat them quickly. We also carry out routine dental work during your check-ups, helping you maintain good oral health during treatment. We check for tooth decay,

Express Customer Support

Customer support is abundant with your Express treatment. You will see a dental professional every step of the way, from the initial consultation to your aligners' arrival and the final appointment. We will always be on hand to answer any queries, address any concerns, and offer the support you need on your journey to a new smile. We also offer check-ups every six weeks, where we carry out routine dental work if needed. These appointments allow us to assess your progress, make necessary adjustments to your treatment plan, check for tooth decay, remove plaque build-up, and provide cleanings if needed. This allows us to ensure your smile is healthy and gives you the chance to ask any questions.

Invisalign Lite Vs Express: Aftercare

The aftercare process for both Invisalign treatments is very similar. You must wear a retainer at night to keep your teeth in their new position. You must also practice good oral hygiene and attend regular dental check-ups to keep your new smile healthy.

Invisalign Lite Aftercare

Aftercare is a vital part of your Invisalign treatment. Not following your aftercare process can see the minor adjustments to your smile revert, meaning you need to start the process again! The following guidelines should be followed to keep your new smile in place:
  • You must wear your retainer every night to keep your smile in place
  • You must rinse your aligners after every use
  • You must avoid toothpaste on your aligners, as this can scratch the retainer
  • You must floss and brush to ensure good oral hygiene
  • You must attend dental appointments every six months
  • You should avoid staining foods and drinks as they could discolour your teeth

Express Aftercare

The aftercare process with Express aligners is virtually the same. You must wear a retainer at night to prevent your teeth from moving to their original position. Even minor orthodontic problems can revert, so retainers must be worn. The following guidelines should also be followed after your treatment:
  • You must rinse your aligners after every use
  • You must avoid toothpaste on your aligners, as this can scratch the retainer
  • You must floss and brush to ensure good oral hygiene
  • You must attend dental appointments every six months
  • You should avoid staining foods and drinks as they could discolour your teeth

Get A Free Invisalign Treatment Consultation

Now that you can see the difference between Invisalign Lite and Express, we hope you can see which orthodontic treatment suits you. The different types of Invisalign allow you to treat various problems without the need for traditional metal braces. Whether you have minor crowding, crooked teeth, or small gaps you want to fill, Invisalign aligners can help you. Treatment is easy, and Invisalign clear aligners are easy to wear and virtually invisible, allowing you to enjoy your day while the removable aligners get to work. Why not book one of our free Invisalign treatment consultations to see which is for you? Will it be the full Invisalign treatment, Express, or Lite? Book a consultation, and let us show you how your dream smile will look!

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