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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
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Redwood City, CA 94063
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Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

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Above all else, Dr. Barthman wants for you to have a beautiful, new smile. Prevention is the key to staying healthy and so we recommend the following tips to get you on your way:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
  • Floss daily and if possible, after every meal.
  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
  • Schedule a cleaning and oral examination with Dr. Barthman once a year.

 

Invisalign® Express: Faster Invisible Orthodontics Results

January 30, 2018 @ 06:05 PM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman

Invisalign aligner traysHaving a straight and perfectly aligned smile can improve your dental health as well as your sense of self. That may explain why so many patients at our Mountain View, CA practice have asked about Invisalign®, an alternative to traditional braces. Rather than using brackets and wires, Invisalign® relies on clear plastic aligner trays.

For people who have just slightly crooked teeth, there is a new type of Invisalign® to consider called Invisalign® Express. Let’s go over the basics and benefits of Invisalign® Express and how it differs from traditional Invisalign®.

What Is Invisalign® Express?

Invisalign® Express is an alternative to traditional Invisalign® treatment designed specifically for people with just minor tooth misalignment issues. Working in just a fraction of the time as traditional Invisalign®, Invisalign® Express can give you a straight and beautiful smile, enhancing smile aesthetics and overall dental wellness.

How Does Invisalign® Express Work?

Invisalign® Express works just like traditional Invisalign®. Patients receive a computer-designed aligner tray that they wear at all times except for when eating, drinking, or cleaning their teeth. Overall, that means wearing a tray for about 22 hours a day.

After two weeks, a patient discards their current aligner tray and switches to the next one in the sequence. The pattern repeats through the course of treating, with each subsequent tray helping adjust and improve the alignment of the patient’s smile.

How Long Does Invisalign® Express Take?

Invisalign® Express treatment usually takes half of the time for traditional Invisalign®, and sometimes less. In traditional Invisalign®, patients generally receive 20-30 aligners during the course of treatment. By contrast, Invisalign® Express patients will only need 10 aligners, and sometimes fewer.

Ideal Candidates for Invisalign® Express

To qualify for Invisalign® Express, patients must meet some strict criteria regarding the nature of their tooth misalignment:

  • Only minimal rotation of the patient’s front teeth
  • Less than 1.5 mm expansion needed per dental arch
  • Less than 2 mm of spacing or crowding per dental arch
  • Less than 2 mm of midline correction needed

During the consultation process, we can discuss your candidacy for Invisalign® Express and also discuss any alternative treatments that may be better suited to meet your needs. For non-candidates, traditional Invisalign®, traditional orthodontics, or even porcelain veneers may be a more ideal option.

The Cost of Invisalign® Express

Since there are fewer Invisalign® Express aligners required for treatment, the overall cost of Invisalign® Express is lower. The exact cost of treatment can be discussed during the consultation process.

If the cost of Invisalign® Express is a financial burden, we can discuss various payment plans and and financing options that can put treatment within your reach.

The Results of Invisalign® Express

The overall results of Invisalign® Express are great, allowing patients to smile with renewed confidence and experience all of the benefits of a perfectly aligned smile. Since Invisalign® Express does not interrupt normal routines or your diet, patients are very satisfied with the simplicity and convenience of treatment.

Learn More About Invisalign® Express

For more information about Invisalign® Express and whether or not it’s right for you, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. Jean E. Barthman, DDS will work with you to ensure your smile looks great and is perfectly aligned.