Vital Dental Care
Cosmetic Dentist & Family Dentist located in Manassas, VA
If you want to transform your smile, but also avoid the inconvenience and look of braces, consider Invisalign® aligners. The dentists at Vital Dental Care offer this bracket-and-wire-free option for getting the smile you want. If you live in Manassas, Virginia and the surrounding area of Prince William County, call the office or use the online booking agent to schedule a consultation to find out if Invisalign is right for you.
Invisalign Q & A
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are custom designed to fit over your existing teeth. The providers at Vital Dental Care use a specialized scanner to get a picture of your teeth and design a plan to gently move your teeth into optimal position. The Invisalign lab creates the clear aligners, and you meet with the team at Vital Dental Care to ensure they fit properly.
You wear the aligners about 22 hours a day, including when you sleep. Change the aligners weekly or every two weeks, as your smile improves due to the constant pressure that shifts your teeth.
What types of dental problems can Invisalign treat?
Invisalign is effective in treating many of the same bite problems that braces address. These include:
- Gapped teeth
- Overbites, underbites, open bites, and cross bites
- Crowded teeth
- Teeth that need overall straightening
How are the aligners made?
Invisalign doesn’t require biting down on foam or putty to make a mold. A specialized 3D scanner takes an incredibly accurate picture of your bite. A team member at Vital Dental Care sends this image to Invisalign, who then uses 3D printing to create your aligners, which are made from SmartTrack® material.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign is an effective way to straighten your teeth, and the clear aligners have many advantages over braces.
- Invisalign is virtually invisible, so no one notices them
- You have no brackets or wires that pinch or break
- Invisalign can be removed for oral hygiene
- You remove them for eating and drinking, so no meal restrictions
- They’re comfortable when you play sports
Are Invisalign aligners uncomfortable?
When you start a new set of aligners, they may feel tight or uncomfortable for the first few days. This is normal as the aligner adjusts your smile. You adapt quickly, however.
How often do I need check-ups with Invisalign?
Invisalign check-ups are less frequent than with braces. The providers at Vital Dental Care advise you come in every six to eight weeks to check your progress and pick up a new batch of aligners.
How long does it take to see results with Invisalign?
You usually notice a change in your smile within just two to three months of wearing the aligners. How long your treatment plan lasts depends on your custom treatment plan. In many cases, Invisalign corrects bite problems and crooked teeth more quickly than braces.
If you need a smile transformation and want to discuss clear aligners, call the office or book an appointment with Vital Dental Care today.