in Shirley, MA

correct misalignment


Misaligned teeth aren’t only unshapely in appearance, they can cause a variety of dental problems, too. If you’re looking to straighten any crooked teeth, whether for cosmetic or health-based reasons, Invisalign may be the orthodontic solution for you. Regardless of your age, Invisalign can help correct and perfect your smile. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is almost unnoticeable and has no uncomfortable metal parts. At Nashoba Valley Dental, you can be fitted with a comfortable plastic retainer that will gently correct your smile in a little less than a year.

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what to expect

the invisalign process

Instead of one set of braces that can be adjusted over time, the Invisalign treatment uses numerous clear, plastic aligners to guide your teeth into perfect alignment. These trays are custom-made to fit your teeth specifically. Before the aligners are created, Dr. Matthew Annese will scan your teeth with 3M True Definition oral scanners to get a digital imprint. This will then be sent off to an Invisalign lab where your personalized aligners will be expertly crafted.

Once your first set is ready, you can come to Nashoba Valley Dental where Dr. Annese will ensure that they are a comfortable fit. He will also provide the next few sets so that you can replace them freely, removing the need to return to our office every time.

Your aligners must be replaced every two weeks for the process to work within the allotted time frame. Each set will gently correct your teeth towards their proper position. The firm plastic snuggly fits over your teeth and is almost completely invisible. Each set must be worn for 22 hours a day in the two-week schedule. If you somehow fall behind on your schedule, your plan will have to be adjusted and new aligners must be created.

Invisalign works on the principle that teeth don’t need strong, rigid pressure to straighten over time, a firm but gentle aligner can shape the teeth just as successfully. You should schedule an appointment with Dr. Annese every six weeks to ensure that your alignment is on track. During these appointments, you’ll receive the next few sets of your aligners.

treatment time

how long will i wear invisalign?

Depending on the current alignment of your teeth, 20-30 sets of aligners will be used to correct your smile. The average treatment time may vary but generally will only last around 12 months. This is assuming that the aligners are worn for the full duration and only taken out for eating or cleaning, no more than two hours a day.

discreet treatment

benefits of invisalign

  • Practically Unnoticeable: You never need to worry about Invisalign affecting your smile or conversations. The clear plastic aligner can be used by adults and children alike, without friends or colleagues noticing. With Invisalign, the changes are gradual, and the aligner is transparent, so no one else will have to know you’re using the product.
  • No Special Cleaning Required: While metal braces are bulky and hard to clean, Invisalign removes these problems by being removable! The aligners do not need to be worn during cleaning, and your teeth can be fully brushed and flossed without interference.
  • A Comfortable Fit: The aligners are specially crafted to fit your teeth. After the initial period of adjustment, they shouldn’t hurt much at all. While braces apply a more concentrated pressure, Invisalign is gradual. Slight discomfort is still to be expected but not enough to be a bother.
  • No Restrictions to Function or Diet: Invisalign doesn’t restrict jaw movement or prevent occlusion in any way. It won’t inhibit your speaking or singing either. The removable aligners also mean that you can eat and drink anything you like.
patient smiling and holding up invisalign

is invisalign right for me?

book a consult!

Don’t let misaligned teeth keep you from the smile you’ve always wanted. If you’re in Shirley, Groton, Lunenburg, or any other neighboring towns, call us today. At Nashoba Valley Dental, we’ll walk you through the Invisalign process and ensure that you’re a candidate for the procedure. Together we’ll draw up a treatment plan and get you started with scans and Invisalign preparation.

Call our office at (978) 425-9088 or contact us online for an appointment. With a quick consultation, you could be on your way to a new, perfect smile!

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