Anyone who has had braces knows how irritating they can be, with all the wires, metal brackets, rubber bands, and other foreign objects poking into your cheeks and gums — not to mention how difficult basic tasks become, like eating and brushing your teeth. Thanks to recent advancements in dental technology, far more discreet and comfortable alternatives are now available to dental patients, and many don’t even need to visit an orthodontist to have their teeth straightened. At Constitution Dental in Downtown Ottawa, we are pleased to offer Invisalign® for patients who want to straighten their teeth without metal brackets!

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign, commonly referred to as “clear braces” or “invisible braces,” refers to a set of clear retainers that gradually straighten your teeth as you progress through the sequence. These retainers are comfortable to wear and are hardly noticeable to others, making them an appealing alternative for teens and adults who want straighter teeth. Plus, they’re removable for eating, drinking, and brushing teeth, and they take even less time to straighten your teeth than traditional braces do! So, how does this work?

When you meet with your local dentist about getting Invisalign retainers, they will use dental x-rays to assess whether you would be a good candidate for the treatment and if you have an overbite, underbite, crowding teeth, or tooth gaps that will need to be corrected. Then, they will take an impression of your bite, which will be the foundation for your Invisalign trays. From there, a series of customized teeth straightening trays will be created for you, with instructions for how often you should wear each retainer and when you should switch to the next one in the set. Assuming they wear these clear retainers for at least 22 hours per day, patients typically finish the treatment after 15 months.

Benefits Of Invisalign

There are many obvious benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces and other orthodontic teeth straightening methods. Most notably, Invisalign retainers are see-through and difficult for others to notice, which is why so many adults opt for these “clear braces” if they work with clients or simply don’t want metal brackets to make them self-conscious in social settings. Another main benefit of Invisalign retainers is that they take less time to straighten your teeth than braces do, leaving you with a perfect, straight smile in just over a year, whereas many people with braces end up having them for more than two years.

Of course, patients also enjoy the freedom of being able to remove their Invisalign retainers whenever they want. However, it is also important to note that in order for your Invisalign treatment to be most effective and take no longer than 15 months to complete, you must wear them for at least 22 hours per day. Treat these “invisible braces” as if they were metal brackets and only remove them to eat, drink, and brush and floss your teeth.

Get Invisalign At Constitution Dental In Downtown Ottawa

Now that you know some of the basics of why dental patients love Invisalign, are you ready to get your own set of “clear braces?” Contact our dental clinic in Downtown Ottawa today to schedule your Invisalign consultation with our dentists!