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Ottawa dentist explains "What is Invisalign?" and dispels myths surrounding modern, metal-free approach

At first glance, Invisalign may seem too good to be true. You may wonder: "How can this orthodontic treatment provide a comfortable, discreet experience while also straightening effectively?" You may assume Invisalign is only an option for the most minor cases of tooth crowding.

Dr. France Chevalier and her team in Ottawa are pleased to report you can have it all with Invisalign, a removable approach to correcting everything from minor spacing issues to more complex problems with the way the upper and lower teeth come together.

What is Invisalign?

Traditional braces use a system of wires and brackets, which place controlled pressure on your teeth to gradually shift them into alignment.

Traditionally, you would need to see your dentist regularly for adjustments to the wires. These adjustments add pressure to the teeth and ensure the process moves forward as planned. Unlike Invisalign, only your dentist can remove conventional braces so they are considered a fixed dental appliance.

Instead of using brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear, BPA-free plastic aligner trays to incrementally shift teeth into proper alignment. These aligner trays can be removed for eating and cleaning, which reduces complications associated with traditional orthodontic appliances such as gum disease promoted by difficulty brushing and flossing between and around the braces.

Since Invisalign gets its straightening power from these trays, it is critical you wear them as advised by Dr. Chevalier. Generally, you should remove them for no longer than 2 hours each day. Not wearing these trays as recommended by your Invisalign dentist can jeopardise the effectiveness of treatment.

Dr. Chevalier will see you about every six weeks, at which time she will ensure treatment is progressing as planned. Generally, you wear a new set of trays every 2 weeks. Each set is slightly different to incrementally shift the teeth according to your treatment plan.

A progressively better way to straighten?

As with most technologies, Invisalign has evolved for the better since it was first introduced. Invisalign now treats a wider range of patients with a broader array of conditions and severity of conditions. In addition to correcting mild cases of crooked and protruding teeth, Invisalign can treat more challenging dental problems that were formerly only suitable for conventional metal braces.

Imagine any type of alignment or bite-related problem, and Dr. Chevalier and her team will probably be able to correct it with Invisalign.

Isn't Invisalign expensive?

It's a myth that modern orthodontic appliances are significantly more expensive than traditional metal counterparts. Costs are comparable, but you may also save time. Fewer dental visits may be required.

Furthermore, most dental insurance companies cover Invisalign just as they do metal braces. If you don't have insurance, the dental team can discuss other payment options with you.

Bring these and other questions and concerns to an appointment with Dr. Chevalier. Phone +1 (613) 233-1118 to schedule.

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