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Getting Braces as an Adult: Why It Is Never Too Late

Getting Braces as an Adult: Why It Is Never Too Late

Braces aren’t just for awkward teens with brightly colored spacers anymore. Many patients at Dr. Jaleel’s Ottawa clinic are over the age of 18. As more adults turn to braces to straighten their teeth, they’re proving that it’s never too late to fine-tune your smile. Dr. Jaleel has been practicing dentistry and orthodontics for over 20 years now. Over the years, she has seen many people smile brighten after getting braces. Here are just a few great reasons why dental braces for adults are a wise choice.

Set Your Teeth Straight

What don’t you like about your smile? Quite often, braces are not just for aesthetics. Crowded and crooked teeth are more difficult to brush and floss, which could cause plaque buildup and lead to other problems, such as cavities or gum disease. An underbite or overbite can even make chewing uncomfortable. Whether your teeth are misaligned or slightly less than perfect, braces can correct the issue, although dental braces for adults may need to be applied longer than for children or teenagers. The time required varies depending on the condition of your teeth, but the average patient has braces for 18–30 months. No matter your reason for needing braces, the results are well worth the wait.

You Have Options

You don’t have to get traditional metal braces, either. There are many more inconspicuous options for braces available today, such as clear braces, lingual braces and clear aligners, that will allow you to straighten your teeth undercover. Ceramic or clear braces are made from a composite that blends with the color of your teeth, while lingual braces are completely hidden because they’re attached behind the teeth. Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are custom-fit to your teeth. Choose the look and type of braces that will work best for you.

Benefits of Clear Braces

The benefits of clear braces became evident as growing numbers of adult patients began to pursue care. Adults were now able to improve the appearance and function of their smile without attaching the stigma of a metal mouth. These new aligners could be removed for eating meals and dental hygiene home care; afterward, they could be placed back in the mouth to continue tooth movement. The result of this process was two-fold: First, patients gained confidence from teeth that looked better; second, oral health was improved through properly aligned teeth.

Straighter teeth are healthier in form and function. Bacteria, plaque acids and impacted food particals are the contributing factors to dental decay and gum disease. Teeth that are in alignment gather less plaque simply because they are easier to clean with proper brushing and flossing techniques. The gums fit the teeth more snugly when the teeth do not overlap, leading to a decreased risk of triggers for the inflammatory process that results in periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has been proven to contribute to other systemic illnesses, so straighter teeth not only contribute to a healthy mouth but can contribute to a healthier body.

Another of the benefits of clear braces is a decrease in the traumatic wear that can result from teeth that do not fit together properly. Teeth are like gears inside a machine: If the gears do not align properly, they will wear at an improper rate, resulting in a breakdown of the machine. Teeth can chip, break, or wear at the gumline (a process termed abfraction). Using clear braces to align adult teeth can prevent patients from the need to invest significant amounts of money in restorations. Properly aligned teeth can also decrease the stress placed on the jaw joint; crowded, misaligned teeth place unnatural stress on the jaw.

Clear Braces: Retaining Teeth for Life

The ultimate goal of dental care providers is to retain each patient’s dentition for life. The benefits of clear braces extend far beyond a pretty smile. Clear braces offer an opportunity to straighten teeth while raising the patient’s confidence level in daily life. Although not every patient is a candidate for invisible braces, the products do provide a large percentage of individuals with improved oral health. As companies improve orthodontic techniques used in clear braces, and as new companies emerge, dental professionals will continue to learn about aligning teeth — and that gives us all a reason to smile!

Boost Your Confidence

Many adults are unhappy with the way their teeth look and will avoid smiling or shy away from conversations as a result, which can affect how they present themselves in social and professional situations. Stick through the tooth-straightening process with your braces, and in time you’ll get the smile that you’ve always wanted.

For the healthiest mouth possible, be sure to brush twice daily with a toothpaste that fights germs and prevents gingivitis, and follow Dr. Jaleel’s instructions on proper care for your braces. Keep in mind, however, that whitening toothpastes are not recommended while you wear braces since the toothpaste cannot reach under your brackets and could result in stains in the areas where the brackets were when it’s finally time for the braces to come off.

There will soon be no need to hide your smile anymore once you have a reason and the confidence to show it off. If you’re thinking about straightening your teeth, set up an appointment to talk to Dr. Jaleel about the possibility of braces!


Why Choose Invisalign Braces?

Why Choose Invisalign Braces?

Ever wanted to get your teeth straightened but disliked the look of metal braces, the pain and the innumerous dental visits associated with them? Well then, Invisalign might just be for you! Invisalign, also known as clear braces, are designed to give you that Hollywood smile you have always wanted, but at a relatively easier and inexpensive cost. Dr. Jaleel, a dentist in Ottawa at the Fairlawn Dental clinic might just be the one you are looking for!


What is Invisalign?

Invisalign takes a modern approach to teeth straightening, using aligners that are custom made for you and you only. These aligner trays are made of invisible plastic that are smooth and comfortable and are worn over your teeth. They are BPA-free and won’t irritate your cheeks and gums.  Based on the exact movements that your Ottawa dentist, Dr. Jaleel, will plan for you, these aligners will gently and gradually shift your teeth in place. There are neither metal brackets nor any wires that need tightening. However, every two weeks, a new set of aligners are placed on your teeth, until the treatment is completed.

Luckily, as an Invisalign user, you will be able to eat anything and feel relaxed throughout the entirety of the treatment. While some people may believe that metal braces do a better job at teeth alignment in comparison to Invisalign, research has shown that there has been no difference whatsoever in the time-span of the treatment received and the perceived outcomes of the subjects.


Treatment process

You may be somewhat familiar with the treatment process involving Invisalign; however, an explanation will facilitate your experience with dentists in Ottawa.

First off, it is important to talk to Invisalign providers, which many dentists in Ottawa will be, including Dr. Jaleel, in order to feel most comfortable with the procedure itself. At Fairlawn Dental, during a consultation, Dr. Jaleel will help you determine whether you are a right candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign now addresses problems that may be simple or complex, but an assessment in necessary. Also, the visit will be where you can get your questions answered, such as your financial questions pertaining to Invisalign. Next in the process, a customized treatment will be created for you. At Fairlawn Dental, Dr. Jaleel will take x-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth, in order to create a 3D images using state of the art technology. Later, she will help you determine the approximate length of the treatment and help you visualize the gradual changes of your teeth. After, Dr. Jaleel will provide you with your custom aligners based on your personalized need. Over the course of the treatment, Dr. Jaleel will provide you with a set of aligners which will make slight changes to your tooth position. When she places the first aligner on your teeth, you will eventually notice gradual shift of your teeth from their current position. Approximately after two weeks, you will begin the use of the next set of aligners, which will help your teeth alignment process to proceed. And last but not least, you will be able to reveal your new smile and keep it looking great!


Primary Benefits

The most well-known benefit of Invisalign is that they are virtually invisible. Unlike metal braces, they are a seamless fit with your lifestyle. They are removable for maintaining oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing every night. The plastic aligners can also be cleaned using your regular brush or by using a cleaning system, which comes with the Invisalign, provided by many Ottawa dentists. As mentioned, you can eat anything while having them on and even remove them for flexibility. However, for the best results, it is recommended that they be left on for 20-22 hours on a regular basis. Another benefit includes less time consuming visits to dentists, since there are no metal wires requiring tightening or adjustments. Overall, they are amazing!

Your perfect smile is waiting for you here at Fairlawn Dental. Pick up the phone and make an appointment with Dr. Jaleel, the friendliest and most knowledgeable dentist in Ottawa! Our dental clinic is located across from the Carlingwood Shopping Centre in Ottawa, easily accessible by bus or car.


2194 Carling Avenue, Unit 1

Ottawa, ON K2A 1H3



Embrace Your New Smile: Braces 101

Embrace Your New Smile: Braces 101

You’ve probably seen them on other people, whether it be a sibling, a classmate or a stranger: metal wiring installed onto teeth to help correct the teeth’s alignment. Even though you know what braces look like and what their ultimate goal is, there are still questions you want answered, how do braces work, and what is an alternative to metal braces?

Braces: the Basics

First off, let’s get to know metal braces a little bit more. Metal braces, most often referred to as just braces, are metal wires used in orthodontics to properly align and straighten teeth. The problems they correct include:

1) Malocclusion, when teeth gets too crowded, pushing others into misalignment.

2) Overbite and underbite

3) Deep bite and open bite

4) Crossbite, when your upper teeth don’t line up with your lower teeth.

Not correcting an abnormal bite could result in further oral health problems, including: tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, speech and/or chewing issues and jaw problems

Metal braces vs Invisalign

Metal braces consist of brackets glued to your teeth, held in by elastic ties. The brackets work by applying pressure onto your teeth, nudging teeth back into alignment. Because of this, the elastic bands need to be tighten periodically to help the brackets remain effective. Many choose metal braces because they are more affordable and durable. Patients may also prefer metal braces because the familiarity of metal braces. Perhaps they already know someone who already have metal braces, making them feel more comfortable with this method of treatment. However, with metal braces, it is extremely important to clean your teeth properly as food may get stuck between the wires. Below, you will find our handy dandy video showing you how to floss your teeth with metal braces on.

Invisalign are clear, smooth plastic aligners fitted to your teeth. They are removable, which means brushing your teeth will be easier and you are allowed to eat a variety of food without worrying about food getting stuck between your braces. But the most noticeable advantage to Invisalign is the fact that they are barely noticeable. Some also find Invisalign is more comfortable than metal braces. However, Invisalign can be quite expensive, which is why we have a special Invisalign Double Bonus Offer going on right now. This offer gives you a free Invisalign consultation and $500 off the Invisalign treatment. Some conditions apply.

If you want more information on invisible braces, read our previous blog post on Invisalign braces.

Cleaning your metal braces with floss

Find other helpful dental videos on our YouTube page.

What to expect on the day of your appointment

Metal Braces: If Dr. Jaleel finds that Invisalign is not suited for you, on the day of your appointment, Dr. Jaleel will:

1) Clean and dry your teeth.

2) Bonding glue will be applied to each of your teeth, to which brackets will be attached.

3) When the brackets have been glued on, archwires will be fitted to your brackets, along with elastic bands to secure everything into place. And voilà! They are done.

Invisalign: If after the Invisalign consultation, Dr. Jaleel finds that your teeth can be treated with Invisalign, she will take an impression of your teeth, from which the Invisalign will be made from. You will come in for another visit once the braces are made. Just like metal braces, Invisalign braces need to be refitted as your teeth are pushed into alignment; this involves coming in for a visit every 2-3 weeks.

Whether it’s because of an overbite, a malocclusion or a crossbite, Dr. Jaleel is your go-to dentist in Ottawa to help solve your smile insecurities.

Call us at 613-829-6868 to make an appointment today so you can embrace your new smile sooner.


Invisalign Braces

Braces: you’re inner pre-teen likely shudders. The word brings to mind a mouthful of metal; Wires and brackets bind your smile. Whether it’s seemingly a rite of passage making those gawky years even more awkward, or you’re considering them as an adult, braces don’t discriminate when it comes to the embarrassing aesthetics or their unforgiving inconveniences.

To make it worse, braces have a bad reputation despite their appearances. Braces restrict your diet to soft, non-sticky foods. This can unfortunately take much of the fun out of eating. That’s right – No popcorn, no hard candies, and don’t even think about taking a chomp into that juicy apple. In addition, braces require a tedious cleaning regime that must be maintained, and of course, not to mention the actual discomfort of having your teeth cranked into position regularly. Braces combine these drawbacks into months or years of commitment.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Invisalign dental braces provide the option to discreetly straighten your teeth. Virtually unnoticeable, Invisalign braces are an innovative alternative to traditional braces, and also resolve the accompanying disadvantages of traditional braces! As the name suggests, Invisalign are clear invisible braces that use smooth plastic aligners molded specifically to your teeth to perfect your smile. These plastic aligners are removable so you may eat whatever you like, and this also allows for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Invisalign Braces

Invisalign Braces

Teeth are an important part of your health. As any dentist in Ottawa will tell you, oral health is an indication to your overall well-being. Well-aligned teeth have impact beyond merely their valued appearance. Straight teeth help with proper chewing and therefore aid in digestion, they help avoid jaw misalignments that can cause neck pain, headaches and migraines, and with your jaw alignment impacting facial development, your teeth even contribute to the way you look!

Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign Invisible Braces

Invisalign Invisible Braces Vs. Traditional Braces

The impact braces make on your smile and health are always worth the investment. It’s easy to see the value our society puts on our teeth through the efforts we use to pursue straight, white teeth. Dr. Jaleel provides exceptional service among the many orthodontists and dentists in Ottawa who specialize in cosmetic dentistry. After all, our smiles are one of our most noticeable facial features. They are the windows to our words and key in first impressions. It’s no wonder dental care in Ottawa and elsewhere aims to achieve that sought after smile.

So don’t sacrifice your pride for that perfect smile (or your favourite bubble gum!) Opt out of the traditional “tinsel teeth” with the glare of metal. Instead trust your own luminescent smile to bring that sparkle to your pearly whites.

Don’t keep that smile behind bars- let your smile shine through with Invisalign! Come by Dr. Jaleel’s office for a consultation to see if Invisalign invisible braces are right for you.