Ottawa dentists know everyone wants to feel good about smiling – and can you blame them? A smile is supposed to signify happiness! So it’s always a shame when someone is afraid to smile, because they feel self-conscious about crooked or overcrowded teeth. Braces gave people the option of straightening their smile with the use of brackets installed on each tooth, connected by a metal wire that would be replaced regularly and tightened to slowly but surely move their teeth into the ideal positions for eating, talking, and of course, smiling with ease.
But today, traditional braces aren’t the only option. Many dentists in Ottawa are recommending clear braces like Invisalign to their patients. The benefit of Invisalign is that when you wear it, it is nearly invisible – allowing you to show off your constantly-improving smile as your teeth straighten themselves out.
The creation of these clear braces started in 1997 in Menlo Park, California, where the newly founded Align Technology, led by Zia Chishti, worked to bring their dream of a new and efficient orthodontic system to fruition. Invisalign was approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998, where it became available in 1999.
While dentists in Ottawa and around the world may have initially hesitated to adopt the new technology, it proved to be very popular amongst people seeking orthodontic treatment. As more newly beautiful smiles emerged, it became clear that Invisalign was an innovative new way to deliver orthodontic treatment and help people put their best smile forward.
Fast-forward to today, and many dentists in Ottawa have come to trust Invisalign to straighten their patients’ teeth. The technology, which uses digital 3D imaging to map a patient’s teeth and chart their desired changes, uses a multitude of clear brackets, each one different and closer to the end result, to smoothly and comfortably reposition the teeth. Dentists and orthodontists are trained and certified before they can prescribe or use Invisalign, ensuring a high standard of quality is maintained, and that every patient gets their best smile.
From a wild idea that no one was sure would work, to a trusted ally of dentists in Ottawa and around the world, Invisalign has come a long, long way to become a go-to solution for orthodontic care. But is its success any surprise? Giving people the gift of confidence in their smile is a truly great achievement on its own, but to do so in a way that lets them feel more at ease along the way is truly priceless.