Adult Orthodontics

Think you are too old braces? Orthodontic treatments are no longer for just children and teens.

Dr. Ami Barakat treats many adult patients for various reasons in the Ottawa area. Healthy teeth can move at any age! Some adults who had orthodontic treatment in the past can suffer from relapse. Many of the adult patients we treat simply never had their teeth treated and are now discouraged at the thought of wearing metal braces.

There are also some adult patients who had orthodontic treatment in their earlier years but never completed it. Whatever the reason, Dr. Barakat will find a treatment plan for any adult seeking a beautiful and healthy smile.

Adult Orthodontic Treatments

Adult Orthodontic Treatments in Stittsville, ON

Today’s braces are not what they were decades ago. Thanks to advances in the field of orthodontics, treatment options are more comfortable and less obtrusive. These innovations have made traditional metal braces smaller and flatter. Even though this is the least popular option among adults, it is still an effective and economical way to gradually move teeth into proper position.

Adults now have the option of choosing clear aligners to straighten their teeth. Invisalign is a teeth straightening system that offers many more benefits compared to traditional metal braces. It involves using a series of custom made aligners that are ultra-thin and clear. They are made of highly durable material that is designed to fit snugly against the teeth and gums.

The clear aligners should be worn for 20-22 hours a day. They are an ideal orthodontic treatment for adults because:

  • They are clear making them less noticeable. Adults will not have to deal with the stigma of wearing metal braces.
  • They are more convenient since they can be removed to eat and brush your teeth. No need to deal with food getting stuck in them!
  • There will be fewer appointments. As an adult, you are busy and choosing Invisalign will save you from having to go to more appointments.

Why Seek Orthodontic Treatment as an Adult?

A significant number of orthodontic patients are ages 18-70 years of age. Many adults want to have a smile they love and also improved oral health. Aside from being a cosmetic concern, people with crooked teeth, poorly aligned bites and crowded teeth are more prone to dental problems.

Their teeth will be harder to clean leading to tooth decay and gum disease. People suffering from malocclusion (a bad bite) may have issues chewing, swallowing, and speaking certain sounds. Having straight teeth can also aid in the longevity of certain restorations such as dental crowns, dental bridges, and dental implants.

Dental Monitoring

Dental Monitoring is an innovative technology that revolutionizes the way orthodontic treatment is monitored and managed. Patients use their smartphones to capture images of their teeth and submit them through the app. The images are then analyzed by our doctors using artificial intelligence algorithms to evaluate tooth movement, treatment progress, and oral health. It eliminates the need for frequent in-person appointments, reducing travel time and inconvenience. The real-time monitoring provided by Dental Monitoring enables early detection of any issues or complications, allowing for timely intervention and adjustments in treatment plans. Additionally, it promotes patient engagement and compliance by providing personalized treatment updates and reminders. Overall, Dental Monitoring improves the efficiency and convenience of orthodontic treatment, enhances patient experience, and contributes to achieving optimal treatment outcomes.


Orthodontics treatment with the Invisalign clear aligner system can expect treatment to last between 12 to 24 months. Treatment results will depend on how well you follow treatment instructions and recommendations. Treatment length will also depend on the severity of your malocclusion.

It is never too late to get orthodontics. Your dentist will recommend treatment based on your oral health and cosmetic dental needs. Most adult patients consider Invisalign in Stittsville for cosmetic reasons. Dentists agree it is a very effective way to align your teeth in no time.

Yes, everyone needs to wear a retainer in order to prevent orthodontics relapse. Preventing orthodontics relapse is very important because it can undo the time and effort it took to fix your issue; not to mention the wasted costs. A retainer will keep your teeth from shifting back to their original crooked position. This is a common issue for patients that do not follow retainer instructions.

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