Are Braces Better Than Invisalign?

The short answer: braces are better than Invisalign only in very complex cases!

Traditional braces and Invisalign are two of the most common orthodontic treatments available today. Both are designed to straighten teeth over time while improving your smile and oral health. Traditional braces have been around for a long time, and have a well-established history of treatment. Invisalign is a much newer treatment option, and, although increasing in popularity, has only been around for fifteen years or so. Traditional braces consist of metal brackets being attached to your teeth, tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands. Invisalign, on the other hand, is designed to be invisible. The clear aligner trays are made of smooth plastic and worn over the teeth.


Braces, traditionally made of metal, are not removable. They put an emphasis on function over style, and are generally more efficient at fixing complex tooth issues. They often work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than Invisalign. While every patient is different, the average time spent in braces is anywhere from 18 months to 3 years. However, there is often noticeable movement of misaligned teeth within a relatively short period of time. Maintenance with metal braces can be a little more involved than it is with Invisalign.


The brackets and wires can present a challenge to dental hygiene, but brushing and flossing regularly is a must for good oral health. Patients wearing traditional braces can expect to have follow-up visits about every 4-6 weeks. Your orthodontist will change the bands that are attached to the brackets, and the wire may be replaced as well. These appointments are a quick process, usually taking about half an hour to an hour. There may be some slight soreness after each adjustment, but it should be temporary.


The two main benefits of Invisalign are that the aligners are almost completely invisible, and that they are removable. They also tend to be more comfortable than traditional metal braces, since the aligners are made of a smooth plastic that won’t irritate the gums or cheeks the way some brackets and wires might. With proper treatment design, Invisalign is an efficient method for gently moving teeth in cases that are not too complicated. The average treatment period is somewhere between 6 and 18 months, though of course, that will vary from case to case. This average is also based on the patient sticking to the recommended guidelines of wearing the aligners at least 20-22 hours every single day, throughout the entirety of treatment. It’s extremely easy to maintain your Invisalign aligners.


Because they’re removable, you take them out before eating or drinking anything other than water, so you don’t have any issues with food getting stuck in between brackets and wires. You also remove them before brushing and flossing, giving you easier access to your teeth. There’s an Invisalign Cleaning system, or you can simply brush and rinse your trays in lukewarm water to keep them clean. Although there are no food restrictions with Invisalign aligners, you must remove them before all meals to avoid unsightly staining, and you’ll need to clean and rinse them out when performing your daily dental hygiene routine. Like braces, if you choose Invisalign, you’ll be expected to attend follow-up visits every 4-6 weeks, but you’ll also be changing out your aligner every two weeks. This is an important part of the straightening process. The trays are custom designed to fit each patient’s unique needs, and are changed every two weeks in order to keep up with the shift in the movement of your teeth. Skipping appointments or not changing aligners when you’re scheduled to can undo progress.

Before after Invisalign

As discussed above, a properly designed Invisalign treatment plan can work as well traditional braces, except in very complex cases. Invisalign also has other benefits, such as being nearly invisible, removable, more comfortable, and easier to maintain. Come ask for a consultation at to see which treatment option might be the best for you!

Why am I getting cavities all of a sudden?

Linda came into the office with a problem: She was getting cavities all of a sudden. She had been my patient for over 5 years and never had one before, yet she was coming in for several fillings. Why? So, I asked Linda to walk me through her day-to-day. What was different? Something had to have changed in either her lifestyle or her diet.

She racked her brain and couldn’t think of anything. I asked her about some of the most common causes of sudden cavities. Was she adding more sugar to her coffee? Was she sipping on Coke while staying up late correcting tests? (She’s a high school teacher ). Had she been sick recently and using cough drops? (These can be very high in sugar.)

Finally, we figured it out.

“You know what, there is one thing I’m doing differently!” she said. “I started drinking a glass of white wine every night after I brush my teeth, before going to bed, while I read a good book.”

Bingo. After she brushed her teeth. Did you know that alcoholic beverages contain sugar? We’re pleased to say that Linda decided to modify her routine and she’s back to no longer getting cavities.

So why do I get cavities?

Here are some common reasons:

Change in daily routine: If you weren’t getting cavities before and now you are, it’s highly likely that something in your life has changed that’s causing the sudden onset. Consider lifestyle factors like diet, stress, starting school or a new job, and new habits.

Stress: Stress isn’t just in your head; it has an effect on the entire body. Stress increases the immune response and inflammation throughout the body. Stress can also give you dry mouth or make you crave the wrong foods. Some of my patients are entrepreneurs, students, or new parents and the added stress brings with it increased cavities.

New exercise routine: If you’ve started jogging or working out, you might be getting dry mouth. Saliva helps neutralize the acids in our mouth, which are what cause tooth decay and cavities. If you have less saliva due to dry mouth, this could cause cavities.

12-flavor-gummi-bears_6More frequent sugar: When it comes to your teeth, the amount of sugar you eat doesn’t matter as much as how long the exposure is. Eating five slices of cake all at once would be better than sucking on a hard candy or a cough drop for an hour. Sipping on soda or snacking frequently can all be culprits of an increase in cavities.

A sore throat or the flu: Sucking on cough drops all day long are a common culprit of cavities that people don’t know about.

Not enough brushing and flossing: This one goes without saying. Below is the proper brushing technique.

Dental-Xrays2A new dentist: Did your new dentist all of a sudden diagnose 4 cavities when your last dentist didn’t find any at your last recall exam 6 months ago? Sometimes the reason is environmental, maybe something changed in your diet. Also,  not all x-Rays are equal! If your new dentist has the latest X-Ray technology he may see cavities when they are still small to medium, and therefore still fixable with a small filling. Some older generation X-Ray captors sometimes detect cavities only when they are medium to large.

Gum recession: Receding gums expose the root of the tooth. The root is the part of the tooth below the gum and it doesn’t have a protective enamel covering like the rest of your tooth, making it much more susceptible to decay and cavities.

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy treatment can result in dry mouth, which makes you more prone to cavities.

Braces: If you’ve recently gotten braces, you might have noticed it’s much harder to floss and brush.orthodontics


The most important message to take down: if you’re getting cavities all of a sudden, find out the root cause. Getting a filling should be step one; step two should be finding out why you’re getting cavities all of a sudden so that you don’t get more. Prevention is always the best cure.


10 Health Benefits to Straight Teeth

1. Straight teeth and gums are healthier

Crowded teeth or widely spaced teeth may lead to swollen, red gums. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defence against potential periodontal problems.

2. Straight teeth are easier to clean

Straight teeth are easier to clean. Food particles get trapped and hide more easily in the crevices created by unevenly spaced teeth, making brushing and flossing more difficult. Patients with crooked teeth are more prone to tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease.

3. Straight teeth prevent abnormal tooth wear

Crowded bottom teeth often cause one or more teeth to jut out, which rub against the upper teeth. Over time, this leads to an inefficient chewing function and can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel.

Broken-Front-Tooth4. Straight teeth decrease your risk of tooth injury

Crowded, protruding upper teeth are more likely to be broken in the event of an accident.

beauty-1721069_12805. Straight teeth Improve self-esteem and happiness

An important component of your overall health is your mental health. Numerous studies have shown that having a better looking smile increases the amount you smile, which in turn leads to various health benefits, including lower stress and improved cognition.

6. Straight teeth improve overall health

Think of your teeth as a window to the health of your body. Your teeth and gums — and how they look to others when you smile—say a lot about your overall health. If you’re taking good care of both, you’re probably taking good care of the rest of you.

Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Studies by the Canadian Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes.

7.  Clear Speech

Crooked teeth are often the culprit behind many speech impediments, which can sometimes impact school performance and a person’s confidence.

9e9eae_6a55e17373cd42439dca1107d062f282~mv2_d_2197_1463_s_28.  Less Headaches

The uneven wear caused by crooked teeth will impact your jaw, and that uneven pressure on your jaw causes chronic pressure.

9.  Smaller Dental Care Bill

Straight teeth cause less problems, making your dental care for a straight smile more cost-effective. Not only do you have less cavities and periodontal disease, but should a cavity appear on a tooth, it is easier to fix and therefore lasts longer.

10. Better Eating

Crooked Teeth compromise your ability to chew, sometimes leading to digestive problems.


Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST), what is it exactly?

Before after Pinhole SR

What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST)?

The Pinhole Surgical Techniqueis a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is scalpel and suture free.

All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole Surgical Techniquewere created by Dr. John Chao.

What is gum recession?

Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.


Should gum recession be taken seriously?

When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.

How does the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) differ from traditional gum grafting?

Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed.

Traditional grafting treatment is effective. However, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.


How is Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) performed?

During the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure.

There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.


What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST)?

The benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique are many:

• Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
• Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
• No need for uncomfortable sutures
• No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
• No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
• Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results provides quality, gentle and affordable care for the whole family. We use the latest technologies. Contact us at 450-664-0600. (

What is a Cerec, or one appointment crown?

It’s called a Cerec. It’s the next technology. You come in with a broken tooth, you leave with a crown. One appointment!

CEREC 3D setup with machine and before after1


CEREC is an internationally-renowned dental technology developed in GermanyUsing CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing), this process allows dentists to construct, produce, and insert individual ceramic restorations chairside in a single appointment, rather than over multiple appointments with lab side working between.

CERECThe process begins with a digital impression of your tooth. The digital model of your restoration is validated and adjusted by the dentist and sent to our milling station where it is sculpted from a ceramic block. Finally, the restoration is placed in your mouth and you leave the clinic with a smile.





Patient benefits from CEREC technology:

  • Getting a permanent dental restoration only takes one visit – saving you time.
  • The impression of the damaged tooth is done digitally. This method is faster and you avoid having the unpleasant paste that is traditionally used for teeth impressions.
  • Only one local anaesthetic is necessary.
  • No need for a temporary restoration while waiting for the permanent one from the laboratory.
  • The materials used are recognized for their high quality and durability.
  • The cost is similar to traditional restorations milled in a laboratory.


CEREC-thisone-640x204 provides quality, gentle and affordable care for the whole family. We use the latest technologies. Contact us at 450-664-0600.

Invisalign Provider Laval

Did you know that Dr Raluca Bota and Dr Savana Maia from are Invisalign providers in Laval? Treatments typically last 24 months plus or minus 6 months.

Benefit from the comfort of Invisalign treatment, and the advantage of financing your treatment. At our clinic, you can finance Invisalign 100%. There is no downpayment!


Invisalign straightens your teeth using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. They gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference to your daily life.

teeth with whitening tray


When considering Invisalign or braces, before and after pictures can be an important part of the decision-making process. If you’re curious about how effectively Invisalign can treat your case, take a look at a few success stories of previous Invisalign patients. Each of these individuals had their own unique orthodontic and dental issues that were successfully treated with Invisalign.

Here are a few cases who were successfully treated with the clear aligners.image9







One of the best things about the clear aligners is the minimal impact it has on your everyday life. Since the aligners are so comfortable, you should be able to wear them for the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day without much effort.

The Invisalign process

You may be somewhat familiar with how the Invisalign treatment works, but we’d like to take you through each step of the treatment process, from consultation to confident smile. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or someone else, knowing more about the entire process can help you be more confident in your decision to choose Invisalign and enjoy a better smile every day.


Your treatment begins after you select the experienced Invisalign-trained Provider that you feel most comfortable with and schedule your initial consultation. Because you will be interacting with this doctor on a regular basis, you may even want to personally meet with a few providers before deciding which one is right for you. This is an important medical and financial decision. That’s why choosing the right doctor and the right treatment plan is so essential. Keep in mind that not all dentists and orthodontists work with Invisalign, so it’s important to find a doctor who has received the proper Invisalign training and can truly evaluate your needs and determine how Invisalign can help you.

During the consultation, you and your doctor will discuss your case in detail to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign now addresses many cases, from simple to more complex. Your doctor will determine if Invisalign is right for you.  This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions about Invisalign, costs, dental/orthodontic insurance, or any other concerns. See which doctors in your area are Invisalign Providers.



Your doctor will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D image of them. From these images your doctor will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth, and tell you the approximate length of treatment. Using the same technology your doctor will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment.  While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes approximately a year for adults. For teens the length of treatments is comparable to that of braces.



Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.



Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with your doctor, usually only every six weeks or so. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.



Congratulations! This is the time when you celebrate. You have reached the end of treatment and you will be smiling more than ever. provides quality, gentle and affordable care for the whole family. We use the latest technologies. Contact us at 450-664-0600.

My oral health reflects my general health

Did you know that your mouth serves as a mirror of your overall health, in a way? It can both reflect and affect your general health.


Many studies have shown a link between gum disease and uncontrolled diabetes. People with uncontrolled diabetes are apparently more susceptible to gum disease, which in turn may aggravate their diabetes. Proper control of diabetes improves the prognosis for treatment of gum disease among diabetics.


Respiratory disorders

Bacteria on teeth can be inhaled and reach the lungs, where they can provoke an infection or exacerbate any existing lung disorder.

Cardiovascular diseases

Research suggests that there is a link between gum disease and heart disease and strokes. Patients with one or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease would be wise to be screened annually for periodontal disease.

Premature or underweight births

Mothers with gum disease are one to seven times more likely to have premature or underweight babies.


Brushing your baby’s teeth

Should I brush my baby’s gums?

Brushing for very young children

You should start cleaning your child’s mouth as early as possible after birth. It is important to get him or her used to the process, while keeping his or her mouth as clean as possible.

How to brush the baby’s teeth

To start, clean your child’s gums with a clean damp cloth wrapped around your finger. This removes food debris while massaging the gums.

Dental plaque can stick to the surfaces of teeth as soon as they appear, so it is important to start cleaning them right away with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Later, you will need to floss between teeth that touch.

Sweets: some recommendations

Whenever children eat or drink sweet food or beverages, particles stick to their teeth. If they aren’t removed by brushing and flossing, bacteria in the mouth transform the sugars in the particles into acids. These acids attack the tooth enamel and over time create a cavity.

  • It is best to eat sweets after a meal. There is more saliva at that point, which helps to eliminate the excess sugar and neutralize some of the acids that attack the teeth.
  • Ask your children to brush their teeth right after eating sweets, if possible. Otherwise, give them a glass of water, as that will help to dilute some of the sugars and acids.
  • Avoid soft, sticky candies that get stuck between the teeth.
  • Remind your children to brush their teeth and floss before bedtime.


Sleeping baby with bottle

Prolonged contact between milk or sweet liquids and children’s teeth can lead to cavities, so it is never a good idea to let children sleep or fall asleep with a bottle, unless it contains only water. It is also strongly recommended that children be weaned from the bottle once they reach about 12 months, and instead drink from a glass. This prevents the continuous and prolonged contact between liquids and teeth that can cause cavities.



What is sleep bruxism?

Teeth grinding is the gnashing or grinding of the teeth when not chewing or swallowing, as the teeth naturally touch then. Although it may occur both day and night, such grinding normally occurs during sleep. It is also referred to as sleep bruxism.


Teeth grinding has many consequences:

  • premature wear of teeth
  • broken fillings, crowns and dentures
  • headaches
  • orofacial and jaw joint (temporomandibular joint) pain upon waking
  • disruption of family sleep by the strident noise induced by tooth grinding

The exact causes of sleep bruxism are not known. However, daytime anxiety and stress could be triggers. During sleep, fast breathing and heart activity associated with systems that maintain regular sleep may also trigger sleep bruxism.


Sleep Bruxism in figures

  • Sleep bruxism is reported by 8% of the adult population and close to 14% of children have been reported to grind their teeth a few times per week.
  • Sleep bruxism declines with age. In teenagers the prevalence is 12%, declining to 3% in people age 60 or over.


The diagnosis of teeth grinding is based on:

  • a history of hearing tooth grinding by another person
  • the presence of tooth wear/damage
  • increased jaw muscle size
  • orofacial pain and/or headaches upon awakening

Some cases require an evaluation by a sleep specialist if there is severe pain, teeth chattering or difficulty breathing at night.


Sleep bruxism can be treated through relaxation therapy, physiotherapy and wearing an oral splint to prevent tooth damage. An oral splint is a custom-made acrylic device made from a tooth imprint, covering the chewing surface of the teeth. It is worn during the day or at night and prevents contact between the upper and lower teeth.

Enlightened advice

If you suffer from teeth grinding:

  • avoid smoking in the evening
  • avoid excess alcohol consumption
  • avoid sleeping on your back
  • avoid noise in the bedroom

Some over-the-counter or prescription medication can be taken at bedtime to reduce muscle pain and increase relaxation during periods of intense sleep bruxism.