Straighten Your Teeth Without Anyone Knowing
Having beautiful, straight teeth is great but living with braces? Not so great. Fret not, learn how you can straighten your teeth hidden from sight!
Who wouldn’t love a set of straight, pearly whites? They look good, make you feel good and, in terms of oral hygiene, are much easier to clean and maintain. But not everyone is comfortable living with metal braces, so it’s important to think about your lifestyle before making a teeth-straightening decision.
The Traditional Way to Straighten Teeth: Braces
Almost everyone’s familiar with traditional braces – those metal or ceramic fixtures that are placed on teeth surfaces and secured to an arch wire that is gradually pulled into place. For up to two years, you’ll need to watch your diet. Sticky, hard foods (think: candy, popcorn and nuts) are best avoided, especially when these braces will already make cleaning and flossing difficult. You should also brace yourself, no pun intended, for some level of discomfort as your cheek and tongue will be in constant contact with the brackets and wires. Ulcers are a common complaint.
The Clear Alternative to Braces: Invisalign
Given that it’s been more than 200 years since traditional braces were invented, it’s about time someone came up with a modern teeth-aligning solution that doesn’t involve metal. Instead of metal brackets, you can now wear an aligner tray made of smooth and virtually invisible plastic over your teeth.
The aligner is removable but you’ll want to wear it for at least 22 hours a day to help your teeth move into position. Every two weeks or so, you’ll need a new aligner since your teeth would have shifted a little by then. Advocates say that it’s more comfortable and just as effective as metal braces, and the best part? You’ll be on your way to straight, beautiful teeth without anyone even knowing!
Is Invisalign too good to be true?
Well, it seems to be the real deal! Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign has little or no interference to daily life — it’s invisible from a distance and you’re free to eat whatever you want because the aligner can be removed before meals and you can brush and floss as usual. Tooth extraction aren’t always necessary like with braces but, in cases where it’s required, Invisalign designs a tooth-coloured pontic into your aligner to camouflage the hole – so, no embarrassing gap in your mouth.
An Invisible Way to Get Straight Teeth – Another Reason to Smile!
It’s clear that Invisalign offers many advantages especially in terms of aesthetics, comfort and convenience but this comes at a slightly higher price tag than braces. You’ll definitely want to weigh your options while considering your priorities, budget and the smile that you want.
It also helps to speak to an Invisalign-accredited clinic. Look out for one with a Black Diamond Provider status — which is the highest ‘tier’ accreditation by Align Technology any clinic can receive and can only be earned through plenty of experience in handling Invisalign cases. This way, you know you’re in skilled hands. Good luck!
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This article was contributed by Dr. Gwen Ho Chew Han from i.Dental. Now a general practitioner dentist in the orthodontics field, Gwen was formerly the head of a dental polyclinic branch, worked in the National Dental Centre and served as a clinical instructor to dental therapists in Health Promotion Board’s School Dental Service division.