Invisalign®

What is Invisalign® (Invisible Braces)

Invisalign® is an alternative treatment to straighten your teeth without the need for braces. The system uses 3D computer imaging technology with a series of clear removable retainers (known as aligners) to straighten crooked teeth invisibly.

The aligners can be removed for daily necessities such as eating, drinking, brushing and special events. There are no metal wires or bands that irritate your mouth and they are comfortable and convenient to wear.

The Process:

  1. Examination: An orthodontist first examines your teeth and facial profile, and checks whether you are suitable for Invisalign or conventional braces. Invisalign® is ideal for people who do not have severely crooked teeth.
  2. Treatment Plan: A treatment plan would be developed specifically for you by our dentists through the Invisalign® software. Impressions of your teeth, or a scan, will be taken for the Invisalign® system to custom-mould a series of clear, removable aligners that will gradually move your teeth to a new smile.
  3. Creation: Your aligners are created via precision mapping and design from the computer.
  4. Wearing: You will receive a series of aligners along with instructions. Generally, you are advised to switch to a new aligner every two weeks as your teeth move.
  5. Treatment Duration: You would be required to wear each set of aligners day and night, removing them only when you want to eat, brush and floss your teeth. Your teeth will move little by little as time goes by, and your orthodontist will review the progress regularly. This treatment usually lasts for about a year, with complex cases needing about 2 years.
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Benefits of Invisalign

Practically Invisible

The number one reason why patients are attracted to getting an Invisalign aligner over conventional braces is that they are virtually invisible.

The aligner is practically invisible, removable, comfortable and safe, leading to less build-up of unwanted plaque, and lower risk of decay and gum disease.  

Comfortable

Invisalign boasts a smooth plastic surface that produces no discomfort around the mouth lining.

As for traditional braces, you might experience more emergencies, such as a poking wire/broken bracket, which can be very uncomfortable. Brackets may also initially rub against the side of your mouth, producing irritation, discomfort, and even open sores. Invisalign is also BPA free. 

Removable and Easier to clean

With fixed brackets and wires, the risk of leftover food stuck somewhere on your teeth is always present.

However, this is not a problem for patients who choose to wear Invisalign aligners. Oral hygiene is easier to maintain as the aligners can be removed, leading to less build-up of unwanted plaque, and lower risk of decay and gum disease. Another benefit of having removable aligners is that you have the ability to eat whatever you wish.

Cons of Invisalign

Requires Excellent Cooperation

As they need to be worn at least 22 hours a day, everyday, excellent cooperation is required to bring out the best results for your Invisalign aligner. They need to be removed before every meal and teeth properly cleaned after, before the aligners are worn.

Frequent Teeth Cleaning

Last but not least, Invisalign requires a complete focus and attention to oral hygiene. Thorough brushing and flossing is a must after any type of food consumption. Regular dental checks and cleaning at least every 6 months is encouraged. This may seem annoying to some patients, but many do feedback that an unexpected result of improved oral health and teeth whitening is witnessed.

Invisalign is an excellent method to straighten your teeth and allow you to continue your life without interruption. If you think Invisalign is the right fit for you and would like to get started on your new smile, schedule a consultation now at The Dental Studio Singapore!

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