Having straight and healthy pearly whites is definitely a dream. And it is a dream that you can wake up to seeing every morning.
To get perfectly aligned teeth, the first thing that you would probably think of is having wires and brackets being attached to your teeth and tightened, causing unbearable pain—a nightmare, really. How many times has this picture crossed your mind and made you back out of attaining that gorgeous smile you have eternally longed for?
Do not lose hope! Traditional braces are not the only way to get your teeth aligned! This article will tell you all about an alternative that can straighten your teeth with your friends barely even knowing that you are wearing the appliance for straightening your teeth!
We are talking about clear aligners — and not just any clear aligners, but the very best in Singapore: Invisalign! Dental Designs is a clinic that is an expert in providing Invisalign consultation.
Know how your lifestyle can change before deciding about getting Invisalign in Singapore by reading this article from start to finish!
Fact #1: Getting Invisalign entails discipline and commitment.
Discipline and commitment are key factors in driving the success of aligning your teeth with the use of Invisalign clear aligners. In fact, your aligners should be used at least 20 to 22 hours each day to ensure that your teeth are moving in the right direction.
Fact #2: Invisalign clear aligners need proper cleaning and care.
Your teeth and clear aligners should be easier to clean, given that Invisalign can be effortlessly removed. If you are not a fan of proper dental hygiene, then Invisalign will not be of help in achieving your goal of perfectly straight teeth (or traditional braces, for that matter). Brush and clean your aligners gently before using them and make sure to do the same to your teeth before using them and every after meal. While we are still on this topic, it is highly advisable that you keep a travel toothbrush and toothpaste in your bag at all times.
Fact #3: Remember to avoid certain foods and beverages or at least keep in mind to remove your clear aligners during meal times.
There are people who like to eat their food hot. It is always important to remember to take off your clear aligners first before eating hot food or drinking hot beverages. Forgetting to do so can damage the shape of your clear aligners. Also, avoid food and beverages that can stain your clear aligners. Coffee, tea, and other drinks or foods that have food colouring can be consumed as long as your clear aligners are out of the way. Any stain can cause discolouration to your clear aligners.
Fact #4: You may have to skip those in-between meals snacking.
If you do not want to be bothered by constantly removing and cleaning your clear aligners and teeth, then your habit of eating snacks in between meals will need to be crossed out from your daily routine. Look on the bright side: you will not gain calories, too.
Fact #5: Women, bid adieu to satin or glossy lipstick!
Sorry ladies, but you will have to set aside your satin and glossy lipstick as they can stick to your clear aligners and leave a stain. Best to use matte lipstick for your lips!
Now that you have an idea on how Invisalign can change your life during the period you are using your clear aligners, let us discuss some technicalities.
- Invisalign may not be for everyone.
As much as Invisalign can be the solution for mild to moderate and most complex teeth misalignment, it may not address crooked teeth that are too complicated. Your dentist should be able to advise you of the right treatment to use. Traditional braces are most likely to be your next option.
- Invisalign has several packages available depending on the requirement of your teeth.
There are three types of Invisalign packages that are currently available in Singapore. These are:
- Invisalign i7
- Invisalign Lite
- Invisalign Full
Which package is ideal for your teeth is usually determined after a full consultation with your doctor. Invisalign i7, which consists of up to 7 clear aligners, can be ideal for simpler cases. Mild to moderate misaligned teeth that need clear aligners that are anywhere from 8 to 14 pairs are best for the Invisalign Lite package. Complex cases are usually addressed by Invisalign Full that has at least 15 clear aligners or more.
- Retainers are still used after completion of an Invisalign treatment.
Just like traditional braces, Invisalign issues patients with retainers to use after they have completed their Invisalign treatment. Why? Because relapse can still happen. You certainly would not want your teeth to return to their previous crooked state after all the hard work and effort you have done (plus shelled out money!) during the long stint of wearing your clear aligners.
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