Missed out your chance on getting metal braces during your teenage years, and don’t want to get them now for fear of looking like an awkward high school kid? We’ve all been there. Thankfully, this problem is solved with Invisalign.
Invisalign is a famous and recognised clear aligner system that gives straighter teeth and works on most types of conditions and complexities. These aligners are virtually invisible, comfortable, soft and removable, so you can enjoy your favourite food and sports without suffering from cuts and ulcers. Essentially, Invisalign is the invisible braces we all need for beautiful teeth! Dennis Tan Dental Surgery is one of the dental clinics that offers Invisalign in Singapore.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses an advanced 3D computerised imaging software to get a full view of your teeth and create an accurate simulation of your teeth movement. With that data, your Invisalign clear aligners are designed based on your condition, as well as the right amount of force to the right place to ensure you get your intended result.
For patients who only require corrections to their six front teeth, they can opt for Invisalign Anterior.
What can Invisalign correct?
Contrary to common misunderstanding that Invisalign can only fix minor dental issues, Invisalign can actually fix a variety of teeth problems, such as:
Spacing occurs when you have extra space between two or more of your teeth. Too much spacing can cause speech problems and appear unattractive to some.
An excessive overjet is when your upper front teeth are too pronounced forward and don’t sit properly over the booth teeth. This creates a horizontal gap between the top and bottom teeth.
An underbite, also known as a reverse overjet, is when your lower jaw and teeth protrude over your upper jaw and teeth. This results in the front teeth biting the wrong way round, and can cause excessive wear to incisor teeth, difficulty chewing or challenges when speaking. Over time, an underbite can affect long term function of the jaw joints.
Crowding is when there’s too many teeth in your jaw, causing a lack of space in your jaw for all the teeth to fit properly. As a result, your teeth can get pushed to the back, bunch up or overlap and twist. This makes cleaning difficult.
When you close your mouth and some of your upper teeth sit inside your lower teeth rather than sit on the outside, that’s a crossbite. Crossbites can occur in the front teeth (anterior cross bite) or back teeth (posterior cross bite). When not treated, it can cause speech problems and jaw growth problems in children and teenagers.
An open bite is a rare type of dental misalignment that occurs when the upper and lower front teeth don’t touch when the mouth is closed. The result is a gap or opening between the teeth when jaw is closed. An open bite can cause speech problems like a lisp.
How does Invisalign differ from traditional braces?
Invisible to the naked eye
Unlike traditional braces, you can barely spot Invisalign aligners with the naked eye. Due to this benefit, patients are able to smile naturally and comfortably all the time — some can’t even tell they have braces on!
Removable and convenient
Invisalign requires that you remove it when eating, flossing or brushing. This convenience ensures that you can still indulge in your favourite food while on your treatment without any interference. Invisalign is easy to clean too — just brush your aligners with regular toothpaste using a normal toothbrush and rinse them in lukewarm water after. In addition, Invisalign requires lesser visits to the dentist (once every 6 to 8 weeks).
As Invisalign is made from polymer which sits comfortably over your teeth, you can barely feel anything and will not experience any irritation to your gums and surrounding tissues. Best of all, there won’t be any wires poking through.
Better oral hygiene
As Invisalign requires that you remove it while brushing, it allows you to floss and brush your teeth normally. Compared to other types of braces, Invisalign probably promotes the best oral health.
Am I required to extract my teeth?
This depends on how crowded your teeth are. If there are too many teeth, you might have to extract those causing overcrowding.
Must I remove my wisdom tooth first?
This depends on the type of wisdom tooth you have as well as the treatment plan your dentist has in mind. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, then it is recommended that you remove it prior to getting Invisalign as it might hinder teeth movement. On the other hand, if your teeth have erupted well and are nicely positioned, the wisdom tooth may be kept and used as an anchor for other teeth during the aligning process.
Is there any age restriction for Invisalign?
No, there is no age restriction for Invisalign; teenagers and adults can make use of this technology to improve their smiles.
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