An Invisible Way To Straighten Teeth Without Others Knowing

Straight teeth not only gives a positive impact on how your look and feel about yourself, it creates  a confident, beautiful smile in you that last a lifetime.   Not to mention having straighter teeth also has its health benefits of easy oral hygiene maintenance in reducing risk of gum disease and decay. However, for many depending on what stage in life they are at, they do not want to be seen as a ‘braces geek’ or have their quality of life affected with braces and wires.

It is, therefore, important to consider what works best for you not only for your appearance but also your lifestyle in straightening your teeth.

Traditional Methods of Straightening Teeth
Traditionally, fixed metal or ceramic brackets are placed on the other surface of your teeth and these brackets are tied to an arch wire which is progressively changed to stiffer and thicker wire to straighten teeth.  The maximum treatment time is 2 years and during this treatment period, there are some restrictions to the types of food they can eat eg. Sticky, hard food are best avoided.  It is also more difficult to clean and floss around your teeth and braces.  Due to the constant rubbing of your cheek or tongue with the brackets and wires, it is easy to develop ulcers causing much discomfort and pain.

New and Near Invisible Method of Straightening Teeth
A modern, effective and invisible way of straightening teeth without others knowing is the use of custom-made aligners designed by Invisalign technology. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Invisalign has a cutting edge computer animation – Clincheck which shows you the step by step aligner movement specially designed by your dentist to gradually move and straighten your teeth. You will need to wear for at least 22 hours a day and change to a new set of aligners every 2 weeks.

Clear Advantages of Invisalign
There is little or no interference in your daily life compared to traditional braces. You can eat whatever you like and maintain your oral hygiene easily.  For those who may need to travel in their job, they do not have to panic or be affected by their brackets falling off or wires poking. In some patients where it is necessary to have their teeth extracted, they do not need to be socially embarrassed by the gapping hole as a tooth-coloured pontic can be designed in your aligners to camouflage the missing teeth until the spaces are closed. The best part about your treatment is no one will know you are straightening your teeth unless you tell them so.

Dr Gwen Ho Chew Han