Teeth can occasionally have an impact on a person’s quality of life. For example, crooked teeth can make chewing food difficult (or even painful). Also, because they are embarrassed by their crooked teeth, some people may stop smiling or avoid social settings. There are many solutions available for someone who wants to straighten their teeth, and one common one is invisalign. Here are some ideas about invisalign and what to expect when visiting a clinic for invisalign in Singapore.
Invisalign is a procedure done by orthodontists that uses clear aligners to shift the teeth to a more aligned position. Because they are clear and removable, they are less visible than traditional metal braces. Invisalign is custom-made to fit the teeth and the design will usually also take into account the patient’s facial features (eyes, lips, face midline, etc.) in relation to the teeth. In Singapore, the method employs a 3D computerized imaging software to track the patient’s tooth movement from start to end of treatment, ensuring that the teeth change to the right position. Aside from crooked teeth, invisalign can also be used to correct tooth gaps, hidden teeth, crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, and gummy smile.
There a lot known benefits of Invisalign, below are some to consider:
- Invisalign are more comfortable and easier to clean compared to traditional braces. Traditional braces have sharp edges that can dig into the mouth causing cuts. Invisalign on the other hand have smooth edges which is more comfortable to use. Invisalign are removable and can be cleaned without trouble.
- Invisalign promote better dental hygiene because they are removable and easy to clean and habits such as flossing and brushing the teeth can be done without need of any special tool.
- Invisalign are designed in such a way that it requires few dental appointments and replacement is done at recommended times.
- Invisalign does not require a change in someone’s diet compared to traditional braces. Traditional braces are more difficult to clean and it is often advised to avoid certain foods.
- Invisalign are reported safe for use by children, teens and adults.
- Invisalign does not use invasive scanning due to use of advanced technology.
- Invisalign offers a natural-looking, visually appealing appearance while concealing the fact that you are having your teeth straightened which can boost someone’s self-confidence.
- Invisalign have a shorter treatment period compared to traditional braces.
For further guidance, the following are the typical steps undertaken in clinics for invisalign in Singapore:
A medical intervention would always require a proper consultation prior to undergoing any treatment and same goes with getting Invisalign. The patient should expect the following during the initial visit to the clinic for invisalign in Singapore:
- Undergo a detailed examination of patient’s needs/dental issues
- Be advised if Invisalign are suitable to the patient’s current dental issue or if there are other treatments to be explored/discussed in case invisalign are not possible
- Be oriented with the Pros and Cons of Invisalign and other treatments such as traditional braces
- Be briefed with the stages involved in getting straight teeth and what are the stages involved if Invisalign are used.
- Determine if tooth extraction is required
2. Preparation and Clincheck
Once it is established that Invisalign are ideal and suitable for the patient, the planning and preparation for the treatment can then be started. The dentist will collaborate closely with the patient to develop a treatment plan that meets the patient’s specific requirements and needs. The dentist will need to do a scan to capture the position of teeth and bite of the patient. The scan is quick and can last for just 5 minutes. Intra-oral photographs will also be taken to obtain information on the patient’s oral condition, as well as studio photographs to assess the facial characteristics in relation to the teeth. An Invisalign software simulation will be generated of your tooth movement and its probable outcome. All of this information will then be forwarded to the Invisalign technical team for processing and the creation of a Clincheck treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. A 3D model will then be used to create the appropriate set of invisalign for the treatment.
The patient will then be scheduled for a follow-up session to discuss the suggested Clincheck treatment plan after the dentist has reviewed and updated the initial recommended Clincheck treatment plan. It is strongly advised that patients discuss their Clincheck treatment plans with their dentist prior to clearance. At this point, the treatment plan can be altered. Prior to the fabrication of the aligners, the patients should discuss any concerns or queries they may have during this consultation.
3. Fabrication of Invisalign (aligner)
Following the patient’s approval of the Clincheck treatment plan, the Invisalign clear aligners will be fabricated.
4. Invisalign aligner fitting and Getting Started
When the patient’s customized Invisalign aligners are available, he/she will be instructed on how to wear and care for them, as well as on how to care for the teeth while they are being moved into position. Among the standard instructions is the wearing of the invisalign for 22 hours a day, removing them only to brush, floss, or eat. Teeth will begin to move gradually over time, and the dentist will check on the process as frequently as feasible. The dentist will monitor the progress and address any potential oral health issues during these physical examinations. The complete Invisalign process can take a year or more for difficult cases.
5. Finishing touches
After the completion of treatment, the patient will need to wear retainers to keep the teeth in place. This will avoid a relapse and allow the teeth’s roots to bond to the jawbone, firmly securing them in place. To hasten the fusing process, patients are advised to wear their retainers every day for one year after completing their Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign treatment in Singapore normally costs between S$4,500 and S$8,000+ when conducted by a general dentist, and between S$7,000 and S$9,500+ when performed by an orthodontist (or braces specialist). Moreover, Invisalign is not Medisave Claimable.
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