In the field of psychological studies, many researchers have identified the importance of first impressions. Due to the primacy effect, people are more affected and will remember more clearly the first experience when things occur in a chronological order. (D.S.W., 2013) Therefore, while capabilities are important, looks may play a bigger role than you might think.
Especially in the past decade, the number of adolescents and teenagers getting braces have significantly increased. While many are aware of traditional metal braces as a method of alignment correction and orthodontic treatment, less know of Invisalign braces. This article will serve as a perfect guide to getting Invisalign braces!
What are Invisalign braces?
Invisalign is basically a set of clear plastic aligners (resembles retainers) that are 3D printed and are used to correct alignment problems of your teeth. The patient is encouraged to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours every day for optimal effectiveness. Only a few teeth are being shifted each time and you will receive a new set of aligners every few weeks.
What problems can Invisalign Braces address?
Invisalign can addressed an array of teeth alignment problems. Aside from minor issues like teeth straightening, it can also solve problems like:
- Open Bite
- Gap Teeth
- Crowded Teeth
Benefits of Getting Invisalign Braces Over Traditional Braces
- Invisalign is Clear/Practically Invisible—True to its name, Invisalign are clear aligners which can hide the fact that you are getting orthodontist treatment. While there is nothing embarrassing about that, many prefer this “natural” look as compared to the glaring wires and brackets should you choose get traditional braces instead.
- Invisalign is Removable—Invisalign braces are designed to be removable (especially for meal times). This increases the ease of enjoyment of food and the cleaning process after meals. Food will not be stuck in the brackets and wires of traditional braces and it will be easier to brush your teeth without the presence of wires in your mouth.
- Choosing Invisalign Means Fewer Dental Visits—Unlike traditional metal braces that require monthly visits to the dentist, you will only need to see the dentist every 8-12 weeks.
- Invisalign is Less Painful—While this is subjective to each individual, new SmartStage and SmartForce technologies have been developed to minimize pain and discomfort during use.
- Invisalign Treatment is Faster—This is dependent on the individual’s discipline in wearing the Invisalign braces but sources have reported that traditional braces take an average of 2 years for complete alignment correction whereas Invisalign treatment normally only lasts 6-18 months. (Dater, n.d.)
That being said, this doesn’t mean Invisalign is always the best way to go. Others might find traditional braces more suitable for their condition or effective, therefore, the final decision still depends on the dentist recommendation and your choice.
How does the Invisalign treatment work?
- You will undergo a smile scan for the dentist to better understand your condition.
- The dentist will come up with a customized treatment plan for you (determining which teeth to shift first and showing you the final result)
- Sit back and relax! Wait for your set of Invisalign to arrive.
- Over the span of your treatment duration, you will change aligners every 2-3 weeks and visit the dentist for periodic check-ups every 8-12 weeks.
Cost of Invisalign Braces
The average cost of getting Invisalign in Singapore ranges from $6000-$9500. This is definitely much higher than the price point of traditional braces but some believe that its benefits are worth the money spent.
*For certain dental clinics that quote lower prices, be sure to check if everything is included in the package. Some of these clinics might have excluded certain treatment expenses such as X-rays, retainers etc.
Here at Vivid Dental Surgeons, we aim to educate our patients on matters regarding oral hygiene and health. Especially amidst this COVID-19 period, we encourage everyone to stay safe and maintain good oral hygiene. Let’s all do our part in keeping the community and ourselves healthy.
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