As quoted by American actress Phyllis Diller, “a smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” However, that does not apply to teeth. Not everyone is naturally endowed with perfect teeth, so many have turned to braces.
Despite proving its effectivity for centuries, some have refused braces treatment as they griped about the unsightly aesthetic. Thankfully with Invisalign, straight sets of teeth are achievable without having to be a “brace face.” Similar to traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are designed to straighten misaligned teeth – except they’re clear and virtually invisible.
With a plethora of benefits, there is also a lot to consider before taking the plunge. We spoke to orthodontist Dr Hwang Yee Cheau and Senior Clinical Director of Align Technology Dr Lionel Hui Bon Hoa on some frequently asked questions.
What are the Misconceptions of Invisalign?
Dr Hwang Yee Cheau: One of the common misconceptions of Invisalign clear aligners is that they can only treat simple cases or are only suitable for adults. However, that is not the case. Invisalign treatment can treat mild to complex cases and is suitable for adults, teens, and kids. The comprehensive treatment can correct both the front and back teeth as well as the bite. It leverages advanced and innovative computer-based planning tools to simulate and plan treatments, predictably from start to finish.
What are the Cons of Clear Aligners?
Dr Hwang: Patients need to wear their aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day to achieve optimal results. It should only be removed when you are brushing your teeth or eating. It is also imperative to clean your aligners and teeth constantly to prevent the growth of bacteria.
Does Invisalign Cost More Than Traditional Braces?
Dr Lionel Hui: The cost of the treatment is dependent on the complexity of the case and treatment duration. Hence, the price would vary from patient to patient. We recommend consumers who are considering teeth straightening to speak with an Invisalign-trained doctor, who will then be able to assess their treatment needs and offer a more accurate cost estimate.
Besides The Aesthetic, What Are The Other Key Benefits?
Dr Hwang: One of the key benefits is predictability. Invisalign allows you to get a preview of your desired smile before embarking on the treatment journey. Using 3D planning software, your Invisalign doctor can map out a customised treatment plan. Furthermore, the chances of orthodontic relapse are significantly lower. Many of my patients are often impressed by how convenient, painless, and seamless the Invisalign treatment journey is. Besides, frequent dental visits are superfluous, thanks to mobile applications like Invisalign Virtual Care and My Invisalign App that offers virtual consultations.