Of the gazillion things we worry about when it comes to our appearance, from hair to clothes to shoes and nails, teeth definitely reign up there. It is fair enough to feel a stab of insecurity every time you flip through a magazine or scroll through a website and come across celebrities and models who sport dazzling choppers and wonder how they do it. Well, to set the record straight, the number of people who are actually born that way are very rare and the rest have had some help along the way. This help lies with skillful dentists who are specialized in a range of services. Of course the quality of results depends on where you go and the sort of budget you have (check Tom Cruise’s before and after pictures for proof). Having said that, one of the most common treatments include aligners which we will be looking into here.
WHAT ARE THEY?Taking teeth alignments and repositioning into consideration, the common methods that spring to mind are braces and retainers. However, in the recent past aligners such as MBrace in Singapore have gotten a lot of the spotlight and with good reason too. For starters, aligners are near invisible with their clear structure and seamless design. Basically nobody will be able to tell you have them on unless of course they peer closely. They also offer you more control as you can change them yourself and take them out when you need to eat.
HOW THEY WORKGenerally, dentists make a mould of your teeth and with the help of advanced 3D imaging software that provide the right treatment, draw out the positioning of your teeth every two weeks or so after you begin to use the aligner. This allows them to manufacture the aligners together and hand them over to you with instructions. You are able to replace the aligners yourself which means less trips to the dentist unless of course it is absolutely necessary or there is some complication which is rare.
USAGEThere is a very important fact attached to aligners, and that is that you need to have them on for at least 20-22 hours a day to have them work. If you break that down, it just allows for you to remove them when you eat or when you have an important presentation for instance (the latter of which is not a daily occurrence). Aligners cease to be as effective if you do not keep them on for the time frame stipulated by your dentist. You then will need to continue using them for a year or sometimes more depending on your circumstances. Regular checkups will help you monitor your progress and find out how much further you have to go.
SAFEROne of the prime reasons aligners have risen to popularity aside from the fact that they are practically invisible, is that they are considerably safer than braces. Both braces and retainers are made out of metal which snap and injure the mouth. You cannot fix it by yourself so you need to rush to the dentist to have it attended to which is not always possible especially if you have a busy schedule. Before you determine this as your final option, make sure you have a chat with your dentist to discuss others. Overall, aligners fit a majority of people so it should work for you too.