How can it be that time flies so fast? The last time I posted updates about Invisalign, I was just starting my treatment. Now, my Invisalign journey with i.Dental is long finished and I couldn’t be happier to have the straight teeth that I always wanted and an unbroken smile. Here’s a quick summary of the start of my journey and the result.
I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that crap but look at my teeth before doing Invisalign – boy was my teeth ugly! So happy with the huge improvement! Presenting, the saving grace of my less than perfect face… a never-ending smile and now, thankfully, straight teeth.
I know you can’t buy confidence, but having straight teeth is pretty close. I do genuinely believe that I look better, feel better, can win over more clients, friends, enemies, that aunty who sells chicken rice to me weekly… Now, thanks to a nicer smile, I get the extra free veggies I always want with my meals.
The bonuses of straight teeth are endless. Having a more attractive smile is priceless.
Especially since I like to smile really big (and usually with my mouth open).
Straight teeth (along with having a kind heart) is so good for everyone to have. What’s the downtime and damage to the wallet though? To spare you the grief and wasted hours of research, let me share some main points about my journey wearing Invisalign, so that you can decide if this is something that you need or want.
THINGS YOU PROBABLY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT INVISALIGN
SOME KEY POINTS ABOUT MY STORY
As a child, I was very dorky – not exactly tall or glamorous. To make matters even worse, I have an overjet bite, which means that my lower teeth are too far behind my upper front teeth and there are significant spaces between my teeth when I bite down. Even though it’s not too obvious from my front view, my side profile is very telling and it looks as if my upper jaw totally takes over my lower jaw.
It’s not cute AT ALL and was one of the things about myself that made me feel rather insecure, and that I always wished I could change.
I did metal braces as a child (I had it really young, when I was Primary 5/11 years old onwards), but unfortunately, did not wear my retainers and so all my nearly straight teeth just ended up moving all over the place again. As an adult in my almost-30s, I don’t think it’s convenient, presentable (and kind of ugly) to have metal braces in my mouth 24 hours a day. When the opportunity to do Invisalign in Singapore at i.Dental (one of the top premier partners of Invisalign) came up, I decided that this was definitely the perfect time to fix my teeth.
WHAT ARE THESE?
In a nutshell, Invisalign is a modern way of straightening teeth, through a series of custom-made plastic trays that you have to change every 10-14 days. It fits your teeth like a second skin, pushing it into the specific position that your teeth is supposed to end up in. After 20-40 trays, voila, your teeth is exactly where it is supposed to be.
Check out this video for a better idea.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE AWESOME TEETH AND RESULTS
You should start seeing significant results and improvements within a few months (because you will probably start receiving a lot of compliments), and it may take anywhere from 1 year to 2.5 years for a complete treatment. Invisalign can treat most orthodontic issues, but the time taken really depends on your issue as every case is different (Do you have an overbite? Overcrowding? Gaps in your teeth? Never brush your teeth? Etc).
Feel free to request for a consultation with i.Dental or try out their e-consultation tool for a very preliminary diagnosis. You can also check out this official Invisalign link to explore if Invisalign would be the right treatment for you.
Also, whether we wear our aligners as often as we are supposed to, or whether we don’t, greatly affect the time taken it takes to complete the treatment. I wore my aligners almost 20-22 hours per day according to what I was supposed to, and my friends who only wore it at night/lost it/didn’t bother to wear it regularly, are STILL doing their Invisalign treatment long after I had completed it. If you decide to do this treatment, commit to it and you’ll have pretty teeth, I promise!
It can usually start from about $4500 (before gst) for the entire treatment including the trays depending on your issue that you need to correct. The initial consultation package costs around $220 (before gst) which includes 2 consultations, x-rays, diagnostic model and photographs.
It’s virtually painless.
I always take out my aligners when eating, but sometimes I don’t bother to take them out when drinking coffee, beer and white wine. No one died. I wouldn’t drink red wine with my aligners on, though.
EDIT NOTE: My dental expert Dr Cheng Eng Wah and some others now say that it is actually ok to eat some items while wearing the aligners, as it helps the plastic trays to sit better on your teeth. It is best to consult your doctor on this to clarigy.
Not that I’ve tried, because I haven’t really been dating much (am waiting to meet my future husband!), but having the aligners in your mouth is totally fine and does not interfere.
DID YOU KNOW? GREAT SIDE EFFECTS
It may change and improve your side profile and face structure. One of the things I’m most grateful about from my Invisalign journey is that it gave me a better side profile! This is a similar side view picture of my face right from the start of my treatment, compared to after the finished treatment.
Chipmunk face be gone!
NOT SO GREAT SIDE EFFECTS THAT WE CAN LIVE WITH
Saying my “A EE I O U” AND LISPING – Invisalign, being invisible braces is usually something that others can’t see, but I did realise that I spoke with a slight lisp when ever I wore my aligners. You do have plastic things in your mouth, after all. No one ever told me they don’t understand what I’m saying, any sessions where I had to speak to groups or do presentations went smoothly (you can take out your aligners before important meetings if you really want), and I made an extra effort to enunciate my words better on the phone.
Unless you’re a voice-over artist and your livelihood depends on pronouncing your “ss” distinctly from “th”, I would say that this isn’t really a huge deal.
PATIENCE, YOUNG PADAWAN. I got 99 problems but my teeth ain’t one! I used to detest my acne-riddled skin (the acne and scars are all cleared up now, will share more on this next time) and my crooked teeth, but both of these items take time and the right treatments to fix. Thanks to my skin and teeth journey, I’ve learnt so much about patience in the last one year.
INVISALIGN VS METAL BRACES
Is Invisalign better than metal braces? I would recommend that you get a professional opinion on this from a dental expert, as this depends on every individual’s case. As someone who has done both, I MUCH prefer my journey wearing Invisalign than metal braces. The Invisalign technology may cost more, but metal braces were much more uncomfortable and even painful for me, and sometimes gave me ulcers and cuts in my mouth. Metal braces look less attractive, are less likely to get you kisses and dates (not scientifically proven but deduced), and cannot be removed daily the way Invisalign can.
That’s all the main points I can think of that you should probably know about Invisalign. What I like best about the dental practice that I did mine with, is that they are a Diamond Provider (meaning that they do one of the highest volume of Invisalign cases in Singapore and have seen it all, your ugly teeth won’t surprise them!), and the optimal and accessible location.
i.Dental has a few outlets right smack in the CBD, which is perfect for both you and I when running around work meetings in the CBD. I usually schedule my check ups at i.Dental @ Capital Tower (right next to Tanjong Pagar MRT) during lunch time or squeeze in 45 min between work meetings, so my Invisalign journey has effortlessly and seamlessly fallen into my work routine and lifestyle. The last time i.Dental and I collaborated for my birthday and they threw me a “teeth party”, at a function room next door to their clinic, we realised how apt this location is – it was super easy for most of my friends who work for banks, law firms and other offices in the area to drop by.
My doctor, the founder Dr Cheng Eng Wah, also has the same last name as me (we are not related) and he is extremely funny, informative, and honest when answering my demanding questions (i.e. “can you shift this teeth here instead of there so that my smile will be perfect?” “I can but I won’t recommend it, as then you will look very unnatural like a barbie doll”).
Was this useful to you, and have any of you wondered how Invisalign would affect your lifestyle? It was a seamless integration into mine, and I highly recommend this treatment for this seeking a boost of confidence and bringing out the best smile you got!
My Invisalign treatment was sponsored by Align Technology (USA) and I am extremely pleased with the service and the team (friendly, smiling ladies!) at my clinic, and my overall results. I mean, just look at the difference with my old and new teeth! Feel free to reach the professionals directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 6323 2813 for questions. Or, you can give me a shout at email@example.com if there’s anything you want to know that I haven’t covered here.