Who wouldn’t want beautifully aligned teeth? Everybody wants that! We all want to be able to smile, with ease and without worrying whether we are showing that one tooth that is misaligned or protruding to one side. We want to be able to take photos in our outfit-of-the-day with a candid big wide smile without looking at the photo later on, shaking our heads because they are the only thing that don’t look as good as the rest of us.
Unfortunately not all of us are born with perfectly aligned teeth! Many who are born without it turns to either the traditional dental braces or clear aligners. Despite being relatively more expensive, in Singapore, clear aligners has been growing its popularity over the year. One of the reason why is because they are not as noticeable as the traditional braces. And for those of you who are interested to get clear aligners you are in the right place! Read below the top questions you should know before getting clear aligners in Singapore!
What are clear aligners?
Perhaps the simplest way to describe clear aligners would be braces that are invisible and removable. Yes! You read it right. They function like traditional, old-school metal braces, but clear aligners are removable and invisible. It sounds like the best of both worlds, right? Well, they kind of are the best of both worlds. You get the function and result of wearing metal braces, but without looking and feeling like wearing one
With clear aligners, what happens is that you will go to a dentist or orthodontist to get your teeth scanned. Later on using a 3D printer, your dentist or orthodontist will print out your teeth in 3D. This will be the model from which your aligners will be based on. The 3D model will be the guide to make the clear aligners. The aligners are made from a special type of plastic that are medically approved and safe for you to use.
Unlike metal braces that stay there on your teeth for about 2 years or so, clear aligners are removable. In fact, you have to replace them about every two weeks during your treatment period because this is how you continue to realign your teeth until you reach the position and alignment that you desire. With metal braces, your orthodontist will tighten them every few weeks. With aligners, you replace them around every two weeks.
Are clear aligners safe?
Yes, clear aligners are safe. Aligners are even safe for people who have crowns or veneers. However, there might be special care guides from dentist and orthodontist related to the aligners for people who have crowns and veneers.
In terms of quality and safety of the product itself, here’s a pro tip: Know the brands you are buying from. Because aligners are not something you can see first on the shelf before buying, it’s important to know the reputation and records of the brand that you are choosing to buy from. Ask your dentist or orthodontist for recommendations before buying one. If you can find clinics that are in partnership with the brand and have proven successful in their cases, this brand would be a good choice.
How long does clear aligners works?
Aligners would be effective for about two weeks before you need to replace it with a new set. This will be something that you consult your dentist or orthodontist before moving ahead because he or she would know your specific condition best. As for the full treatment, the duration is similar to the length of wearing braces. It will take around 1.5 two 2.5 years, mostly depending on teeth maturity and case complexity. 
Hope the information above helps you on your research about clear aligners in Singapore. Do note that there are a few different brands of clear aligners available in Singapore, each with its own pros and cons. If you are interested to know more, you can read about the differences between clear aligners in Singapore.