Friday, June 19, 2015

Q&A Invisalign (Invisalign Review)

It has been about 3 months since I started my Invisalign journey, and I’ve been getting a lot of questions about them ever since. Hence I decided to compile all of the most frequently asked questions here, so that I can answer everyone once and for all. Hehehe.

1. What are the aligners made of? 

The aligners are made of polyurethane; they are virtually invisible (hence, the name Invisalign) and are custom-made for you. 

2. How do the aligners straighten teeth?

Patients are required to change to a different set of aligners every two weeks. Each set will make slight adjustments to your teeth until the course is complete.

Different sets of Invisalign aligners as time goes on.

3. How often do I have to wear the aligners?

It is important for patients to wear their aligners everyday for a minimum of 22 hours. You are advised to only take them out to brush your teeth. Just like how one isn't able to remove their braces, you shouldn't remove your aligners unless necessary. 

4. What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?

Traditional braces require more visits to the dentist for tightening and adjustments, while Invisalign gives you the flexibility to change your aligners on your own every two weeks (You'll only need to visit your dentist once every 4 to 6 weeks!). Traditional braces causes painful ulcers due to irritation from metal brackets or wires, while Invisalign aligners have a smooth and comfortable surface that are less likely to cause any oral injuries. 

Unlike braces, Invisalign is invisible so no one will ever know you have them on. That's perfect for me because it means I can continue modelling and acting without any restriction. Because Invisalign is removable, patients can brush, floss and clean their teeth as per normal, and not worry about stains that are usually caused by traditional braces.

Bet you can’t tell I’m wearing my aligners here!

5. How long will the treatment take?

The duration of the treatment varies according to individual. It is based on the severity of your case. On average, it may take about 12-18 months.

6. Is the treatment painful?

You may feel some sort of "pressure" for about 2 days (when you change to a new set of aligners), but that is a sign that your Invisalign is working, because it means that the aligners are pushing your teeth to the desirable position! The soreness is bearable and only temporary.

7. Will it affect my speech?

As with everything, you will get used to it after a while, and any lisp will disappear once your tongue figures out a way to work around the aligners. The alteration of speech will only last for a day or two.

8. Are there any restrictions on what I can eat or drink?

No! That's the beauty of Invisalign :) You can eat and drink anything as long as you remove your aligners before doing so. Just remember to keep track of the time, brush you teeth after you're done with your meal and put the aligners back on. However, Dr Cheng do recommends eating with the aligners on as it has several advantages such as better fitting of the aligners.

9. Can I smoke and drink alcohol with my aligners on?

I guess you can smoke with them on. However, professionals discourage smoking while wearing the aligners as they may become discoloured (which defeats the purpose of them being invisible). 

As for drinking alcohol, it is recommended to take the aligners off before doing so as you would with other regular drinks. Perhaps, a moderate amount is fine, just make sure to properly brush your teeth and aligners with toothpaste soon after.

10. How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost is determined by the severity of individual cases. It ranges from SGD$4,500 to SGD$9,000 (before GST). There are several ways in which you can pay for the treatment to make it more affordable.

If you’d like to know more about Invisalign and whether you’re a suitable candidate for the treatment, you may head down i.Dental’s Invisalign Open House!

Here are the details!
Date: 4th July 2015
Day: Saturday
Venue: Capital Tower, Level 9 (FTSE Room)
Time: 2pm (Registration at 1.45pm)

Upon registering, you may enjoy a $1 comprehensive smile assessment consisting of consultations (to be booked on the day of open house), photos, X-ray and study model!

See ya there!


  1. Your list couldn't be more perfect, Eunice! It’s good that you shared them, since there are people who rely on such information before going ahead with a procedure. One thing though, you could have added how much shorter the time spent on the dentist's chair! Haha! Anyway, stay pretty!

    Felipe Roberson @ Philly Dentist

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  3. This is just the information I was looking for about invisalign! I have heard good things about it and am thinking of trying it out. It is good to know that the treatment should take around 12 to 18 months. I will have to keep that in mind!

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  10. Many people have the embarrassing issue of crooked or crowded teeth. One of the most obvious solutions for the orthodontic problem is to get braces, but with more and more teens and even adults needing their teeth straightened, there is another option known as Invisalign. Invisalign is a clear set of hard plastic aligners that are fitted for your mouth. They must be checked and replaced over the course of the first couple of months while they work at aligning your teeth into proper position. Invisalign is a preferred choice for adults and teens because they are practically invisible due to being clear. However, as with all things, there are both pros and cons to using Invisalign. It’s important to know all the details before you decide to get fitted with the aligners at Orthodontist & Invisallign Doctor in Whitefield, Bangalore.

    Pros of Invisalign
    There are several advantages to getting Invisalign instead of opting for traditional metallic braces. Here are some pros of the clear set of aligners:

    Comfort: Invisalign is much more physically comfortable to wear. Since there are no wires or brackets, you don’t have to worry about getting any painful nicks or cuts in your mouth. They are smooth and won’t irritate your mouth. The aligners are similar to a mouth guard and lack any sharp edges.

    More Attractive: Since Invisalign is clear, it doesn’t leave you with a mouth full of metal. In other words, they are more attractive to the eye, and most people won’t even know you are wearing them. That means you can feel free to smile and don’t have to feel overly self-conscious.

    Convenience: Invisalign has become a norm for straightening the teeth, which means that you don’t necessarily have to deal with metal braces. This makes them very convenient, especially as they are available on a widespread scale.

    Can be Removed: Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, brushing your teeth and flossing. That is something that cannot be done with braces. It allows you to eat foods you want and practice better oral hygiene, which helps to lower your risk of developing gum disease while you go through the process of straightening your teeth. You won’t have to worry about food particles getting stuck, which happens with traditional braces.

    Minimal Maintenance: Invisalign aligners require minimal maintenance. They can get dingy over time when you wear them, but you can freshen them by using a toothbrush dipped in a small amount of bleach and water. Scrubbing them for a minute will eliminate any stains. You only need to do this every other day.

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