Invisalign: The Best Invention Ever!

March 1, 2015




As a dental student, I find it tough to educate others about the importance of oral healthcare, even more so when I don’t have a nice set of teeth myself. I have class II moderately-crowded teeth with overbite and overjet. Basically, from the front, they somewhat look like this:








Before I took up dentistry, I mistakenly thought that I have a good set of nicely arranged teeth. “There was just only a mild misalignment of my central incisors(the two front teeth), otherwise, my teeth are perfect…...” Or so I thought.


This is how my teeth somewhat look like when you view them from the side:







See how the teeth on the upper jaw are so much in front of the bottom jaw? I'm not sure why I didn't notice them before. All I know is that I don’t usually grin at the mirror with my head turned sideways. (That explains why)







But after learning about occlusion and jaw relations (blahx3), I realised……… dang it! I No wonder I don’t look good in pictures with me showing the side profile of my face. It is because of my protruding teeth!







It dawned upon me so clearly that I NEED TO GET MY TEETH FIXED. Fast. Before I become a dentist one day and patients will ask me “Doctor, why your own teeth not nice one ah?”







But being a girl who is constantly concerned of her appearance, I don’t like the idea of wearing metals on my teeth for 2-3 years. Well, you can say that I'm vain. Who isn't? I know it will definitely be worth it when I can finally remove my braces and have a nice set of teeth, but if there is an option to skip wearing metals, I would rather opt for that.







This is when I got to know about Invisalign




"Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position."







Basically, once the impression of your teeth is taken, a treatment plan will be developed using a virtual 3D computer software called ClinCheck®. A set of custom-made invisible aligners will be given to you and after every two weeks of wearing them, you will need to change to a new set. The teeth will move little by little every time you change into a new set of aligners until your teeth reach the final ideal position.







Watch this video to understand:







Advantages:

1. Almost invisible
The aligners are clear.

2. Removable
You can remove your aligners to eat or brush your teeth.

3. Comfortable
No need for metals brackets, wires and rubber bands in your mouth.







Disadvantages:

1. Not all misalignment can be fixed
Invisalign favours those with the following: overcrowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, cross bites, deep/over bites, under bites.

2. Price
RM20,000. Around 3x the price of normal braces.







After I learnt all about the Invisalign treatment, I told myself to go for it! ……. until I saw the price. RM20k.















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All hope destroyed. Crushed.







Looks like braces is the only option now. *plays sad music*







My name is currently in the waiting list in University of Malaya dental clinic. Not very sure how long will I need to wait for my orthodontic treatment though. Two years? Or three maybe? Oh well, at least I know that I will be in safe hands(my lecturer’s) =P








To beautiful teeth! *clink*










1 comment

  1. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. invisalign paris tx

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