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Best & Worst Holiday Treats For Teeth

After going through a year’s of different festivities, there one more big Christmas dinner to end December. This holiday season, as you and your family feast on through the spread, don’t forget to keep your oral health in mind. To help you know which to avoid or to enjoy more of to keep your teeth healthy, here are some of the best and worst Christmas treats (for your teeth):

The Best Teeth Treats

Spaghetti / Macaroni Salad – For Noche Buena, many people will have their own versions of spaghetti, how you can make it work better your teeth is skipping the sweeter versions. Just remember to use less sugar and more cheese. As it has lower pH levels, it helps prevent acids from destroying tooth enamels and helps prevent cavities. 

Queso de Bola –  A staple for Filipino Christmas meals all over the country, is another treat that makes it to the nice list for this holiday season. It’s creamy and salty, but it also has unique sweetness to it. For the most part, the cheese aspect of this has its benefits and the saltiness works as an antibacterial agent. But a point to remember to always have these in moderation. 

Turkey Ham – This protein-packed treat works with calcium to produce strong teeth. Plus it has low sugar content that makes it a great choice to fill up on. If it gets stuck between your teeth, remember to floss and problem solved. 

The Worst Teeth Treats

Hard Candies – Candy canes, tough gingerbread cookies and similar treats that require more effort to bite and crush. There is a risk of doing damage to your tooth enamel if you accidentally bite down into them. Most of the time we tend to do it without thinking – a crack sound and the damage is done. 

Sticky Candy – These types of candy are prone to get stuck in between your teeth and stay for hours, even days for some. Even if you brush regularly it is still possible for sticky candy e.g. Cadbury Choclairs, something we are all familiar with. Being difficult to wash away and getting stuck in your mouth for hours, these are a must avoid for your teeth.  

Carbonated or alcoholic beverages – A Christmas meal would not be complete without drinks. Fizzy drinks whether they are diet, light or sugar-free and alcoholic beverages are high acidity. They can erode tooth enamel, making your teeth more sensitive and prone to decay. A tip for you to combat this: Add some ice to your cocktails, diluting it can help reduce its acidity. Limiting alcohol intake as well definitely helps.

become invisible braces allow you to fully enjoy your holiday season feast while straightening your teeth at the same time. Plus, you don’t have to worry about food bits getting stuck in your braces wires giving you a headache to clean. 

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Teeth Alignment

The Different Types of Crooked Teeth

Having crooked teeth, or misalignment of teeth and bite can get in the way of that smile you deserve. There are different types of teeth misalignment and they are not all mutually exclusive. Here is become’s guide to the types of crooked teeth (or the official term used by orthodontist: malocclusion).

1. Overcrowding

When teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum, overcrowding occurs. This is common for teenagers when the permanent teeth set – which has 12 more teeth than in the baby set – don’t have enough space in the mouth to grow in straight. Overly crowded teeth are hard to clean, leading to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease. 

2. Overjet

Overjet teeth are also known as upper front teeth protrusion or buck teeth. Not to be confused with an overbite, overjet is where your top teeth extend past your bottom teeth horizontally. This makes the upper teeth prone to accidental breakage, and hard to comfortably close the mouth completely.

3. Overbite

When the bite is too deep the upper front teeth cover the lower front teeth too much, it’s called an overbite. Overbites are most common in children, and sometimes cause the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

4. Crossbite

  • An anterior crossbite, or underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth. 
  • A unilateral posterior crossbite, typically referred to as a crossbite, is what occurs when your upper teeth, usually the back teeth, fall inside your lower teeth you bite down.

These can cause excessive tooth wear and jaw stress. Other effects include eating and chewing difficulties, headaches, tooth decay, chronic mouth breathing, and speech issues.

5. Spacing & diastema

Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, a tongue thrust habit or periodontal disease. Spacing can occur between two or more teeth, and diastema is the term to describe space between two teeth. The problem with spacing is that food can get stuck in between teeth, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. 

6. Open bite

When the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap, it’s called an open bite. There are two types of open bites:

  1. Anterior open bites – An open bite affecting only the front teeth.
  2. Posterior open bites  – When the front teeth meet but the back teeth do not.

In extreme cases, open bites can cause problems swallowing, tongue thrusting, and some speech problems

Even if you had braces in your teen years, you can still have crooked teeth as an adult. To most of us, wearing metal braces for the second time is not an option. Thankfully, nowadays there are alternatives to managing misaligned teeth without having a mouth full of metal. At-home invisible braces (or teeth aligners) is one of the most affordable options.

Our partner dentists are expert in diagnosing and correcting crooked teeth and developing a cost-effective treatment plan to help. Book an scan appointment today for a free scan and consultation at one of our partnered clinics to find out if we can put you on the path to that one-of-a-kind smile you’ve only dreamed of.

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Lifestyle & Inspiration

Trending Christmas Gifts 2020

To really give a gift this season that will earn you the ‘best secret santa’ title instantly, you can always gift a PS5 and be on your way. But if not, check how some other trending gift ideas that you could try below:

1. Beautiful Indoor Houseplants 

Houseplants have been rising in popularity since everyone started working from home. Indoor plants are great gifts due to the fact that they last all year round, easy to care for, inexpensive and importantly, take almost no effort to wrap. 

If you know someone who could use a bit of brightening up in their home or workspace, this is a great option. You can easily buy them online and have it delivered to your doorstep.

Also, you could get more creative and look into nice planter pots for people who already have enough plants. If you’re staying in the same place with the recipient, you can help transfer the plants into the new pots!

2. Cool Kitchen Appliances

With different preventive measures in place, going out for food is subject to SOPs and restrictions, hence preparing meals at home becomes more preferable than ever. Because of that, cool kitchen appliances make a practical gift that will definitely make your friend’s or family member’s day!

For some, getting a cup of coffee from the office pantry is pretty much routine in the morning. As working from home has shifted into the new norm. Aside from a coffee machine, here are some cool kitchen appliances that make a good gifts: 

  • Blender
  • Waffle maker
  • Toaster 

For a simpler and a budget-friendly option, if you know anyone who’s picked up cooking this year or just been watching way too much Masterchef, you can give them a nice apron or a knives set.

3. Home Office Gifts 

While many have adjusted to working from home and setting up their own ‘home office’ workspace, giving a gift that elevates the work from home experience is something anybody will appreciate. Some special items are: 

  • Noise cancelling headphones – We all know how distracting it is when there’s noise coming from the neighbourhood such as renovation going on next door. 
  • A comfortable home office chair, or a nice seat cushion – Sometimes it’s so easy to be engrossed into your work and totally lose track of time. Promote good posture and relieve back pain all within budget!
  • Desk lamps, organiser drawers, laptop stands and countless other similar products that make great home office gifts. 

4. Self-care Package

Let your loved ones know you care about them with some great gifts for them to take care of themselves. With 2020 being a rough year it’s easy to forget to. Here are some gift ideas you can add into your care package:

  • Candles: Not only does it make a great home decoration but it also brings benefits in aromatherapy. Lavender scented candles are known to help one relax.
  • Snacks or chocolates: If you know someone who really likes snacks or chocolates, surprising them with a personally curated package would make them very happy.
  • Sheet masks: These masks give your skin a beautiful glow with the added benefit of hydration, allowing you to pamper yourself effortlessly.

5. Become invisible braces 

The best gift you can give at the end of the day is a smile. With become invisible braces  you can give your friends or family members a new and transformed smile that will last (with proper care and attention) down the road. 

Find out more here on how become can help you get you to your new smile! 

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Invisible Braces Oral Health

DIY Teeth Straightening and Fake Braces are Bad Ideas. Here’s why.

What is DIY Teeth Straightening?

A growing trend in the teeth straightening space is do-it-yourself (DIY) methods – be it closing gaps by installing the wires by yourself around the lower incisors or by buying ready-made plastic braces that are NOT custom designed for your set of teeth. In this post, we will go into the serious consequences of moving them yourself, without having dental professionals designing your teeth straightening treatment. 

What are Fake Braces?

Fake braces are mouthpieces that look very similar to metal braces, but are not operative, and are traded through the black market. They are also known as fashion braces, as the target market includes teenagers who want to wear braces as accessories. Fake braces are sold online, or by individuals who do not have orthodontic certification or qualification a.k.a. fake dentists. These individuals offer the service of installing the fake braces for much lower prices than any dental clinics. 

Since the customers do not place the ‘braces’ on their teeth on their own, it didn’t occur to them that it’s fake. In fact, some of them were convinced that the individuals they paid to affix the fake braces on them are dental professionals. 

DIY Teeth Straightening and Fake Braces Can Have Serious Consequences

There’s an example from ABC News, where a man attempted to close a gap in his front teeth on his own by using rubber bands to tighten them at night. What he always found the next morning is that the rubber bands are gone but in fact they became embedded in his gums. Because of this he went on to lose his two front teeth, tens of thousands of dollars and seven years to repair the mess he made because it was “a lot cheaper.”

We get it – conventional metal braces, and in-office invisible braces can be far beyond affordable to most people. That’s the reason why some take matters into their own hands, buying fake braces hoping it can fix their misaligned teeth for less than a hundred dollars. 

Little did they know that attempts at implementing these teeth straightening “hacks” often lead to them spending more amounts of money and time at the dentist, which is something they were trying to avoid in the first place. The substandard orthodontic practices can cause damage to the teeth, gums, or even lips and supporting bones! There have been cases of teenagers who died after using fashion braces, due to the inferior material quality and toxic heavy metals content. 

As for the ready-made fake plastic braces known as ‘teeth trainers’ sold on e-commerce sites and social media, they are not the same with invisible braces. Everybody’s teeth and jaws are different, so any teeth-straightening devices need to be prescribed on a case-by-case basis. That’s why a proper smile makeover process must start with a dental scan, a teeth impression, and/or a dental X-ray. 

These ‘teeth trainers’ could adversely affect both the development of the jaw and the alignment of teeth. Since these products have not been tested by the authority, nothing is known about whether the material that they are made of is toxic.

Are become Invisible Braces a DIY Teeth Straightening Method?

It’s clear that DIY teeth straightening and fake braces are not safe nor advised by dental professionals. The good news is that metal braces and the super expensive clear aligners that you can get from the dental clinic are not the only option out there for those seeking a perfect smile.

Teledentistry has made it possible for become to offer invisible braces as an alternative for teeth straightening, at an affordable price. It’s a relatively new field that combines telecommunication technology and dental care. It can be used not only to increase access to dental care, but also for consultation, education and public awareness.

Teledentistry is not the same with DIY teeth straightening. become teeth straightening process includes a consultation and a dental scan at the partner dentists’ clinics, and our invisible braces are custom-designed to each customer’s case. The whole process is prescribed and monitored by dentists with at least 4 years of experience in prescribing invisible braces.

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DIY Braces

Requires dental scan

Doesn’t require dental scan

There’s an initial consultation

No consultation

Only customers who are approved by the dentists can buy

Anyone can buy DIY braces

Treatment is designed on a case-by-case basis

All customers get the same mouthpiece

Designed, prescribed and overseen by experienced dentists

Zero involvement with a dentist

Made of medical grade plastic

Materials unknown

Bottom line is, take care of your oral health and speak to your dentist about your options. If you are budget-conscious, you can check out our flexible instalment plans and book a scan to get started!