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How Invisible Braces Steer You Towards a Healthier Lifestyle

Wearing invisible braces sounds like it brings a lot of restrictions for many months, but getting your smile fixed has never been easier with become. On top of that, invisible braces can make a positive change to your lifestyle, making you choose healthier habits and decisions. Here’s how invisible braces will lead you to a healthy lifestyle:

1. Healthier consumption with drinking and smoking

For those who consume alcohol on a regular basis may have to reduce how much you drink every day to avoid exposing your teeth and gums to sugar that may be left behind in the trays. Smoking is highly discouraged as it can ruin the transparency of your invisible braces, taking away the quality that you purchased them for.

2. Better oral hygiene routine

By wearing invisible braces you will build a routine habit of taking them off before eating and cleaning them regularly. The best time-effective way to maintain a good oral hygiene routine is to brush immediately after every meal. By having this routine, your teeth and invisible braces will always be clean and this will help to improve your oral health and teeth straightening experience.

3. Healthier food and beverage lifestyle

become invisible braces are made of durable, breakthrough thermoplastic but can be affected by colouring of drinks. This will push you to drink more water compared to tea, soda, and juice. Those beverages run the risk of staining the invisible braces and traps sugar under them which causes cavities. 

Bonus: Wearing invisible braces can help you snack less and lose weight, due to the entire process of taking off the trays, rinsing them, washing them and putting them back on just to eat a cookie. 

4. Better sleep and no headaches

When the upper and lower jaw do not fit together correctly, it leads to teeth grinding as you sleep. This will cause a disruption in your sleep and brings tension to your neck and jaw muscles. This tension and teeth grinding causes tiredness and sore muscles in the jaw which have an impact on the neck and head, causing you to have a headache when you wake up. Once you have your smile transformed, you will be smiling and sleeping better too.

5. Improved self-esteem

If your teeth are crooked, smiling may be the last thing you want to do to feel confident. When you look your best, it is that much easier to feel confident no matter the situation you are in; going on a blind date, presenting your slides at work. With invisible braces, you can straighten your teeth discreetly so you don’t have to attract any unwanted attention. Over time, you will be able to show off your new smile and feel confident doing so.

Teeth straightening has never been this affordable and accessible, which is what become is striving for. Find out why become is for you here, and book your free scan here. Check out the rest of our blog for other great reads.

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New Year Resolution: Be More Confident in Myself

In a perfect world, everyone is full of confidence and possesses high self-esteem. Unfortunately, not everyone is born with a full bar of sense of self-worth. Sometimes it can be hard to develop confidence, either because of personal experiences or low self esteem. In this post, here are some tips from small changes to your mindset to active habits to become more confident. 

1. Avoid Negativity

This is most apt during this time, where the pandemic has kept us indoors, or at home having most of our attention fixed onto social media. It is easy to allow ourselves to be caught up in the negativity or fake highlights that are portrayed online. Unfollow negative people and their beliefs and set some realistic beliefs about yourself.

2. Make a plan 

“Fail to plan, plan to fail.” We know the saying. If you try to tackle one big goal right away (e.g. getting a workout every day at sunrise), you are more likely to feel burned out, stressed and quitting before it gets habitual. 

Make a plan with small steps to work through each task or activity. Having a structured plan to follow will keep you focused and you waste less time thinking about the next move on the spot. Aim for some small achievements that you can tick off a list to help you gain confidence in your ability to get stuff done.

3. Personal development

Try to find something that you’re really passionate about. It could be photography, design, sports, fashion or anything. When you’ve found it, be committed to giving it a chance. More often than not, when you’re passionate about a certain activity, you are more likely to be motivated to build your skills in that area and that will translate into self-confidence.

Another confidence booster is by doing regular exercise. Sometimes, self confidence issues are tied to body perception. Now, we aren’t talking about hitting the gym and getting an instant six pack (another unrealistic goal), but by having regular exercise helps build confidence by improving body image.

4. Reflect on your past wins

It’s easy to feel unconfident when you feel like you haven’t achieved anything. Look back on the things you’re proud of, your wins. Whether it’s getting that A on that paper or going outside for a walk around the neighborhood. Keep track of your wins, big or small. Whenever you feel low in confidence, pull out the list and remind yourself of the victories you have won. 

Use these achievements to make positive affirmations about what you are capable of. These affirmations can go a long way if you tend to overthink and minimise your own confidence with negative self-talk.

Wherever you are, people with confidence inspire others to be confident. Your audience, your colleagues, your bosses, your customers and your friends. Gaining the confidence of others is key in becoming more confident.

Our mission at become is to empower others to be their best selves. We believe that everyone should be able to smile with confidence at an affordable price. Book a scan here if  you are interested in taking the next step in smiling with confidence. 

Check out another great read to start off 2021: New Year’s Resolution: Bad habits to ditch

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New Year Resolution: How to Have a Better Remote Work Year

When working from home there are several benefits such as flexibility, no lengthy commutes, or getting stuck in the dreaded traffic jams. But having this luxury also brings different difficulties. To get on the right track here are some become pointers on how to have a better remote work year.

1. Maintain Regular Hours

Try your best to follow set working hours. Having clear start and end times for when to work and when to call it a day helps many who are working remotely maintain a healthy work-life balance. Due to working and staying at home, this can be one of the more challenging parts of working remotely as you are always connected to the internet. 

Although messages and emails may come in at any hour, it’s crucial to develop a habit of “logging off” for the day. The best part of this flexibility is working during your high productivity hours, so be careful about setting expectations of being available 24/7. 

2. Create a Morning Routine

Without the walk and commute, or taking the elevator up to your office, there is no indication that you are heading into work. Setting a morning routine in replacement of that such as making a cup of coffee, returning home after a jog or getting dressed in office clothes. A small routine can help in big ways to get your day started. 

A good way is to say “good morning” to your team, this not only gets you going but it may give your colleague’s a nice start as well. 

3. Schedule Breaks

Knowing when to take a break is much needed especially after being engrossed in work for three hours straight or being in meetings all morning. Give yourself adequate time during the day to walk away from all screens, computer and your phone. 

Don’t cut short your time during breaks, especially during lunch. If you return to your desk after only 40 minutes, take a walk or relax somewhere else for another 20. Coming back refreshed and re-energised is crucial to take on the rest of the day. 

4. Keep a Dedicated Office Space

In an ideal world, there would be not only a dedicated office space, there are also two computers. One for work and another for personal use. But not everyone has two computers let alone a separate office space. As an alternative, dedicate a desk and some peripherals that are solely for work purposes. 

Having a desk only for work in the corner of a room is better than nothing. Once it becomes habitual, it’ll become second nature to leave work at that desk when you are done. Keeping work material out of your bedroom, will strengthen the mental association between your bedroom and sleep.” backed by The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard. If you are working from bed, falling asleep will be much more difficult as your brain will think you’re in the workplace. 

5. Socialise with colleagues

When working remotely, common issues that arise are loneliness, disconnect and isolation, even more so if you are an extrovert. Being proactive in nurturing relationships is a practical way to handle this. For example, making full use of chat channels where employees can have water cooler conversations or essentially topics not related to work. 

In an effort to be connected with your colleagues, remember to celebrate your achievements and progress you made in the past week. When everyone is not in office it can be difficult for managers to keep track or notice your work, so be brave to mention these important wins on your own. 

The best thing you can do is to identify when are your most productive hours whether that’s in the morning or evening. Above all, being productive goes further in the long run with mindful self-care or you risk burning out. 

Check out here how become is all about self-care and empowers you to be the best version of yourself. Or here for our New Year’s Resolution: Taking Better Care of My Dental Health!

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Introducing Our 2020 Influencers

become is all about bringing smiles to people we care about. We are proud to introduce our growing team of influencers we have partnered with to empower more people to change their lives and teeth straightening is just the start. 

Nelly

An avid traveller, influencer and YouTuber shows off the amazing food and hidden gems of the Philippines, Nelly brings warmth and good vibes throughout her profile reminding everyone that it is ‘more fun in the Philippines.’ Join Nelly on her adventures and discoveries all while straightening her teeth at the same time. Check her vlog channel here and instagram for more!

Cassandra Chloe

Meet Cassandra/Chloe, an influencer who shares plenty ranging from food and beverages, cosmetics to travel and lifestyle, you name it. Having a very wide variety of promotions throughout her feed, something become and Cassandra have in common is that both want to inspire others to be better. Follow her smile journey here

Bill Bello 

Bill, our latest influencer partner shares his fitness, fashion and lifestyle all while having fun and enthusiastic as he goes. Follow him here as he posts his teeth straightening progress  and spreads smiles without anyone noticing his invisible braces! 


And that’s become’s influencers. We’re always striving to help people smile with confidence with affordable teeth straightening. Check out the ‘Most-read articles in 2020’ here or book your free scan here.
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New Year Resolution: Bad habits to ditch

From being late to biting nails, we cover some bad habits that carry different levels of consequences and results. In this post, we share with you some tips and solutions that could help you ditch these bad habits for good. 

1. Being late

We all know the saying, if you’re on time, you’re late. While we can’t stop factors outside of our control from happening every now and then, habitual lateness will eventually bring serious damage to your credibility. Whether it is getting to work late or dialing in to video calls late, by doing so, you are giving off the impression that you are either disorganised or you do not care to respect the time of others. 

Always plan to be early, don’t plan to be on time. Plan ahead and leave enough room between meetings in case of any unexpected delays. Good practice is to always be 10-15 minutes early to any appointments. That little space of time can be a valuable moment in a busy day, to allow us to stop catching up with our agenda and stay ahead in life

2. Spending too much time on social media

This can be especially difficult for some professions that unavoidably require to log heavy hours on social media. Adding to the barriers in breaking this habit, we are facing a lockdown where from breaking news to the hottest memes are all on social media. We often know the signs, we probably even ignore them by now — sore eyes, concentration difficulty, finding it hard to sleep. 

If too much screen time has you feeling drained, it may be time for some adjustments. Some activities to try off screens: painting, cooking, reading or something you find relaxing and therapeutic might help you feel refreshed than looking into screens every hour you’re awake.

3. Work/life imbalance

A study conducted by Kisi called “Best Cities For Work-Life Balance 2020” reveals Kuala Lumpur as globally ranked 4th last for worst work-life balance. While being passionate about your job is great, you shouldn’t grind out over time every day. Especially given that working from home is the new norm, the lines between work and personal life get blurry. 

Respecting the boundaries of when to clock out can leave you feeling less stressed and gives you more opportunities to pursue your other interests as well. Finding that balance between work commitments and to unwind will do you big favours in the long run

4. Drinking too much coffee or soda

If you’re the type of person who needs 5 cups of coffee a day ‘just to stay awake’, it is time to leave this habit behind. Firstly, is the issue that coffee stains your teeth because of the presence of tannins in it. Next, similarly to soda, coffee is highly acidic. Excessive consumption will wear away the enamel that protects your teeth. Soda also has high levels of sugar, which is one of the biggest harms to oral hygiene. 

Cutting down on these beverages and maintaining a good oral hygiene routine will help to prevent stains!

5. Biting your nails

Some of us – albeit being adults now – still have the bad habit of biting our nails. Be it as a response to being nervous, stressed or anxious, it is warned against. Not only it may be deemed childish but could also bring real consequences especially during this time – where you are at risk of putting germs in your mouth.  Regular nail biting can also chip your teeth or cause you to move your teeth.  Add that to the unnatural pressure you place on your jaw and lead to jaw dysfunction. 

You can always practice good care by using proper tools to cut your nails beforehand so as not to fix them with your teeth. Enlisting the help of your family members to point it out also proves to be an effective step.

These are the habits to ditch and focus on better ones this year. A good habit is always to smile more. At become, we look to empower people to smile with confidence without breaking the bank. Click here to check the rest of our blog and when you’re ready, book a scan here.

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Most-read articles in 2020 on The become Journal

Thanks to the global pandemic and lockdown, we have spent half the year staying home to avoid spreading and getting infected by the novel coronavirus. With nothing much to do at home (at least for some of us), it’s only natural that we turned to the Internet for our source of entertainment and information. 

Out of all the articles we’ve created, published and shared this year, these five articles are the ones that people keep coming back to. Take a look in case you missed out!

1. Barter Communities in The Philippines

2020 has been a tough year for all of us, but those who earn income on a daily basis such as farmers and market vendors are the ones mostly affected by it. Due to this, barter trading found its way back into modern Filipino houses with the help of modern technology. Read these heartwarming stories of the barter communities in the Philippines and who knows you might get inspired to start something in your local community.

2. Why DIY Teeth Straightening and Fake Braces are Bad Ideas

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. Achtung! Moving your teeth without dental professionals designing your treatment can have serious consequences. Read on to learn why we say it’s a bad idea.

3. Trending Christmas Gifts 2020

Whether you’re looking for a nice gift for your boss or a cheeky present for your brother, the process can be daunting. It comes as no surprise that this article made it to the list, despite being published very close to Christmas day itself. The Christmas season has passed, but you can still benefit from this article for ideas for birthday gifts or other special occasions!

4. The Different Types of Crooked Teeth

There are different types of teeth misalignment and they are not all mutually exclusive. Toothy gaps and crowded teeth are all we’re familiar with. Here is our guide to the types of teeth misalignment – from overjet to crossbite – so you can identify which one describes your teeth.

5. What Happens at a Scan Session
You have submitted your assessment form, now you are waiting excitedly for your scan session but what happens there? Is there anything I need to know or bring? Would it be painful, or do I need to take a chill pill? In this article we explain what happens at a becomeStudio™ scan session. So that’s it, our five most read articles in 2020. If you are looking for more information on teeth straightening and invisible braces, visit our website and see what promotions are available! 
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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. 

Find out how it works here, or if you wish to start the new year’s off with a new smile book a scan here. Feel free to contact us on IG or Facebook if you have any questions!

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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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How to Get Rid of Bad Breath the Natural Way | Become

You might think bad breath isn’t an issue since we are wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. But we don’t want people to still keep their distance from us after the pandemic is over, so here are five ways we can eliminate bad breath.

Stay Hydrated

One of the simplest steps you can take to curb bad breath is by drinking enough water. Dehydration can be the cause of your bad breath. When there’s not enough moisture in your mouth to produce saliva, odour-causing bacteria can develop. A normal amount of saliva will help wash away bacteria that accumulate on the tongue, gums and cheeks.

Clean your tongue

As mentioned above, bacteria in your mouth can accumulate on the tongue. The odour-causing compounds form on your tongue when bacteria and amino acids combine, emitting an unpleasant sulfur-like smell. Hence cleaning your tongue is one way to effectively eliminate bad breath.

Tea

What’s your favourite tea? Besides helping you to stay hydrated, green tea has disinfectant and deodorising properties that can temporarily freshen the breath. Mint has similar effects, so a cup of green mint tea may be an ideal breath freshener. Yummy!

Pineapple

Living in Southeast Asia proves to be an advantage when it comes to this particular tip –

A glass or organic pineapple juice or a pineapple slice after every meal does the trick for warding off bad breath. But remember to rinse your mouth of the sugars in fruit or fruit juice afterward, we don’t want to feed the bacteria and cause cavities!

Parsley

Parsley is a popular folk remedy for bad breath. The fresh scent and the chlorophyll in it act as deodorisers, neutralising bad breath. Studies have shown that parsley can effectively combat foul sulfur compounds, so simply chew on a parsley sprig to freshen your mouth after a meal!

Apart from all these, daily tooth brushing along with flossing are important to ward off bad breath. Maintaining good oral hygiene can be trickier with metal braces, but not with become invisible braces – you can simply remove it to brush your teeth and floss as usual!

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Barter Communities in the Philippines

The Heartwarming Stories of the Barter Communities in the Philippines

2020 has been a tough year for all of us, especially due to the global pandemic situation. The quarantine and safety protocols implemented all over the country to reduce the spread of the virus has greatly affected the economy, with the unemployment rate at record high reflecting the effects of Covid-19 economic shutdown on the citizen. However, the ones mostly affected by it are those who earn income on a daily basis such as farmers and market vendors, living hand to mouth. 


That’s the backstory of how barter trade made its comeback and is now becoming increasingly popular again in the Philippines. Barter trading is an age-old exchange method used by our ancestors. It has been used for centuries and long before money was invented. People exchanged services and goods for other services and goods in return. In ancient times, this system involved people in the same area, however today bartering is going global thanks to the internet and social media platforms.

Koronadal City

In Koronadal, market vendors and small-scale farmers found many of their products like vegetables and fruits unsold as consumer spend greatly decreased. Thanks to a local volunteer, Kira Tacujan, who created a Facebook Group called Barter Challenge Koronadal, now the vendors can swap the produce for essential needs such as other food and grocery items. 

Barter Challenge Koronadal is a brilliant initiative as it opens the opportunity for not only the local community, but also benefactors from outside the city to pledge their support for the vendors.

There’s also the Koronadal Barter Community group on Facebook, which is an affiliate of Iloilo Barter Community. 

Iloilo City

Members of the Iloilo Barter Community (IBACO) post photos and videos of items they want to let go and products they want in exchange. If a deal is made, the ones involved will discuss how to make the swap.

Charity Delmo, the community’s creator, said the idea behind bringing the barter trade to Iloilo is to help Ilonggos obtain their needs without spending cash, while at the same time help business owners from outside the city to get their resources. 

Usual barters are gadgets for fruits, kitchen wares for face masks, and infant needs for plants among others. IBACO group has also witnessed some famous people such as social entrepreneur Janvie Amido and TV reporter Joyce Ann Clavecillas successfully making their barter trades. 

It’s reported that IBACO now has more than 20 affiliate groups in other parts of the country and even among Filipino communities abroad including those in Australia, Italy, Canada, and Saudi Arabia.

Bacolod City

When the global economy faces a potential collapse, Bacolod citizens show the world that money is not everything. The Bacolod Barter Community becomes their new normal in business trading, which may continue for quite a long time. In Bacolod City, the most trending word nowadays is “barter” with hashtag, #BBCo.

Initially when Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue started the private barter group on Facebook, it was only for friends around Bacolod City. Now they have 20,000 posts per day with 20 moderators who work for free! 

The founder even held a simple contest where people can share their most amazing barter stories, and 10 stories were picked. Some were cute, some were funny, but most importantly a lot of the barter stories involved helping other people.

More than just for getting their necessities, these online communities have proved to be a platform for people to help others. They really show their Bayanihan spirit, trading more than what they agreed to barter. They are bartering items without too much emphasis on the monetary value, but on the practical value it can serve to the other person – which was the foundation of such initiatives. 

 

We at become are inspired by these heartwarming stories as we believe that digital advancement can boost humanitarian effort and provide a platform for Asians to be their best selves by helping others. Follow @become_asia on Instagram for stories of inspiring Asians.