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New Year Resolutions: Taking Better Care of My Dental Health

We all make new year’s resolutions, and typically they would include looking after ourselves, losing weight, working out at home, eating healthy home cooked food, and the likes. In general, they aim to have a healthier lifestyle, but many forget that your overall health can be influenced by your oral health as well. Hence we rarely hear people say their new year’s resolution is to start developing a better oral hygiene habit, or to take better care when looking after teeth and gum. 

While we’re still in the first few weeks of 2021, why not start now? Sure, deciding on a resolution is easy – the hardest part is to follow through with it. Here we list down some tips on how to follow through on this resolution diligently.

Brushing

Find a toothpaste and a toothbrush that makes brushing fun. If you’ve been eyeing some rubber bristles toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, this is the time to go for it! Aside from dental kits, you can also look for some bathroom accessories that could make your brushing session more exciting. Bring out the child in you and get a cute toothpaste dispenser, or you can reward your anal and sophisticated personality with a multifunctional toothbrush holder. 

Don’t forget to change your toothbrush every 3 months or whenever it appears to be getting worn out, so that you’ll get excited to try your new toothbrush every time you change to a new one! 

Flossing

You may tell your dentist “Yes, I floss every day” but your bleeding gums and the plaque build-ups between your teeth will betray your deception far more effectively than a lie detector ever could. If you’re not in the habit of flossing, the new year is a great time to start. One way to make it easier to remember to floss is to store your floss very close to your toothbrush and toothpaste. 

You can also buy a mini floss or even better: a dental floss keychain! This way you can floss on the go if you forget to do it at home. If you store floss all over the place, or always have it with you, you’ll find plenty of opportunities throughout the day to floss!

Dentist Visit

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist for other than teeth straightening, you’re not alone. The National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS 2019) conducted in Malaysia involving 17,000 people, showed that only 25% visited the dentist over the last 12 months. That’s a bad news, since getting a routine checkup is one of the most important things you can do when looking after your teeth. 

Even if your teeth look and feel fine, set a reminder in your phone to call a dental clinic for an appointment. If you don’t feel motivated enough, perhaps a buddy could help. Find a friend or family member who is diligent in attending their dental appointments and set an appointment on the same day at the same clinic so you can go together every 6 months. This buddy of yours will, hopefully, help make sure you don’t miss your checkups. 

Reward Yourself

The problem with flossing and brushing is you might not notice the difference, hence there’s almost no instant gratification. One way to keep yourself motivated is to have a clearly defined reward. There are two types of rewards: Intrinsic rewards and extrinsic rewards. 

An extrinsic reward is a tangible, external outcome. For example “If I floss my teeth every day for 15 days, I will treat myself to a slice of Biscoff cheesecake”. On the other hand, intrinsic rewards are not tangible, and it comes from within. It is performing the task itself that gives a person a sense of accomplishment or satisfaction. So think to yourself “I’m taking good care of my teeth, it means I’m taking care of my overall health. This is a great achievement – I’m committing to my new year’s resolution!” 

Bear in mind that whatever you do now to take care of your dental health might save you thousands of dollars at the dentist in the future.

Teeth Straightening

Your new year’s dental health resolution may include to finally correct your misaligned teeth, be it crowding or your slightly overjet teeth. Correcting any of these problems will not only enhance your look but most importantly, improves your oral health and self confidence. That being said, getting your teeth straightened will reward you both extrinsically and intrinsically!  

Correcting your smile doesn’t have to cost a bomb and be a hassle. With become invisible braces, you get to straighten your teeth with only one dentist appointment, minimal pain and no food restrictions! Check out more reasons on why become should be a part of your dental health resolutions by visiting our website here

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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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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

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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!
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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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Your guide to teeth straightening options

Your guide to teeth straightening options

Thinking about straightening your smile? Here are your available options explained.

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Teeth straightening is a big step for most and there are plenty of options to choose from. Searching for teeth straightening options online results in an overwhelming number of choices, ranging from traditional metal braces, to ceramic or clear braces, to newer invisible braces that are prescribed at the dentist clinic or can be purchased online as a teeth straightening kit and shipped to your house.

But when it comes down to it, your options come in just two main types: conventional fixed appliances such as metal or ceramic braces, or removable invisible braces.

Traditional braces

The upside: Can treat most orthodontic issues, is easily accessible and affordable

The downside: They are a fixed appliance; which means they cannot be removed until after the treatment is complete, can irritate gums and cheeks, extra oral care is needed to prevent cavities and other oral problems.

Results in: Varies by person; 1 year to 4 years

Cost: Between ₱30,000 – ₱80,000

Traditional braces work by using pressure to move your teeth into a desired position. There’s a reason they are commonly used: they work for everything from fixing teeth that are crooked, crowded or spaced out to correcting an overbite or underbite. But braces aren’t all metal mouth and elastic bands anymore as what they were back then. There are now a number of braces options available in the market such as:

Metal braces:These are the traditional and most common braces — they consist of metal brackets with wires held by elastic ties.

Damon/Self-litigating braces: Like traditional metal braces, but they use a sliding device to hold the wire instead of elastic ties. They usually have a ceramic bracket option that are less visibly obvious compared to metal braces

It is important to note that there are certain cases that can be best fixed with traditional braces, and there are some cases that are actually fixed best with invisible braces.

Invisible braces

The upside:  For mild to moderate cases, invisible braces can be more affordable than traditional braces, less noticeable than traditional braces, removable – thus allowing eating, drinking and maintaining oral hygiene easier

The downside: Must be worn for a proper amount of time each day throughout the process to be effective at straightening teeth, may cost significantly more than traditional braces, as they are removable – may be easily misplaced

Results in: Varies by person; 6 months to 2 years

Cost: Between ₱65,250 – ₱250,000

Invisalign introduced invisible braces to the market in 1997 and since then, over two dozen companies have followed. Invisible braces are plastic trays that are custom-made to be fitted to your teeth based on the mould of your teeth or the 3D scan of your mouth. Each pair of invisible braces put pressure on your teeth, gradually moving them into their desired position. Invisible braces are removable when eating, drinking or brushing teeth but they will need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day in order to be effectively straightening teeth.

Most people have been discouraged from straightening their teeth as braces might not be the most ideal method and invisible braces prescribed at orthodontic clinics are extremely costly and not easily accessible to most people. Today, direct-to-consumer brands are making it easier for everyone to straighten their teeth with customized invisible braces at affordable prices with almost no clinic visits.

How do I know what’s right for me?

The two options explained above work well for the cases they are intended to fix but for some, the direct-to-consumer invisible braces is every bit as effective as any alternatives that are prescribed in the clinic. Want to find out if you are fit for become invisible braces? Take our free smile assessment now!

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How to care for your invisible braces

How to care for your invisible braces

Curious about how to care for invisible braces? We've put a quick guide on the do's and don'ts on what you need to know about keeping your invisible braces in tip-top condition.

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Everyone needs a little TLC – and so do your invisible braces. As you’ll be wearing your invisible braces pretty much all the time, we’re here to give you some tips on how to take care of them so they stay clean, clear and comfortable to wear!

Rinse and Repeat

The only time you’ll remove your invisible braces is when you eat, drink and brush your teeth. Before putting your them back into your mouth, rinse your invisible braces with cold water to keep them clean. This will prevent dried saliva from building up on the invisible braces, which can cause bacteria to form. Keep your mouth healthy by keeping your invisible braces clean. However, avoid rinsing your invisible braces in hot water. The high heat can damage the plastic and ruin your invisible braces.

Brush & Floss before wearing

After you eat, make sure to brush and floss your teeth before putting your invisible braces back in. If you don’t, food particles can get trapped between your invisible braces and your teeth, which can lead to dental problems. Remember, a clean mouth is a happy mouth – plus you don’t want that piece of spinach stuck in your teeth for the world to see 😉

Clean with soap, not toothpaste.

To clean your invisible braces, remember to use clear antibacterial soap and not toothpaste. Toothpaste can be abrasive against the thermoplastic, which may scratch your invisible braces – and coloured antibacterial soaps may stain your invisible braces into a different colour. We know that invisible braces are favoured for their transparency and scratches can be easily visible when wearing them on your teeth. So keep them transparent and clear by cleaning them the proper way!

Keep it in

When you take your invisible braces off to eat and drink, remember to store them away in the storage capsule included with your invisible braces set. Leaving your invisible braces in the open exposes them to harmful germs and bacteria – and you also risk misplacing them by accident!

Invisible braces can be a great way to straighten your smile discreetly. Taking the time to properly clean and care for your invisible braces can help smoothen your smile journey to get the smile of your dreams. become makes it easy for you to straighten your smile with invisible braces at 65% less than other methods. Your treatment will be prescribed and monitored remotely by our orthodontist team so you’ll never have to step foot into a clinic. Take our free 30s Smile Assessment to see if our invisible braces are a good fit for you!

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How to take a smile-worthy “after” selfie

How to take a smile-worthy “after” selfie

Your treatment's done and you've got a beautiful new smile. Step up your selfie game with these tips that are perfect for showing off your new grin!

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Huzzah! It’s the end of your smile journey with become and we know you’re super excited to share your new smile with the world – or at least with your followers on social media. We’ve got some selfie photography tips for you to celebrate your new smile with the perfect “after” photo. Check out these simple tips on how you can show off your gorgeous new smile!

Lights, camera, SMILE!

Good lighting is crucial for a good photo and ideally you would want to have your picture taken somewhere with lots of natural lighting to show off your pearly whites. Try standing in front of a window so the natural light is hitting your face and not from behind you which could cause a dark silhouette of your face in the photo. However, take note that lots of lighting could also be a bad thing! Having too much light can also cause your photos to be overexposed.

Keep it simple

Your background should ideally be simple and clean from any clutter or mess so it doesn’t distract from your face. We want your smile and face to be the center of attention so keep your background and composition simple!

Be yourself

This photo is all about you and for your personality to shine through! Wear your favourite clothes, add some accessories,  or have your location backdrop in a place you love. Your selfie is unique to YOU so have fun with it!

Have some handy props

Posing with items or even a pet can add a lot of personality to your photo (and also comes in handy when you’re feeling shy). Hold your favourite mug, hug your pet or even pose with your favourite plate of food!

Minimal filters

You have a new smile and you’re loving it. You feel super confident and ready to take on anything and we know it’s tempting to add a LOT of filters into your selfie. Keep your filters to a minimum for a more natural selfie that shows off your brand new smile and embrace your confident self! If you do have to edit, keep it minimal to add some exposure to your photos or add a small bit of colour saturation.

BONUS: Have a before and after selfie

Planning to show off your before and after transformation in a selfie? We recommend that you have both photos look consistent by framing them similarly with the same backdrop so your transformation can be seen clearly. You can also choose to have the same hairstyle and clothing in both your selfies too!

Finished your treatment with become? Send us your best after selfie to hello@become.my and we’ll feature it on our site! We love seeing our customers showing off their new grin.

If you’re looking to get that selfie-worthy smile, take our free 30s smile assessment to see if our become invisible braces treatment is right for you!

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How to maintain good oral hygiene

How to maintain good oral hygiene

While maintaining a healthy mouth is a lifelong commitment and might sound like a chore, it’s not that hard at all! Read on for some tips on how you can maintain a good oral hygiene.

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We all know that good oral hygiene is important in preventing tooth decay and gingivitis, but research has shown that poor oral care has also been linked to heart disease, dementia, respiratory infections and diabetes. While maintaining a healthy mouth is a lifelong commitment and might sound like a chore, it’s not that hard at all! 

Don’t Give It a Brush-off

Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water every time you use it. Let your toothbrush dry thoroughly between brushings. Don’t use toothbrush covers, which can create a moist enclosed breeding ground for bacteria.

What’s in Between

Nothing cleans in between the teeth better than floss or interdental brushes. A fine-bristle toothbrush just won’t cut it. Floss and interdental brushes work by removing food trapped between the teeth and removing plaque that forms there before it turns into tartar. They also clean under the gum line, which is an important step to prevent gum disease. 

Prevent Oral Injury

While it’s important to clean between the teeth, using toothpicks, fingernails or folded paper may cause friction, damaging the gum line, and not to mention unhygienic. Brushing too vigorously and not replacing your brush when the bristles start to lose their shape can also cause injury to the teeth and gums. Wear mask if you have habit of biting your nails.

Bittersweet Symphony

Snacking has been known as a major culprit in weight gain, but did you know that snacking also promotes the production of plaque acid in the mouth? This is because most snacks contain sugar. Your best bet is to cut down on sugary treats and aim to brush after every meal. The fact that it’s cumbersome to brush after every meal or snack should discourage you from snacking too often.

Pay a Visit, or Pay the Price

It’s important to visit your dentist regularly (recommended every 6 months) for checkups and monitoring. Your dentist can detect any problems at an early stage when they’re treatable and more affordable to take care of. Your dentist is also the best person to advise you on the best tools and techniques suited to you to keep your home oral care up to scratch.

Maintaining a good oral hygiene can be trickier for those wearing metal braces. Plaque and food particles have additional places to accumulate, flossing is only possible with super floss, and brushing takes more effort than ever. This is where invisible braces (teeth aligners) prove to be a better option – oral hygiene is easy since you can simply remove it to brush your teeth and floss as usual.

With become, you now can improve your smile with invisible braces, at a fraction of the clinic cost. Take our free 30s Smile Assessment to see if our invisible braces are a good fit for you!

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Chinese New Year Food and Dental Braces Care Guide

Chinese New Year Food and Dental Braces Care Guide

Can you still enjoy the delicious treats served during Chinese New Year if you're wearing braces? Let's find out.

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Just like any other festivals in Asia, Chinese New Year means hitting the pause button on your diet and indulging in mountains of goodies. Those who are on orthodontic treatments might be a little cautious and fear missing out on good food. 

Let’s discuss the common food we consume during Chinese New Year and whether it’s advisable for those who are getting their teeth straightened to indulge in them.

Pineapple tarts and nian gao (sticky rice cake or kuih bakul)

These delicious treats are must-haves during Chinese New Year, and both are sticky in nature. They stick on the surface of your teeth longer, and are more difficult for saliva to break down. 

If you are wearing traditional braces, it’s best to avoid sticky food as they can cause wire damage and loosen the brackets. For those wearing invisible braces, brush your teeth and floss carefully before putting them back in.

Juices and carbonated drinks

Beverages with bright colours that represent wealth are typically served during Chinese New Year. Sugar-laden and acidic, they are really bad for teeth. Frequent exposure to acidic drinks can result in the erosion of tooth enamel.

These drinks can stain your invisible braces so remember to take them out before eating and drinking, then brush your teeth before putting them back in. Regardless of the type of braces you’re using, wait at least 30 minutes after drinking to brush your teeth as we don’t want to damage the enamel while it’s in its weakened state.

Hard snacks 

Biting down on hard candies, solid chips, nuts or seeds can potentially crack the enamel and dental fillings. It might cause wire damage and loosen brackets too, so it’s best to avoid these snacks altogether if you are wearing traditional braces. For those using invisible braces, use your hands or tools to crack open nuts and seeds, and clean your teeth thoroughly after eating.

Chocolates, cookies and cakes

These 3C’s are sugary treats, hence when we consume them the bad bacteria in our mouth feeds on the sugars, creating acids that attack our tooth enamel. Over time, it will cause caries and tooth decay. So this Chinese New Year, opt for healthier options such as sugar free cookies and dark chocolates. Make it a point to rinse your mouth with water immediately after eating these sweets. If you are wearing traditional braces, remember to brush thoroughly to remove any remnants not just from your teeth, but from the wires, brackets and orthodontic adhesive as well.

Clearly, invisible braces are a great way to straighten your smile without limiting your food choices especially during festivals and special ocassion. become makes it easy for you to straighten your smile with invisible braces at 65% less than other methods. Take our free 30-second Smile Assessment to see if our invisible braces are a good fit for you!

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5 Self Care Things You Can Do To Feel Good

5 Self Care Things You Can Do To Feel Good

At become, we believe everyone should feel good about themselves in order to live confidently so let’s get started with these 5 easy things that you should do for yourself every day.

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Self-care doesn’t always mean taking a bubble bath with slices of cucumber on your eyes. An act of self-care can be as simple as washing your face or making your bed – basically anything that makes you feel good.

At become, we believe everyone should feel good about themselves in order to live confidently so let’s get started with these 5 easy things that you should do for yourself every day.

Wash your face

Start your day right by having an easy skincare routine. You will just need 2 products – a cleanser and moisturizer – and less than 5 minutes twice a day to care for your skin. Even when you’re tired after a long day out, taking a few minutes to wash your face after you brush your teeth and pop in your invisible braces will always pay off. Your future self will thank you.

Have breakfast

We know it’s the cliche thing to say that breakfast is the most important meal but it really is! Whether it’s cooking a full breakfast meal or simply grabbing a cereal bar, it’s important to fuel your body to kickstart the day. Having breakfast will help your metabolism and increase your energy levels throughout the day.

Make your bed

It’s a simple act of the day but making your bed sets you up to have a productive day as it’s the first accomplishment of the day. Plus, it’s great to come home to a neat and tidy bed so you can hop in and sleep for the night! This habit is easy enough for anyone to just start immediately today.

Exercise

We’re not saying you have to work out 5–6 times a week to take care of your body – but moving your body with a short jog or swim session is a good enough start to take care of your body. It doesn’t matter what exercise you do as long as you do something to move your body each day. Plus, exercising releases endorphins which are also known as the happy hormone. You will definitely feel better physically and mentally after a workout session!

Create a nighttime routine

Ahh it’s the end of the day and it’s time to wind down before bed. Have a mug of chamomile tea before bed, read a book or even have a nighttime face mask routine. Creating a mini pre-bedtime ritual signals to your body it’s time to unwind and go to sleep. If you have become invisible braces, take this time to properly clean them and don’t forget to pop them in before you sleep! You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day with a smile.

Taking care of your smile is also another act of self-care you can practice –  and we want you to feel confident with your smile! Take our free smile assessment today and see if you qualify for become invisible braces.