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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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Become Invisible Braces Teeth Alignment

11 Reasons Why You Should Choose Become

The invisible braces industry is ever-growing and at this point in time of writing there are almost 10 different companies all over the world. Just like when we are purchasing a smartphone or computer, we need to know the best reasons for each decision.  For this year’s 11.11 sale we will give you not one but eleven reasons why you should choose become. 

11 reasons (not in any order):

Transparent

Since become invisible braces are made of clear plastic, it doesn’t require you to have metal in your mouth. Overall it looks more attractive and best of all, people won’t even know you are undergoing teeth straightening. Due to this, most adults usually prefer invisible braces for their smile transformation.

Affordable

On average, invisible braces prescribed at the dental clinic cost RM15,000. We think that price is too high and you would probably agree too. That is why become’s mission is to break down the barriers of teeth straightening and make it affordable for anyone who wants a straighter smile.  

become invisble braces box with dental chewies, retainers, brochure and retainer case.

Removable 

Become invisible braces can be removed when you are eating, brushing and flossing. It makes it easy to clean both the aligners and your teeth. This allows you to have good oral hygiene as food does not get stuck in your aligners as it does in metal braces.

Safe

become invisible braces are made from a durable, breakthrough medical grade plastic to bring you comfortable, yet high-performing invisible braces that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Our invisible braces are completely free of harmful BPA, phthalates and parabens.

Convenient

As metal braces require you to go to the same clinic for monthly appointments, which means you are limited to one clinic. With become, you can visit any of our partner dentists in different locations once and there will be no hassle of monthly dentist visits. . 

become invisible braces labelled step by step.

Comfortable

Since become invisible braces have no wires or brackets, it is physically more comfortable to wear. As it is lightweight and smooth, the invisible braces are hardly felt and there are no sharp edges.

No ulcers

If you had metal braces before, you’d know that ulcers pretty much happen every other month. And we mean the painful ones. The best thing about become invisible braces is that you can be worry free of getting cuts or ulcers during your teeth straightening period since there are no wires and brackets. 

No extraction

Depending on the severity of the crowding, extraction may or may not be necessary. But, for the most cases, other options for space creations include interdental reduction (IPR) that become recommends on a case-by-case basis.

No monthly appointments 

Aside from the time and energy consumption every month to make monthly visits to the dentist, become saves you the money on paying for monthly appointments. become sends you the completed set of braces where all you have to do is switch to the next step every two weeks. 

No limit on eating food 

If you had friends with metal braces, you’d remember hearing them say “I can’t chew gum, eat certain vegetables because it’ll get so tangled up, or certain meat that requires more force to tear and chew.” With become invisible braces you can take them off before every meal and proceed to enjoy your favourite meal. 

Free shipping

Once you have seen your new smile preview and you are excited to begin your smile transformation, become helps you get started with no additional costs by providing free shipping as soon as your aligners are finished with production. No hidden costs and no surprise stress. 

Do you need more reasons to consider getting your smile transformation done with become? Head on to our website and Instagram account to see some before/after photos!

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Invisible Braces Teeth Alignment

IS BECOME SUITABLE FOR ME?

You have come across our ads, and you have browsed our site. It looks good, and you are interested in getting your teeth straightened with become. But how do you know if you are suitable for become invisible braces?

Does this sound like you?

Here are several conditions that are noticeable and self-identifiable – if you have one of these, you may not be suitable for become invisible braces.

Severe Rotated Teeth
Severe Crowding
Severe Spacing
Loose Teeth, Jaw Locking or Severe Jaw Pain
Permanent Retainers
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  • Severe crowding, spacing and rotated teeth
  • Jaw locking or severe jaw pain
  • Loose teeth
  • Untreated gum disease
  • Permanent retainers
  • People with certain medical conditions
      • Bisphosphonates consumption
      • Currently receiving immunosuppressive therapy, chemotherapy or radiation treatment of the head/neck
      • Osteoporosis
      • Rheumatism/arthritis
      • Periodontitis (severe case of gum disease)

Conditions requiring special attention

Crowns
Excessive Plaque (calculus) on teeth
Loose Dental Fillings
Veneers
Untreated cavities or caries
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Some conditions, like these, don’t mean you are not suitable for become, but require to visit your dentists and get it fixed before focusing on straightening your teeth.

  1. Root canals
    Root canal-ed teeth are movable but please wait for 1 to 2 months after the procedure before starting your smile correction.
  2. Crowns
    If they are in the front 6 to 8 teeth, it will be on a case-by-case basis whether or not it is suitable. 
  3. Veneers
    Teeth can be aligned but there is a very low risk that a veneer might fall off if it is fixed to the front 6 to 8 teeth.
  4. Loose dental fillings
    The filling has to be re-done or it might pop off, especially if it is on the front teeth.
  5. Gum issues
    If you have swollen gum or excessive bleeding when brushing or flossing, these can be signs of gum disease. We advise to consult a dentist.
  6. Untreated cavities or caries
    These need to be fixed before straightening your teeth.
  7. Excessive plaque (calculus) on teeth
    If there is too much plaque, you need to go to the dentist before coming for a scan as we won’t be able to scan the actual shape of teeth.

In conclusion, if your teeth do not meet the unsuitable conditions as mentioned above, we would love to assist you on your teeth straightening journey to reach your new smile goals. If your gum is healthy, your teeth are clean, what are you waiting for? Start by booking a FREE dental scan at one of our partner clinics and we’ll send you a preview of your ‘after-become’ smile!

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Teeth Alignment

5 Teeth Straightening Myths & Facts

Myth #1: It will take years to straighten my teeth.

It is a common understanding that back in the day, traditional metal braces were the go-to option to straighten your teeth and depending on the severity of your alignment it may take up to years. But that is not always the case. The good news is that most cases involve crowding, spacing or both in adults, and this group are the best candidates for invisible aligners. The teeth straightening period can be as little as 3 months with invisible aligners.

Myth #2: I’m too old. 

There are misconceptions that teeth straightening is limited to children while the teeth and jaw are developing or the perception that braces are only for teenagers. This is just false and there are no age restrictions. Braces work just as well on a 35-year-old mouth as on a 15 year old. Since teeth shift over time, you might even find more benefits in your teeth straightening journey as an adult. Healthy teeth can be aligned into the proper positions at any age. If you have been interested in taking the next step of getting your new smile, just know it is never too late.

Myth #3: I can change just my upper (or lower) teeth.

“My upper teeth are perfectly fine, I just want to align the lower teeth.” Does this sound like you? Unfortunately, we can’t just have the lower part of the braces, wear them and be on our way. Think of your teeth as a packaged deal, it comes together, and both change during the straightening period so your bite will turn out great. You can’t skip one set as you’ll need to align both together to reach your goal.

Myth #4: My teeth will stay straight forever after wearing braces.

There are many who wish this was the case but unfortunately this myth proves to be false. Once you have removed your braces it is still possible for your teeth to move back to pre-treatment positions due to natural tendencies. That is why it is very important to wear your retainers for results in the long term. Taking a small extra step with your invisible braces to make sure your hard work doesn’t go to waste!

Myth #5 Crooked teeth is just an aesthetic issue.

This myth is probably one of the biggest myths out there as it gets thrown around and twisted in a way to put off getting teeth straightening. Invisible braces are not only a big investment financially but also time and energy spent to reach your new smile. 

Ever heard a friend tell you “Don’t worry, crooked teeth will give your smile character. No need to spend so much money on a small vanity issue.” The first part might be true, but teeth straightening is not a small vanity issue. When eating with crooked teeth, it is easier for food and bacteria to get stuck in between and it is harder to clean. Combined with the fact that most people do not practice regular dentist visits, this can lead to tooth decay, possible gum issues and other oral health issues.

By taking care of your teeth alignment now, you can set yourself up for success and avoid far more painful and costly treatments in the future. When you are ready, book your free scan and take the next step to your teeth straightening goals. 

Are you ready to meet the new you?

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Years After Braces, My Teeth Have Moved Back

Years After Braces, My Teeth Have Moved Back

Years after removing your metal braces, some of your teeth have returned to their original positions! So what do you do now?

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Shift happens – and when it does, become will be there for you!

Growing up with crooked teeth was the hardest thing. Well, probably the second hardest thing if you wore metal braces in your teen years. All the clinic visits, the painful wire tightenings, the ulcers, the limitation on food choices, the humiliation – you have persisted through all that, motivated by the rewarding thought of a perfect straight pearly whites you’ll be showing off every time you smile. 

10 or 20 years have passed, and now you realise the results don’t last a lifetime. Some of your teeth have returned to their original positions! Looking back, you remember that you were not wearing your retainer diligently following your metal braces removal. Why would you? You’d dealt with chunky metal brackets and wires for two years and you’ve got your teeth straightened, therefore wearing a retainer every night might have seemed unnecessary and cumbersome. 

You wished you could time travel and tell your younger self that your retainer was your secret to long-lasting results and without wearing it, your teeth will most likely shift back into place. So is it too late to fix them now? Is there anything you can still do? Do you have to wear braces again?

Don’t worry. Thanks to become, you don’t have to go through the train track braces ordeal again. Our truly invisible braces can re-straighten your smile and there’s a good chance treatment won’t take as long as it did the first time round. They can restore your confidence as fast as in 6 months’ time!

Not just that, we’re making the experience as hassle-free as possible by delivering your full set of customised invisible braces to you. This time around, you no longer have to waste time at the waiting room and traveling to clinic for appointments. We also cut the middleman cost to make invisible braces affordable for you! 

We trust you to wear your retainers this time to keep your new realigned smile in place 😉

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Welcome to The become Journal

Welcome to The become Journal

Welcome to The Daily Alignment – our new blog and resource centre for all things related to teeth straightening and oral care.

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Welcome to The become Journal – our new blog and resource centre for all things related to teeth straightening and oral care. We hope you find this to be a useful place to get all the information you need to know about life with invisible braces and how to improve your oral health – in addition to getting inspired by our customer stories on their journey to self confidence. But before we begin, let us briefly tell you why we’re doing this. 

In Southeast Asia, orthodontic treatments have not always been as easily accessible and would often come with an expensive price tag. This is why become was founded to bridge that gap – however that gap also limits access to reliable information on teeth straightening and oral care. Many of us do not have the chance to speak to a dentist or orthodontist about our dental concerns, and we are left to seek our own answers elsewhere. And even though the internet exists to answer most questions, it’s way harder to know who and where you can put your trust into.

And this is why we have created The become Journal – to provide answers to your oral and dental related questions with science-based and expert-backed resources and articles. We want to be a reliable source that you can count on by providing you not only the answers you are looking for, but also the same clinical advice you’d receive in any dental or orthodontic clinics. Our advice, opinions and articles are unbiased, honest and transparent – just like our invisible braces.

In addition, we are not here to just publish science based and expert-backed articles – but to also explore and narrate stories of the more human side of dental care. You’ll be inspired by the stories of people seeking to straighten their smile on their journey to self confidence and the impact it has on their lives. 

To conclude this, we just want to let you know that our goal is to bring honest and real value to our readers, whether or not if they ever become our customers (pun intended). We want to be able to empower you to make better and informed decisions related to teeth straightening and oral health – and if we are able to do that for you by providing amazing content, then we will consider that a win on our part too.

Happy reading!