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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 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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What are invisible braces?

What are invisible braces?

The term “invisible braces” refers to any type of short-term orthodontic system that is less easily noticed than traditional braces. Here we dig deeper into what invisible braces are.

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Our become invisible braces, sometimes called clear aligners; are BPA, parabens and phthalate-free plastic trays that are custom fitted to your teeth to straighten them. They are more affordable, more comfortable, and more convenient than traditional metal braces and Invisalign. Bid farewell to wires and brackets and say hello to a smile you’ll love with become.

What are invisible braces?

Invisible braces are clear plastic trays that fit snugly over your teeth to gently shift them into the desired position. become’s process includes several sets of custom-made invisible braces, worn 2 weeks at a time per set to straighten your smile progressively.

Each invisible braces set will make slight adjustments to tooth position, advancing you to the next stage of your new smile. The process is planned out in advance by our partnered orthodontists. We also make it hassle-free for you as every set of invisible braces in your treatment plan is shipped to you all at once – so you don’t ever have to go to the clinic to get your next set.

How are become invisible braces better than metal braces?

Traditional metal braces typically cost upward of ₱30,000 – ₱50,000 whereas invisible braces such as Invisalign prescribed at clinics average around ₱250,000. We have priced our invisible braces at a smile-worthy price of only 65,250. We work with licensed orthodontists through a process called remote teledentistry. Our partnered orthodontists will plan out your treatment plan and check in with you remotely to ensure your treatment is going smoothly. By removing unnecessary visits to the clinic with our direct to consumer model, we pass thousands of dollars in savings directly on to you.  

Braces correct more severe issues, including overbite, underbite, crossbite. However, invisible braces work best for those with mild to moderate teeth correction, including gaps and crowding.

How do I start?

Getting started with become is 100% risk-free as you only pay for your invisible braces if you qualify and are happy with your smile preview. Take our free 30-second Smile Assessment to find out if you qualify – and then purchase our Starter Kit to begin your smile journey at home.  

A straighter, more confident smile could be yours before you know it.

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Invisible braces vs metal braces

Invisible braces vs metal braces

Invisible braces (or also commonly known as clear aligners) can be just as effective as traditional metal braces with some additional benefits. Find out why.

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When people think of straightening teeth, they often find themselves having to make a decision on choosing between invisible braces and traditional braces. Until this day, traditional metal braces have always been the most commonly used option to straighten teeth as they generally do fix most teeth cases from moderate to very severe. 

How traditional braces work is by using pressure to move your teeth into a desired position with metal brackets and archwires held by small elastics. Flexible arch wires are then attached to the brackets and apply constant pressure which helps to reposition the teeth based on the treatment plan. Technology has made arch wires more advanced, meaning that repositioning requires less time and patients experience less discomfort. Small elastic bands connect the wires to the brackets. Metal braces are a fixed appliance as the brackets are fixed onto your teeth during the treatment period.

But in reality, not many people know that there is an alternative to traditional metal braces when it comes to straightening their smile. Invisible braces (or also commonly known as clear aligners) can be just as effective as traditional metal braces with some additional benefits.

Clear aligners or invisible braces are a series of customized clear plastic trays that fit tightly on the teeth. It uses pressure to gently shift the teeth into a  desired position. They are usually worn for 22 hours a day and each pair is changed out every 2 weeks. You get a set of them, from 8 – 30 invisible braces pairs depending on how long your treatment period is and your teeth conditions.

Benefits of Invisible Braces

Invisible braces or clear aligners offer some benefits that metal braces don’t. As the name suggests, they are completely transparent and this helps conceal the fact that the patient is undergoing orthodontic treatment, which can be embarrassing for some adults. Invisible braces allow for easier brushing and flossing since they’re removed for cleaning and food doesn’t get trapped in them unlike traditional braces.

Unlike metal braces, invisible braces don’t have brackets or wires that can loosen. Which in turn means that they may require fewer repairs and fewer emergency visits to the orthodontist.

Cons of Invisible Braces

It is also important to note that there are some downsides when it comes to invisible braces. Unlike traditional metal braces, invisible braces may not be the right solution for severe teeth misalignment as they are designed for moderate teeth misalignment cases. Thus this may limit some patient’s from getting them if they have complex orthodontic cases.

In addition, the patient must be disciplined in wearing them for at least 22 hours a day. If not worn correctly, the treatment won’t produce the best results if the aligners aren’t worn as long. The major reason for invisible braces treatments failing primarily relates to lack of patient compliance with wearing the invisible braces as instructed.

Last but not least, another disadvantage that discourages patients for opting for invisible braces is the price. Invisalign is the most commonly used brand for invisible braces and the pricing for Invisalign can be very expensive ranging from ₱250,000 to ₱350,000 depending on teeth conditions. With this high price, many patients back out and opt for the more affordable traditional braces instead. However, there are many new direct-to-consumer brands that offer invisible braces for a fraction of the Invisalign price. A few to name are Smiledirectclub, Byte, Zenyum and become. These brands are revolutionising the invisible braces industry with teledentistry which allows for patients to get invisible braces treatments at home with remote orthodontist monitoring.

Which Is More Effective?

Metal braces tend to be more effective at adjusting teeth that have severe overcrowding and may also cost less than invisible braces. However, invisible braces may be more efficient in both treatment time and cost for several cases.

If you want to improve your smile but cringe at the thought of metal braces, take our free assessment here. Invisible braces might just be the solution for you.

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5 Questions Answered About Invisible Braces

5 Questions Answered About Invisible Braces

There have been many questions and concerns floating around on how effective they are compared to metal braces. So here we cover the top 5 commonly asked questions about invisible braces.

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While invisible braces or clear aligners have been growing in popularity and many customers are considering it for treating their teeth misalignment, there have been many questions and concerns floating around on how effective they are compared to metal braces. So let’s cover the top 5 commonly asked questions about invisible braces.

What exactly are invisible braces and how do they work?

Invisible braces are plastic trays that are custom-made to be fitted to your teeth after an orthodontist either takes a mold of your teeth or conducts a 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.

How long have invisible braces been around for?

While direct-to-consumer invisible braces brands are very recent, the technology behind them is not. In 1945, the first plastic tooth positioning device was developed by Dr. Harold Kesling. In the past, invisible braces technology was possible, but wasn’t a feasible idea as  orthodontists had to create them manually by taking new impressions with every patient visit to the clinic. It wasn’t until Align Technology, Inc. created a software program to create the entire invisible braces treatment digitally in 1998 which became the foundation for all invisible braces as we know it today came into being.

Are invisible braces really effective?

Invisible braces are effective depending on the case it is treating. Unlike metal braces, invisible braces cannot treat severe teeth overcrowding as they are designed to treat mild to moderate cases. But it is also dependent on the patient’s own discipline on wearing the invisible braces properly as instructed. Patients who wear it for less than the recommended time of 22 hours a day or is forgetful to change the invisible braces pair out for a new pair may affect the treatment progress and not have results as desired or planned. In addition, like metal braces, patients will have to wear retainers after treatment to keep their new smile aligned.

What are invisible braces made of?

Different manufacturers have different materials for their invisible braces. Commonly, they are made from plastic polymers that are moldable at high temperatures (thermoplastic) such as polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified (PET-G), polypropylene, polycarbonate (PC), thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), and ethylene vinyl acetate, among others. It is important to note that you should choose invisible braces that are free from harmful BPA, phthalates, and parabens.

How much do invisible braces cost?

It can vary depending on the brand you choose. The general rule of thumb is, more time means more money. If the correction is more complicated, it may cost more money. In Invisalign’s case, the cost depends on the condition of your teeth and the complexity of your orthodontic case. It may sometimes be affordable if only minor corrections are needed but can be extremely costly for more severe cases. The good news is, become invisible braces cost the same no matter how long your treatment duration is. Check out our pricing here: become.com.ph

 

And there you have it! All the commonly asked questions about invisible braces that could help you in your deciding factor on if invisible braces are suitable for you. When in doubt, always consult your orthodontist

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Why we’re making dream smiles even more affordable

Why we’re making dream smiles even more affordable

This is how much we think invisible braces should cost.

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A great smile is priceless. But let’s be honest – people are hesitant to spend on teeth straightening just from the price alone. On average, invisible braces prescribed at the orthodontist cost ₱200,000. We think that price is too high and you probably agree too. Our invisible braces were priced at ₱65,250 when we first initially started become and we have received numerous feedback from our customers on wanting a straighter smile with a friendlier price tag.

So we’ve listened and decided to make teeth straightening even more affordable with premium quality invisible braces for only ₱65,250 – so now everyone can get the smile of their dreams.

How do we make it so affordable? We’re glad you asked.

‍Teledentistry and the latest technologies have made it possible for us to deliver the same quality of care you would receive in clinics without the extra costs and hassle of in-person clinic visits.

We work with a leading global manufacturer of invisible braces with 10 years of R&D experience to bring you comfortable, yet premium clear aligners sent directly to your doorstep.

By doing this, we cut out all the gimmicks and the costs of operating a clinic, in addition to eliminating the middlemen selling you the aligners with a direct to consumer model. From all these cost savings, we pass them onto you so you can get straighter teeth with a smile-worthy price.

In addition, we want to make it easy for you to pay.

Our competitors generally only have a one-time payment option where you will have to pay the full price all at once for your treatment. However at become, we know that it might take a toll on your personal finances. So we’ve decided to be flexible and prepared an additional payment method for you.

Don’t want to pay upfront? No worries! We have easy instalment plans for our invisible braces ranging from lengths from 3 – 9 months. With this way, anyone can get the smile of their dreams without burning a hole in their pockets.

With all these savings and benefits, how can you possibly resist?

Talking about money is pretty boring. How much is a great smile worth to you? What about confidence? Only you know what they are worth to you! 

Want to see if become is the perfect fit for you? Take our free 30s smile assessment today!

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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!