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COVID-19: Become’s Preventive Measures

How become supports your health, safety and well-being:

Limited slots to reduce crowding in the waiting area.

Increased safety measures for disinfection & ventilation.

Healthcare staff at our partner clinics have been vaccinated.

Mandatory face masks, temperature scan and TraceTogether check-ins.

Customers with symptoms are not allowed to enter the premise.

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How long will it take for Become Invisible Braces to straighten my teeth?

It takes become invisible braces an average of 6 months to straighten a smile… now let us break that down.

Receiving your unique treatment plan to get straight teeth

After our partner dentists have analysed your impressions, you’ll receive a computer generated simulation of how become invisible braces will transform your smile over time. Expect to receive this two weeks after returning your impressions and photos or shortly after your Studio visit.

Shipping your invisible braces.

All treatment plans are prescribed and supervised by our partner dentists. 

If you are happy with your treatment plan you can go ahead and purchase your invisible braces for a smile-worthy price. As soon as your invisible braces have been 3D printed, we’ll ship the full set to your home address in a nice box. 

Your smile transformation

The smile transformation itself will take an average of 6 months to complete – you will wear your invisible braces for 22 hours every day, just removing them to eat and drink.

Post-treatment retainers.

Once your treatment plan is completed, it’s important to wear your retainers to keep your newly-aligned smile in place.

Are you ready to begin your become journey? Let’s take the free assessment now!

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Welcome to The become Journal

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!

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What to expect from your become invisible braces

become invisible braces are tight-fitting, custom-made clear plastic trays that gradually shift your teeth to their desired position to achieve your award-winning dream smile. It sure sounds easy but what is it like to use become every day? We’ve broken it down for you:

Our invisible braces are developed by a leading global manufacturer with 10 years of R&D experience to bring you comfortable, yet premium invisible braces sent directly to your doorstep. 

You’ll (sorta) see into the future

Wonder what your teeth will look like when you’re done with your become journey? Don’t have to wonder further – we’ll show you!

When you come to do a scan of your smile, our partner dentists will review the impressions and create a 3D model of your current smile and your new smile – so you can see what it’ll look like before you start your becomejourney. With this, you only commit to paying for your invisible braces if you’re satisfied with the smile preview. That’s why we’re really 100% commitment-free!

Meeting your invisible braces

You’ll basically wear your invisible braces every moment of every day and night for a minimum of 22 hours. The only time they’ll be taken is out is when you have meals and drinks. That’s how often you have to wear them – but don’t worry, you’ll get used to it!

Your invisible braces are transparent and clear – so no one can see them. They work silently to help you get your dream smile.

Although it’s important to take note that whenever you’re not wearing your invisible braces, you’re letting your teeth shift back to their old position. Wear your invisible braces as instructed for the best results. 

Rinse and repeat

Remember when we mentioned that you have to take your invisible braces out before you start eating and drinking? But, when you slide them back in – you’ll need to rinse them to keep them clean and transparent.

This will be part of a routine for you during your teeth straightening process. It seems like a hassle but it’s very important that you do not skip this step.

You’ll be watching the calendar

You will have to change your invisible braces pair every two weeks as you won’t be wearing the same pair throughout your entire smile transformation. 

Remember to keep track on the calendar as changing out your invisible braces at the right time is important to ensure that your teeth straightening progresses smoothly and you get the best results.

Pain is part of the process

While you are wearing your invisible braces, you may experience some discomfort and pain. It is totally normal. 

This is because the aligners move your teeth and your teeth don’t like being shifted around. But the pain is good. It means that your aligner process is working – after all the common saying is no pain, no gain.

However, if the pain continues to worsen – please reach out to our smile consultants and they’ll be happy to help.

Meeting your post-straightening BFF – Retainers

Once you’ve completed all your invisible braces sets, you will need to consistently wear your retainers. We know it’s tedious having to wear another contraption in your mouth even after you’re done with your become teeth straightening but this is crucial!

Without reminding your teeth to stay put, they’ll shift back to their old position, thus changing your smile back to the old one.

For the first 6 months after your aligners, you’ll be wearing your retainers all the time. After that, you will only need to wear your retainers at night.

Ready to get started?

We’ve explained it all and now it’s your turn to start your smile journey! Take our smile assessment to find out how to get this whole thing moving. 

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Why we’re making dream smiles even more affordable

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 USD3,500. We think that price is too high and you probably agree too. Our invisible braces were priced at USD1,640 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 USD1,360 – 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 monthly 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 plan. 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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Your guide to teeth straightening options

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 orthodontic clinic.

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.

Teeth-straightening duration: 1 year to 4 years

Cost: Between 3,500 SGD to 4,200 SGD

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.

Ceramic braces: They are very similar to traditional braces except that they’re made of tooth-colored ceramic material. Hence they blend in with the teeth a little better.

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

Teeth-straightening duration: Varies by person; 6 months to 2 years

Cost: Between 2,999 SGD to 11,000 SGD

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 after a dentist either takes a mould 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.

Most people have been discouraged from straightening their teeth as braces might not be the most ideal method, and invisible braces prescribed at the 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 minimal appointments.

How do I know what’s right for me?

The two options explained above work well for the cases they are intended to treat but for some, become invisible braces is just as effective as any teeth straightening options that are prescribed at the clinic. Want to find out if you are fit for become’s invisible braces? Take our free smile assessment now.

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5 Questions Answered About Invisible Braces

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 a dentist either takes a mould 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 dentists 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  progression 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 mild to moderate level of cases. 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 teeth straightening timeline and not have results as desired or planned. In addition, like metal braces, patients will have to wear retainers after completion of teeth straightening period 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 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 smile correction duration is. Check out our pricing here: become.sg

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 dentist or book an appointment with us to get a FREE scan at our partner clinic!

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Invisible braces vs metal braces

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 customised 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 8,000 SGD to 11,000 SGD 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 dentist 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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Crowded Teeth and the Problems They Cause

What are crowded teeth?

Crowded teeth (also known as malocclusion or crooked teeth) are teeth that are irregularly positioned, or teeth that are not aligned. 

What causes crowded teeth?

This condition is usually inherited but there are some conditions or habits that may change the shape and structure of the jaw such as prolonged use of bottle feeding and thumb sucking in early childhood, losing baby teeth or permanent teeth too early, and mouth breathing.

What are the problems crowded teeth cause?

Think appearance is the only thing affected by crowded teeth? Think again. Crowded teeth can adversely affect your health in ways that might surprise you – stretching beyond your mouth to the rest of your body and even your mind. Let’s explore the issues to understand why we should not ignore crowded teeth.

1. Low self-esteem

Having a crooked smile can really damage a person’s confidence. It can cause them to hide their smiles and feel uncomfortable speaking in public or meeting new people. This will have an impact on their ability to socialise and networking. 

2. Career choice

Whether we like it or not, we are frequently judged by our appearance, and this is even more so in certain industries. People with crowded teeth (or metal braces on) will find it almost impossible to land a job as a flight attendant, model, front desk receptionist or TV host. 

3. Oral health 

It’s hard to brush and floss thoroughly when you have crowded teeth. The challenge in maintaining oral health makes it easier for plaque, tartar and harmful bacteria to build up – and over time, cause tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

4. Risk of tooth wear and injuries

Crowded teeth often cause some of the bottom teeth to rub against your upper teeth. Over time, this can lead to undue wear of tooth enamel. Meanwhile, protruding upper teeth are more likely to chip or crack in the event of an accident.

5. Other health issue 

Not many people know this, but oral infections may lead to more serious ailments, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pneumonia. A misaligned bite won’t be able to perform vital functions and lead to other issues. It can cause stress headaches, neck and jaw pain, as well as increased clenching. 

So now you know the problems caused by crowded teeth. The good news is, it’s possible to improve the alignment of your teeth with become invisible braces! If you want to get your teeth straightened without having bulky brackets in your mouth, we have the solution at an affordable price. To determine if you are a good fit for become smile transformation, answer this 5-question assessment.

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Crowded Teeth Causes & Solutions

Teeth that aren’t perfectly aligned are unique to you and can add personality and charm to your smile. Crowded teeth or malocclusion are quite common, and those who grew up suffering from crowded teeth obviously don’t want their children to have to go through the same thing. The question is, can this condition be prevented? To answer that question, let’s take a look at what causes crowded teeth in the first place.

What causes crowded teeth?

There are plenty of reasons why our teeth are crooked, some of which are even preventable. It may be genetic, or they may be a result of the way that we live or care for our teeth. Here are some of the most common underlying causes for crooked teeth:

1. Losing baby teeth too early

If a child loses its baby teeth far before the adult teeth are completely ready to grow in, the adult teeth may drift in the gums and end up not growing properly into their spot.

2. Losing baby teeth too late

If a baby tooth is particularly stubborn and doesn’t want to fall out, the permanent tooth may erupt behind it, making a second row of teeth farther back than where it would otherwise be. 

3. Childhood myofunctional habits

Thumb-sucking, mouth-breathing, tongue thrusting and prolonged pacifier or bottle use are common myofunctional habits of young children. These habits can lead to incorrect dental and facial development.

4. Small jaw

As we get older and grow, our teeth and jaw follow suit, but that process doesn’t always run completely smoothly. It’s quite common for people with crowded teeth to have a jaw that’s too small to fit all the adult teeth in a straight, neat line. 

5. Facial injury

A car accident, a fall down the stairs, or an elbow to the face during a rugby game can knock teeth out of place, resulting in one or more crooked teeth. A hard hit to the face can also cause jaw misalignment.

6. Poor dental care

Untreated gum disease and cavities can lead to crooked teeth and other dental health problems, which in the end will make teeth more misaligned. 

How to Treat Crowded Teeth?

The most common teeth straightening for crowded teeth is metal braces as they can fix even severe misalignments. However, for those with only mild to moderate misalignment of their teeth, invisible braces are the best option as they are removable, and allow you to inconspicuously achieve a perfect smile. While there may be some initial discomfort, invisible braces won’t irritate your mouth tissues like metal braces do. 

If you are not sure how severe your teeth misalignment is, you may take our assessment here and see if become invisible braces are the right teeth straightening aligners for you!