Clear aligners Singapore: what you need to know

Clear aligners offer a discreet and convenient way to straighten teeth. These removable, transparent mouthguards fit closely over your teeth, gradually shifting them into place. Wear them day and night for optimal results, but remove them for eating and drinking. Clear aligners in Singapore provide an effective, comfortable alternative to traditional braces.

What are clear aligners?

Removable aligners, made of clear plastic, gradually move and straighten teeth.

When can they be used?

Aligners can be used to straighten teeth and improve the bite. They may not always be suitable, but a dentist can provide guidance.

How do clear aligners work?

Your dentist and a laboratory work together to straighten your teeth, often utilizing a computer model. They design a series of aligners, which are changed every 1-2 weeks, gradually shifting your teeth to the desired position.

What are the risks of using an aligner?

The risks associated with clear aligners resemble those of traditional orthodontic treatments. For instance, you may experience tooth soreness and gum irritation. Moreover, there is a chance of not achieving the desired result, and your teeth might return to their previous positions if you do not wear retainers. Additionally, moving your teeth can often shorten their roots slightly. Furthermore, poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth decay. Therefore, please consult your dentist for more details.

Will I need to have teeth extracted?

To achieve an optimal smile in cases of severe crowding, the dentist may need to extract teeth. If only a small amount of space is needed, they can file the sides of some teeth (interproximal reduction) to make them slightly smaller for alignment. However, most cases don’t require extractions or filing.

How often do I wear the aligners?

During treatment, you should wear your aligners at all times except when eating, drinking anything other than plain water, or brushing (more than 22 hours a day).

How often will I need to see my dentist during treatment?

Typically, you will need to visit your dentist every 6-12 weeks to monitor your treatment progress.

Are the aligners uncomfortable?

It is normal to experience some minor, temporary discomfort for the first few days of wearing each new aligner. This is due to the gentle continuous pressure applied to move the teeth.

Will my speech be affected?

Initially, your speech might be temporarily affected as your mouth adjusts to the aligners. However, this usually resolves within 3-5 days.

Are the aligners visible?

Clear plastic aligners, free of metal wires, are not very noticeable. You may need to wear attachments or elastics with your aligners, which can be more visible. These attachments are small amounts of tooth-coloured filling material attached to your teeth to aid in moving them.

How do I clean my aligners?

It is important to brush your teeth after each meal before reinserting your aligners. To clean the aligners, use cold water with a toothbrush and liquid soap. Special cleaning tablets are also
available for this purpose.

How long does treatment take?

Treatment times vary for each individual, typically lasting between 6-24 months depending on the severity of your bite. For some, it may take longer. Failure to wear your aligners as instructed will prolong treatment time.

What happens after I complete my clear aligners treatment?

Upon completing treatment, you will need to wear retainers to maintain your teeth’s position. Retainer wear is lifelong, and your dentist can provide more details.

Are there alternatives to clear aligner treatment?

For those unsuitable for aligners, other options may be available. Traditional fixed braces or lingual appliances (which sit on the tongue side of the teeth) may be more appropriate and are available privately. Contact Smilepoint Dental Centre via WhatsApp for more information, or book appointment online.

Things to remember

  • Clear aligners move teeth using a discreet orthodontic appliance.
  • Aligners may not be suitable for complex cases
  • All orthodontic treatments involve risks
  • To achieve the desired result, you must follow your dentist’s instructions
  • After treatment, you must wear a retainer to keep teeth in the desired position