Invisible Braces

eCligner®

Introduction

Digital-made eCligner® is a transparent and removable orthodontic appliance for all purposes. eCligner® is digitally- made by the 3D CAD CAM system. With this very precise and highly qualified software of advanced technology (the eCligner® Programme), it takes just one dental cast at the dental clinic to produce the complete set of aligners.

eCligner® is aesthetic and comfortable for the orthodontic patient. As it is removable and transparent it does not interfere with your daily life. To get a good result it is advisable to wear the aligners 17 hours a day. eCligner® is not only suitable for adults, children are not bothered by the aligners either. Children can wear eCligner® at night which is sufficient for the so-called 'night-time wearing appliance' (8-10 hours a day).

The Advantages

Innovating the world of orthodontics since 1998, the eCligner® is a continually evolving 3D digital teeth correction programme. It provides precise treatment plans for the most accurate and the most beautiful results.

Made of eco-friendly material, the eCligner® is gentle on the mouth and are removable. It gives you the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by removing the aligners before. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and to maintain good oral hygiene.

eCligner® also allows for treatment without any other attachments. Unlike traditional fixed braces, there are no metal brackets or wires. New aligners can be prescribed every week for precise and accurate results.

Treatment

  1. Your orthodontist will analyse your orthodontic case and decide if the eCligner® treatment is right for you. On your own, you will also be able to visualise the end results of your eCligner® treatment with their free Smile Change By eCligner® Selfie App.
  2. Your data which includes x-rays, photos, impression and main concerns of your treatment, will be used to create your treatment plan. Your treatment plan will provide you with a visualised treatment progress report, result report, lip and profile change analysis and an approximate treatment timeline for consultation and reviews. You may order your orthodontic correction system once you and your orthodontist are both satisfied with your treatment plan. Once you have received your eCligner® you will have to comply with your orthodontist’s recommended treatment plan for the success of your treatment.
  3. Your treatment period will be dependent on your orthodontic condition. You will also be required to return to your orthodontist’s office for regular follow ups and reviews until the end of your treatment. Your smile and teeth will gradually improve with the benefit of others not noticing the invisible aligners. Furthermore, you will be able to manage and keep record of your progress with the use of the eCligner® Selfie App.
  4. After you have achieved your goal of an attractive new smile, you will be prescribed a set of retainers which you will wear to maintain the new positions which your teeth have been set into. You should also comply with the wearing of your retainers to prevent a relapse.

FAQs on eCligner®

How does it work?
The eCligner® programme is individually tailored to meet the orthodontic goals of our patients. The treatment is divided in several steps that are tuned to the needs of each patient.

There are several unique features for this form of clear aligners that differs from other systems. The use of varying layer thicknesses is one of the essential differences of eCligner® to other products. Clinical studies has shown that the use of soft aligners at the beginning of a treatment phase is of decisive importance.

The eCligner® system is unique as it does not use computerized simulation to move teeth. Instead, it incorporates traditional orthodontic principles into the digital treatment software to enable more efficient and effective tooth movement in less time. Each step comprises of 3 aligners (soft, medium, hard) to be used for 1 week each. Each step enables progressive tooth movement. Complimentary final retainer is included for the maintenance of the newly position teeth.

How do I get started with eCligner®?
After your initial evaluation with your orthodontist, you will discuss your goals for a new smile. This information will then be used to plan your treatment. Your treatment plan will provide you with a visualised treatment progress report, result report, lip and profile change analysis and an approximate treatment timeline for consultation and reviews. You may start treatment once you and your orthodontist are comfortable with the outcome of the consultation.

How long is the duration of treatment?
The length of your treatment will have to depend on the complexity of your orthodontic concerns, the duration of treatment could be as short as three month to twelve months or perhaps more. Speak to your orthodontist about this during your consultation and examination.

How often must the aligners be worn?
To ensure the success of your treatment, it is recommended that you follow the instructions of your orthodontist, such as wearing the aligners for 17 hours a day.

Is wearing the aligners comfortable?
eCligner® is made of eco-friendly materials which are soft and gentle on the mouth.

How long has this technology been available?
eCligner® is the first in the world to develop transparent orthodontic device in 1998. Since then it has provided treatment to patients in over 49 different countries through representative agencies found all over the world.

Sources:
http://patient.ecligner.com/
http://www.smilesmartdentalcenter.com/procedures/orthodontics/e-cligner/
http://sg.e-cligner.com/sub_01_01.php

Invisalign

Introduction

Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible and removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your set of teeth. You will need to replace each aligner every fortnight and your teeth will move gradually towards the projected final position.

The aligners are barely visible when worn over the teeth due to the transparency and clarity of the material used. In addition, Invisalign is convenient and hygienic as patients can remove the aligners during mealtimes and whilst cleaning their teeth.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and no one may notice them while wearing, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.

Invisalign aligners are removable and it gives you the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by removing the aligners before. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and to maintain good oral hygiene.

Unlike traditional fixed braces, there are no metal brackets or wires. This means that in most cases, less time is spent at your Invisalign Provider’s practice for adjustments.

Invisalign also allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you even begin treatment so you can see how your teeth are expected to look like when your treatment completes.

Treatment Process

Before a treatment plan can be created, your Invisalign Provider will take an impression of your teeth to check on whether they can be straightened using the Invisalign System. Once confirmed, a detailed treatment plan will be developed using ClinCheck®, a virtual 3D treatment plan. ClinCheck shows the series of movements your teeth are projected to go through over the course of the treatment – so that you can see how your teeth are expected to look at the end of your Invisalign treatment before it even begins.

When you begin your Invisalign treatment, you will have to wear each set of custom-made aligners in two-week increments. As you progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will start to shift gradually towards the projected final position. During this time, you will need to have occasional check-ups with your Invisalign Provider in order to monitor your progress and to ensure that you are comfortable with the treatment.

The time taken to complete the treatment varies; depending on the complexity of each individual’s condition. It is important to speak with your Invisalign Provider to determine how the treatment best suits your situation and goals, and to agree upon the best way forward for you.

Cost of Invisalign

As with all orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign is dependent on the specifics of your individual case: such as the complexity of your straightening issue and the required length of treatment. Contact us for a consultation on Invisalign.

FAQs on Invisalign

  1. How does it work?
    Based on your Dentist’s diagnosis a 3D simulation of your tooth movement and final result is made. Once verified by your Dentist, a series of aligners are custom made in Align Technology’s laboratories using advanced 3D computer imaging technology. You are required to wear each aligner for two weeks before replacing it with the next aligner in the series until your teeth have been moved to the desired position.
  2. How do I get started with Invisalign?
    After your initial evaluation with your Dentist, you will discuss your goals for a new smile. This information will then be used to plan your treatment, take impressions and photographs of your teeth and smile. With advanced computer technology, the Dentist can then show you a 3D simulation of how your final smile could look like, even before you start your treatment.
  3. How long does the Invisalign treatment take?
    The total duration of treatment depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally comparable to that of traditional braces. Typically, treatment can last between 9 and 18 months. During your consultation, your Invisalign Provider will be able to provide you with more detailed information.
  4. How often must the aligners be worn?
    For best results, the aligners should be worn for 20 - 22 hours a day. You will be prescribed a new set of aligners every fortnight, we recommend a check-up once in every 4 – 6 weeks with your dentist.
  5. Do the aligners hurt?
    The smooth aligners are not abrasive, nor is it harmful to the insides of your mouth. Pressure will be felt in the initial days after the fitting of your aligners. This is a good sign, as it means the aligners are moving your teeth.
  6. How long has this technology been available?
    Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign®, was founded in 1997. Since then over 2.6 million patients have been or are in treatment with Invisalign®. For more information please visit the website – www.invisalign.com.sg