If wonky pearly whites mean you’ve never been particularly happy with your smile, but the prospect of conventional metal braces or a mouth full of veneers à la grade school fills you with horror, it’s not too late to start investigating alternatives to traditional orthodontics for aligning your teeth. We asked Dr Biju Krishan from from Orchard Road dental practice Smilefocus for the low-down on two revolutionary techniques for busy adults – Invisalign® and Cfast™.
Established in 1997 by Aussie dentist Dr Marcus Cooney, the friendly team of overseas-qualified dentists in Camden Medical Centre has become a favourite among expats in Singapore (yes, even the most nervous among us!). Smilefocus offers modern treatment methods and the full range of dental care, from children’s dentistry, family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, to dental implants and orthodontics.
You’ll no doubt have heard many people in Singapore and beyond proclaiming the benefits of Invisalign®. A great way to discreetly improve your smile, the system uses clear, custom-made removable aligners to gradually move teeth and correct your bite, if needed. With no wire or brackets, the trays are almost undetectable. But, while they bear no resemblance to traditional braces, it can take just as long to achieve the desired outcome.
Cfast™ (Cosmetic teeth alignment)
Launched in Singapore in 2015, Cfast™ (cosmetically focused adult straight teeth) is a great alternative for aligning your front teeth without the need for prolonged orthodontic treatment, porcelain veneers or crowns. Dr Biju Krishnan is the developer of this innovative straightening system which has been widely available in the UK, USA and Australia for several years and uses a camouflaged form of braces to straighten teeth. However, while the the treatment straightens crooked or misaligned front teeth, it doesn’t change the bite.
So, how to choose between the two systems?
Selecting the treatment that is most suitable for you depends on a number of factors.
A thorough consultation with your dentist is recommended to discuss realistic expectations and ensure that your teeth and supporting gum and bone tissue are in good health prior to starting treatment. Ask to see photos of completed cases, along with computer-generated graphics of what you could expect your smile to look like before and after.
Other factors influencing your decision will include the time it will take to complete, whether you will have a fixed or removable appliance, and, of course, the costs involved. There are even choices within each system that cater for the amount of tooth straightening you may require, so arrive at your appointment armed with questions.
Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Boulevard, 248649
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