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If you’re thinking about straightening your teeth to get a perfectly aligned smile, you’ve probably jumped on the Google train and started your journey into the wild-west of invisible teeth-straightening treatments.
Likely, you’ve come across the name, Invisalign.
Along with a ton of dubious clear aligner options promising to straighten your teeth with zero hours spent in the dentist chair.
This begs the question: Which invisible braces is best for you?
No doubt, Invisalign is a popular invisible braces option. But what exactly is it, and how is Zenyum different? We give you the low-down here, just so you know what you’re getting into.
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What are Invisible Braces?
Clear aligners are a transparent, plastic alternative to traditional metal braces used to adjust and align teeth. They are removable (unlike metal braces) and work by exerting consistent pressure on your teeth, so they shift and straighten over time.
Invisible braces might seem like a modern invention. But in reality, dentists have been using plastic to shift teeth since the end of World War 2.
The problem was it wasn’t the most convenient procedure.
Given technological constraints, you’d need to visit the dentist every time to get new putty impressions of your teeth. It wasn’t until the advent of 3D-scanning technology, and specialised software that dentists could create accurate digital impressions, map out a treatment plan and fast-track the manufacture of plastic aligners at scale.
What is Invisalign?
Align Technology, Inc – the creators of Invisalign – was one of the first firms to manufacture plastic aligners using digital impressions instead of putty impressions.
The idea was simple.
Use 3D visualisation and CAD (computer-aided design) software, to create custom-made clear aligners for individual treatment plans. Once demand took off though, other established firms and start-ups began borrowing the same technology to customise their own teeth-alignment offerings.
What is Zenyum?
Zenyum is a Smile Cosmetics startup that aims to make invisible braces more accessible in Asia. Just like Invisalign, Zenyum uses 3D scans, CAD software, and 3D-printing to customise our clear aligners.
Zenyum is 70% more affordable than traditional teeth-straightening options. That doesn’t mean we compromise on quality though.
We’re just better at:
- Giving more bang for your buck especially if you need minor corrections,
- Centralising our aligner production in the region,
- Streamlining our processes with technology, and
- Passing the savings on to you, giving you more reason to smile!
You will have to see the dentist in person at least 3–4 times, but this pales in comparison to other invisible braces providers where 10+ visits is the norm.
How do we achieve this?
Through smart technology.
With the Zenyum app, you can quickly touch-base with licensed dentists and orthodontists, and upload pictures of your teeth. This way, there’s always a qualified dental professional monitoring your teeth movements remotely, so you save chair time in clinics.
Zenyum vs Invisalign (Which is Better?)
Zenyum and Invisalign serve patients with different needs, and at different price points.
Here’s a quick snapshot of what to expect.
Which Invisible Braces is Best For Me?
We know it’s tempting to compare Zenyum and Invisalign purely on price. But we highly recommend you dig a little deeper to find out which invisible braces best fits your needs.
Where to start?
Take our FREE online Smile Assessment below. It’s never too late to join the smile revolution!