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If you’ve scrolled through Instagram recently you’ve probably come across ads by invisible braces brands, including those by Zenyum and WonderSmile.
- What exactly are invisible braces?
- What’s the difference between Zenyum and WonderSmile?
- Are they just a cheap clear braces?
- And most importantly, which one’s right for me?
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Here’s a breakdown of the two invisible braces in Singapore.
What are Invisible Braces?
Invisible braces are clear plastic aligners that are used to straighten teeth. They do this by applying consistent and gentle pressure on your teeth. Unlike metal braces, no wires are involved in the process.
They seem invisible to the eye, are removable and have to be worn for 20-22 hours a day for optimum results. They’re a discreet, convenient, and more comfortable alternative to metal braces.
These days, all invisible braces brands use the same technology combining 3D mapping, printing and thermoforming to create custom transparent braces made of medical grade, BPA free plastic. Each treatment plan is unique to the customer and curated to suit their treatment goals.
If you’re keen on straightening your teeth, it’s important know that invisible braces aren’t suitable for everybody – so make sure to consult your dentist to know the best option for you!
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What is Zenyum?
Zenyum is a Singapore-based startup specialising in smile cosmetics products like invisible braces and teeth whitening solutions. Though recently launched in 2018, the D2C brand has rapidly gained popularity across Asia and now operates in 6 markets, namely Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Zenyum’s flagship product is its 3D printed invisible braces.
- It comes with a fixed, affordable price tag of SGD 2,400,
- Licensed dentist supervision, and
- Fills the gap between unsafe DIY braces and expensive transparent braces that remain out of reach for the rising Asian middle class.
Zenyum levels the playing field with an affordable price point, whilst ensuring the experience of getting invisible braces is a highly personalised and pleasurable one.
It achieves this by matching professional dentists with cutting edge technology, bringing in customers to clinics through our creative advertising and connecting them to their treating dentist via the Zenyum app, providing an instant and direct channel of communication throughout treatment.
Two of the most important aspects of a successful transparent braces treatment are…
- compliance and
- regular dentist monitoring, to ensure you’re progressing according to plan.
That’s why the Zenyum process doesn’t replace dentists.
In fact our customers have access to their dentists and our customer care team 24/7 with the Zenyum app.
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What is WonderSmile?
WonderSmile is an Australian direct-to-consumer orthodontic company that produces clear aligners.
The WonderSmile process is a simple one. You get a 3D scan of your teeth done, which is then used to create a treatment plan after which your transparent braces go into production.
This is the standard process followed by most clear aligner brands.
What’s different about WonderSmile?
They deliver the clear braces straight to your door. So after that first initial scan at the dentist’s you don’t have to interact with the doctor for the rest of your treatment.
This obviously has its perks.
You can save on time by avoiding the dentist chair.
However, this also opens you up to all the risks associated with DIY braces.
Zenyum vs WonderSmile
Both Zenyum and WonderSmile are direct-to-consumer, invisible braces brands. But the similarities end there.
The main difference lies in how they manage and track their customer’s progress during treatment.
While Zenyum is not DIY orthodontics and provides customers with both in-clinic check in options and regular monitoring via the app, WonderSmile believes in delivering value to their customers by saving their time and doing away with the dentist check-ins.
This may sound ideal, it can be very risky.
You might like the idea of getting the cheapest braces in Singapore, but be warned:
The lack of accountability of a braces solution not monitored by a qualified dentist could lead to irreversible damage. As a common person with no dental training it is hard for you to ensure whether your aligners fit properly or you’re progressing according to plan.
DIY teeth braces though a quick way to straighten teeth also make you susceptible to gum and bone damage.
In some cases it can even aggravate situations and bring about new dental problems that could lead to permanent tooth damage and loss.
Think about it.
The years of training and medical knowledge equip dentists with the right know-how to:
- ensure your teeth are moving correctly,
- give you the right advice for any of your concerns, big or small and
- provide you with the right accountability and duty of care associated with a medical procedure.
Check out a licensed dentist’s take on WonderSmile’s braces.
And if you’re strapped for time, check out this quick WonderSmile vs Zenyum comparison.
Zenyum vs WonderSmile which is “the one” for me?
Choosing the right transparent braces in Singapore is a very personal decision (much like choosing the right partner before you get your BTO).
They’re both amongst the most affordable braces in Singapore.
However, each has their own pros and cons.
So trust us when we say…
“Do your homework. And whatever you do, don’t just go for something because it’s cheaper.”
Spend some time getting to know the two, dig a little deeper and choose the one that fits you perfectly, just like a good partner!