Scrolling through Facebook and Instagram these days, you find pretty much the entire orthodontic world on offer as DIY products. From whitening to teeth straightening, complex dental procedures have been condensed to quick Ikea-esque home projects. Strides in technology have been made since the first pair of braces were fitted onto a patient. With digital dentistry on the rise, technological advancement like intraoral cameras and optical scanners, have done nothing but aid the process of innovation in the oral healthcare industry. These innovations are revolutionising dentistry into one of the most sophisticated and sought-after areas of medicine. The most recent technology to be commercialised is Invisalign, Zia Christi’s and Kelsey Wirth’s 1997 innovation. Established firms and start-ups alike are borrowing the concept of 3D visualisation and CAD (computer-aided design) software, to create custom-made clear aligners for teeth realignment.
Automation and CAD make processes more efficient and less manual.
But what happens when we remove the orthodontists from the picture?
DIY orthodontics are quick fixes for common dental issues, carried out under no medical supervision. Be it hacks that use rubber bands to straighten teeth or at home aligner moulds, these processes can often lead to irreversible damage. There is something to be said about due procedure and duty of care, and that something, is that it’s absolutely critical!
The dangers of DIY teeth straightening go beyond the obvious –
That it might not be effective and extremely painful. Braces can change a patient’s facial structure by transforming their bite, or causing gum infections due to bone remodelling. Untreated gum disease might mean that orthodontic treatment could cause shortened roots and increase the risk of losing teeth. To spot these risks, conducting initial X-rays and physical assessments is absolutely essential to avoid these complications. In addition to an initial consultation, having regular check-ins with a dentist or an orthodontist on the progress of a patient’s realignment journey is necessary due to its dynamic nature. Most DIY treatments on the market don’t provide an accountable and efficient process to do so.
At Zenyum, our board of certified orthodontists and dental experts are involved in every stage of the process – from pre-qualification to post-treatment guidance. Each patient undergoes rigorous assessment.
Our initial consultation is conducted by Singapore-licensed dentists at our trusted partner clinics, and include X-rays, 3D-intraoral scans and physical checks. Zenyum treatment plans are only processed once they are approved by our partner doctors, so we maintain the highest quality control every step of the way.
To match today’s busy lifestyle, Zenyum’s process is completely digitalised. We connect our patients with their treating doctors online to maintain consistent communication. Of course, if required our customers can book in physical consultation sessions with their doctors anytime. Only a very small percentage of the world’s population can afford expensive orthodontic treatment. Zenyum, with its affordable and accessible solution is leveling the playing field.
Zenyum is not DIY orthodontics, it is innovative healthcare.
We are transforming the inequitable nature of the dental landscape by providing an affordable, effective and cutting-edge alternative to expensive and cumbersome treatments, while fully honoring regulations and the high quality standards.
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