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Getting Braces in Singapore –
Here’s the Average Cost of Braces in 2020

Most people would agree that having a pleasing smile paired with a set of perfectly straight and white teeth makes anyone instantly more attractive, confident and approachable. Teeth straightening through the means of orthodontic treatment is one of the most common aesthetic procedures done all over the world, with an estimated 33% of the entire world’s population having undergone some form of orthodontic treatment at some point in their life.

Getting your teeth straightened is a really common procedure, although the cost involved with braces treatment in Singapore is less so. For anyone looking to get started on their orthodontic treatment, it’s very important to understand the different treatment options available, the cost of each of these treatment options, and the ways that they can be financed. 

Braces are not cheap but any means as the average cost of orthodontic treatment in Singapore ranges between $3,500 – $6,500 depending on the complexity of the case and expertise of the practitioner performing the treatment.

Here’s a quick guide to your next smile makeover, we’ll cover the options available to patients in Singapore and the costs involved of each treatment option before you get started.

Why Should I Get Braces?

The Solution For Straighter Teeth

Braces are a form of orthodontic treatment where a set of brackets, wires and elastic bands are attached to your teeth and used to shift and straighten your teeth. The treatment aims to provide patients with an improved bite, smile and overall oral health by shifting teeth to an ideal position, pre-planned by a dentist or orthodontist (Specialist Dentist that focuses on treating the misalignment of teeth). Braces can be used to prevent and treat misaligned teeth, bite problems and certain jaw misalignments.)

Patients get braces for a variety of reasons but some of the more common reasons include:

  • Correcting bite issues such as open bite, overbites and underbites.

  • Prevention of tooth damage and excessive tooth wear resulting from improper tooth alignment or a lopsided jaw.

  • Difficult to maintain oral health due to crowded or crooked teeth which results in gum disease, tooth decay or both.

  • Speech impairments such as lisps due to misaligned teeth.

  • Address jaw related issues such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

  • Confidence booster – some patients may be uncomfortable smiling with their teeth due to the misalignments of their teeth.

young child wearing braces

Braces for Children

Parents with children under the age of 11 who are suffering from jaw or bite related issues should intervene and address these orthodontic issues early on as early intervention of orthodontic issues will generally result in a better final treatment outcome and shorter treatment duration as the dentist will be able to prevent these issues from getting worse as the child ages.

teenage wearing braces

Braces for Teens
Generally, younger patients suffering from malocclusion resulting from misaligned teeth should have their teeth adjusted only after all their adult teeth have fully erupted. This allows the dentists to fully plan the movement of teeth and build a smile that’ll last the patient a lifetime. Most dental clinics will have a special pricing plans for students when it comes to braces treatment in Singapore.

teenage wearing braces

Braces for Adults
Braces are suited for people of all ages and there’s no age ceiling for the treatment, some patients even get their braces done when they’re over 60 years old! Moreover, almost half of all patients who have braces in Singapore are adults above the age of 21. However, adult patients looking to get started on their braces journey to a straighter smile should set aside a higher budget as compared to children as it is generally more complex to adjust adult patients as the bone structure in adults is a lot denser than that of younger patients which can result in a longer treatment duration. Braces in adults usually cost about $200 more than teens or children patients for the same level of complexity of case.  

Price Range of Braces

Average cost for Braces in Singapore is between S$3,500 – S$6,500

Orthodontic treatment is very personalised. The price component of each patient is highly dependant on the complexity of the patient’s case. As such, the more complex the case is, the higher the overall cost of the braces treatment will be. Prices vary from clinic to clinic and depending on the age, type of braces, expertise of the dental practitioner (orthodontists charge more than general dentists), the cost of the treatment will vary accordingly.

The total cost of treatment will also depend on the specific type of braces that you’ll be using for your orthodontic treatment. There are 5 main types of braces that patients can choose from: conventional metal braces, ceramic braces, self-ligating braces, lingual braces and Invisalign (technically not braces, but the sake of discussion we’ll add it to this list). Depending on your needs, budget and requirements, your dentist will recommend the right option for you.

 

Type of BracesWhat is it?Dental VisitsAverage Cost
Metal BracesThe most common type of ‘normal’ metal braces which most people know of.Once every 4 weeks for wire adjustmentsS$3,500-S$5,000
Ceramic BracesSimilar to metal braces except brackets are made of tooth-coloured ceramic instead of metal. This provides patients with a more subtle appearance.Once every 4 weeks for wire adjustmentsS$4,500-S$6,500
Self Ligating Braces (2nd Generation Braces)The second generation of braces which does not require ligatures to adjust teeth. Most patients know them as Damon braces.Once every 5-6 weeks for wire adjustmentsS$5,500- S$7,500
Lingual BracesBraces which are bonded behind teeth. Providing patients with an Invisible solution to adjusting their smile.Once every 4 weeks for wire adjustmentsS$5,000 to S$13,000
InvisalignA series of clear plastic aligners which gradually shift teeth after every set of aligners.Once every 6 – 8 weeks. Can be longer if patients are using the Dental Monitoring system.S$4,500 – S$9,500

Average cost of braces ranges between S$3,500 – S$6,500 in Singapore

Orthodontic treatment is very personalised. The price component of each patient is highly dependant on the complexity of the patient’s case. As such, the more complex the case is, the higher the overall cost of the braces treatment will be. Prices vary from clinic to clinic and depending on the age, type of braces, expertise of the dental practitioner (orthodontists charge more than general dentists), the cost of the treatment will vary accordingly.

The total cost of treatment will also depend on the specific type of braces that you’ll be using for your orthodontic treatment. There are 5 main types of braces that patients can choose from: conventional metal braces, ceramic braces, self-ligating braces, lingual braces and Invisalign (technically not braces, but the sake of discussion we’ll add it to this list). Depending on your needs, budget and requirements, your dentist will recommend the right option for you.

Indian lady showing off her braces in Singapore

Metal Braces in Singapore

Metal braces are the most common form of fixed braces which utilises metal arch wires, a series of metal brackets bonded to the front of teeth and ligature to shift teeth. They’re the most affordable option when it comes to straightening teeth. Patients will have to visit their dentist once a month to get their braces progressively tightened in order to progress through every stage of treatment.

Pros of Metal Braces

  • Most affordable solution
  • Can address complex issues without much hassle

Cons of Metal Braces

  • Metal braces are highly noticeable and may not be aesthetically pleasing for some patients.
  • Uncomfortable and can cause abrasion and ulcers.
  • Good oral health maintenance is required.
  • Traps food particles – which result in poor oral health or even tooth decay if not removed.

The average cost of metal braces ranges between $3,500 – $5,000 in Singapore.

Ceramic braces in Singapore | Ceramic braces treatment in Singapore

Ceramic Braces in Singapore

Ceramic braces are another form of fixed braces that’s similar to metal braces, apart from the fact that the brackets are made from ceramic instead of metal. This ceramic material can be clear or matched to the colour of your teeth. The archwire is sometimes transparent as well to provide patients with a more discrete look when getting their teeth straightened with braces. Patients will have to visit their dentist once a month to get their braces progressively tightened in order to progress through every stage of treatment.

Pros of Ceramic Braces

  • Can address complex issues without much hassle
  • Looks better than metal braces

Cons of Ceramic Braces

  • May not be aesthetically pleasing enough for some patients.
  • The risk of breakage is higher than metal braces as ceramic brackets are more fragile.
  • Ceramic brackets are usually larger than metal brackets.
  • Higher level of maintenance required as they’re prone to staining.
  • Ceramic bracket may stain resulting in some discolouration.
  • Uncomfortable and can cause abrasion and ulcers.
  • Traps food particles – which result in poor oral health if not removed.

The average cost of ceramic braces ranges between S$4,500 – S$6,500 in Singapore. Some patients choose to only use ceramic braces for their upper teeth and metal ones for their lower teeth (Lower teeth are generally less visible) – which can result in some cost savings.

Female wearing self ligating braces in Singapore | Braces Singapore |

Self Ligating Braces in Singapore

Self ligating braces remove the need of conventional elastic band ligatures which are used in conventional metal braces and ceramic braces. In terms of appearance, they look almost identical to regular metal braces, just without the elastic band ligatures. Self ligating braces allow the patients to enjoy reduced visits to the dentists, increase the comfort level of braces by reducing the amount of pressure on teeth and reduce the overall treatment duration when compared to regular braces. Common types of self ligating braces include Damon Braces.

Pros of Self Ligating Braces

  • Can address complex issues without much hassle.
  • Does not require ligatures to adjust teeth.
  • Faster treatment compared to metal braces or ceramic braces.
  • More comfortable when compared to metal braces or ceramic braces.
  • Reduced number of dental visits required.

Cons of Self Ligating Braces

  • May not be aesthetically pleasing for some patients.
  • More expensive than regular metal braces.
  • Uncomfortable and can cause abrasion and ulcers.
  • Traps food particles – which result in poor oral health if not removed.
  • Cost more than regular metal or ceramic braces

The average cost of self-ligating braces ranges between S$5,500- S$7,500 in Singapore.

lingual braces in Singapore

Lingual Braces in Singapore

Lingual braces are metal braces which are attached to the inner side of teeth. This provides patients with orthodontic treatment that’s practically invisible. However, a major downside to this type of braces would be the fact they’re very hard to install, adjust and maintain. Lingual braces are usually only done by orthodontists given the complexity of installation and adjustments. Not to mention they’re also the most expensive type of braces. Moreover, they’re known to be really uncomfortable, simply due to the fact that it reduces the amount of space for the tongue to rest, which can result in pain, abrasion or tenderness of the tongue.

Pros of Self Ligating Braces

  • Virtually invisible as the braces are placed on the inside of teeth
  • Don’t cause ulcers or abrasion to cheeks

Cons of Self Ligating Braces

  • Very uncomfortable and can cause abrasion and ulcers on tongue.
  • Very expensive
  • Difficult to install and adjust – Usually only done by orthodontists
  • Not suitable for complex cases
  • Traps food particles – which result in poor oral health if not removed.
  • Difficult to clean
  • Longer treatment duration is to be expected.

 The average cost of lingual braces ranges between S$5,000 – S$13,000 in Singapore.

asian lady smiling with Invisalign clear aligner

Invisalign in Singapore

Invisalign treatment is different from the other treatment discussed above, the Invisalign system does not utilise any brackets or wires to adjust teeth, instead it uses a series of customised BPA-free clear plastic aligners which are changed every 10 days which gradually shift teeth. Invisalign can be considered an alternative to braces. Because of the ‘invisible’ appearance of the aligners, many patients know Invisalign as ‘invisible’ braces. They are customarily fabricated to exactly fit a patient’s teeth.

Pros of Invisalign Treatment

  • Virtually invisible as the clear aligners used to shift teeth and clear.
  • More comfortable compared to other braces options.
  • Removable, which allows patients to take their aligners out when eating, drinking or brushing their teeth.
  • Fewer dental visits required
  • Easier to maintain oral health, as regular brushing and flossing is all that’s required.

Cons of Invisalign Treatment

  • Cost can be quite high compared to other treatment options
  • May not be the most efficient when it comes to treating complex cases
  • Because aligners are removable, patients have the tendency of misplacing their them after taking them out.

The cost of Invisalign treatment in Singapore typically ranges from about $4,500 – $8,000 when performed by a general dentist, while the cost of Invisalign lies between $7,000 – $9,500 for treatment by an orthodontist.

Before Getting Started On Braces

lady smiling with her braces on

Average Duration of Treatment

The overall duration of braces treatment for most patients averages out to be about 18 months. The total duration of treatment is dependant on a number of factors such as the type of braces you’ll be using, the complexity of your case and the required intensity of your treatment in order to effectively address your case.

Moreover, patients will also have to strive for good oral health maintenance throughout their braces journey regardless or which system they choose to proceed with. Bad oral health will not only delay the progress of your orthodontic treatment, it can also cause a myriad of other dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. In some cases where patients on braces are unable to maintain their oral health, the dentist will remove the braces altogether in order to prevent further deterioration of their oral health, only continuing braces once oral health has been stabilized.

Patients undergoing Invisalign treatment must wear their clear aligners for at least 22 hours every single day in order to for the Invisalign system to work as intended. A common issue that our dentists have noticed in patients undergoing Invisalign treatment is that after the novelty of wearing the Invisalign clear aligners has worn off, patients start to slack on their aligner wear. The lack of aligner wear can result in a delayed/prolonged treatment (Which is why some patients claim that the Invisalign system is not as effective/efficient as other braces options).

Unlike braces which work all the time, Invisalign only works when it’s being worn correctly for the right amount of hours everyday. 

While there isn’t much that patients can do to physically speed up the process of teeth movements, they can actively ensure that their braces and teeth are well taken cared-of in order to ensure a smooth and hassle-free treatment.

Invisalign Treatment in Singapore

Payment & Instalment Plans For Braces

For most dental clinics in Singapore, payment for braces treatment can typically broken down into 2 or 3 phases; 

Initial Consultation – During the initial consultation, dentist will conduct a assessment of your teeth where they’ll determine the complexity of your case the recommend the right treatment option for your case based on your needs, budget and requirements. X-rays will usually be taken during this visit as well, in order to better assess the situation with your teeth before starting any treatment. The cost of an initial consultation typically ranges between $50 – $250, depending on what was done during the consultation. Do make sure to check the consultation fees before booking an appointment with any dental clinic. 

Option 1: Down Payment + Instalment – After the initial consultation, patients are free to think over the price quoted to them by the dental clinic for the braces treatment. For most clinics a downpayment of about 50% of what was quoted, will need to be made before braces treatment can begin. Subsequent payments will then be collected every dental visit throughout your braces journey which can take anywhere from 18 – 24 months or longer.

Option 2: Full Monthly Payments (Full Instalment) – Some clinics may accept full monthly payments once patients decide on proceeding with treatment instead of taking a deposit.

Payment plans are unique and dependant on the company policies of each dental clinic. Make sure to check with your dentist on the payment options available before starting your braces treatment.

*payment plans for Invisalign is different – you can read more about it here.

 

cost of Invisalign treatment in Singapore

Credit Card Rebates & Instalments

Patients who are clients of certain banks may utilise their respective credit cards to enjoy benefits such as cash backs or rebates and instalment plans.

Some clinics in Singapore do offer 0% interest free instalment plans with certain partnered banks so be sure to check with your dental clinic to see if they do. 

attractive lady undergoing Invisalign treatment in Singapore

Dental Insurance For Braces

Patients who have dental coverage under their medical insurance can claim certain dental treatments depending on the plan that they have. Having said this, orthodontic treatment is generally considered as an non-essential & elective cosmetic procedure, as such, not many dental insurance plans cover braces or ‘premium’ treatments such as Invisalign. 

In certain select cases, where the misalignment of teeth is severe enough to the point where it is causing severe oral health issues such as tooth grinding, tooth decay, gum disease or jaw pain, medical insurance plans may cover the use of braces as a medically necessary procedure to address and treat those adformention oral health issues. Additionally, patients who have suffered from an accident which causes them to require braces, may also be eligible for coverage as well. 

In any case, patients will need a dentist to medically endorse their claims as most insurance plans only cover medically necessary dental procedures.

Chinese Man wearing braces in Singapore

Medisave For Braces or Invisalign

No, you cannot use Medisave to claim for braces. As a rule of thumb, Medisave can only be used for surgical procedures such as dental implant surgery or wisdom tooth surgery based on the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Getting a Clear plastic retainer in Singapore

Finishing Your Braces Treatment & Retainers

After finishing your braces treatment, it’s important to wear a set of retainers everyday for 6 months to a year to hold newly shifted teeth in their final position. This practice helps to expedite the process of permanently locking teeth in their final position and prevent a relapse from occurring. Even after teeth have been permanently locked in their final position, the daily effect of chewing, growing and everyday use can slowly lead to a relapse. As such, it is essential for patients to closely follow the instructions of their dentist when it comes to retainer use.

Depending on your needs and requirements, your dentists will recommend the right retainer to best address your lifestyle and dental needs. 

Patients who neglect wearing their retainers, especially if they’re just had their braces freshly removed can expect their teeth to relapse back to their former positions. Which will result in all the time, effort and money being wasted as a relapse case will usually require braces treatment to realign teeth once more.

The Ideal candidate for Invisalign treatment

In Summary

There are different kinds of braces that address the different needs, budgets, lifestyle and requirements of patients from all walks of life. Understanding which braces is right for you will determine the success of your treatment. 

Braces are NOT CHEAP but that doesn’t mean they can’t be affordable with the average cost of braces in Singapore ranging between $3,500 – $6,500. Various dental payment plans are available, at the discretion of the dentist and dental clinic. 

Generally, insurance plans can’t be used to cover braces treatments, unless it’s been deemed medically necessary by a dentist. Additionally, medisave cannot be used to offset the cost of braces treatment either.

Lastly, diligent retainer wear is the most important final step that will determine the long term success of your braces treatment. Patients who fail to wear their retainers as instructed by their dentist are at risk of relapse, which will throw away all the effort, time and money sunk into braces treatment.

If you’re looking to understand more about Braces, Invisalign or want to check if you’re a suitable candidate for orthodontic treatment. Contact us via our support hotline at 9007 1085 or email us at enquiry@nofrillsdental.com or message us directly. to get in touch with our dentists.

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So, What’s Next?

If you’ve got more questions about getting braces treatment. You can read up more on our dedicated page on Invisalign Treatment in Singapore, and Braces in Singapore, you could contact us directly to speak to one of our dentists.

We would suggest for you to speak to one of our dentists. Our dental professionals providers are experienced, ready to answer all your queries, and will discuss all the possible treatment options available for you.

At the end of the day, we believe that the right dentist for you is the one who will lay out all your treatment options on the table, allowing you to make informed decisions, while ensuring that your entire treatment process is as enjoyable, comfortable and hassle-free as possible. Good communication between you and your dentist is the best way to ensure a smooth and successful treatment.

In addition, please only proceed with the treatment if you are fully comfortable with the treatment plan proposed by your provider.

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