Here’s everything you need to know about getting braces treatment in Singapore
Orthodontic Braces – What is it?
Orthodontic braces, also commonly known simply as braces is a form of orthodontic (the specialty school of dentistry which focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of malpositioned/ misaligned teeth and jaw, improper bites) treatment. Braces treatment is commonly used to correct improper bites, which may have resulted from improper tooth alignment, lopsided jaw relationships, or the both conditions simultaneously. Braces treatment when done by an experienced practitioner will be able to effectively adjust the position of existing teeth and may even be able to control/modify a patient’s facial structure and growth.
Patients who typically opt for braces treatment are looking for the aesthetic final outcomes associated with the treatment. However, apart from the aesthetic aspects of the final result from treatment, other benefits potentially gained from braces treatment also include the prevention of tooth damage, excessive tooth wear, tooth decay and even gum disease, resulting from improper tooth alignment or a lopsided jaw.
Braces treatment allows dentists to effectively correct complex cases of malocclusion such as Open Bites, Cross Bites, Over-Jet, Under-Bite and severe Deep Bites.
Types of Orthodontic Braces Available in Singapore
NoFrills Dental offers a wide selection of dental braces in Singapore – Depending on your needs & requirements, our dentists will recommend the best type braces to meet your needs and effectively treat your condition.
Conventional Metal Braces
Metal braces are the most common type of braces used, mainly due to the pocket friendly costs involved with this form of braces paired with a relatively short treatment duration. These braces are made out of stainless steel. Modern metal braces brackets (the part of the braces that is ‘glued’ to your teeth’ are made to be concise as well as easy to apply and remove. A perceived side effect of this form of braces would be the fact that they are highly noticeable. Some patients consider this ‘look’ as fashion, changing the colour of the brackets & ligatures/elastic bands every so often.
For patients looking for a more ‘invisible’ look to their braces treatment. Ceramic braces are a popular alternative to conventional metal braces as they’re a lot more subtle in appearance as compared to metal ones. When ceramic braces are used the give patients a more confident smile due to their conspicuous and highly aesthetic design. On top of this, ceramic brackets don’t stain or discolour due to the specialised ceramic material used in their fabrication, so patients need not worry about staining their braces after eating or drinking dark coloured foods. The cost of ceramic braces is typically slightly more expensive than metal braces, mainly due to the specialised ceramic material used in the creation of these braces as compared to stainless steel in traditional metal braces.
Self Ligating Braces
Metal & ceramic dental braces utilise ligatures, also known as “elastic bands,” to secure the orthodontic archwire into each bracket. These ligatures do get stained, resulting in discolouration or a unaesthetic look, in order to mitigate this issue, patients will have to visit their dentist frequently to get these ligatures changed.
Self ligating braces remove the need of conventional elastic band ligatures, providing patients the added benefit of reduced visits to the dentist, increased level of comfort, and shortened treatment duration during each visit. Damon and Clarity SL are the popular kind of self ligating braces systems used at NoFrills Dental.
Lingual “Invisible” Braces
Lingual braces, are braces which are placed along the inside of teeth instead of the front. This form of braces treatment is practically invisible and is often compared with Invisalign treatment for the ‘invisible’ look that it provides patients.
However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for for lingual braces. Due to the fact that the brackets are placed along the inside of teeth as opposed to the front like regular braces. This can cause considerably more discomfort as compared to regular braces, as such, some patients may suffer from tongue pain, due to the location of the orthodontic brackets. Lingual braces may also affect speech, causing some patients to speak with a lisp and typically takes a little bit longer to get used to than other methods. Lingual braces 100% custom made for each patient, which typically make them more expensive than other braces treatment options.
1. First Appointment
During your initial appointment, our dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and x-rays in order to determine if your are suitable for braces treatment, the dentist may also take an impression of your teeth to start the treatment planning process.
2. Treatment Planning
Treatment planning will be done after your initial consultation. This treatment plan will be created specifically to address your needs and requirements as each mouth is unique and treatment must be customised to the patient to achieve the desired results. Using the dental impressions that were taken of your teeth, your braces will then be fabricated.
3. Placing the Braces
After the treatment plan is complete, we’ll schedule you in for another appointment. This appointment begins with a thorough scaling and polishing and cleaning of your teeth. After the cleaning, the teeth are prepared for the bonding, and then brackets are cemented to the teeth based on positions predetermined in the treatment plan by the dentist. Once brackets have been securely cemented in place, the arch wire is placed into the brackets and held in place by the bracket doors.
4. Oral Care with Braces
Bracket & oral care is an essential part of successful braces treatment. As such , the dentist will go over the basics of bracket care and oral care with braces, how to brush your teeth and the correct kind of toothpaste to use. We’ll provide you with some spindle brushes to help you remove food particles when they get caught between the braces and your teeth.
5. Adjustments & Checkups
4 weeks after placing your braces, we’ll schedule you in for your first adjustment session (You’ll come back once a month for regular adjustments and checkups). During an adjustment, the dentist will change the archwire as planned in the treatment plan to continue to move the teeth to progress towards the desired final result.
During braces treatment, It’s essential for patients to come for their regularly for their dental appointments as the braces make it difficult for patients to thoroughly clean their teeth on their own, but dentists are trained in cleaning around the braces and will help ensure adequate oral health during braces treatment.
6. Finishing Up & Retainer Wear
After completing your braces treatment, the dentist will take a final mould of your teeth to create an orthodontic retainer for you to help keep your shifted teeth in place.
Patient compliance with retainer wear is essential for long term braces treatment success as the lack of wearing retainers will result in a relapse, where teeth will start to revert back to it’s previous position.
Braces Treatment Cost
At NoFrills Dental, we aim to provide patients with high-quality dental services while maintaining affordable prices for the masses. With this in mind, we’ve priced our braces treatment to cater to the different needs and budgets to each and everyone of our patients.
The cost of conventional braces treatment ranges from $3500 – $6500, depending on the current conditions of your teeth, the complexity of the case and the type of braces used for treatment.
However, the cost of lingual braces ranges from $5000 – $13000, due to the complex nature of lingual braces.
Price of Braces Treatment:
$3500 – $6500
|$50 + $200|
|Balance Paid via Monthly Instalments||$300 – $500|
*All prices indicated excludes 7% GST
**Prices quoted do not include other dental treatments such as extractions, fillings and cleaning
Frequently Asked Questions
Commonly asked questions about Orthodontic Braces
What is difference between braces and Invisalign
The main difference between Invisalign treatment and braces is that Invisalign treatment is virtually invisible/clear and fully removable as compared to conventional braces which has metal/ceramic brackets cemented on the outer surfaces of teeth. Both Invisalign and braces have the ability to treat misalgined teeth. In order to better understand which solution is better for your case, make an appointment to speak to one of our Invisalign accredited dentists.
To understand more on the differences between Invisalign and braces, you can read our dedicated article on this topic.
How long does braces treatment take?
The entire duration of braces treatment typically takes about 12-24 months depending on the complexity of the case. Some cases may take longer due to the amount of distance the tooth needs to be moved, there’s a limited amount of distance a tooth can move every single month.
How often should I brush my teeth when on braces treatment?
Our dentists usually recommend patients to brush their teeth at least four times a day. (After every meal & once more before going to sleep at night.)
Do I need to visit my dentist after getting my braces?
Yes! Absolutely! When you have your braces on, it’s mandatory for you to come in for monthly adjustments & regular cleaning sessions. During each adjustment session, the dentist will change the archwires and ‘tighten’ the braces as detailed in the treatment plan, moving the teeth towards the desired final outcome. Moreover, maintaining good oral health while on braces is essential, these regular cleanings will help you avoid tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health issues.
Do braces hurt?
Generally speaking, patients should never feel any unbearable pain while wearing braces. However, there will be some discomfort due to the ‘tightness’ or sensitivity as a result of the teeth being forced to move into a new position. This mild discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain killers such as paracetamol and typically goes away after a couple of days.
If you feel any severe pain after getting braces, make sure to call your dentist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
Am I too old for braces?
Absolutely not! A sizeable portion of our orthodontic patients are above the age of 25.
Braces have the ability to boost the confidence of patients simply by straightening their teeth and improving their oral health. Adult patients do typically more aesthetic solutions such as Invisalign or ceramic braces to be discreet about their orthodontic treatment.
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