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Here’s everything you need to know about braces in Singapore.

Braces treatment in Singapore
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Braces – What is it?

Benefits of Braces Treatment | Type of Braces Available | Step-by-step Treatment Process | Cost of Braces in Singapore

Braces are a form of orthodontic treatment that is commonly used in Singapore to correct improper bites and crooked teeth, which may have resulted from improper tooth alignment, lopsided jaw relationships, or both conditions simultaneously. When done by an experienced practitioner, this treatment will adjust the position of existing teeth and may even be able to control/modify a patient’s facial structure and growth. In case you have any concerns and worries about getting braces in Singapore, please feel free to give us a call.

Patients who typically opt for this treatment are looking for the aesthetic outcomes associated with the treatment. However, apart from the aesthetic aspects of the final result from braces, other benefits potentially gained from braces also include the prevention of tooth damage, excessive tooth wear, tooth decay, and even gum disease, resulting from misaligned teeth.

Braces Singapore effectively corrects complex cases of malocclusion such as open bites, crossbites, overbite, underbite, crowding, severe deep bites, and even close gaps between teeth.

Benefits of Braces Treatment

Better & Straighter smile after completing braces treatment

Better & Improved Smile

Orthodontic treatment helps to correct misaligned, crooked, or malpositioned teeth. The result is a brand new smile that’s aesthetically pleasing & perfectly straight.
Patients who typically opt for braces treatment are mainly looking for the final aesthetic outcome resulting from this treatment.

improved speech and pronunciation after getting teeth straightened with braces

Improved Speech & Pronunciation

Misaligned teeth can negatively impact the way a person speaks as teeth play a crucial role in the distinct and proper pronunciation of words.

Braces help to adjust the position of teeth, allowing for clearer and more concise speech. Additionally, the realigning of teeth and jaw allows more space for the tongue to move, which reduces slurring when speaking.

dental braces prevent the erosion of bone in the jaw

Prevents Bone Erosion

Misaligned teeth have been known to indirectly cause bone loss in the jaw, as a result of poor oral health, due to the inability to thoroughly clean teeth.

This results in the build-up of bacteria in the mouth around misaligned teeth. If left untreated will cause gum disease. Severe gum disease can cause bone loss over time.

Improved digestion from braces treatment

Improved Digestion

Chewing is the first stage of digestion. Patients with misaligned teeth generally experience some level of difficulty when it comes to chewing food into smaller pieces.

This results in a longer digestion process in the stomach can result in poor digestion.

Braces help patients to align teeth and jaw, which will result in an improved bite. This will allow patients to chew better and improve the digestion of food.

improved oral health from braces treatment

Improved Oral Health

Crooked or misaligned teeth can overlap and create tight spaces between teeth, making it difficult to clean, brush, and floss.

Orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign or braces help to straighten teeth, making it easier for patients to maintain and clean their teeth.

This results in an overall improvement in oral health.

improved self confidence after getting teeth straightened with braces treatment

Confidence Boost

Patients tend to smile more after getting their teeth straightened as they are no longer self-conscious about their crooked or misaligned teeth.

With a set of perfectly aligned teeth, patients can show-off their brand new beautiful smile, talking and smiling with ease.

Moreover, by shifting teeth into an ideal position, braces patients generally experience positive changes to their jaw and lips, resulting in a more proportionate face.

Better & Straighter smile after completing braces treatment

Better & Improved Smile

Orthodontic treatment helps to correct misaligned, crooked, or malpositioned teeth. The result is a brand new smile that’s aesthetically pleasing & perfectly straight.

Patients who typically opt for braces treatment are mainly looking for the final aesthetic outcome resulting from this treatment.

improved speech and pronunciation after getting teeth straightened with braces

Improved Speech

Misaligned teeth can negatively impact the way a person speaks as teeth play a crucial role in the distinct and proper pronunciation of words.

Braces help to adjust the position of teeth, allowing for clearer and more concise speech. Additionally, the realigning of teeth and jaw allows more space for the tongue to move, which reduces slurring when speaking.

Braces prevent the loss of bone in the jaw

Prevents Bone Loss

Misaligned teeth have been known to indirectly cause bone loss in the jaw, as a result of poor oral health, due to the inability to thoroughly clean teeth.

This results in the build-up of bacteria in the mouth around misaligned teeth. If left untreated will cause gum disease. Severe gum disease can cause bone loss over time.

Improved digestion from braces treatment

Improved Digestion

Chewing is the first stage of digestion. Patients with misaligned teeth generally experience some level of difficulty when it comes to chewing food into smaller pieces.

This results in a longer digestion process in the stomach can result in poor digestion.

Braces help patients to align teeth and jaw, which will result in an improved bite. This will allow patients to chew better and improve the digestion of food.

improved oral health from braces treatment

Improved Oral Health

Crooked or misaligned teeth can overlap and create tight spaces between teeth, making it difficult to clean, brush, and floss.

Orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign or braces help to straighten teeth, making it easier for patients to maintain and clean their teeth.

This results in an overall improvement in oral health.

improved self confidence after getting teeth straightened with braces treatment

Improved Self Confidence

Patients tend to smile more after getting their teeth straightened as they are no longer self-conscious about their crooked or misaligned teeth.

With a set of perfectly aligned teeth, patients can show-off their brand new beautiful smile, talking and smiling with ease.

Moreover, by shifting teeth into an ideal position, braces patients generally experience positive changes to their jaw and lips, resulting in a more proportionate face.

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Types of Braces in Singapore

NoFrills Dental offers a wide selection of dental braces – Depending on your needs & requirements, our dentists will recommend the best type to meet your needs and effectively treat your condition.

braces treatment in Singapore

Conventional Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type used in Singapore, mainly due to the pocket-friendly costs involved with this form of braces paired with 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’ like fashion, changing the colour of the brackets & ligatures/elastic bands every so often.

Wisdom tooth surgery Singapore

Ceramic Braces

For patients favour discreteness when it comes to their orthodontic 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.

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 is slightly more expensive than metal, mainly due to the specialised ceramic material used in the creation of these braces as compared to stainless steel in traditional metal braces.

Wisdom tooth surgery Singapore

Self-ligating Braces

Conventional 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 an unaesthetic look, to mitigate this issue, patients will have to visit their dentist frequently to get these ligatures changed. Self-ligating braces are basically the newer generation of braces that remove the need for conventional elastic band ligatures, providing patients with 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 by dentists in Singapore.

Wisdom tooth surgery Singapore

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are placed along the inner surface of teeth instead of the front. This form of orthodontic treatment is practically invisible and is often compared with Invisalign treatment due to the ‘invisible’ look that it provides patients. 

However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for lingual braces. Since the brackets are placed along the inside of teeth as opposed to the front like regular braces. This can cause considerably more discomfort, as such, some patients may suffer from tongue pain or ulcers, due to the location of the orthodontic brackets.

Lingual braces may also affect speech, causing some patients to speak with a lisp, which typically takes a little bit longer to get used to than other braces types.

Lingual braces are 100% custom made for each patient, making them more expensive than other orthodontic treatment options.

asian lady smiling with Invisalign clear aligner

Invisalign Clear Aligners

The Invisalign system is NOT a type of braces, but patients commonly compare Invisalign to braces as they are both forms of orthodontic treatment used to treat various forms of malocclusion in.

Invisalign is the ‘invisible’ and clear alternative to braces when it comes to straightening teeth, which utilises a series of ‘invisible’ clear plastic aligner trays, unlike braces which utilise wires and brackets. Invisalign clear aligners are fully customised to each patient based on their needs, requirements, and case complexity.

If you’d like to understand more about Invisalign vs Braces in Singapore. We have an in-depth article that discusses the differences between braces and Invisalign treatment.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type used, mainly due to the pocket-friendly costs involved with this form of braces paired with 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’ like fashion, changing the colour of the brackets & ligatures/elastic bands every so often.

lady smiling with her braces in singapore

Ceramic Braces

For patients favour discreteness when it comes to their orthodontic 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.

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 is slightly more expensive than metal, mainly due to the specialised ceramic material used in the creation of these braces as compared to stainless steel in traditional metal braces.

Ceramic braces in Singapore | Ceramic braces treatment in Singapore

Self Ligating Braces

Conventional 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 an unaesthetic look, to mitigate this issue, patients will have to visit their dentist frequently to get these ligatures changed. 

Self-ligating braces are basically the newer generation of braces that remove the need for conventional elastic band ligatures, providing patients with 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 by dentists in Singapore.

teenage wearing self ligating braces

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are placed along the inner surface of teeth instead of the front. This form of orthodontic treatment is practically invisible and is often compared with Invisalign treatment due to the ‘invisible’ look that it provides patients. 

However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for lingual braces. Since the brackets are placed along the inside of teeth as opposed to the front like regular braces. This can cause considerably more discomfort, as such, some patients may suffer from tongue pain or ulcers, due to the location of the orthodontic brackets.

Lingual braces may also affect speech, causing some patients to speak with a lisp, which typically takes a little bit longer to get used to than other braces types. 

Lingual braces are 100% custom made for each patient, making them more expensive than other orthodontic treatment options.

lingual braces ion Singapore

Invisalign Treatment

The Invisalign system is NOT a type of braces, but patients commonly compare Invisalign to braces as they are both forms of orthodontic treatment used to treat various forms of malocclusion.

Invisalign is the ‘invisible’ and clear alternative to braces when it comes to straightening teeth, which utilises a series of ‘invisible’ clear plastic aligner trays, unlike braces which utilise wires and brackets. Invisalign clear aligners are fully customised to each patient based on their needs, requirements, and case complexity.

If you’d like to understand more about Invisalign vs Braces in Singapore. We have an in-depth article that discusses the differences between braces and Invisalign treatment.

asian lady smiling with Invisalign clear aligner

Braces Process:

The entire duration of treatment typically ranges between 18 – 24 months, depending on the complexity of the case.
Here’s a breakdown of the treatment process from start to finish.

Local Anaesthesia administered from Wisdom tooth surgery

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 you are suitable for orthodontic treatment.

During this visit, your dentist will recommend the braces treatment that will best suit your needs and requirements.

The dentist will also take an impression of your teeth to start the treatment planning process.

Dentist performing wisdom tooth surgery & extraction

2. Treatment Planning

Treatment planning will be done after your initial consultation. This process usually takes about a week.

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.

lingual braces ion Singapore

3. Placing the Brackets

After the treatment plan is complete, we’ll schedule you for another appointment. This appointment begins with thorough scaling and polishing and cleaning of your teeth.

After the cleaning, the teeth are prepared for 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 archwire is placed into the brackets and held in place by the bracket doors.

male patient undergoing scaling and polishing treatment at NoFrills Dental

4. Oral Care with Braces

Good oral hygiene and maintaining a healthy set of gums and teeth is essential for the success of any orthodontic treatment.

As such, the dentist will go over the basics of bracket care and oral care with braces, how to brush and floss your teeth, and the correct kind of toothpaste to use.

We’ll provide you with some spindle brushes to help remove food particles when they get caught between the braces and your teeth.

asian lady smiling with a clear aligner in her hand

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 treatment, patients need 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 treatment.

Getting a Clear plastic retainer in Singapore

6. Finishing Up & Retainer Wear

After completing your 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 success as the lack of wearing retainers will result in a relapse, where teeth will start to revert to their previous position.

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 you are suitable for orthodontic treatment.

During this visit, your dentist will recommend the braces treatment that will best suit your needs and requirements.

The dentist will also take an impression of your teeth to start the treatment planning process.

Dental check up with Dr Li Kexin

2. Treatment Planning

Treatment planning will be done after your initial consultation. This process usually takes about a week.

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.

Dr Li Kexin Assessing teeth

3. Placing the Braces

After the treatment plan is complete, we’ll schedule you for another appointment. This appointment begins with thorough scaling and polishing and cleaning of your teeth.

After the cleaning, the teeth are prepared for 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 archwire is placed into the brackets and held in place by the bracket doors.

Lady showing off her orthodontic braces

4. Oral Care with Braces

Good oral hygiene and maintaining a healthy set of gums and teeth is essential for the success of any orthodontic treatment.

As such, the dentist will go over the basics of bracket care and oral care with braces, how to brush and floss your teeth, and the correct kind of toothpaste to use.

We’ll provide you with some spindle brushes to help remove food particles when they get caught between the braces and your teeth.

Braces lady holding phone to her face taking selfie | Braces treatment in singapore

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 treatment, patients need 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 treatment.

professional braces cleaning

6. Finishing Treatment

After completing your 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 success as the lack of wearing retainers will result in a relapse, where teeth will start to revert to their previous position.

Getting a Clear plastic retainer in Singapore

Cost of Braces in Singapore

At NoFrills Dental, we aim to provide patients with high-quality dental services while maintaining affordable prices for the masses in Singapore.

We’ve priced our braces to cater to the different needs and budgets of all of our patients.

  • Metal Braces: $3,500 – $6,500+
  • Ceramic Braces: $5,000 -$6,500+
  • Self Ligating Braces: $5,800 – $7,300+
  • Lingual Braces: $5,000 – $13,000+
  • Invisalign: $1,888 – $6,500+

The cost of any orthodontic treatment is highly dependent on the current conditions of your teeth, the complexity of the case, and the type of braces used for treatment. 

You can check out our comprehensive guide to braces in Singapore for a detailed breakdown of the costs involved with treatment.

At NoFrills Dental, we have a variety of payment options available for patients. Speak to us to learn more about our payment plans.

Average Price of Braces:

$3,500 – $6,500
First Payment
(Initial consultation, x-rays & impressions)
An initial payment will be made which encompasses the initial consultation, x-rays & impression taking.
$250

Second Payment
(Treatment planning & placement of braces)
Once the treatment plan is complete, you’ll be scheduled for a second appointment, where the actual orthodontic treatment will begin.

During this visit, another payment will be made at the start of your orthodontic treatment.

$600 – $1,400

Balance Paid on Subsequent Visits
(Regular monthly adjustments)
You’ll come back once every 4 weeks for your braces adjustments.

All subsequent payments will be broken down into installments, paid during each visit to the dentist.

$150 – $500 / visit

*All prices indicated excludes 7% GST

**Prices quoted do not include other dental treatments such as extractionsretainersfillings, and cleaning

*** Flexible payment plans are available

FAQs About Braces

Here are some of the commonly asked questions that our dentists get from patients.

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 have metal/ceramic brackets cemented on the outer surfaces of teeth.

Both Invisalign and braces have the ability to treat misaligned teeth. 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 about the differences between Invisalign and braces, you can read our dedicated article on this topic.

How long does treatment take?

The entire duration of 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 month.

How often should I brush my teeth?

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.)

It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene whilst undergoing braces treatment, as good oral health can drastically impact the long term success of your orthodontic treatment, we have a dedicated article on oral hygiene maintenance with braces that dives deep on the ways you can maintain your pearly whites and excel at maintaining your oral health while undergoing braces treatment.

Do I need to visit my dentist after getting my braces?

Yes! Absolutely! When you have your braces on, you must 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 outcome.

Moreover, maintaining good oral health while on braces is essential, as regular cleanings will help you avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

What colour braces should I get?

Selecting & customising the colour of your braces is an added fun element to orthodontic treatment. There are virtually endless possibilities when it comes to customising the colour of your braces.

We have a dedicated article that dives deep into selecting the perfect colour of braces.

Can I use Medisave for braces treatment?

Generally, braces treatment is not claimable under the MediSave scheme. The MediSave scheme reserved for treatments that require surgery and is performed as a necessity due to medical reasons. 

Braces treatment is generally considered to be an elective procedure, as such, it is not MediSave claimable. However, in certain select cases, MediSave may be utilised. Contact us to find out if your braces treatment is claimable.

Do getting braces hurt?

Generally speaking, patients should never feel any unbearable pain while undergoing braces treatment.

However, there may be some discomfort resulting from the ‘tightness’ or sensitivity due to 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 is 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 prefer more aesthetic solutions such as Invisalign or ceramic braces to be discreet about their orthodontic treatment.

Different type of retainers available in Singapore

Retainers are an essential portion of any orthodontic treatment. Retainers hold newly shifted teeth in place by preventing them from relapsing.

There are 2 main types of retainers available after orthodontic treatment; fixed/permanent retainers and removable retainers.

If you’d like to understand more about the different types of retainers available to patients after completing your braces treatment, you can read our in-depth article on retainers in Singapore.

Which type of braces is the most discrete?

Generally speaking, the 3 main forms of ‘discrete’ braces include ceramic braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign clear aligners (Not braces). All 3 options have varying levels of discreteness, with lingual braces and Invisalign offering patients a virtually invisible solution.

Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are made from tooth-coloured ceramic brackets and utilize thin clear or metal archwires which make them less visible than conventional metal braces at a glance.

This type of braces can still be seen and aren’t invisible by any means. But they do offer patients a more discrete option when it comes to straightening their teeth.

Ceramic braces are also popular among patients who dislike the metallic look of conventional metal braces.

Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are the most discrete type of braces as they’re attached to the inner surface of teeth, hence providing patients with a virtually invisible solution when it comes to straightening their teeth.

However, lingual braces are only suitable for a certain type of malocclusion cases, are the most expensive type of braces option available, and have been known to be very uncomfortable.

Invisalign
Invisalign clear aligner treatment is by far the most aesthetic option when it comes to orthodontic treatment as it provides a very natural appearance.

The Invisalign system utilizes a series of clear plastic aligners that are worn over teeth. These aligners progressively shift teeth into a desired pre-planned position.

When worn, Invisalign aligners are barely visible due to Align Tech’s proprietary SmartTrack material that gives the aligners a transparent and clear look. Invisalign is without a doubt the ‘invisible’ alternative to braces when it comes to straightening teeth.

I want to get braces for my child, what should I do?

Every parent wants the best for their kids, and that includes a great smile. Getting braces is a viable option for ensuring that your child’s teeth grow in beautifully.

We have a dedicated article that dives deep into getting braces for your children in Singapore.

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Our Dental Clinics

We are conveniently located at these locations:

NoFrills Dental @ Suntec City

3 Temasek Boulevard
Suntec City (North Wing)
#03-317
Singapore 038983

T: +65 6337 7319
E: suntec@nofrillsdental.com.sg

NoFrills Dental @ Marina Square

6 Raffles Boulevard,
Marina Square,
#B1-11
Singapore 039594

T: +65 6227 8885
E: marinasquare@nofrillsdental.com.sg

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