Braces are orthodontic treatment devices used in Singapore to align teeth and position them to create an ideal bite. Apart from straightening teeth and creating an aesthetic smile, braces also help to improve function by treating various forms of malocclusions such as underbites, overbites, cross bites, open bites, deep bites etc. This improves masticatory function (ability to chew well) and even speech. Crowded teeth hinder the ability to clean well because of poor access to rotated or irregularly positioned teeth, and can often result in tooth decay and gum disease. More often than not, dental hygiene and health improves after teeth are aligned well within the dental arches.
We offer both metal and ceramic braces at our clinic.
The best time to schedule an orthodontic assessment in Singapore for your child is when he/she is between 8-10 years old or when all baby teeth have fallen out. At this age, we will be able to detect abnormalities in dental development early on, when the growth of their jaws can still be manipulated. Early orthodontic intervention helps prevent more serious problems from developing in future.
If you are an adult wishing to straighten your teeth or improve your bite, you can get braces treatment at any age.
You are a suitable candidate for braces if you have no other pre-existing dental problems such as uncontrolled gum disease or dental caries. If you do, these need to be managed first. Having braces on with pre-existing dental disease can do more harm than good. It is important to get a thorough dental examination with x-rays taken to ensure that you are ready for orthodontic treatment or braces treatment in Singapore.
The types of braces in Singapore used for orthodontic treatment include:
Traditional metal braces involve brackets and wires, usually made of metal. They are attached to the teeth and repositioned however required. Metal braces are typically the least expensive option for braces treatment in Singapore. They are also the most common orthodontic treatment of choice in Singapore and remain very affective. However, metal braces are the most noticeable type of braces and may cause patients to feel self-conscious. Patients can choose to alter and somewhat improve the appearance of their metal braces with coloured bands, but it won't mask the appearance of their braces.
Ceramic braces in Singapore are very similar to metal braces in terms of size and shape, except they are made of a ceramic material that blends with the natural colour of teeth. As such, ceramic braces are a lot less noticeable than metal braces.
In terms of aligning teeth, ceramic braces are as effective as metal braces. They tend to be more popular as compared to metal braces due to their noticeability. However, ceramic braces are typically more expensive than metal braces and run the risk of becoming stained if not cared for properly.
Lingual braces work the same way as traditional metal braces, except they are attached to the inside of teeth instead of outside. As such, lingual braces are not visible at all. Lingual braces are however a lot less effective than traditional braces treatment and often take a longer time to achieved desired tooth alignment. Lingual braces may also be more uncomfortable as they come into direct contact with the tongue and may be more difficult to clean.
Self ligating braces utilise clips instead of elastic bands to hold the metal brackets of the brace in place. As a result, there is less friction and easier to clean. Self ligating braces have similar efficacy to metal braces but are more expensive.
The duration of treatment depends on several factors: the amount of tooth movement we are trying to achieve, the severity of crowding/spacing/malocclusion to begin with etc. As an estimate, most orthodontic treatment or braces treatment take between 12-24 months to complete. There is no difference in duration between ceramic, metal or self ligating braces. If you wish to complete your orthodontic treatment as quickly as possible, we can speed up this process with the use of Propel VPro+, a high frequency vibration device that accelerates tooth movement. This can be used in conjunction with Invisalign aligners as well.
In Singapore, the cost of braces usually starts from $3,900 depending on the type of braces treatment you choose and the complexity of your case. Speak with our dentists to find out the cost of braces.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth and orthodontic treatment by using a custom-made series of aligners created for you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop a new set of aligners in approximately once every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.
|Clear aligners are virtually invisible||Requires brackets and wires|
|Smooth comfortable plastic aligners||Wires can poke and irritate mouth|
|Aligners are removable for easy clean||Brushing and flossing requires more effort|
|Eat whatever you want||Many food restrictions|
Invisalign can be used to treat patients of any age. However, because the mechanics of Invisalign aligners differ from braces, it may not be as efficient in treating severe orthodontic problems.
The main contraindication for Invisalign is poor compliance. Because it is a removable appliance, its effectiveness depends heavily on how diligent the patient is with wearing the aligners for the required number of hours per day.
First, your dentist will take a 3D scan of your teeth, x-rays and a set of photos. This information will then be used to create a series of custom made Invisalign aligners. These aligners fit snugly over your teeth and exerts gentle pressure to move your teeth by a small amount each time. Most of the time, tooth-coloured attachments will be placed on your teeth to provide an additional surface for the aligners to push on, therefore having a greater degree of control over teeth movement. The aligners are changed once every 1-2 weeks, or as prescribed by your dentist.
Yes, simply remove your Invisalign aligners, then brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
It is advised to wear a mouth guard over your braces during contact sports. You may experience some difficulty playing wind instruments with braces on, but you should be able to get used to it after some practice.
You may experience some lisping when you first get your braces but it should get better eventually.
It is advisable to eat soft foods after the first few days of getting your braces. In general, those with braces should avoid:
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It is ideal that you clean your teeth and braces after every meal. Pay careful attention to each tooth and its surrounding gemlike. You should also gently brush your braces with toothpaste. It is important that you take care of your teeth and braces to avoid dental problems like decay. You should also go for regular check ups at the dentist to get your braces monitored.
This will depend on the extent of your condition. Braces can only correct dental abnormalities like crooked teeth or poor bite. Jaw surgery is necessary when the bite is misaligned due to different jaw sizes or asymmetry between the lower jaw and upper jaw.
At the start of your braces treatment and subsequently after every braces adjustment, you will experience a dull aching sensation in your teeth. You may also get ulcers due to the metal brackets of the braces. However, this can be remedied by taking paracetamol or placing clear wax over.