Braces is a type of orthodontic treatment that is used to align crooked, protruding, or uneven teeth for a healthy and beautiful smile. If you have gaps between your teeth, you can also count on braces to help close these gaps. In addition to an improved smile, having straight teeth also means that brushing and flossing is made easier. This will result in healthier teeth and gums in the future.
After a successful treatment with braces, you should also be able to chew better and improve your facial profile.
For most patients, the best time to start braces is after all their milk teeth have been replaced by permanent teeth. This is usually between the ages of 11 to 14 years old. Contrary to popular notion, adults can also reap the same benefits as teenagers from braces treatment.
During the initial consultation, our dental specialist/ dentist will find out the details of your medical and dental history, discuss concerns you have with your teeth and advise the best form of orthodontic treatment to align them. Clinical records such as X-rays, impressions and photos of the teeth will be taken to help in an accurate diagnosis and planning of the treatment and type of braces for you.
Subsequent appointments involve insertion and adjustment of the braces.Insertion may take between 1 to 3 visits to complete depending on the type of braces.
After the braces are in the mouth, you will be reviewed and your braces adjusted every 4 to 8 weeks. You should avoid biting on large hard pieces of food (e.g. biting into an apple) to prevent dislodgement of your braces.
Initially, there may be some discomfort and feeling of ‘tightness’. Your teeth feel sore because they are moving into alignment. After a few days, the discomfort should lessen.
Occasionally, the inner side of your cheeks or lips may get an ulcer from rubbing against the braces. This can be quickly and easily relieved with the application of dental wax.
Treatment with fixed braces usually takes between 2 to 3 years, although it may sometimes be adjusted shorter and longer depending on the complexity of the case. After your braces are removed, your dental specialist/ dentist will provide you with removable or fixed retainers. Retainers need to be used throughout your life. They are important as they hold your teeth in their corrected positions after the braces have been removed.
Follow-Up Care – Regular Reviews
You should see your dental specialist/ dentist about 1-3 months after your retainers are fitted. Subsequently, you can arrange for your visit to coincide with your routine 6-monthly dental check-up.
|Consultation||$80 – $200|
|2 Digital x-rays (Orthopantomogram & Cephalometric x-rays)||$280|
|Metal braces||$5,200 – $6,500 (Dr May Ling Eide)
$6,500 (Dr Eugene Chan – includes all retainers: Essix & Bonded)
|Self-ligating steel braces||$6,200 – $6,800|
|Ceramic (tooth coloured) braces||$6,200 – $6,500 (Dr May Ling Eide)
$7,500 (Dr Eugene Chan – includes all retainers: Essix & Bonded)
|Lingual braces (placed behind the teeth)||$12,000 – $14,000^ (Dr May Ling Eide)
$16,000 – $18,000^ (Dr Eugene Chan – includes all retainers: Essix & Bonded)
*All fees are subject to 7% Singapore Goods and Service Tax.
* All fees are subject to change without prior notice.
Upon confirmation that you will proceed with your braces treatment, a 50% payment is collected during bond up. The remaining 50% of the balance can be made at subsequent review visits in instalments of SGD$250 each time.
^For lingual braces, first payment of $3,000 is collected when bond up is done; second payment of $2,500 is collected during the second appointment; and $300 will be collected during each review visit until the remaining treatment fees have been fully paid.
The information provided above is of a general nature only as you would need to be examined by our dental specialists/ dentists in order to confirm the best treatment option for you.
Depending on the individual, there may be other treatment fees involved, for instance, extraction. A more detailed estimate of the fees involved can be confirmed after the initial consultation.
Medisave does not apply to braces treatment. However, should you require wisdom teeth removal prior to braces treatment, Medisave may be utilized for the wisdom teeth surgery. For more details on Medisave coverage, please visit our Medisave Page.
Specialist Dental Group’s Braces team comprises of Dr Eugene Chan, a dental specialist in orthodontics who received his specialty training in Australia and Dr May Ling Eide, a dental surgeon who received her postgraduate training in orthodontics in the United Kingdom.
Each of them has undergone additional intensive training in the areas of teeth alignment. They have also spent many years doing these procedures on a regular basis and are very experienced with all aspects of orthodontic treatment. You can be assured that our dentists will be able to take care of your orthodontics needs, from simple to complex cases.
We can usually schedule for you to see our specialists/ dental surgeons within 24 hours and depending on your dental condition, it may be possible for you to start braces treatment on the same day as your initial consultation.
There are two main types of orthodontic treatments – fixed and removable appliances.
In order to know which orthodontic treatment is most suitable for you, consult one of our dental specialist/dentist and share with them your concerns (eg. aesthetic, comfort, affordability) so that they can advise accordingly.