Dental braces is a type of orthodontic treatment that helps to align crooked, protruding, or uneven teeth, transforming your teeth into a healthy and beautiful smile. Gaps in the teeth can also be closed by having braces treatment. In addition to achieving your desired smile, having straight and aligned teeth prevent bits of food from getting stuck in between gaps caused by crooked teeth. Brushing and flossing will be much easier and effective, resulting in healthier teeth and gums for a long time.
After a successful treatment with braces, you will achieve a good bite that makes it easier for you to bite, chew, and speak. Getting braces in Singapore is an easy process, you just need to understand the different types of braces available and make your choice!
For most patients, the best time to start braces is after all their milk teeth have been replaced by permanent teeth.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.
Getting braces in Singapore is not claimable under Medisave. Medisave can only be used for various dental surgical procedures. More information can be found here.Read More
|Consultation||$80 – $200|
|2 Digital x-rays (Orthopantomogram & Cephalometric x-rays)||$320|
|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.
Our orthodontics team handles the full range of misaligned teeth (malocclusions), including growth modications. They work closely with the other dental specialists in the team to manage patients with jaw problems.Read More
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.
Patients with high diabetes, blood pressure and heart problems must inform their orthodontic specialist/dentist before commencing any dental surgery or orthodontic treatment.
Pregnant women can undergo orthodontic treatment safely but need to inform their dentist so that appropriate changes can be made to some of your dental care.
There are various reasons for crooked teeth. They are namely genetics, premature loss of primary teeth and bad habits.
Genetics: some people are simply born with smaller jaws. In such cases, the teeth compete for space when erupting. Hence, they will rotate, move and overlap with other teeth in order to fully erupt into the oral cavity.
Early loss of primary teeth: The remaining teeth may shift in order to fill up the empty space left by the missing tooth. When the permanent tooth does replace the baby tooth, it may move from its normal position and erupt in a crooked manner.
Post braces or Invisalign treatment is important to maintain your new teeth positions. Orthodontic retainers are essential in holding your newly aligned teeth in place.Read More