Want to get your teeth aligned, straight and beautiful?
Braces can help you achieve that!
Orthodontics, or more commonly known as Braces, is a treatment that aims to enhance your smile aesthetics, improve on your oral function, and provide greater accessibility or optimal oral hygiene, all simply by straightening your teeth.
The most common reason for getting braces is to fix crooked teeth and improve one’s appearance. Well-aligned teeth indeed boost one’s self-confidence, but the benefits of braces go way beyond just aesthetics. Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss, which improves your ability to better maintain your oral hygiene and reduce the risk of gum disease or tooth decay. Well-aligned teeth reduce poor biting and chewing which may lead to problems with the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and even digestion problems. On top of that, braces can also correct speech defects due to poor teeth alignment.
“I hate how ugly my teeth look! They are messy and everywhere!”
“I do not dare to smile with my mouth open”
“My friends laugh at my vampire teeth”
Have any of these above ever come across your mind? In a survey done by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, nearly half of adults (48%) believe that a smile is the most memorable feature after first meeting someone. People with a flawed smile are seen to be less attractive (37%) and less confident (25%) than those with perfect teeth.
Contact us now to find out more on how braces can help you.
There are different types of braces available in the market, each with its advantages.
1) Traditional metal braces
The most common option which consists of metal brackets and metal wires, secured by coloured elastics known as modules. This 1st generation braces is the most affordable option, but comes with some cons such as noticeable brackets and ulceration at the start.
2) Ceramic braces
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces, but less visible. The brackets are tooth-coloured, making them less noticeable. However, this also means that they are more prone to staining.
3) Self-ligating braces
Self-ligating braces are the 2nd generation braces, which make use of a ‘sliding door’ technique in which metal brackets can secure the wire without the need for elastic modules. This thus reduces friction and pressure, delivering faster treatment, fewer appointments and greater comfort.
4) Clear aligners
Clear aligners (such as Invisalign) consist of a series of clear removable plastic tray aligners which gradually straighten teeth. They are almost unnoticeable and allow you to undergo treatment discreetly. This option is more comfortable too as there is no irritation to gums or surrounding tissues.
Different types of braces may suit different individuals, depending on the case and requirements. For some cases, such as overcrowding, teeth extraction might be necessary to create space to achieve optimal results.
Investing in orthodontic treatment to correct a problem earlier in age is generally less costly than restorative dental treatment required to treat more serious problems that can develop in the later years.
Dentists generally recommend starting orthodontic treatment as early as possible after most adult teeth have grown out (between 10-15 years old), during the onset of puberty. However, there is no age limit for orthodontic treatment and we accept patients of all ages!
For complicated cases, our team will refer you to a specialist (orthodontist) for better management.
Treatment time varies depending on the complexity of the case. During the consultation, our dentist will evaluate your case and provide you with an estimated duration. Generally, it takes approximately 12-24 months.
The interval for each visit depends on the type of braces treatment you are undergoing. For traditional metal braces, it will be every 4 weeks, whereas for self-ligating braces, it can be once every 6-8 weeks.
For clear aligners, the interval depends on the number of sets of trays issued to you.
With “extra” things in your mouth, speech may be altered at the start. Nonetheless, you will quickly adapt to it and be able to speak clearly again. For metal braces, it is also normal to experience ulceration but wax will be provided which can help you ease the condition.
With “extra” things in your mouth, more precautions should be taken especially when eating. Try to avoid hard food as it may break the wire or dislodge the brackets. Sticky and chewy food should be avoided too as they can stick to your braces and may be hard to remove.
Maintaining good oral hygiene and cleaning your teeth is very important, especially with braces on. Spend more time brushing your teeth and make use of interdental brush to clean the area in between your teeth and around the brackets.
For those who are more prone to decay, our dentist may advise you to use more fluoride mouth rinse too.
The exact price depends on the type of braces and the complexity of each case.
Our braces consultation is $200, comes with 2 different X-rays (OPG and Lat Ceph), study model impression and treatment planning with our doctor. From there, you will get a quotation for the entire treatment, which generally starts from $3,800 for traditional metal braces and $4,300 of self-ligating braces.
Dental treatments are generally not claimable under the Medisave scheme unless the treatment involves surgery and is performed due to medical reasons. Therefore, non-surgical dental treatments such as braces are not Medisave-claimable.
However, in the event of complex braces treatment whereby surgical procedure is required to expose unerupted teeth, the surgical fees may be Medisave-claimable.
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