Braces

Bringing your teeth together

Why get braces?

Braces have been around for 40 years and are time-tested to be effective in correcting a wide variety of conditions.

There are obvious aesthetic reasons for wanting to fix your crooked teeth, but a straight smile is also great for your oral health. In most cases of crooked teeth, a misaligned bite means that your teeth don’t meet properly and the uneven pressure could lead to premature wear-and-tear issues. When your teeth are straight, they also become easier to brush and clean since there are no nooks and crannies for plaque to hide.

Benefits of braces

  • Boost Your Confidence

    Increase your self-esteem by improving your appearance.

  • Prevents Decay & Gum Diseases

    Decrease the likelihood of gum diseases and premature loss of teeth due to decay in crowded, overlapping teeth.

  • Eliminate Speech Problems

    Effectively corrects speech defects due to poor teeth alignment.

  • Corrects Poorly Grown Jaws

    Develops your jawbone and helps correct problematic jaws in adulthood with the help of jaw surgery.

Straighten your teeth with braces

Our dentists recommend starting orthodontic treatment at the age of 10 or 15 years old at the onset of puberty.

Braces corrects a wide variety of problems like Spacing, Crossbite, Open Bite, Overjet, Reverse Bite and Misplaced tooth. To know more about how our braces in Singapore can help treat your teeth conditions, please book an appointment with our clinic for a consultation.

  • Spacing

    Spacing is when you have extra space between two or more of your teeth. It may appear unattractive and cause speech problems.

  • Excessive Overjet

    An excessive overjet is when your upper front teeth extend too far over your lower front teeth.

  • Underbite (Reverse Overjet)

    An underbite is a condition when your lower teeth and jaw protrude in front of the upper teeth. Severe cases may cause difficulty biting or chewing food or challenges when speaking.

  • Crowding

    Crowding is when you don’t have enough room in your jaw for your teeth to fit normally. Your teeth can bunch up, overlap and twist, sometimes getting pushed to the front of the back.

  • Crossbite

    A crossbite is when you close your mouth and some of your upper teeth are sitting inside of your lower teeth – rather than on the outside like they normally would. This may lead to abnormal tooth wear and chipping.

  • Open Bite

    An open bite is when your upper and lower teeth don’t touch when your mouth is closed. An open bite may affect your appearance and may cause speech problems like having a lisp.

Types of braces

Metal braces is the most common and popular form of treatment. These are conventional type of braces and they consist of metal brackets stuck onto the front of teeth, elastic modules and an arch wire.

This 1st generation braces has the oldest technology and is most commonly seen. 

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Choice of modules (coloured rubber bands) available
Cons
  • Most noticeable type of braces
  • Less hygienic as it is difficult to clean in-between brackets
  • Sharp ends of brackets often cause mouth ulcers

This is the ceramic version of 1st generation braces. The difference between the ceramic and metal braces is the colour of the modules. Ceramic braces are tooth-coloured, making them less visible. However, this also means that they are more prone to staining. 

Pros
  • Less noticeable than metal braces
Cons
  • More expensive than metal braces 
  • Ligature can stain easily without proper care

Self-ligating braces (2nd generation) use a ‘sliding door’ technique in which metal brackets are stuck onto the front of teeth, allowing the arch wire to slide back and forth without the need for rubber bands to hold it in place.

Pros
  • More hygienic than traditional metal braces as less food gets trapped between brackets
  • Requires fewer adjustments and visits to the dentists compared to conventional braces
  • Shorter treatment time than 1st generation metal braces
  • No staining problems
Cons
  • More expensive than traditional metal braces
  • Technique sensitive

For self-ligating ceramic braces, it uses the 2nd generation technology such that there are no concerns associated with rubber bands, while still being less visible since they are tooth-coloured. 

Pros
  • Less visible than metal braces
Cons
  • More costly than metal braces
  • Ligature can stain easily without proper care

Invisalign, also known as invisible braces, is made of smooth plastic aligners that are virtually invisible, removable and fit comfortably over the teeth. Each aligner is specially customized and will gradually shift your teeth overtime.

Pros
  • Promotes best oral hygiene as it allows you to continue brushing and flossing your teeth normally
  • Almost invisible and allow you to undergo treatment discreetly
  • Comfortable as there is no irritation to the gums or surround tissues
  • Removable and has minimal interferences on your daily activities and diet
Cons
  • Costly

Metal braces is the most common and popular form of treatment. These are conventional type of braces and they consist of metal brackets stuck onto the front of teeth, elastic modules and an arch wire.

This 1st generation braces has the oldest technology and is most commonly seen. 

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Choice of modules (coloured rubber bands) available
Cons
  • Most noticeable type of braces
  • Less hygienic as it is difficult to clean in-between brackets
  • Sharp ends of brackets often cause mouth ulcers

This is the ceramic version of 1st generation braces. The difference between the ceramic and metal braces is the colour of the modules. Ceramic braces are tooth-coloured, making them less visible. However, this also means that they are more prone to staining. 

Pros
  • Less noticeable than metal braces
Cons
  • More expensive than metal braces 
  • Ligature can stain easily without proper care

Self-ligating braces (2nd generation) use a ‘sliding door’ technique in which metal brackets are stuck onto the front of teeth, allowing the arch wire to slide back and forth without the need for rubber bands to hold it in place.

Pros
  • More hygienic than traditional metal braces as less food gets trapped between brackets
  • Requires fewer adjustments and visits to the dentists compared to conventional braces
  • Shorter treatment time than 1st generation metal braces
  • No staining problems
Cons
  • More expensive than traditional metal braces
  • Technique sensitive

For self-ligating ceramic braces, it uses the 2nd generation technology such that there are no concerns associated with rubber bands, while still being less visible since they are tooth-coloured. 

Pros
  • Less visible than metal braces
Cons
  • More costly than metal braces
  • Ligature can stain easily without proper care

Invisalign, also known as invisible braces, is made of smooth plastic aligners that are virtually invisible, removable and fit comfortably over the teeth. Each aligner is specially customized and will gradually shift your teeth overtime.

Pros
  • Promotes best oral hygiene as it allows you to continue brushing and flossing your teeth normally
  • Almost invisible and allow you to undergo treatment discreetly
  • Comfortable as there is no irritation to the gums or surround tissues
  • Removable and has minimal interferences on your daily activities and diet
Cons
  • Costly

How much do braces cost in Singapore?

The cost of braces treatment starts from $4,100 depending on the complexity of your case. The initial consultation fee ranges from $21.40 – $74.90 (7% GST included). Should you decide to proceed further, we will need to collect some diagnostic records for an in-depth assessment of your teeth conditions and that includes taking a couple of x-rays, photos and a study model.

Kindly refer to the following table for a rough breakdown of the cost. Book an appointment with us to learn more about our in-house and credit card financing programmes.

1st Generation

  • Traditional Metal Braces

    $4,173 - $4,387

    Consultation Package with diagnostic records
    $235.40
    Down Payment
    $856.00
    Monthly Payment
    $192.60
    Post-Treatment Retainer
    $481.50
  • Traditional Ceramic Braces

    $4,922 - $5,136

    Consultation Package with diagnostic records
    $235.40
    Down Payment
    $856.00
    Monthly Payment
    $246.10
    Post-Treatment Retainer
    $481.50

2nd Generation

  • Self-Ligating Metal Braces

    $5,457 - $5,671

    Consultation Package with diagnostic records
    $235.40
    Down Payment
    $1,070
    Monthly Payment
    $288.90
    Post-Treatment Retainer
    $481.50
  • Self-Ligating Ceramic Braces

    $6,206 - $6,420

    Consultation Package with diagnostic records
    $235.40
    Down Payment
    $1,070
    Monthly Payment
    $321
    Post-Treatment Retainer
    $481.50

Braces Plan for Students & NSF

Our Students & NSF prices for conventional metal braces starts from $4,100. On your first visit, you pay $235.40 (7% GST included) for the consultation plan which includes 2 consultations, 4 x-rays, study model, photos.

Kindly refer to the following table for a rough breakdown of the cost. Contact us to learn more about our in-house and credit card financing programmes.

For the Students & NSF plan to be valid, you must be one of the following:

  • Local or foreign students with valid student pass and below 25 years old.
  • NSF with 11B.

1st Generation

  • Traditional Metal Braces

    $4,173 - $4,387

    Consultation Package with diagnostic records
    $235.40
    Down Payment
    $856.00
    Monthly Payment
    $192.60
    PRICE IS INCLUSIVE OF A PAIR OF POST-TREATMENT RETAINER
    $481.50
  • Traditional Ceramic Braces

    $4,922 - $5,136

    Consultation Package with diagnostic records
    $235.40
    Down Payment
    $856.00
    Monthly Payment
    $246.10
    PRICE IS INCLUSIVE OF A PAIR OF POST-TREATMENT RETAINER
    $481.50

2nd Generation

  • Self-Ligating Metal Braces

    $5,457 - $5,671

    Consultation Package with diagnostic records
    $235.40
    Down Payment
    $1,070
    Monthly Payment
    $288.90
    PRICE IS INCLUSIVE OF A PAIR OF POST-TREATMENT RETAINER
    $481.50
  • Self-Ligating Ceramic Braces

    $6,206 - $6,420

    Consultation Package with diagnostic records
    $235.40
    Down Payment
    $1,070
    Monthly Payment
    $321
    PRICE IS INCLUSIVE OF A PAIR OF POST-TREATMENT RETAINER
    $481.50

*Prices above do not include other services such as scaling and polishing, extractions, retainers and/or fillings, if required.

Braces for children – What is the best age to start?

While there is no one ‘best’ age to start orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the first orthodontic assessment is done by the age of 7. This age group has the potential to benefit most from early assessment and intervention.

It allows us to help identify early signs of misalignment and guide the optimal growth of teeth and the dental arch, which is extremely difficult or even impossible in older age groups. The benefits of early orthodontic treatment can be wide ranging:

  • Achieving true expansion of the dental arch without jaw surgery
  • Avoiding teeth extractions to gain space for teeth alignment
  • Identifying and intervening in underlying dental problems before starting orthodontic treatment

These can all lead to less invasive, less expensive, and shorter treatments, as well as increased compliance to orthodontic treatment by the child.

Thereafter, the best age to get braces is 10 – 14 years old.

FAQs

Fixed orthodontic treatment usually requires you to wear braces for 12-24 months depending on the complexity of the case. Treatment time varies depending on the complexity of the case. Your dentist will evaluate your case and provide you with an estimated treatment time.

An appointment will be scheduled with your dentist every 4 to 8 weeks to have your braces adjusted. It is extremely important that you meet your dentist on your scheduled dental appointment dates to stick to the treatment time frame.

At the onset of wearing braces, you will need to undergo a period of adaptation to get used to having something foreign in your mouth. At the start of the treatment and after every subsequent braces adjustment, you will experience dull aching in your teeth. Painkillers like paracetamol can help alleviate the pain. The metal brackets may also cause irritation of gums and lips resulting in ulcers. However, this could be remedied by placing clear wax over the metal brackets.

Lisping may be a problem at first, but with time, you will quickly adapt to your braces and speak clearly again.

For fixed braces, wearing a special mouth guard over your braces is advised during contact sports.

Fixed Braces may affect your ability to play wind instruments, but after some practice, one should be able to get used to.

Eating some types of food can damage or even break your braces. For the first few days of your braces treatment, it is advisable that you keep to soft food or food cut into small pieces. With fixed braces, you should avoid these foods and drinks:

  • Sticky, chewy & sugary food – These can stick to your braces and are very difficult to remove.
  • Hard food – Hard food such as whole apples, carrots, French bread and crusty rolls can break the wires and brackets of your braces.
  • Fizzy drinks & natural fruit juices – These are often high in sugar and/or are rather acidic with high chance of causing tooth decay and erosion. To minimise the staining of your brackets, use a straw to consume them.

It is extremely important that you put in time and effort to keep your teeth and braces clean to avoid problems such as dental decay and gum inflammation. During this period, regular dental check-ups are required so that the health of your teeth and gums can be constantly monitored by your dentist.

You should clean your teeth and braces thoroughly after each meal. Pay special attention to each individual tooth and the gum line around it. Gently brush your braces with toothpaste before rinsing them thoroughly with clean water.

  • Total care toothpastes & oral mousse – These contain a number of active ingredients such as fluoride or tartar control that help to control plaque, dental decay and gum disease besides freshening your breath.
  • Inter-dental brushes – These come with special compact bristles that can squeeze in-between your teeth and help to clean around the brackets of fixed braces.
  • Floss threaders – You can use these to help you to get your dental floss under your braces wire to remove trapped food particles in-between your teeth.
  • Disclosing tablets – These contain a harmless dye that stains dental plaque. With this, it makes it easier for you to spot and remove plaque on your teeth when you are brushing.
  • Fluoride mouth rinses – Using this regularly can help to prevent dental decay and tooth decalcification. However, you should only use them under the guidance and instruction of your dentist.

If you lose or damage your braces, you need to contact our clinic immediately. Do not wait until your next routine appointment as your treatment progress might be affected.

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