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A Comprehensive Guide to Braces Costs in Singapore With FAQs

Updated 6 Dec 2023

Categories: Braces
Braces with blue rubber bands

On average, braces in Singapore cost between $3,221 and $6,500, depending on various factors such as the severity of your dental issues, the choice of braces, and the treating dentist’s expertise. This cost typically includes the full scope of treatment, from initial consultations and any preparatory work to the adjustments and aftercare needed throughout the journey.

Clinics like i.Dental offer plans for students and National Service Full-time (NSF) personnel to make braces treatment more affordable. For a detailed understanding of these packages and other financing methods, a consultation with your dentist is highly recommended.

Cost of Braces in Singapore

At i.Dental, the cost of braces treatment ranges from $4,212 to $9,180. We offer traditional (metal and ceramic), self-ligating (metal and ceramic), and invisible braces to address your teeth misalignment issues.

Types of bracesTraditional metal bracesTraditional ceramic braces
Self-ligating metal bracesSelf-ligating ceramic bracesInvisible braces
Price range$4,212 - $4,752$4,968 - $5,616$5,508 - $6,156$6,048 - $6,696$3,499 - $9,180
Pros
  • Affordable

  • Choice of modules (coloured rubber bands) available

  • No staining of brackets
  • Less visible than traditional metal braces

  • Choice of modules (coloured rubber bands) available
  • No staining of brackets

  • More hygienic than traditional metal braces as less food gets trapped between brackets

  • Requires fewer adjustments and follow up visits as compared to traditional metal braces

  • Has a shorter treatment time than traditional metal braces
  • Less noticeable than self-ligating metal braces

  • Less food gets stuck between brackets as compared to traditional metal braces

  • Fewer follow up appointments and readjustments are required as compared to traditional metal braces

  • Requires a shorter treatment time as compared to traditional metal braces
  • Promotes better oral hygiene as it allows you to continue brushing and flossing your teeth normally

  • Allows you to undergo treatment discreetly as it’s virtually invisible

  • Comfortable as there’s no irritation to the gums or surrounding tissues

  • Minimal interferences with your daily activities and diet as it’s removable
  • Cons
  • Most noticeable type of braces

  • Less hygienic as it’s difficult to clean in between brackets

  • Wires and sharp ends of brackets can cause mouth ulcers
  • Wires and rubber bands are still visible

  • Brackets can stain easily without proper care

  • Wires can cause mouth ulcers and irritation

  • Brackets are less durable than traditional metal braces

  • More costly than traditional metal braces
  • More expensive than traditional metal braces

  • Wires and sharp ends of brackets can cause mouth ulcers and irritation
  • Brackets can stain if not properly cared for

  • Wires are still visible

  • Wires can cause mouth ulcers and irritation

  • Brackets are less durable than self-ligating metal braces

  • More costly than self-ligating metal braces
  • Costly

  • Requires discipline for treatment to be effective
  • Since braces treatment plans are tailored to each person’s unique dental needs, a consultation with our dentists is recommended to create the best treatment plan for you.

    Factors Affecting the Costs of Braces

    The cost of braces can vary widely, influenced by several factors that go beyond the initial price of the braces themselves.

    • Teeth conditions

      Malocclusions such as spacing, excessive overjet, underbite, crowding, crossbites, and open bites all factor into the complexity of dental misalignment. The more severe these teeth conditions are, the longer and more complex the treatment. This in turn, potentially leads to higher costs.

    • Types of braces

      Besides teeth conditions, the cost also differs across the types of braces chosen:

      • Traditional metal braces: Generally the most affordable option.
      • Traditional ceramic braces: A mid-range cost for those seeking a less noticeable option.
      • Self-ligating metal braces: Pricier due to its advanced mechanism and less frequent maintenance.
      • Self-ligating ceramic braces: On the higher end, combining aesthetics with self-ligating technology.
      • Invisible braces: Usually the most expensive, offering the advantage of discretion.

    Cost Breakdown of Braces at i.Dental

    Over the last 3 decades, we’ve helped many clients achieve their dream smile. Our braces treatment at i.Dental is tailored to individual needs and starts from $4,212. The following sections will break down these costs, detailing what’s included in our services.

    Initial Consultation Price

    The initial consultation at i.Dental, priced at $237.60 including GST, lays the groundwork for your customised braces treatment plan. This cost encompasses consultations with your dentist and detailed diagnostic records, such as 4 X-rays, iTero scans, study models, and photographs. 

    These diagnostic records enable our dentists to thoroughly evaluate your dental condition and develop an individualised treatment plan, which will be shared with you alongside a virtual simulation of your expected treatment results. 

    1st Generation Braces Costs

    Our first-generation braces, also known as traditional braces include metal and ceramic options:

    • Traditional Metal Braces

      $4,033 - $4,796

      1st downpayment
      (Upon approval of dental treatment plan)
      $872
      Monthly instalment
      Varies according to balance amount after downpayment and treatment duration
    • Traditional Ceramic Braces

      $5,014 - $5,668

      1st downpayment
      (Upon approval of dental treatment plan)
      $872
      Monthly instalment
      Varies according to balance amount after downpayment and treatment duration

    2nd Generation Braces Costs

    2nd generation braces encompass our self-ligating options, both metal and ceramic:

    • Self-Ligating Metal Braces

      $5,559 - $6,213

      1st downpayment
      (Upon approval of dental treatment plan)
      $1,090
      Monthly instalment
      Varies according to balance amount after downpayment and treatment duration
    • Self-Ligating Ceramic Braces

      $6,104 - $6,758

      1st downpayment
      (Upon approval of dental treatment plan)
      $1,090
      Monthly instalment
      Varies according to balance amount after downpayment and treatment duration

    Cost of Braces for Students and NSFs

    Price:

    $3,815

    (Includes 9% GST)

    Consultation Package with diagnostic records + 1 set of clear retainers
    Included
    1st downpayment
    (Upon approval of dental treatment plan)
    $436
    2nd downpayment (when you put on your upper/lower braces)
    $436
    Monthly Payment
    To be advised

    To make braces treatment more accessible to students and NSFs, i.Dental is offering a treatment plan priced at $3,780 inclusive of GST. This plan covers traditional metal braces and includes:

    • Consultations
    • Diagnostic records
    • A set of clear retainers

    Eligibility extends to students below 25 years old with a valid student pass or NSFs with 11B. Details for a similar plan for self-ligating braces are available upon request. Additional dental services, if needed, are priced separately.

    • Conventional Ceramic Braces (1st Generation)

      $5,014 - $5,668

      Includes 9% GST

      Consultation package with diagnostic records
      $239.80
      1st downpayment for braces (both upper and lower)
      (Upon approval of dental treatment plan)
      $872
      Monthly instalment
      Varies according to balance amount after downpayment and treatment duration
      1 set of clear retainers (worth $490.50)
      (Included in package)
    • Self-Ligating Metal Braces (2nd Generation)

      $5,559 - $6,213

      Includes 9% GST

      Consultation package with diagnostic records
      $239.80
      1st downpayment
      (Upon approval of dental treatment plan)
      $1,090
      Monthly instalment
      Varies according to balance amount after downpayment and treatment duration
      1 set of clear retainers (worth $490.50)
      (Included in package)
    • Self-Ligating Ceramic Braces (2nd Generation)

      $6,104 - $6,758

      Includes 9% GST

      Consultation package with diagnostic records
      $239.80
      1st downpayment
      (Upon approval of dental treatment plan)
      $1,090
      Monthly instalment
      Varies according to balance amount after downpayment and treatment duration
      1 set of clear retainers (worth $490.50)
      (Included in package)

    Cost of Invisible Braces

    Price:

    $4360 - $9265

    1st downpayment
    (Upon approval of dental treatment plan)
    $872
    2nd downpayment
    (Upon issuing 1st set of aligners)
    $1,635
    Monthly Instalment
    $300 - $400

    For those considering alternatives to traditional and self-ligating braces, i.Dental offers Invisalign, a discreet way to straighten teeth with clear aligners. The cost of Invisalign treatment ranges from $3,499 to $9,180. This includes:

    • An initial consultation package priced at $237.60
    • Detailed assessments with X-rays and iTero scans

    Do note that this price doesn’t cover additional dental procedures that may be required. 

    Cost of Invisible Braces for Students and NSFs

    Price:

    $4,905 - $9,265

    1st downpayment
    (Upon approval of dental treatment plan)
    $872
    2nd downpayment
    (Upon issuing 1st set of aligners)
    $1,635
    Monthly Instalment
    $300 - $400
    A PAIR OF POST-TREATMENT CLEAR RETAINERS ($490.50)
    Included

    i.Dental also offers Invisalign treatment plans for students and NSFs with prices between $4,905 and $9,625. This plan includes a pair of post-treatment clear retainers.

    Do note that eligibility for this plan requires a valid student pass for those under 25 years old or an NSF with 11B. Additional dental treatments will incur separate charges.

    Cost of Retainers

    After your braces treatment is complete, retainers are essential to ensure your teeth remain in their new position. i.Dental offers various types of retainers, each with a different cost:

    • Permanent retainers: $327 per arch
    • Clear plastic retainers: $490 – $599.50 for one set or $708.50 – $817.50 for two sets
    • Vivera retainers (by Invisalign): $981 for three sets
    • Hawley retainers: $599.50 for one set

    Managing the cost of braces is made easier at i.Dental with flexible financing options.

    Instalment Plans

    We provide both in-house and credit card instalment plans so you can spread the cost of your treatment over time. Our dedicated Invisalign Clinic at Tanjong Pagar accepts OCBC credit card financing, while our other clinics accept both UOB and OCBC.

    Dental Insurance

    Dental insurance may cover certain treatments and surgeries but typically doesn’t extend to braces, which are often categorised as cosmetic procedures.

    For detailed information, visit our dental insurance information page.

    Subsidies

    It’s important to note that subsidies and MediSave are not applicable for cosmetic treatments like braces. 

    Please see our dental subsidies page for further details.

    FAQs

    Braces involve detailed preparatory work, custom manufacturing (for invisible braces), and regular dental visits for adjustments.

    Deciding if braces are worth the investment depends on your personal dental goals and needs. Straighter teeth not only enhance your smile but also contribute to better oral health. 

    Teeth that are aligned are easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. They also help evenly distribute bite pressure, which can protect against tooth wear and jaw problems. Ultimately, while braces come with a cost, the long-term health benefits and confidence gained can be substantial.

    MediSave is not available for non-surgical and cosmetic dental treatments, including braces and invisible aligners.

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