DENTAL BRACES

Aesthetic Dentistry

Dental Braces

Dental braces are effective in straightening your teeth and correcting your bite. In addition to achieving a beautiful smile at the end of the treatment, dental braces can also be beneficial to your oral health.

Straightened teeth are easier to clean thoroughly, reducing the risk of plaque build-up.

An aligned bite allows your teeth to rest properly when you chew, reducing teeth grinding which may lead to premature wear-and-tear of your teeth.

Fees

Single arch treatment From $2,782.00
Double arch treatment From $4,228.00
Retainers (per arch) From $170.00

Frequently Asked Questions on Braces

At an orthodontic consultation, our dentist will evaluate your problem and explain the details of the treatment required. X-rays, impressions and photos of the teeth are taken to help in an accurate diagnosis and planning of the treatment and type of braces for you. Subsequent appointments involve insertion of the braces. This may take between 1-3 visits to complete depending on the type of braces. After the braces are inserted, you will see our orthodontist every 4-8 weeks to have your braces adjusted.
Treatment with fixed braces usually takes between 2-3 years, although total treatment time will vary according to the complexity of the condition.
You can resume your normal daily activities right after the treatment. Speech may be affected initially as some patients take a day or two to get used to the fixed braces in the mouth. Avoid biting on hard pieces of food (e.g. biting into an apple) to prevent dislodgement of your braces.
You may experience some discomfort and general feeling of tightness as teeth are being shifted. After a few days, the discomfort lessens as you get used to them and as your teeth get straighter with time.Occasionally, the inner side of your cheeks or lips may get an ulcer from rubbing against the braces which can be quickly and easily relieved with orthodontic wax. If the ulcer is severe, please inform our orthodontist and schedule for an earlier appointment.
Braces need a series of appointments to complete. For predictable results, you have to ensure you keep to your scheduled appointments and brush your teeth well. Maintenance of adequate oral hygiene is crucial and regular professional dental cleaning every 3-6 months is essential for a good overall treatment outcome. Caring for your braces and preventing breakages helps to ensure that you complete your treatment within the expected duration.
Your braces are applied to your teeth with special “tooth glue”, which means that in rare occurrences brackets can dislodge themselves after your braces are applied. Please call our clinic if this happens and we will re-affix your brace.
It depends on the crowdedness of your teeth. Sometimes, teeth can be aligned without the need for extractions. In some situations, extraction is needed to create space for aligning crooked teeth properly and achieving good overall treatment outcome.
After your orthodontic treatment is completed, your braces are removed. You will need to wear your retainers to maintain your teeth in their corrected positions and prevent relapse (teeth moving out of alignment). Retainers can be removable or fixed onto the back of your teeth. Our orthodontist will prescribe the best design for you. The removable retainers have to be worn full time daily for the first six months, followed by night time wear and this is reduced over time. Keep your retainers clean with simple brushing using a toothbrush and toothpaste and rinse with cool water. A dental follow-up every 6 months helps to maintain optimal treatment results and overall dental health. Follow-ups can be done during your regular professional dental cleaning.
Reasons for orthodontic treatment may be aesthetic, functional or a combination of both. Aesthetic reasons include crowded teeth, gaps between teeth or teeth that are misaligned. Functional reasons include speech difficulties, chewing difficulties, discomfort caused by biting of gums, lips or cheeks, impacted teeth that affect cleaning and predispose teeth to decay and gum disease, and jaw length problems. Please consult our orthodontist for a proper assessment.
The best time to start orthodontic treatment is after all their milk teeth have been replaced by permanent teeth. This is usually between 12-14 years of age. In some situations, our orthodontist may advise you to start treatment earlier due to functional or jaw growth problems.
It is never too late to have braces as long as your gums are in good condition.
Orthodontic treatment typically takes 1-2 years to complete. Alternatively, veneers may be suitable for people with busy schedules. Veneers treatment requires minor adjustment to the natural teeth. In a few days, the completed new teeth may be bonded onto to the natural teeth. The overall process typically takes only a few days to complete. In addition, veneers can dramatically enhance the color of the teeth to any color shade one desires. The overall treatment cost of veneers is higher than that of braces and not everyone is suitable for veneers.
Gaps can be closed through various methods. There are multiple variables in treating gaps and our dentist will need to assess the cause and nature of the gaps, the location and the size of the gaps so that a comprehensive treatment can be prescribed. Braces are more versatile to address gaps between teeth as braces can close gaps of various sizes and positions, and re-distribute the remaining gaps for an aesthetic filling. Braces can also be combined with composite resin bonding. With composite resin bonding, a tooth-colored filling is added to the teeth to make them bigger so as to close the spaces. Composite resin bonding only works when the gaps are small and symmetrical on both sides. Porcelain veneers may also be another option.

DAMON SYSTEM

Damon System

Certified Damon System doctors combine three key components to deliver faster treatment, fewer appointments, greater comfort, and consistent high-quality results:

  1. Damon passive self-ligating braces eliminate the need for elastic or metal “ties”. With Damon tie-less braces, you can experience treatment without tightening.
  2. Light high-technology shape-memory wires will move your teeth faster and require fewer adjustments.
  3. This new clinically proven treatment approach aligns your teeth and enhances your facial aesthetics—usually without extractions or rapid palatal expanders.

Damon braces are designed to be discreet, comfortable and easy for you to maintain oral hygiene. Without the elastic ties which attract and collect plaque, Damon braces will be able to protect your gum health during the treatment. Plus, clear brackets are available for the Damon System, for an invisible braces look.

Frequently Asked Questions on Damon System

With the Damon System, we don’t just align the teeth; we create beautiful smiles. Your Damon orthodontist takes into account a number of factors when first diagnosing your smile. Each individual’s face, profile and other factors are import in anticipating what they will look like in their 40s, 50s and beyond. The Damon System is designed to deliver results for a lifetime.
Treatment time with the Damon System is typically much faster than with conventional braces. Also, far fewer appointments are required during treatment.
No. In fact, what makes the Damon System work so quickly is that it uses far gentler, more biologically sensible forces than conventional braces. The low-friction nature of the system assures improved tooth position and improved facial harmony. Very light “shape memory” titanium wires are used that gently guide your teeth to their ideal position. Many people experience very little discomfort.
Very light “shape memory” titanium wires are used that gently guide your teeth to their ideal position. Many people experience very little discomfort.
Damon System metal braces are available in two materials, stainless steel or polycarbonate for exceptional strength and durability.
Damon System offers several types of archwires that come in varying materials and sizes as well as a nickel free solution. Talk to your Orthodontist to determine which solution is best for your treatment.

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