BRACES

Aesthetic Dentistry

BRACES

A healthy and beautiful smile can light up a room. Let us support you on your journey to achieving straight teeth with dental braces, suitable for all ages, including youths and adults.

Beyond being aesthetically pleasing, straightening your teeth helps with improving your oral health by making your teeth easier to clean and reducing the risk of plaque build-up.

By having an aligned bite, your teeth will be able to rest properly when chewing, reducing teeth grinding which may lead to premature wear and tear and can even improve speech problems such as lisps.

Visit us to get started on the right plan for dental braces.

HOW IT WORKS

At the first visit, our dentist may take X-rays, impressions, and photos of your teeth to diagnose any problems like an overbite, crowded or misaligned teeth, before providing a treatment plan.

The next 1-3 visits involve inserting the braces. Thereafter, our dentist will be seeing you every 4-8 weeks to adjust your braces, following the plan carefully crafted for you.

WHAT TO EXPECT

It might take a day or two to get used to talking and eating with your newly fixed braces.

The slight discomfort you experience is normal. Your teeth are in the process of straightening. Over time, this discomfort reduces as your teeth straighten out.

Meanwhile, avoid biting on hard pieces of food such as whole uncut apples to prevent your braces from dislodging.

If ulcers develop on the side of your cheeks or lips due to the friction from the braces, you can relieve it with dental wax provided by our dentist or bought over the counter at pharmacies.

Talk to our dentist if you experience any further discomfort, and we will adjust the treatment plan to a pace you are comfortable with.

DAMON BRACES

Some people may find the idea of the look of rubber bands in the teeth off-putting, preventing them from starting on a braces plan. For such cases, we may recommend the Damon system.

Damon braces are a self-tightening system that removes the need for elastic or metal ties. Combined with transparent brackets, they also look more discreet than conventional braces.

FEES AND SUBSIDIES

FEES

The cost of a single arch treatment, where braces are only used on the upper or lower teeth, start from $2,782.00, whereas the cost of a double arch treatment, where braces are put on both the upper and lower teeth, start from $4,228.00.

Traditional Braces
Single arch treatment (upper or lower teeth) From $2782.00
Double arch treatment (both upper and lower teeth) From $4,228.00
Damon self-ligating braces
Single arch treatment From $3,338.00
Double arch treatment From $5,340.00
Retainers From $200.00 per arch

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CHAS SUBSIDY

There are no CHAS subsidies available for dental braces. Visit the CHAS website for more information.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The treatment for dental braces takes between 2 – 3 years on average. The exact length will depend on your individual needs.

It might take a day or two to get used to talking and eating with your newly fixed braces in your mouth. In the meantime, also avoid biting on hard pieces of food such as whole uncut apples, to prevent your braces from dislodging.

The slight discomfort and tightness you experience will lessen as you get used to your dental braces. Your teeth are in the process of straightening and will feel more comfortable over time.

If ulcers develop on the side of your cheeks or lips due to the friction from the braces, you can relieve it with dental wax provided by our dentist or bought over the counter at pharmacies.

Do inform our dentist should you need help with managing any discomfort.

You will have to keep up your scheduled dental appointments and brush your teeth well. You should also care for your braces to prevent breakage, so that you complete your treatment within the expected duration.

If your braces become loose, call our clinic right away. You might need to book an earlier appointment to reapply your braces. Meanwhile, use dental wax to cover any sharp points and protect your mouth from getting cut.

If the bracket (part of the braces that attaches to each tooth) comes off, use a pair of clean tweezers to move it securely between teeth or on to a tooth to prevent it from sliding around.

Depending on the structure and placement of your teeth, we may need to extract one or a few teeth to make space for bringing the rest of them into alignment.

You will be required to wear retainers to maintain the alignment of your teeth in their corrected position. The removable retainers must be worn full time daily for the first six months, followed by night-time wear.

The duration of wear can be progressively reduced over time. However, we recommend that you continue to wear your retainers as often as possible to maintain the results of your newly straightened teeth.

Keep your retainers clean, simply by using a toothbrush and toothpaste, and rinse them with cool water. During your follow-up appointment every 6 months, our dentist will carry out regular professional cleaning of your teeth to keep them clean.

Getting treatment with dental braces may be done for aesthetic or functional reasons, or a combination of both.

You may find getting braces necessary if you experience problems with speaking or chewing well, or if you frequently bite on your lips, tongue and cheeks. Crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth also make it difficult to clean plaque and food debris effectively. Straightening your teeth through dental braces can help with correcting these issues.

As soon as all your permanent teeth are out, you can start your orthodontic treatment. The best time for braces is between the age of 12-24. On some occasions, our dentist will recommend early treatment.

It is never too late to have braces, as long as your gums are in good condition.

A quicker way to achieve straight teeth is by getting veneers, where a new set of teeth are bonded onto natural teeth. This process takes only a few visits to complete, as compared to braces which takes 1 – 2 years. Veneers can also improve the look of your teeth.

However, getting a set of veneers is more costly than braces. To find out if you are suitable for veneers, call us at 6336 6222 or submit an online enquiry with our form and we will be in touch with you.

Braces close gaps of various sizes and positions, and re-distribute the remaining gaps for an aesthetic filling.

Aside from braces, gaps can also be filled with composite resin bonding, where a tooth-coloured filling is added to the teeth to make them wider.

However, composite resin bonding only works when the gaps are small and symmetrical on both sides.

Damon braces and traditional braces are both used to straighten teeth. However, while a dentist manually adjusts the elastic bands that hold wires and brackets with traditional braces, Damon braces self-tighten according to the shape and structure of teeth.

Damon System metal braces are available in two materials, stainless steel or polycarbonate.

At NTUC Health Denticare, we offer several types of archwires that come in varying materials and sizes as well as a nickel-free solution. Feel free to have a chat with our dentists to determine which solution is right for you.

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