I’m sure you stumbled upon this page after searching about braces in Singapore on your search bar. Well, now you can put on your best smile because you have come to the right place. Here, I share with you all my answers to your most frequent questions about braces!
How can dental braces help me?
Conscious about your misaligned teeth? Thanks to Orthodontics, you don’t have to worry anymore. Orthodontists are specialized dentists who deal specifically with this problem, and they offer multiple treatment options you can choose from.
Dental braces not only help to straighten your teeth, it can also fix underbites and overbites. Research also show that getting braces can improve your over-all dental hygiene and boost self-confidence.
You can have the traditional metal braces, or if you want a less noticeable option, you can either have the ceramic braces or clear aligners like Invisalign. Finally, if you really want your braces hidden, you can also opt for lingual braces. Read on to know more about each treatment option, costs and each of their specific features.
Where can I get braces in Singapore?
If you’re looking for an affordable choice, I have read that the Post Graduate Orthodontic Clinic at NUS offers orthodontic treatment at a fixed price of $2800 (plus X-Ray and extraction fees), where treatments are performed by post grad orthodontic students under supervision of a professional.
Also, you can get your braces from General Practitioners (GPs) in Singapore and you can even avail Invisalign treatment from most of them.
In my humble opinion, and from many years of experience working with patients, I don’t believe that these two are your best options. Instead, I feel that Orthodontists give the best level of service to patients because their three extra years of training and learning orthodontic techniques allow them to detect and treat more complicated cases.
What are the payment options for braces in Singapore?
In Singapore, it is important to note that your braces cannot be paid for by your Medisave since it is exclusively used for surgical procedures.
However, in patients with severe cases where their misaligned teeth lead to serious health problems, braces can be covered by your dental insurance if you seek specialist examinations that can support your need for braces for medical purposes.
Aside from these serious cases, teeth-straightening treatments are commonly recognized as a cosmetic procedure and cannot be covered by your insurance.
But don’t worry, here, I give you three ways I know on how you can pay for your braces:
- In most dental clinics, an upfront payment of 50% of the total fee is required during your first visit. Then, you can continue to pay in the follow- up appointments until the treatment is completed.
- You can also ask the dental clinics if they have instalment plans. Some clinics offer this option also.
- It’s free! — if you’re famous enough to get a sponsorship, that is. Lucky you!
What are the different teeth-straightening treatments I can choose from?
In Singapore, the metal braces are the most conventional type of teeth-straightening method. These braces have the longest track record in the teeth-straightening business. If you can recall as early as your elementary or high school years, some of your friends and classmates had those unflattering, brightly-colored metal fences on their teeth!
These metal braces are composed of metal wires that are designed to adjust the position of your teeth. These wires tighten and over a given period of time (depending on complexity and development) until the desired result is achieved.
Aside from being widely known to have a noticeable and unpleasant appearance, these metal wires oftentimes cause abrasions and ulcerations which can be painful and uncomfortable. In addition, these metal braces are not removable, so food tend to get trapped making it harder to clean.
Since metal braces are the most common type of braces in Singapore, they are also the cheapest one you can avail. The cost of metal braces treatment ranges from $3000 to $4500 depending on the complexity of the treatment. Most dentists recommend metal braces treatment for more complex cases.
If you want something that is less noticeable than the metal braces, then the ceramic braces would be a better choice for you. Ceramic braces are basically just the same as metal braces except for the color. Compared to metals ones that really appear shiny and colorful, the ceramic braces are designed to blend with the color of the teeth. For this treatment, you can either opt for white metal ties or clear elastic ties to secure the braces on your teeth.
The ceramic brackets are larger than the metal ones making it harder to clean and can cause cuts and soreness on the mouth area. Also, because ceramic is made of brittle material, it tends to chip and crack and may require more trips to your dentist because the ties need to be regularly replaced. This often result to a longer treatment time and higher cost compared to metal brackets.
I have read a lot of blog reviews that discourage the use of ceramic braces because according to them, while the ceramic brackets don’t stain, the ties tend to develop discoloration when you eat or drink food that cause stain on the teeth.
From my viewpoint, I don’t agree with this because this situation about staining can always be prevented. For example, if you are a coffee lover, I will not prevent you from getting ceramic braces. Instead, I will advise you properly so that you will have to take extra care.
The cost for ceramic braces in Singapore is $4000 to $5500. In order to save on treatment, some patients in Singapore choose to have their ceramic braces on the more noticeable upper front teeth and metal braces on the less visible lower teeth.
Clear aligners e.g. Invisalign
It seems to me that it cannot be denied that Invisalign is the most popularly known and proven type of clear aligners. Invisalign is an almost invisible substitute to traditional metal braces. The treatment includes a set of custom-made clear aligners. Each set is designed to gradually align your teeth for about two to three weeks, then a new set of Invisalign aligner will replace the previous set. The number of sets may vary from 15 to 25 or more depending on how many is required by your dentist.
Here I discuss the two great features of this type of treatment:
The first feature: reduced pain and discomfort.
It is commonly known that conventional braces use metal and most often cause abrasions that are painful and bothersome not only during orthodontic treatment, but also while eating food. This high level of discomfort is often one of the main reasons why some patients shy away from metal braces.
With Invisalign, you can remove the aligner any time and you can eat, brush and floss normally without any hassle which could only mean one thing: no food restrictions! For best results, Invisalign must be worn at least 20-23 hours every day.
The second and the best feature: Invisible braces! (Well…nearly)
Imagine being able to straighten your teeth without having to feel the embarrassment of those shiny metal frames plastered on your teeth! Especially in this generation of social media where you should always be picture-ready! Fortunately, clear aligners like Invisalign are here to save you!
The cost of clear aligners e.g. Invisalign Treatment in Singapore is between $5500 to $10000 and prices may vary depending on your choice to have it done by a GP or an Orthodontist. The cost will also be affected by how long and complex your treatment will be.
In addition, the Invisalign company grants discounts to dentists and clinics that perform a greater number of Invisalign treatments. In return, these clinics also offer discounts to their patients.
Some patients really want to avoid the embarrassment of bulky braces, so their dentist advise them to get lingual braces. Lingual braces are designed to attach to the back of your teeth making it completely invisible.
In my experience however, I disagree on recommending lingual braces as a teeth-straightening treatment because aside from the immense inconvenience, it is also very expensive amounting from $7500 up to $9500. This type of treatment cost more than all the others because of the intricacy involved in the process of installation and maintenance.
Lingual braces also have longer treatment time than the conventional metal braces and may feel uncomfortable on the inside of the mouth. You will have to take some time to get used to especially when talking. You will have to try to speak normally without sounding weird. Also, abrasions can occur on the tongue and this is not suitable for complex cases and small teeth.
As a personal recommendation, clear aligners like Invisalign are your best option because it provides better comfort. Yes, it may cost a little bit more than the conventional braces, but the advantages really do make up for it. Today, because of this technology, you can have your teeth straightened without feeling ugly, eat anything you want and have a healthier over-all dental hygiene all at the same time.
Now that’s something to smile about!