A Dentist Reveals Everything About Braces In Singapore

Asian Girl With Braces Smiling

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Metal braces cost around $3,000 to $4,000. Ceramic braces cost around $4,000 to $5,500. Unbranded clear braces cost around $4,000 to $5,500. Invisalign costs around $5,000 to $7,000. These are prices if your braces get done by a dentist who is not certified in orthodontics. An orthodontist (specialist in fixing bite problems) doing your braces will add an additional $1,500 to $3,000.

I’m sure you stumbled upon this page after looking up braces in Singapore in 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?

dental braces illustration

Conscious about your misaligned teeth? Thanks to orthodontics, you don’t have to worry anymore. Orthodontists are 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, but it can also fix underbites and overbites. Research also shows that getting braces can improve your overall oral hygiene and boost self-confidence.

You can wear the traditional orthodontic arch wire. Or if you want a less noticeable option, ceramic braces or clear aligners like Invisalign will do. Finally, if you would really prefer your braces hidden, it is best to opt for lingual braces. Read on to learn more about every treatment option, braces Singapore cost 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 treatment at a fixed price of $2,800 (that would include consultation, X-Ray and extraction fees). The procedures are performed by post-grad students under the supervision of a professional.

Also, you can get your braces from general practitioners (GPs) in Singapore and or even obtain 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 dentists give the highest level of service to patients. This is because their three extra years of training and using orthodontic appliances allow them to detect and treat more complicated cases.

What are the payment options for braces in Singapore?

Payment option

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 may be covered by dental insurance. Of course, for that to happen, they need to seek specialist examinations that can support that need in question for medical purposes.

Aside from these exceptions, teeth-straightening treatments are commonly recognised as a cosmetic procedure and are not part of the government health plan.

But don’t worry, here, I give you three ways I know on how you can pay for your braces:

  1. In most dental clinics, an upfront payment of 50% of the total fee is required during your first visit. Then, you continue to pay on the follow-up appointments until the treatment plan is completed. Credit cards are generally accepted.
  2. You can also ask the dental clinics if they have instalment programmes. Some offer this option also.
  3. 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?

  1. Metal Braces Singapore

metal braces

In Singapore, metal braces are the most conventional type of teeth-straightening method. They have the longest track record in this business. If you recall as early as your elementary or high school years, some of your friends and classmates had those unflattering, brightly-coloured things in their mouths.

They are composed of metal wires that are designed to adjust the position of your teeth. They tighten over a given period of time (depending on complexity and development) until the desired result is achieved.

Aside from having a noticeable and unpleasant appearance, the metal wires often cause abrasions and ulcerations. That can be painful and uncomfortable. In addition, they are not removable. In a word, they will be in your mouth full time, so food will get trapped inside, making it harder to clean.

What is more, you have to use them for 24 months or more and then wear your retainers as your doctor advised.

Being the most common type of braces in Singapore, they are also the cheapest ones you can avail of. The cost of braces made of metal ranges from $3,000 to $4,500 depending on the complexity of the treatment. Most dentists recommend this option for more intricate cases.

If the metal "ties" are something that bothers you, consider the opportunity of getting self-ligating braces. Your mouth won't feel tight because this second generation technology does not cause pressure or friction. Despite that there are fewer adjustments and more comfort, the treatment is slower. If you don't want to wear braces that long, it may not be the best option. It also needs to be pointed out that the price is slightly higher than that of traditional wires. It spans between $4,500 to $6,000.

  1. Ceramic braces

teeth with ceramic braces

If you want something that is less noticeable than the metal braces, then the ceramic alternative would be a better choice for you. They are basically just the same as their metal counterparts except for the braces colors. Compared to metals ones that really appear shiny and dark, ceramic braces are designed to blend with the colour 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. They work in the same way as the other wires, i.e. they move your teeth in the desired alignment.

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. No to mention, it may require more trips to your dentist because the ties need to be regularly replaced. This often results in 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 treatment. The reason being while the brackets don’t stain, the ties tend to develop discolouration as you eat or drink.

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 keep you from getting ceramic braces. Instead, I will advise you to take extra care.

The cost of ceramic braces in Singapore is $4,000 to $5,500. In order to save on treatment, some patients in Singapore choose to have the wires placed on the more noticeable upper front teeth. At the same time, anything metal is reserved for the less visible lower part.

  1. Clear braces, e.g. Invisalign technology

clear dental aligners

It seems to me that it cannot be denied that Invisalign is the most popularly known and proven type of clear aligners. Not by surprise, it is on the list of recommended braces in Singapore. Invisalign is an almost invisible substitute to traditional braces, as indicated by the name. The treatment includes a set of aligners that are custom-made. Each set is designed to cause tooth movement for about two to three weeks, then a new one will replace the previous. And so on, and so forth. The number of sets may vary from 15 to 25 or more depending on how many are required by your dentist.

Here I discuss the two great features of this type of treatment:

  1. The first feature: reduced braces pain and discomfort.

It is commonly known that conventional braces use metal. They most often cause abrasions that are painful and bothersome not only during the 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 teeth braces.

With Invisalign, you can remove the invisible braces when eating, flossing or brushing your teeth. This could only mean one thing: no food restrictions! For best results, Invisalign must be worn at least 20-22 hours every day.

  1. 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. They are not only comfortable but also beautiful. Of course, you should not forget that you can't start treatment if you have gum disease, tooth decay or other dental conditions.

The cost of plastic aligners, e.g. Invisalign treatment in Singapore, is between $5,500 to $10,000. The amount may vary depending on whether you 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.

  1. Lingual Braces

Dental mirror showing lingual braces

Some patients really want to avoid the embarrassment of bulky braces, so their dentist advises them to get lingual braces. They are designed to attach to the back of your teeth, so they are not visible at all.

In my experience, however, I disagree on recommending lingual braces as a teeth-straightening treatment. Aside from the immense inconvenience, it is also very expensive. The braces price in Singapore generally amounts to $7,500 and even $9,500. This type of treatment costs 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 conventional dental braces and may feel uncomfortable on the inside of the mouth. You will have to get used to them, especially when talking. Brushing and flossing will still be a burdensome task. Not to mention, abrasions might occur on the tongue. For the most part, the option is not suitable for complex cases and small teeth and jaw.

As a personal recommendation, clear braces like Invisalign are your best option because they provide better comfort. Yes, they may cost a little bit more than the conventional ones, but the advantages really do make up for it. Today, because of this technology, you can align your teeth in the right position without feeling ugly, eat anything you want and have better oral health.

Now that’s something to smile about!

Of course, if the budget is a problem and you want to stick with cheap braces instead, you will have to go for metal. Keep in mind that its gets more expensive to do your treatment at a private clinic than at a public dental centre.