Clear aligners have recently gained a popular following from Singaporeans who want straighter teeth without the inconvenience of traditional (and a bit more painful!) metal braces. There are a lot of brands available in the market, however, there are two most prominent ones that are usually chosen by dental patients. You will be surprised to know that one of them is locally sourced in the country!
This product is no other than Mbrace!
A lot of people mistake Invisalign and Mbrace as one for the other. To set the records straight, here are facts about Mbrace that differentiates it from the imported brand.
Mbrace is a brand of clear aligners that are designed, developed, and produced in Singapore. Dr Keith Wong and Prof. The Bin Tean of Dentalthon Medtech Pte founded it in 2014. Ltd.
Although Mbrace is very recent in the dental seen as compared to Invisalign, the company has seen an expansion of its clear aligners in other countries like Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.
As compared to Invisalign, Mbrace is remarkably cheaper by approximately $1,500 to $2,000. The average cost of a complete treatment of Mbrace clear aligners is $5,000 to $7,000.
You may have noticed the significant disparity between the pricing of the two braces. Why is Mbrace cheaper than Invisalign? You wonder.
Mbrace is much cheaper compared to Invisalign because the clear aligners, as said, are fabricated locally. A big chunk of the cost savings when choosing Mbrace over Invisalign is credited to Mbrace’s laboratories that are located in Singapore. This means that the mapping out of a patient’s full course of treatment does not have to be shipped off and be developed overseas.
An Invisalign treatment, on the other hand, will have to pass through two countries (Mexico and Costa Rica) for the production of the clear aligners.
When scouting for an Mbrace accredited clinic for treatment, do note that each clinic will offer different rates for pricing. Always inquire about what is included in the packages being offered and payment options as well.
Basic Cost Inclusions
A regular Mbrace package quotation should include pre-treatment bite registration and patient’s photograph for profiling, dental x-rays, and your teeth’s moulds.
Other Items Affecting Mbrace Costs
As you may have noticed, the cost of Mbrace is based on a price range and not on a specific amount. There are several reasons for this.
First, the laboratories where the clear aligners are developed and manufactured belong to Mbrace. The dentists are paying for all the materials and equipment used in the labs; therefore they follow the company’s given rates. If the company decides to multiply on costs, then these price adjustments trickle down to the charges of the dental practitioners.
Next, the number of aligners needed for the treatment relies solely on the intricacy of a patient’s dental condition. If the misalignment is severely complicated, then expect that more aligners and extended time will be needed for your treatment. Of course, extended time would mean more trips going back to the clinic for follow-up appointments, which will entail you to shell out more cash.
Often times, the dentist may note additional requirements or enhancements to your treatment plan, such as interproximal reduction. This process is done to improve a patient’s jaw bite, as well as create enough space for teeth movement when the aligners are set in place.
In addition, the type of dental practitioner you choose may contribute to your treatment’s expense. Both dentists and orthodontists can practice Mbrace treatment as along as they have successfully finished the course required by the company. However, do note that orthodontists may charge higher compared to general dentists as they have taken additional years of learning and specializing in the structure and function of the teeth’s mechanical movement.
I am afraid that there are no options available when it comes to greatly lessening the costs of Mbrace’s treatment. Medisave only covers medical procedures relating to surgeries, which Mbrace is obviously not. On the other hand, dental insurances normally do not include cosmetic or orthodontic treatments in their coverage.
Mbrace Treatment Package
This is what you can anticipate once you have found the right doctor to do your Mbrace treatment:
- During the consultation, your dentist should be able to evaluate you based on the basic inclusions mentioned earlier (e.g. dental x-rays, pre-treatment patient photographs and bite registration, teeth moulds).
- Treatment Plan. After the evaluation, the dentist will formulate your Mbrace treatment plan. The plan should be presented to you and your approval to the proposal is needed to proceed with the production of Mbrace clear aligners that are to be used in sequence.
- Use of Mbrace Aligners. As soon as you receive your first pair of Mbrace aligners, use them at least 20 to 22 hours daily for 2 weeks before moving on to its replacement. During this period, patients will need succeeding appointments to the dentist to monitor the progress of the teeth’s movement.
- End of Treatment. As soon as you have successfully completed all sets of your Mbrace clear aligners, your dentist will issue you a pair of retainers. The retainers are to be worn in order to avoid relapse that may result in misalignment for a second time.
My advice for patients who want to scrimp on costs is to do research on the different Mbrace packages offered by clinics. This may take a bit of time and effort, but to land on a package that best fits your budget and getting the straight teeth that you want are great rewards in the end. Likewise, it is vital to find a dentist that looks after the welfare of the patient more than focusing on profit. Dentists that are honest when it comes to their competencies and those that are able to recommend better alternatives, such as getting traditional braces if need be or recommending a colleague more well-versed on your condition, are your best bet in getting optimal Mbrace treatment results.