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Braces

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Overview

Orthodontic treatment helps to create a beautiful smile and improve the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. Conditions that can be treated by orthodontic treatment include crowded, crooked, spaced, and protruding teeth.


Traditional, Metal Braces 

Traditional metal braces consist of stainless steel brackets that are fixed to the front surface of the teeth. A metal archwire runs through the brackets and is held in place by elastic bands, otherwise also known as ‘ligatures’.


Self Ligating, Metal Braces 

Similar to traditional metal braces, self-ligating metal braces have stainless steel brackets that are fixed to the front surface of the teeth. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of ligatures. Instead, they use specialised metal clips to hold the archwire in place without clamping it tightly.

At Advanced Dental Group, we provide only self-ligating braces as they offer a number of benefits over traditional braces, which will be discussed further below.

What are the advantages of self-ligating braces over traditional braces? 

1. Shorter Treatment Period 
Without ligatures, the reduction in friction will help the teeth to move faster. Hence, the treatment period for self-ligating braces will be shorter as compared to the treatment period for traditional metal braces.

2. Fewer follow-up appointments
The metal clips of self-ligating braces have a longer service life and do not need to be replaced regularly, unlike the ligatures used in traditional metal braces.

3. Greater comfort 
Without the use of ligatures to attach the archwire to the brackets, there will be a reduced feeling of tightness as less force is required to move the teeth.

4. Easier to care for
As there are no ligatures used, less food debris gets trapped between the brackets, which makes maintenance easier.

Treatment Charges and Payment Plan 
Self Ligating, Metal Braces
For Students/NSFs: $3688 
(Inclusive of X-rays and Study Models)
For Adults: $3888 (Inclusive of X-rays and Study Models)
We offer instalment payment plans of up to 24 months for POSB and DBS credit card holders. Terms & Conditions apply. For more information on our flexible payment plans, please click here.

Terms & Conditions
1. Prices stated above will not be valid in conjunction with any other schemes and corporate rates
2. To qualify for the Students/NSFs package, you will need to be EITHER
• A full-time student (aged 23 years and below) with a valid student pass presented upon registration OR
• A full-time NSF with a valid 11B presented upon registration

If you have any further questions regarding the treatment, please feel free to call 8684 1000 to speak to our patient care associate. Alternatively, you may fill in our online enquiry form here.

Book an Appointment

Self Ligating, Ceramic Braces 

Unlike metal braces, ceramic braces have transparent brackets, making it an ideal choice for people who prefer to keep their braces less noticeable.

Treatment Charges and Payment Plan 
Self Ligating, Ceramic Braces
For Students/NSFs: $4788
(Inclusive of X-rays and Study Models)
For Adults: $4988 (Inclusive of X-rays and Study Models)
We offer instalment payment plans of up to 24 months for POSBand DBS credit card holders. Terms & Conditions apply. For more information on our flexible payment plans, please click here.

Terms & Conditions
1. Prices stated above will not be valid in conjunction with any other schemes and corporate rates
2. To qualify for the Students/NSFs package, you will need to be EITHER
• A full-time student (aged 23 years and below) with a valid student pass presented upon registration OR
• A full-time NSF with a valid 11B presented upon registration

If you have any further questions regarding the treatment, please feel free to call 8684 1000 to speak to our patient care associate. 
Alternatively, you may fill in our online enquiry form here

Book an Appointment

 


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does wearing braces hurt?

Most patients find the discomfort associated with braces to be inconvenient, but manageable. You may experience some discomfort during the first few days following bonding or adjustment of your braces. To minimise the discomfort, you may apply dental wax to the braces to keep them from rubbing against the inside of your mouth. Painkillers can also be used to alleviate any discomfort, but they are usually unnecessary.

2. What are the differences between the different types of braces treatments?

Metal, Traditional Braces – consist of stainless steel brackets that are fixed to the front surface of the teeth. A metal archwire runs through the brackets, and is held in place by elastic bands, otherwise also known as ‘ligatures’.

Metal, Self-Ligating Braces – Similar to traditional metal braces, self ligating metal braces have stainless steel brackets that are fixed to the front surface of the teeth. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of ligatures. Instead, they use specialised metal clips to hold the archwire in place without clamping it tightly.

Ceramic, Self-Ligating Braces – Unlike metal braces, ceramic braces have transparent brackets, making it an ideal choice for people who prefer to keep their braces less noticeable.

3. What are the advantages of self-ligating braces over traditional braces?

Shorter Treatment Period Without ligatures, the reduction in friction will help the teeth to move faster. Hence, the treatment period for self-ligating braces will be shorter as compared to the treatment period for traditional metal braces.

Fewer follow-up appointments – The metal clips of self-ligating braces have a longer service life and do not need to be replaced regularly, unlike the ligatures used in traditional metal braces.

Greater Comfort – Without the use of ligatures to attach the archwire to the brackets, there will be a reduced feeling of tightness as less force is required to move the teeth.

Easier to care for – As there are no ligatures used, less food debris gets trapped between the brackets, which makes maintenance easier.

4. At what age should my child go for orthodontic treatment?

We would recommend you to bring your child for a consultation at around age 7. By this age, some of the adult teeth would begin to erupt and it is possible to identify unfavourable growth patterns (e.g. cross bites, deep bites). While early treatment may not necessarily prevent the need for comprehensive treatment in the future, it may simplify later treatment or decrease the length of time spent in care.

5. How long or how many visits is required for braces treatment?

In general, the treatment time ranges from 1 to 3 years. The actual duration is dependent on the severity of the problem, the patient’s cooperation in attending follow-up visits on a regular basis, maintaining good oral hygiene, and following the dentist’s instructions closely.

6. Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

You are never too old for orthodontic treatment. Teeth sometimes continue to shift, even as we age, which can lead to misalignment.This is very common, even if you had braces earlier in life. If you are conscious with how you look with braces, you may want to consider going for the less noticeable options – Invisalign or Ceramic Braces.

7. Will I need to have teeth extracted?

Extractions of teeth may be necessary in cases of severe crowding or protrusion of teeth. However, not all patients require extractions.

8. Does wearing braces hurt?

Most patients find the discomfort associated with braces to be inconvenient, but manageable. You may experience some discomfort during the first few days following bonding or adjustment of your braces. To minimise the discomfort, you may apply dental wax to the braces to keep them from rubbing against the inside of your mouth. Painkillers can also be used to alleviate any discomfort, but they are usually unnecessary.

9. May I know if the orthodontic treatment will be done by an specialist/orthodontist?

Please note that we do not have orthodontists at our clinics. However, please be assured that our general practitioners are trained and experienced in performing orthodontics treatment.

10. I am 17 years old this year. Can I go for the braces consultation on my own? Or must my parents be with me?

If you are under 21 years old, you will have to be accompanied by your parents/guardian during the consultation. If that is not possible, they must be there during the extractions or bonding of braces appointment (whichever is earlier), to give their consent.

Home Care Instructions for Braces Treatment

1. I feel pain and soreness after bonding my braces. What should I do?

After the braces are put on, the teeth may be sore and tender to biting pressure for next 3 – 5 days. To alleviate this, you may take normal painkillers (i.e paracetamol), and rinse your mouth with cold water.

If the symptoms worsen on the second day with severe pain* and fever occurring concurrently, please contact our clinic immediately.

2. The braces is causing irritation to my lips, cheeks, and/or tongue. What should I do?

Your lips, cheeks and tongue may also be irritated for 1 – 2 weeks as they get toughened and accustomed to the braces surface. You may apply wax on the braces to lessen the irritation.

3. My teeth feels like it is loosening after I’ve bonded my braces, is this normal?

This is to be expected and is normal throughout treatment. The teeth must loosen in order to move. The teeth will firm up again after the braces are removed.

4. What can I eat or should avoid after bonding my braces?

Please avoid eating hard foods (i.e ice, hard candies, nuts). Carrots, apples, pears and other crunchy foods should also be cut into small pieces. In addition, meat should be cut off, and not chewed off the bone. Please also refrain from biting on hard objects (i.e fingernails, pens, pencils) to avoid damaging your braces.

5. Am I allowed to participate in sports or any form of physical activities after bonding my braces?

You are advised to put on a protective mouthguard when playing contact sports in case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and braces immediately. If teeth are loosened or your braces are damaged from a sports accident, call our clinic or immediately.

6. My braces bracket or wire has came off. Do I need to make an appointment to see a dentist immediately?

It is normal for the brackets and wires to dislodge from time to time. If possible, remove any loose pieces. There is no need to seek immediate treatment unless:

  • There is a loose bracket that you cannot remove and which is at risk of being swallowed
  • A wire is poking the cheeks or gums
  • A wire has slipped out of a bracket, and that the bracket is used for elastic wear (Note: You should stop ALL elastic wear immediately.)
  • You are unable to wear the prescribed rubber bands on the affected bracket that is used for elastic wear
  • The dislodgement was due to trauma to the mouth
  • Your next appointment is more than 4 weeks away

If you experience any of the above, please call the clinic or the hotline immediately to make an appointment.

7. My rubber band has snapped and I have ran out of it. Is it a must to wear it?

Your teeth and jaws can only move towards the intended correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed.

8. I am very busy and may not be able to attend my braces review appointments regularly. What will happen if i don’t?

Attend your appointments as prescribed by your doctor. This is to ensure that the teeth move correctly and by the right distance. If you do not attend appointments in a timely manner, you will lengthen your braces treatment and may even cause irreversible damage to your teeth.