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What are Braces for?

Orthodontic treatment helps to 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.

Advantages of Self-ligating Braces Over Traditional Braces

We only offer self-ligating braces (Forestadent or Damon) because it offers a number of benefits 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. Higher Comfort Level

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.

3. Fewer Follow-up Visits

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.

4. Easier to Care For

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


What is the difference between Metal & Ceramic Self-ligating Braces?

Metal
Self-ligating metal braces have stainless steel brackets that are fixed to the front surface of the teeth. They use specialised metal clips to hold the archwire in place without clamping it tightly.

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


Types of Dental Issues Treatable with Self-ligating Braces  

Crooked/Crowded Teeth

When you don’t have enough room in your jaw for your teeth to fit normally, your teeth can bunch up, overlap and twist, sometimes getting pushed to the front or the back.

Spaced Teeth

When you have extra space between two or more of your teeth, this is an example of spacing issues or gap teeth.

Open Bite

If your upper and lower teeth don’t touch when your mouth is closed, your doctor calls this an open bite.


What is the Self-ligating Braces treatment like?

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.


1. Consultation

In the first consultation, X-rays and photos for study models of your teeth will be taken on your first visit. Your dentist will explain the treatment plan and the type of braces suitable for your condition based on the records.


2. Bonding of Braces

Once the treatment plan has been decided, your dentist will proceed to put on the orthodontic appliance on your teeth. Depending on your treatment plan, extractions might also be necessary and will be performed by your dentist at the recommended stage.


3. Follow-up Reviews

Following the bonding of braces, your dentist will regularly adjust it to ensure that adequate and continual pressure is being applied to your teeth. You will be required to return to the clinic for follow-up treatment every 4 to 6 weeks.


4. Completion of Treatment

When your teeth have been aligned to the desired positions, the braces will be removed. Post-treatment x-rays and photos will be taken to show the before and after results. A set of retainers will then be issued to you to anchor your teeth in their newly aligned positions. You will be required to wear your retainers at all times for the first year. Subsequently, you should wear your retainers at night for the rest of your life.


How much do Self-ligating Braces treatment cost?

The cost of braces treatment starts from $3,888 depending on the complexity of your case.

Self-ligating Metal Braces
(Forestadent
)
$3,888 to $4,688

Self-ligating Metal Braces
(Damon Q2)

$4,688 to $5,488

Self-ligating Ceramic Braces
(Damon Clear)

$4,888 to $5,688

The prices quoted above are inclusive of consultation, x-rays, study models, regular reviews/adjustments & up to 4 simple extractions (CHAS subsidies applicable).

Additional charges for retainers will apply.

Flexible payment plans of up to 24 months are available! For more information on our flexible payment plans, please click here.


Self-ligating Braces Plan for Students & NSFs

Braces for Students & NSFs starts from $3,688 depending on the complexity of your case.

This plan is only applicable if you are a:

– full-time students with a valid student pass (aged 23 years old and below)
– or a full-time NSF with a valid 11B

Self-ligating Metal Braces
(Forestadent)

$3,688 to $4,488

Self-ligating Metal Braces
(Damon Q2)

$4,488 to $5,288

Self-ligating Ceramic Braces
(Damon Clear)

$4,688 to $5,488

The prices quoted above are inclusive of consultation, x-rays, study models, regular reviews/adjustments & up to 4 simple extractions (CHAS subsidies applicable).

Additional charges for retainers will apply.

Flexible payment plans of up to 24 months are available! For more information on our flexible payment plans, please click here.


 

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 a maximum of 4 tooth 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.

Homecare Instructions for Braces Treatment

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.