Sometimes the secret to the picture-perfect smile is just proper teeth alignment. This can be achieved through braces or orthodontics. Our orthodontic treatment at Vivid Dental Surgeons includes metal, ceramic and lingual braces to ensure your teeth achieve the ideal symmetry.
Not only do braces cosmetically improve your appearance, but they also make chewing more comfortable. If you’re interested in orthodontics or want to educate yourself more about oral hygiene, feel free to book an appointment to visit our dental clinic at Tiong Bahru, Singapore!
You’ve probably seen some friends or family members wearing braces and wondered: why are they wearing braces? How do braces work and how do they help with improving oral health?
Braces are essentially a type of treatment that helps with correcting a wide range of oral health issues such as teeth misalignment and gum disease. In fact, braces can provide lots of benefits to their wearers and prevent wear and tear of your teeth.
There are many reasons why patients would visit a dental clinic to receive treatment. Teeth misalignment is the most common cause that makes people consider getting braces. Other problems such as crowded or overly spaced teeth, ectopic teeth, missing teeth, or a dental/gum disease can also necessitate the placement of braces.
Similarly, accidents can cause teeth to break or fall out of line. In such cases, orthodontics can be helpful to restore a healthy smile. It’s important to note that not everyone is suited to wear braces, therefore it’s recommended to visit an orthodontist to see whether you are a suitable candidate for braces orthodontic treatment!
Currently, there are two types of braces used all around the world – fixed or removable. The difference between the two is fairly apparent: fixed braces are permanently attached to the teeth and can only be removed by a dentist while removable braces can easily be taken out whenever needed such as during meals or brushing teeth.
To understand more about braces, do feel free to consult with our team of highly experienced dental surgeons to help find the best fit for you!
Metal braces, also known as conventional braces, is the most common and popular form of braces treatment in Singapore and consist of metal brackets, elastic rubber bands and an archwire. These metal braces are stuck to the front of your teeth and there are many modules available with different colours that you can choose from to accessorise. However, metal braces are the most noticeable type of braces that may not be the most aesthetically pleasing. The sharp ends of the metal brackets in metal braces can also cause mouth ulcers.
On the other hand, ceramic braces consist of plastic or ceramic brackets. It can be either conventional or self-ligating. It is less noticeable than metal braces as the modules of the braces match the colour of your teeth. However, without proper dental care, ceramic braces have a higher tendency to stain your teeth. In comparison to metal braces, ceramic braces are more hygienic as you will have lesser issues related to friction.
Different from metal braces and ceramic braces but still able to provide the same results of alignment, lingual braces are braces that are placed behind the teeth and less noticeable. Lingual braces are definitely suitable for people who are very conscious about their appearance, it is a great option to consider since they are practically invisible. However, for people with very deep overbites, the usage of lingual braces may not be suitable. Because lingual braces are fixed at the back of the teeth, speaking and eating can be challenging. It is also relatively harder to clean because it’s not visible.
Want to know how long you have to wear braces for? Our dentists at Vivid Dental Surgeons will carefully assess your teeth and decide the best course of action for you. Depending on your teeth alignment, the treatment plan and treatment options can vary from patient to patient. Typically the treatment process can last anywhere from 18 months to 2 and a half years.
If you’re worried about whether it’s scary to receive braces treatment, we’re here to tell you that you have nothing to fear! The whole procedure is 100% safe and has little to no invasive treatment. If you have any questions to ask, feel free to pose any question to your dentist at Vivid Dental Surgeons and we’ll be happy to answer any concern.
Braces treatment can be very costly in Singapore. Therefore, it is very important to understand the financial budget before committing. Depending on the types of braces that you choose, the monthly cost of braces treatment can typically cost around SGD$150 to SGD$300 for metal braces and SGD$200 to SGD$320 for ceramic braces. Lingual braces cost a lot more than metal braces and ceramic braces because they require more time to apply them to the teeth and the availability to customize them can also contribute to a price bump.
Therefore, it is important to do your own research and find out more information on braces treatment in Singapore before deciding on whether braces treatment is needed. Our team at Vivid Dental Surgeons can help you with understanding what types of braces are best suited to your teeth. We also take into consideration your lifestyle and budget before recommending any product to you. After all, braces treatment can be for people of all ages – from children to adults! We’ll help you find the best tooth wear for you that improves your oral health and adds a confidence boost to your appearance.
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