Braces and Children Orthodontics
What is Orthodontics in general?
Orthodontics is a treatment that helps to straighten or correct/ align your teeth with the use of various types of braces.
With Orthodontics (Braces) Treatment, brushing your teeth will be much easier with less food being stuck in between misaligned teeth. This improves facial profiles and gives patients a confident smile.
TYPES OF ORTHODONTICS (BRACES) TREATMENT
The braces are made of a translucent material that blends with the colour of teeth. They are used to straighten and align teeth to improve facial profiles and give patients a beautiful smile.
1. Metal Braces
Also known as traditional braces, metal braces are one of the most popular and common forms of braces. They comprise of metal brackets, rubber bands and an archwire that is fixated to the front of the teeth.
2. Ceramic Braces
Whilst they may have the same size and shape as metal braces, the attribute that sets ceramic braces apart from their metal counterparts is the material used. Ceramic braces utilise clear brackets that blend with the colour of your teeth.
3.Damon Braces (Self-Ligating Braces)
Damon braces, also known as self-ligating braces, are fitted in the same way as traditional metal braces. These self-ligating braces don’t require regular tightening and adjustment, which makes it the preferred type of braces to some. Damon braces use a slide mechanism that attaches the wires to brackets for it to move naturally with the teeth as they realign.
Anybody can be treated orthodontically – even children as young as 7-years-old! In fact, orthodontic treatments are most successful when they are carried out during a child’s active growth years and when their teeth are still growing.
Apart from braces, there are several other appliances that can serve as early intervention orthodontics. Appliances such as palate expanders and functional appliances are used to correct misalignment of teeth and jaw, and other orthodontic issues. Note that not all are well suited for early intervention, but treating such problems early on will prevent aggravation of the problem that may require a more extensive treatment to fix it.
Our General Dentists
1. What is the average cost of braces in Singapore?
The average cost of braces treatment in Singapore can vary from clinic to clinic. The price is also dependent on a few factors such as the complexity of the treatment, the orthodontic material used and the level of expertise of the orthodontist. That said, metal braces tend to be the most affordable and Damon braces being the one with the highest price point.
Most clinics in Singapore offer instalment plans, so that you can break up the total cost into affordable monthly instalments. Give us a call and we can discuss the instalment policies to find one that suits your budget.
2. How long is the process for orthodontics (braces) treatment?
It depends on the individual’s teeth and personal maintenance of oral hygiene. Length of treatment is on average 2.5 years to 3.5 years.
3. Is it common to get ulcers with the braces on?
It is very common to have ulcers during the orthodontics (braces) treatment.
You may apply wax on the metal attachment to smoothen the movement between the metal bracket and your mouth.
4. How many times must I visit the dental clinic to adjust my orthodontics (braces) treatment?
It will be advisable to arrange your appointment once a month to check on the progress of the treatment.
5. What happens if the bracket falls out?
If the bracket has fallen out, keep it and call the clinic to arrange for an appointment to fix the bracket back or go back during the next retie visit.
6. What happens if the wire/ bracket causes discomfort?
Should the wire/ bracket cause any discomfort, call the clinic to arrange for an appointment to check or use the wax given to smoothen the area.
If the wire detached from the bracket or the power chain is broken, call the clinic to arrange for an appointment to get it rectified.