Orthodontics in Singapore
Aside from the obvious cosmetic concerns, teeth that are crooked or not positioned correctly can be more difficult to clean and maintain, causing serious dental problems like gum disease, tooth decay and even headaches and neck pain. Problems such as teeth grinding (bruxism), periodontitis, oral infection can be attributed to teeth which do not fit properly in the mouth. These issues can more easily destroys enamel, harbor damaging bacteria (that “hides” in gaps in teeth and gums) and leave your teeth susceptible to decay.
Studies also show that chronic headaches and breathing problems can also be attributed to improper bite and alleviated with orthodontic treatment. Even if your cosmetic concerns aren’t dire, an improper bite (that may be unnoticeable to most) can cause significant damage to your overall health.
Although many agree that braces will deliver fantastic result, many fear the process of getting it. From the fear of embarrassment of how one would looked in braces to the intimidation of orthodontist tools that may cause pain. Fear no more! Our Orthodontic specialists are experts in treating teeth that are misaligned. TOOFDOCTOR will help you understand the entire process and explain your options and the benefits of this treatment so you will overcome your fear, conquer your confidence and love how you look.
How do braces work?
Teeth braces work by applying light gentle continuous pressure over a period of time to gently move teeth into specific position, making them a popular option when it comes to orthodontics in Singapore.
What types of braces are available?
The most common few includes metal braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign® invisible braces. Our braces specialists can advise on the suitable option for you.
Metal braces are the most traditional, hence most common type of braces. They are often relatively cheaper than other types. Depending on individual cases, the duration of treatment is usually 1-2 years. Patients will get to determine their braces color at every visit.
Ceramic braces differ from metal ones only in appearance. Ceramic braces use clear brackets, which can blend in with teeth, offering a more aesthetically appealing option. However, clear brackets can stain easily if you do not care for them well. Similar to metal braces, the duration of treatment is usually 1-2 years.
If you’re really looking for a magical transformation, Invisalign can deliver. This virtually invisible, custom made mouth guard align the teeth instead of brackets and wires. Over the course of treatment, a series of aligners will make gradual adjustments to tooth positions. For maximum effect, you should wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, and remove only for eating, brushing and flossing (making them easy to lose and costly to replace). Though invisalign is the most expensive option and treatment length varies by individual, no one would ever know that you are on orthodontics treatment. While others don’t realize that your teeth are moving, they will certainly notice that your smile is changing.
WHEN DO YOU BEGIN TO SEEK ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
It depends. There is a wide range of orthodontic problems and their appropriate orthodontic treatments. As a general rule, The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. However, a comprehensive orthodontic treatment is not advocated at the age of 7.
As for when should a child receive comprehensive orthodontic treatment, it will depend on the type of malocclusion, presence or absence of unfavourable skeletal growth pattern, general dental health and most importantly patient’s attitude towards receiving treatment.
ARE ORTHODONTICS TREATMENTS PAINFUL?
Along the treatment process, there will be discomfort when teeth start to move and reposition themselves. It will be difficult to consume hard, solid food at times. The discomfort will peak and then subside till your next visit to tighten your braces.
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Book a consultation with our doctors in Singapore today to discuss on how orthodontic treatment can help you or your child over the phone on +65 6221 1121 or send us a message at email@example.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.