Orthodontics in Singapore
The objective of orthodontic treatment is to achieve a beautiful smile and functioning good occlusion. While aesthetic is important, a correct bite may help to prevent periodontal diseases, excessive tooth wear, broken restoration, fractured teeth and tooth sensitivity.
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.
Ceramic braces work in exactly the same way as metal braces. However, ceramic braces use clear brackets, which can blend better with teeth color, hence more aesthetically appealing than metal brace. 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.
Unlike the traditional braces, Invisalign® – also referred to as invisible braces – does not need brackets and wires. Invisalign® makes use of aligners to carry out the treatment. Over the course of treatment, a series of aligners will make gradual adjustments to tooth positions through a customized process. For maximum effect, you have to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, and remove only for eating, brushing and flossing. The suitability for Invisalign® is also dependent on cases. If you’re looking for Invisalign® invisible braces in Singapore, TOOFDOCTOR has you covered.
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.