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Braces

 
Braces are wire-based devices used help to correct crowded or misaligned teeth and or jaws. If you have gaps between your teeth, braces can close the gaps. Besides an improved smile, straight teeth also mean that brushing and flossing is more easy and efficient, resulting in healthier teeth and gums. You will be able to chew better and improve your facial profile.
 
 
 
 
 
What are the types of braces?
 
Metal Braces
• Traditional metal braces comprise of brackets that are affixed to teeth and wires that are threaded through slots in the brackets. Some patients may also have metal bands encircling back teeth. Wires are held to brackets by tiny rubber bands. Brackets are generally made of stainless steel and the wires are made of metal alloys to deliver a constant, gentle force to move teeth.

• Although not the most aesthetic type of fixed braces treatment, metal braces are predictable, yield good results, and it is the least less costly option.

• We also provide colourful braces where you can choose the colour of the elastic ties that bind wires to the brackets. You can even change the colour each time you visit the dentist.

• We have patients who change the colours of their elastic ties according to the holiday season. For instance, opting for red and green ties during Christmas. Wearing metal braces can be fun!

Ceramic Braces
• Ceramic braces are tooth-coloured. While not completely invisible, they are more subtle and less noticeable, making them the more aesthetic option.

• Did you know that Tom Cruise wore ceramic braces? If you were not aware of this, then it means that the ceramic braces did a good job of being unnoticeable on this much-photographed Hollywood personality.

• Similar to metal braces, ceramic braces are affixed to teeth, and wires are threaded through slots in the brackets. Wires are held to brackets by tiny rubber bands. The brackets are made of ceramic and the wires made of metal alloys to deliver a constant, gentle force to move teeth.

• Ceramic braces blend in with your teeth and are less noticeable from a distance or in photographs.

• On the other hand, the professional fees involved for ceramics braces are higher than traditional metal braces.

• The clear/white elastics also stain easily if not cared for properly. The good news is that since your elastics are changed regularly at your monthly orthodontic visits, the stained effect only lasts until your next dental appointment.

Self-ligating Braces
• Instead of using wires or elastic bands, self-ligating braces are designed with a tiny gate to hold on to the arch wires gently. This means that treatment is more comfortable than metal and ceramic braces. The entire treatment also takes a shorter timeframe, roughly an average reduction of 4 months, to complete. The number of appointments to the dental specialist/ dentist is reduced by an average of 4 visits as compared with conventional metal or ceramic braces.

• In addition, oral hygiene is easier to achieve as self-ligating brackets do not accumulate plaque as much as rubber modules or wires. They do not easily stain since they do not contain rubber parts. They are also strong and rarely break.

• Self-ligating braces are aesthetically better compared with conventional metal braces as they do not need any ligatures, elastic bands or wires to hold on to the arch wires
 
 
 
What is involved?

 
The Process
Initial Consultation
For most patients, the best time to start braces is after all their milk teeth have been replaced by permanent teeth. This is usually between the ages of 11 to 14 years old. Contrary to popular notion, adults can also reap the same benefits as teenagers from braces treatment.

During the initial consultation, our dental specialist/ dentist will find out the details of your medical and dental history, discuss concerns you have with your teeth and advise the best form of orthodontic treatment to align them. Clinical records such as X-rays, impressions and photos of the teeth will be taken to help in an accurate diagnosis and planning of the treatment and type of braces for you.

Review Appointments
Subsequent appointments involve insertion and adjustment of the braces. Insertion may take between 1 to 3 visits to complete depending on the type of braces.

After the braces are in the mouth, you will be reviewed, and your braces adjusted every 4 to 8 weeks. You should avoid biting on large hard pieces of food (e.g. biting into an apple) to prevent dislodgement of your braces.

Initially, there may be some discomfort and feeling of ‘tightness’. Your teeth feel sore because they are moving into alignment. After a few days, the discomfort should lessen.
Occasionally, the inner side of your cheeks or lips may get an ulcer from rubbing against the braces. This can be quickly and easily relieved with the application of dental wax.

Retainers
Treatment with fixed braces usually takes between 2 to 3 years, although it may sometimes be adjusted shorter and longer depending on the complexity of the case. After your braces are removed, your dental specialist/ dentist will provide you with removable or fixed retainers. Retainers need to be used throughout your life. They are important as they hold your teeth in their corrected positions after the braces have been removed.

Follow-Up Care – Regular Reviews
You should see your dental specialist/ dentist about 1-3 months after your retainers are fitted. Subsequently, you can arrange for your visit to coincide with your routine 6-monthly dental check-up.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FAQ

 
 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
 
What is orthodontics?
 
Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
 
 
 
Who is an orthodontist?
 
What's the best age to visit the orthodontist?
 
How can I take care of my teeth if I'm wearing braces or a retainer?
 
What are braces?
 
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
 
Do braces hurt?
 
Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
 
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
 
Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
 
Why should an orthodontic specialist complete my treatment?
 
At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
 
Will my teeth straighten out as I grow and get older?
 
Is it too late to have braces if I’m already an adult?
 
How often will I have an appointment?
 
Do I need to see my general dentist while wearing braces?
 
How often should I brush my teeth while I have braces?
 
Are there any foods I cannot eat while I have braces?