Braces for Students in Singapore

How do braces work?

Your teeth are cushioned by the tissue of your gums, also known as your gingiva. Underneath your gums, you have a periodontal membrane, which shields the lower half of your teeth. As your teeth are bone, the two ‘prong-like’ portions of your teeth are fittingly called the alveolar bones.

Braces work by constantly putting pressure on your teeth, slowly encouraging them to move into the correct positions by putting pressure on the periodontal membrane. One side of this membrane will stretch out, allowing the teeth to move. The bars and bands will then push it from the other side — creating enough space for the teeth to safely shift. In fact, it’s the archwire that puts most of the pressure on your teeth, while many of the other parts (like the brackets) work to hold it in place.

Here are some of the most common types of braces for students:

  • Metal braces: These are the most traditional type of braces (traditional metal braces). They are made of metal brackets and wires that are attached to your teeth. Metal braces are generally the most affordable option.
  • Ceramic braces: These braces are made of tooth-colored material, so they are less visible than metal braces. However, they are also more expensive.
  • Lingual braces: These braces are placed on the inside of your teeth, so they are completely invisible. However, they are also the most expensive type of braces.

No matter what type of braces you choose, it’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions carefully. This will help to ensure that your treatment is successful.

Student Braces

Braces treatment is available at our sister branch at Holland Village – Smilepoint Dental Centre. To contact us, please call 6475 1028.

Braces or orthodontics is the art of repositioning teeth in the mouth. It is mostly used for cosmetic reasons, such as straightening crooked teeth or closing gaps.

The orthodontic treatment usually takes one to two years, depending on the severity of the problem. During this period, patients are required to come for regular check-ups and adjustments to ensure that the desired result is achieved.

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Braces for Students: Treatment Process

Book an Appointment

Call Smilepoint Dental Centre at 64751028.

Initial Consultations, Assessment & Diagnostic Investigation

Upper and lower impressions for study models, two large x-rays (frontal and side view) and initial screening.

Discussion, Cleaning and
Check-up

We will advise you on your suitability for braces. If the patient is deemed unsuitable after the initial assessment, all the records will be returned to you.

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Braces Placement

Upper and lower braces placement. If extractions are needed, we will arrange separately.

Why Choose Us?

Conveniently Located

We are conveniently located just a stone’s throw away from Holland Village MRT (Exit A). Smilepoint Dental is also located near all major educational institutions such as Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and National University of Singapore.

Full-Services Dental Clinic

At Dental Plus Clinic, we are a full-service dental clinic that provides dental treatments at student rates for our clients under our student braces package. We also have an in-house oral surgeon and gum specialist to cater to your needs.

Benefits & Side Effects

The benefits of wearing braces

  • It addresses the issue of various dental configurations, such as stacked teeth, open teeth, gnashing teeth, higher protruding teeth, lower protruding teeth, distant teeth and distorted teeth.
  • As a result, the individual with braces has a stronger personality. This provides the opportunity to smile with enough confidence.
  • Some food cannot be fully chewed by teeth that do not link with one another; it resolves the chewing problem.
  • At the end of the period, one can look forward to a better smile and appearance.

The downside of braces – Temporary

  • Have to put up with the discomfort associated with braces
  • Eating difficulties; until the braces are removed, certain foods will not be permitted.
  • Teeth cleaning can be challenging. It will be more difficult to brush your teeth after the oral appliance is in place.

Aftercare

Braces require special tooth care

Teeth Brushing
Dentists advise brushing twice a day. However, brushing after meals is advised for braces wearers due to collection of plaque and food particles.
 
Briefly brush each tooth’s inside, exterior, and chewing surface. Gently brush your gums 45 degrees above the braces. Take extra care of hooked braces, which attract plaque. Unless you stay home all day, carry your toothbrush and toothpaste to school. Rinse your mouth.
 
Choosing Toothbrushes
Any soft-bristled toothbrush works. A circular oscillating head electric toothbrush will encourage you to brush after every meal.
Use fluoride toothpaste over 1000 ppm. Fluoride strengthens enamel and prevents plaque. Use desensitizing toothpaste for sensitive teeth and gums.
 
Use mouthwash
Use a fluoride mouthwash for one minute after brushing to prevent cavities. Do this nightly. Mouthwash after meals is unnecessary.
 
Flossing
To remove food from your teeth and braces, floss daily. Use gentle pressure during flossing.
 
Easy with the Right Food
Avoid certain foods to simplify dental care. Caramels, popcorn, and nuts stick on braces and are hard to remove.
 
To protect the wires, chop apples and carrots into bite-sized pieces. These can be eaten.

Braces – Frequently Asked Questions

This depends on how the upper and lower teeth bite together, where the location of teeth crowding is, and the positions and directions of the teeth to be moved. Most people need braces in both upper and lower jaws to achieve a good bite and well-aligned teeth.

Doing braces is not very painful but some discomfort should be expected during the initial treatment phase. This is because the gums need to get used to the extra bulk of the brackets on each teeth. There may also be some rubbing and abrasions against the cheek. Subsequently, during the braces adjustment, patients may also experience some tightness but it should not be very painful.

Sticky or hard foods that can cause the bracket to drop off, loosen or break. They may also bend the wires and bands, and place additional stress on the braces.

Generally, it takes about 1.5 to 2.5 years to complete the treatment but it depends on the complexity of the case, the patient’s age and how fast the teeth move.

  • Metal braces allows a change in colour of the modules (around the metal bracket) every adjustment visit.
  • Ceramic (tooth-coloured) braces are differentiated from metal braces by the ceramic brackets, which are similar in size to metal brackets but are less noticeable as the white coloured ceramics blend in with the colour of natural teeth.
  • Invisalign are clear trays worn over the teeth and do not include any wires.

Invisalign

Invisalign DentalPlus

Invisalign ® is a clear, removable teeth aligner used as an alternative to braces. It is virtually invisible, making it much harder to notice. 

Invisalign treatment in Singapore is increasingly common and consists of wearing a transparent tray over your teeth that is nearly invisible, and is easy to put in and take out. There’s no need for metal brackets or wire (Fixed Braces), just one transparent tray to be worn.

After undergoing diagnostics at the clinic, an accurate 3D model of your teeth will be used in creating specially crafted Invisalign trays that will help your teeth shift to a straight and perfect position (straight teeth). During the course of the treatment, new trays will be issued, as your teeth change positions, until your desired smile is achieved.

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Insurance & Subsidies

AIA dental Insurance

AIA

DentalPlus Clinic is an AIA accredited clinic. Patients with AIA Dental coverage can enjoy treatment under AIA coverage.

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Medisave dental claim

Medisave

We are CPF Medisave accredited for dental surgery. Approved procedures include wisdom teeth surgery, dental implants and biopsy.

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CHAS

We also provide subsidized co-payment inclusive to outpatient dental services under the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS). 

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Baby Bonus Scheme CDA

We are a Baby Bonus approved institution. Funds from CDA accounts can be used for dental treatment of the child and their siblings.

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Jennet Haling
Jennet Haling
23/03/2024
The dentists in the clinic are the best. They make you at ease and deliver quality service. I’ve been a patient/ client in this clinic since 2016. Even I moved house far from the clinic, I still do book my all my dental appointments here.
Benson Lee
Benson Lee
22/03/2024
The dentist provide great advise and pre notified me of which tooth or teeth is decaying or required attention. Receptionist is fast and pre book next appointment fast.
Elyn Teoh
Elyn Teoh
08/03/2024
Overall have a good experience and treatment with Dentalplus. Friendly peoples :)
Rosita Edwards
Rosita Edwards
29/02/2024
I am very happy with my dental experience at Dental Plus Clinic at Telok Blangah. Dr Therese was very professional and always smiling so gave me confidence as I really am paranoid just listening to the machine. She will ask me how I feel and to show my hand if I am uncomfortable. Dr Therese will also tell me what she is going to do beforehand. I am pleased that I have indeed found a dental clinic to take care of me. I am also please that their front desk representative is very kind and gentle too.
David Sam
David Sam
26/02/2024
The dentist has been very attentive, informing every step she will take. She also prompted me to hand up if feel discomfort. Throughout scaling, she was gentle in treatment. Highly recommended as a dental servicing place.
Ong Junxiang
Ong Junxiang
22/02/2024
Dentist (Dr. Mabel) and assistant were professional, friendly and meticulous in their work. Receptionist was polite and prompt. Timely reminders were also given well before the actual appointment date. Rescheduling process was also smooth and convenient. 5/5 👍
Abdul Jalil
Abdul Jalil
20/02/2024
To put it simple and straight forward, DentalPlus, a dental clinic you will feel safe to go to. From welcoming to experience to professionalism, service. Calm and smiling reception, very welcoming. Greeting and readily listening Dental Practitioner. Understands and confirms issue, explains in a easy to understand term, asks before proceeding to next procedure. It takes away the patient's anxiety of the dental treatment. Very assuring, taking time to treat you in best way possible. Made me feel at ease. No time or money wasted here and very pleased with the care and treatment received. The premise is immaculate. Will highly recommend DentalPlus to anyone at the next opportunity.
Sarah Bupe
Sarah Bupe
18/02/2024
Went to the clinic last week. I was attended by Dr Mabel. Found the whole experience rather pleasant even though i was in pain with a toothache. Dr Mabel was very clear with her explanations and gentle with her procedures. For once, my phobia for dentists diminished . Would definitely be going back to Dentalplus for my regular check ups.

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