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Metal Braces

Considered one of the most conventional and traditional orthodontic treatments in Singapore, metal braces are an excellent option for those who wish to correct their teeth irregularities without having to pay an exorbitant amount. Besides, they are also robust, accurate and effective.

Metal braces consist of metal brackets, rubber bands and an archwire that will be attached to the front of the teeth, using dental glue (or cement). These small parts are typically made from high-quality stainless steel that does not rust or corrode. Moreover, their malleability means that they can absorb some degree of force and accidental knocks. The brackets, in particular, can be made thin, and sharp corners or angles can be machined into them for a more accurate movement of the teeth, without them breaking or chipping.

As strong and durable as they are, however, these metal braces sometimes do break as a result of hard foods or trauma. However, they still remain more durable than other options, such as plastic and ceramic braces. This means fewer replacements, saving you in terms of time and cost.

Some metal brackets have little hooks attached (for elastics to be applied), and these can be bent to suit your anatomy should they scratch your cheeks or tongue, something you cannot do with ceramic hooks. Recent advances in bracket design include self-ligating brackets (such as Damon, Quick & In-Ovation brackets) that do away with elastic modules (tiny rubber bands that wrap around each bracket) that inadvertently lead to increased friction and hygiene issues.

Metal braces versatility also means that it can tackle the most difficult and severe cases of crooked, misaligned, crowded and spaced out teeth. Unlike other options that may depend on your teeth issues and their specificities, you do not need to worry about compatibility when it comes to metal braces!

The orthodontic treatment will start with your orthodontist taking an impression of your teeth either with a rubber impression or a digital scan. This will help your orthodontist to figure out how best to treat your teeth issues. After which, your orthodontist will do their magic!

When it is time to remove the braces from your teeth, metal brackets can be intentionally deformed to break the cement bonding the bracket to the enamel, making the debonding process less uncomfortable. Your orthodontist will then remove any bonding material residue and polish the enamel, leaving smooth, shiny and straighten teeth!

To help you better maintain your teeth, you will be given a set of retainers to help ‘fix’ your teeth and get used to their new positions. Your orthodontist will also go through with you the steps to ensure that your pearly whites remain the same.

To make an informed decision, be sure to do your due diligence and research on all the types of braces available in Singapore with a professional – from the procedure, feasibility and cost. Teeth issues are complicated in nature, and there is, unfortunately, no one-size-fits-all approach.

If you wish to speak to an experienced orthodontist about your teeth issues, Bigsmile Dental is here to help! Give us a call at 6734 0007 and we’ll help you achieve a smile that dazzles.

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FAQ

Braces do not cause pain when they are being put on. However, the tension between the teeth or under the orthodontic bands may make your mouth feel sore. While you may experience some mild to moderate discomfort due to tight braces, feeling aggravating pain is rather uncommon.

Likewise, most people don’t think of removing braces as painful. However, you can expect some soreness on a few teeth when the brackets are removed due to the lifting of pressure from the teeth. Regardless, working with an experienced orthodontist in Singapore can make your treatment a more smooth and comfortable process.

As much as we all wish we can snack on what we love all the time, you will need to take special care to avoid any food that can damage the braces. Here are the foods that you should avoid as much as possible while having braces: 

Chewy foods — chewy candy, liquorice

Crunchy foods — popcorn, ice cubes

Sticky foods — caramel, toffee, chewing gum

Hard foods — hard candies (lollipops), nuts 

Foods that require you to bite into — apples, corn on the cob, carrots

Unfortunately, braces are not entirely indestructible. You should be mindful that metal braces are still sensitive to damage. For instance, sugary and starchy foods can generate plaque acid. While brushing can remove plaque, it becomes harder to do with braces. This can lead to tooth decay.

Sticky, chewy food can also mess up the wire and loosen brackets. Hard, crunchy food may even break braces or lessen the effectiveness of the braces. 

While the food you cannot eat seems limited, there are plenty of options you still can choose from: 

Dairy – milk-based drinks, yoghurt. This is the most braces-friendly food group since most of them are usually soft and do not need much chewing. 

Breads – pancakes, muffins (make sure there aren’t any nuts!)

Grains – soft-cooked rice, pasta

Meats/poultry – satay, meatballs, soft-boiled chicken. 

Seafood – tuna, salmon

Vegetables – mashed potatoes, steamed spinach

Fruits – banana, papaya, fruit juice

Following these simple guidelines ensures faster, better results from your metal braces treatment in Singapore! 

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