There are many types of orthodontic treatment: a huge range of braces, aligners and functional appliances.
How much one pays for a pair of braces depends on the complexity of their dental issues, and the specific needs and conditions that they wish to meet. After a diagnosis, we will offer a close estimate of the cost involved, with the typical orthodontic treatment cost ranging anywhere from $450 to $8800. This price may be too high to pay as a lump-sum, which is why you can actually pay it off in instalments.
To start, let’s focus on the most common and well-known treatment: braces. There are 3 main types of braces readily available in Singapore: metal, ceramic and lingual braces, each with their own pros and cons. How much does each of them cost? Without going into specifics, metal braces are the most affordable braces in Singapore, while lingual braces will set you back the most.
Metal braces are one type of braces. Their popularity can be attributed to their hardiness, dependability and effectiveness. They are generally the most affordable type of braces.
Ceramic braces are another option. While they might have a higher price than metal braces, their main appeal stems from being much less visible than metal braces and helping you feel less self-conscious.
The most expensive option, lingual braces are unique as they are bonded to your teeth, facing back towards your tongue. They cannot be seen by anyone but your orthodontist and hence the moniker “invisible braces”. Your appearance will remain free from braces! However, this makes them very tricky for your orthodontist to adjust and for you to clean.
Clear aligners are transparent, hardly visible and removable plastic shells that encase the teeth. Shaped to the contours of a set of teeth, aligners sit closely on your teeth. Aligners come in sets and are used in a specific order. Each aligner shifts your teeth slightly, and the next one carries on from there, moving your teeth closer to the desired position.
Invisalign aligners, a leading line of clear aligners designed and manufactured by Align Technology, are custom made aligners. Orthodontists start with a digital scan or impression of your teeth before planning and designing your aligners using proprietary design software.
Your aligners are manufactured in and sent from Align Technology’s production centre in America to your orthodontist, and you can get started on your first aligner about 3 weeks after your first consultation appointment. Invisalign aligners cost slightly more than other clear aligners or braces, being custom made for each and every user.
Rather than simply moving one’s teeth individually, functional appliances are used to correct protruding teeth, excessive overbite or problems in jaw growth. Prices for functional appliance therapy start from $970, depending on the complexity of the case.
Do you wish to get a clearer picture on your payment options or instalment payment plan? Give us a call at 6734 0007 or pop by to arrange a thorough examination with our resident orthodontist, Dr. David Lee.
The average cost of different types of braces in Singapore is as follows:
Metal Braces: Costs around $4000 to $5,500.
Ceramic Braces: Costs around $5,000 to $6,000. Although ceramic braces are less obvious than metal braces, it’s less durable than metal braces.
Invisalign: Costs around $4,900 to $9,000. Although more expensive, invisible braces may be more comfortable since it’s removable. However, this cannot be used to help those with severe misalignment issues.
Lingual Braces: Costs at least $10,000. While it is excellent for discreetly aligning teeth since it’s installed behind the teeth, it’s also the most expensive option.
When it comes to braces, many things are added to the cost of the treatment aside from the instalment of the braces. The prices generally include the cost of the materials used for the braces and the supplies used to make them.
Because the treatment is usually personalised, the price component is also dependent on how complex the patient’s case is. In general, the more complicated the case, the higher the cost of the braces’ treatment. Moreover, the price varies from clinic to clinic and is dependent on other factors such as the dental practitioner’s expertise.
Braces are often less expensive for children because children’s teeth are still developing. Hence, their teeth are more suitable for braces, and they do not need to wear them as long as adults. For adults, since the jaw is already fully formed and the teeth do not move as easily, it will take longer to fix your alignment issue. Since braces do get pricier the longer it is worn, it’s usually more expensive for adults.
However, assuming all other factors are the same but age, the price difference usually only differs from $100 to $200 for most cases. The price of invisible braces is also generally higher than traditional metal braces.
Because the prices are dependent on the aforementioned factors, it may seem difficult to estimate how much you should set aside for your braces. However, each clinic usually has its own average price range for each orthodontic treatment plan.
It’s best to look up their website pages or ask your friends for recommendations to gauge how much you should save before getting the braces that are best suited for your teeth.
For some clinics in Singapore, such as BigSmile Dental Clinic, we offer monthly instalment plans so you can pay a lower fee at the start instead of paying a large sum all at once. To get a clearer picture of the cost of your treatment, do book an appointment with us!