What To Expect?
The cost of orthodontic treatment with braces varies, depending on the complexity of the dental problems as well as individual requirements. A typical visit at BigSmile Dental will include a diagnostic checkup whereby the dentist or orthodontist will assess your dental condition and discuss with you the recommended braces, the costs involved and the treatment plan, including details about how it will work, and how it will help you. Depending on the type of braces employed, the treatment will cost an average of $450 to $8800. Instalment plans are also available should the braces and other costs be too much to pay at a single go.
What Are Braces?
At BigSmile Dental, we provide all types of braces, including aligners, and retainers; we employ a wide range of appliances, from functional appliances, to metallic braces, to Invisalign. Orthodontic braces help to enable the straightening and realigning of uneven, crooked teeth. Straight teeth, on top of appearing aesthetically pleasing, also allow you to maintain your dental health easily.
There are essentially three types of fixed braces in Singapore: lingual, ceramic, and metal, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Fixed braces utilise brackets that are rigidly bonded to your teeth. How much does each type of braces cost? Without going into too many details, it is safe to say that lingual braces are the most expensive out of the three options, while metal braces are the most affordable.
Metal braces are the most common type. They are popular as they are hardy, dependable, and effective. They also are incredibly affordable. Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces. However, their crucial appeal is that they are not as visible. Hence, many prefer them for their aesthetic appeal. They do, however, cost more. Lingual braces, on the other hand, are the most expensive option due to their complex configuration. Instead of being fixed at the front surfaces of the teeth, lingual braces are fixed at the back and inward-facing surfaces. Hence, they are virtually unseen by anybody except your orthodontist. From an aesthetic point of view, it would seem like you have no braces on! However, this also means that adjusting and cleaning it will be more difficult; thus, these braces cost a premium.
What Are Invisalign braces?
Invisalign aligners are an excellent alternative to fixed braces. They are transparent plastic trays or shells that you wear on your teeth. The Invisalign aligners that BigSmile Dental offers are manufactured and shipped straight from Align Technology’s production centre. Headquartered in America, Align Technology is the leading dental device provider in the world. As a start to your Invisalign treatment journey, our in-house orthodontist Dr David Lee will take a rubber impression or perform a digital scan to get a 3D image of your teeth, before designing the aligners using CAD/CAM software. You can get your first aligner as early as three weeks after the consultation.
Many Invisalign aligner trays will be delivered, and used in sequential order. Each set is specifically customised to the shape and contours of your teeth. Each set gradually adjusts your teeth, moving them to a better position, until they are straight. Instead of adjusting each tooth individually, the aligners can adjust multiple teeth collectively. Invisalign is ideal for any individual looking to correct issues, such as jaw growth, excessive overbite, or protruding teeth. Because they are custom-made for each user, Invisalign aligners are slightly more expensive than braces, with the prices starting at around $4000 and increasing with each complexity.
We offer affordable braces at very reasonable costs, and braces instalment packages in Singapore should you require them. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us at +65 6734 0007 or visit BigSmile Dental at Novena Medical Centre to arrange an appointment with our resident orthodontist, Dr David Lee, today!
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What is the average price of braces in Singapore?
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.
What other costs should I take note of?
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.
Why does our age also affect the price for braces instalment, even if it’s the same type of braces?
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.
How should I budget for my braces’ treatment?
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!