When it comes to braces, there is a lot of confusion about the different types of treatment, the duration of treatment, costs and whether it will suit a particular face. Indeed, braces are a costly treatment, no matter which one you opt for, but if you want that youthful and uninterrupted smile back, you need to take the necessary steps.
Why do you need braces?
From the point when you start brushing your teeth, you may have had many inappropriate habits that have led to broken or crooked teeth, or gaps in your dental structure. Moreover, other problems like disorders of the jaw joints, incorrect jaw position, and over- and under-bites make it even more painful for the person to eat, talk or smile. It reduces confidence and even contributes to lesser social appearances.
A good orthodontist in Singapore usually recommends braces to improve a person’s orofacial appearance, however the choice of the braces depends on what the patient primarily seeks.
Clear Braces versus Invisalign Braces
Ceramic braces are often referred to as clear braces, since the ceramic is used to create brackets that fit to the dental structure. The ceramic material can be made to match the color of a patient’s teeth, however the material can also be made transparent. Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces in terms of the progress of the treatment. The brackets of the braces are bonded to the teeth via an arch wire that puts pressure on the dental structure, aligning the teeth. They need to be adjusted roughly, after every four weeks. Clear braces cost Singapore falls in the range of $4,000 to $8,000.
Invisalign braces are different from ceramic braces since they are transparent, plastic retainer-like aligners that put the teeth into place. You only need to wear these braces for less than 22 hours in a day, and replacing them every two weeks with a new pair. It takes almost 9 months to one year for the treatment. Invisalign treatment can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000,
Difference between Clear Braces & Invisalign Braces
- Invisalign is more transparent whereas clear braces blend into your teeth.
- Invisalign is more retainer-like while brackets of clear braces are more visible.
- Eating and flossing may not be a breeze with clear braces but with Invisalign, you cannot eat or floss and have to remove the braces every time.
- Clear braces need fewer adjustments, and therefore your visit to dentist is limited as opposed to Invisalign treatment.
- Clear braces are capable of treating more severe cases, while Invisalign is limited to crooked teeth, over-bites and under-bites, and gapped teeth only.
How can I take care of my braces?
Maintain good dental hygiene
Brush with braces on using a soft bristled tooth brush, applying only pea-sized amount of your toothpaste. Do not forget to reach under your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth. Rinse well!
Flossing with braces on can be a struggle, but it is important to remove any food remains and build-up of plaque. You can use between floss threaders and flossing tape according to your convenience.
Watch your food intake
Avoiding certain foods can be beneficial for your braces. Sticky, crunchy or hard foods such as chips, corn on the cob, crusty breads, taffy, popcorn, pretzel or hard fruits may damage or break the brackets of the braces. Also limit your sugar intake, or opt for sugar-free foods.
Use a mouth guard
A mouth guard may be more expensive for a child, already considering the clear braces cost Singapore, but that additional cost will be worth it, if it protects the expensive braces. It not only protects the braces but also your child’s soft dental tissues and unconscious grinding of the teeth.
Follow your orthodontist’s instructions
An experienced and good orthodontist in Singapore will have several safety instructions for you, like placing a rubber band over the braces at certain times, but these may largely differ with the patient’s condition.