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Braces Cost in Singapore: An Extensive Summary

Written by Dr. Chua Sue Yi. Medically reviewed by Dr. Cheryl Ooi.

If you have a concern of crooked or misaligned teeth, this does not only affect your appearance. Often, it can pose a hazard to your dental health as malalignment of teeth or jaws can cause difficulty in maintaining good oral hygiene by normal means of brushing and flossing. This can lead to poor gum health, tooth decay and in more severe cases, some may have trouble in biting, soreness or discomfort of the jaw, and speech problems. Orthodontic treatment or braces is a form of dental treatment which helps to correct misalignment of teeth including crowded teeth, spaced teeth, underbite, overbite, crossbite, open bite. This is done to restore your desired smile, be it for aesthetics reasons or to correct underlying jaw problems and improve your overall dental health.

Nowadays, there are different types of braces available in the market, all at a different price point with its own pros and cons. Your practitioner will recommend the most suitable option to suit your needs and budget after a thorough examination and analysis of your case. Braces come in different forms and materials. The variety includes traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, self-ligating such as Damon braces, lingual braces, and invisible braces.

How much braces cost in Singapore – standard price, price range

The standard price of braces in Singapore can range from S$3200 to S$7500 depending on the case complexity, type of braces, where you are getting the treatment and the level of expertise of the practitioner providing the orthodontic treatment. The average price of a standard orthodontic treatment is around S$4,000 at public dental clinics while it can cost about S$5,500 at a private clinic for the same treatment. 

Are braces expensive in Singapore? Why are braces expensive in Singapore?

Generally speaking, orthodontic treatment is expensive in Singapore due to the extensive treatment planning and level of expertise required for proper teeth alignment and correction of bite.

What is the cost of metal braces?

Metal braces are the most conventional kind of braces with a history of long track record, which is still widely and commonly used by practitioners for orthodontic treatment. It is made from durable stainless steel which is attached to the front surfaces of your teeth. These metal brackets hold wire in place by help of elastic ligatures or rubber bands which come in many colours. However, metal braces can be bulky and highly noticeable on your teeth, where some may find it aesthetically displeasing. Metal braces price ranges from S$3,500 to S$5,500.

What is the cost of ceramic braces?

Ceramic braces have a clear appearance or similar shade as your teeth, making it less noticeable to others. It is less durable and more prone to fracture compared to metal braces. They are considered a more aesthetic alternative in comparison to metal braces. Ceramic braces price can be around 30% higher than conventional metal braces with a price range of S$4,500 to S$6,5000.

What is the cost of Damon/self-ligating braces?

Self-ligating braces, such as Damon braces are second generation of braces This system does not use elastic ligatures like in conventional braces, but rather utilizes a door mechanism which can slide back and forth to hold the wire in place. Self-ligating braces reduce frictional force when wire slides on the brackets, this is believed to significantly reduce the treatment duration. The system also reduces chair time, as it reduces appointment time due to the fewer adjustments needed for your change of wire on every dental visit. The absence of rubber bands also reduces the possibility of food getting trapped, improving the ease of hygiene maintenance in this type of braces. Damon braces price ranges from S$4,500 to S$6,500.

What is the cost of lingual braces?

Lingual braces are braces attached to the back surfaces of your teeth, which makes it invisible to others when looking from the front. It is significantly more expensive compared to conventional metal braces, price ranging from S$8,000 to S$11,000. This is caused by the technical sensitivity of placing the braces. However some may find it uncomfortable due to irritability to the tongue, since the wire & brackets are on the surface of the teeth that faces the tongue.

Invisible braces are braces which are transparent in colour and removable. It uses a series of customised aligners which will be replaced every two weeks. Patients with invisible aligners are required to wear them 20 to 22 hours a day and be replaced with a new set after a few weeks for gradual teeth movement and alignment. Due to its removable nature, the predictability of treatment outcome of invisible braces is highly dependable on patients’ motivation as they need to wear it almost all the time. The price range is S$2,400 – S$10,000.

How much do braces cost a month? Are there monthly instalment costs of braces in Singapore? How does it work?

Completion of braces treatment can take months to years, and it isn’t cheap. Instead of one single full payment, many dental clinics do provide instalment plans which allow patients to pay in subsequent visits throughout the course of treatment. Most clinics require an upfront down payment of a few hundreds to a few thousands or up to 50% of the full cost of treatment while the balance fees can be paid in an amount of $100 to 300 on a monthly basis. The pricing might or might not include the consultation fees, x-ray charges and retainers needed to maintain your teeth in position after braces treatment.

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If you decide to get invisible braces treatment via teledentistry platforms, some companies require you to pay the full amount of the complete set of aligners after confirming your treatment plan, while some companies do provide the flexibility of monthly instalment plans from as low as $112 onwards.

Where to get your braces treatment in Singapore: Private dental clinic vs. Public dental clinics Vs. Teledentistry company

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In general, you can get orthodontic treatment at public dental clinics for a more budget-friendly price. Nevertheless, a referral letter by a regular polyclinic dentist to an orthodontist is a prerequisite for you to be entitled for orthodontic treatment at the public institution of your choice such as KTPH, NDC, NUH etc. Orthodontic treatment in public institutions is carried out by specialists instead of dentists. One should also bear in mind that the waiting lists for braces treatment at these government hospitals can be as long as 2 years.

Private clinics or teledentistry can be relatively hassle-free and quicker in terms of providing the same service. In the private industry, a wider range of materials are available to suit your treatment needs. Usually, a monthly follow up is scheduled at the dental clinic to review and assess the progress of your teeth movement. Regular follow up intervals can be advantageous as to allow close monitoring of a patient’s overall dental health and detection of any early diseases. Dentists are able to provide continuous care and preventive management of early lesions besides orthodontic treatment.

With the advancement in technology, teledentistry has become the new trend in providing online dental services including invisible braces. A partnership between certified dentist and teledentistry companies allow providers to monitor patients’ progress remotely with the help of information technology. This creates great convenience and accessibility for patients to get dental care while reducing the frequency of dental visits. Usually only a few simple steps are required for patients to get invisible braces. To start, patients can undergo an initial assessment on the website by uploading some intraoral photos of the teeth. A 3D scan can then be arranged at a dental clinic, together with other clinical examinations and investigations such as x-rays. This allows the partnered dentist to assess the overall dentition and case suitability for invisible braces. A smile simulation is then carried out digitally to preview the desired end result. Once a patient is satisfied with the simulation, an agreed amount is paid by the patient followed by delivery of a full set of aligners to the patient’s address. The guide on wearing the customized aligners, care instructions and progression reminders are conveniently available in mobile application of the respective provider.

Many clear aligner brands enable correction of minor to moderate cases of misalignment, while more severe cases of malocclusion which may involve jaw correction surgery are not possible through this method and require intervention at the dental office. Thus, one has to be assessed before being deemed a suitable candidate in getting clear aligners treatment which is possible via trusted online platforms.

So are braces cheap in Singapore?

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Braces can be affordable or expensive depending on the type of braces you go for. Many factors can influence the pricing of the braces option you decide on. Orthodontic treatment options can vary on a case-to-case basis. Price of braces treatment increases with the severity of misalignment as the length of treatment increases. The type of materials chosen can also play a huge role in the price of braces. Better quality of orthodontic materials or technology used can cause an increase in the price quoted. The use of digital dentistry, smile stimulation system through 3D planning, involvement of lab fees for production of clear invisible braces can influence the price of braces you are getting. Of course, the price tag that comes with specialist treatment can be more expensive from a general dental practitioner as an orthodontist has the most advanced training in this specialty.

In a nutshell, a comprehensive examination, diagnosis, and treatment planning is a must in assessing individual case scenarios. Your dentist or orthodontist will then come out with a treatment plan and possible braces options for you.

Before you start your braces journey, it is essential for you to understand why you are getting it done. Is it just for generally straighter teeth or to fix functional dental problems? This information will be of great importance in the planning process of creating your desired smile.

Do survey and read up on the choices available for braces and its advantages and disadvantages, you may then shortlist your treatment options based on your priorities and budget. Whatever you do, make sure you are getting your braces treatment from a reputable and trusted source!

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