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    Over the past few years, braces have become a very popular option. Every day, we see more and more people including our acquaintances, friends, and even celebrities who have decided to correct their smiles in adulthood. This is not surprising given that healthy and well-aligned teeth not only improve our appearance and self-confidence, but they also reduce our risk of developing various dental problems.

    Are you also bothered by crowded and misaligned teeth? Our dental team at Pristine DentalWorks can help you resolve this issue. We offer an array of orthodontic treatments that can be customized to your needs. Our goal is to provide our patients with high-quality teeth straightening services so that they may achieve the smile of their dreams.

    Here you will find more details about braces treatment at the Pristine DentalWorks clinic. We will also describe what braces are and what they can treat.

    What are braces?

    Generally speaking, braces are small devices connected to the teeth by wires. They are usually used to align the teeth, correct your bite and improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth and smile. Additionally, they can correct numerous other problems, such as deformities of the jaws, incorrect positioning of the upper and lower teeth, difficulty chewing, teeth overcrowding, and more.

    Braces are important for maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Having teeth in an ideal arrangement enhances their function and that of the jaw muscles. Incorrectly positioned teeth can cause a number of unpleasant conditions, including tooth decay, gum disease, cracked or chipped teeth, and pain in the temporomandibular joint (the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull).

    In most cases, dental braces are placed by an orthodontist, who is highly trained in diagnosing, preventing, and treating abnormalities with the teeth and jaw. However, general dentists are also allowed to do braces treatments.

    Dental braces can be used to treat issues in both adults and children. Many people mistakenly believe that braces should be worn only in early childhood. In reality, this isn't true at all. There are more and more people over 30 who are wearing braces to correct their bite. There are many parents who are getting this orthodontic treatment at the same time as their children.

    What are the different types of braces?

    Based on the type of material used, dental braces can be divided into several different types - metal braces, ceramic braces, self-ligating braces, and lingual braces. Furthermore, the devices can be classified into two groups - fixed braces and removable braces. As their names suggest, fixed braces cannot be removed until the orthodontic treatment is complete, while removable braces can be removed as needed. Metal braces, ceramic braces, self-ligating braces, and lingual braces are all fixed braces. Invisalign, commonly known as invisible braces, are removable appliances. Below are detailed descriptions of the different types of braces available at our dental clinic.

    Metal braces

    Beautiful young woman with teeth braces

    Traditional metal braces are a classic orthodontic solution. This is the most widely used system for teeth correction. Metal brackets have been around for 100 years. Of course, they have evolved dramatically since then. Today's metal braces are much smaller, more comfortable, and more effective than those used in the past.

    The design of metal braces is quite complex, despite their apparent simplicity. The arch is made out of flexible, elastic metal wires that allow them to be placed on braces. Additionally, it is durable enough to reposition the teeth in the right direction. The appliances are usually attached with a special adhesive to the teeth surfaces so they are referred to as fixed braces.

    Traditional metal braces are widely used. Although, they come with both advantages and disadvantages. Among their biggest advantages is that they yield desired results. Moreover, they are generally the most affordable braces available. However, metal braces have one major disadvantage- they tend to be not very attractive from an aesthetic standpoint. If you choose to wear traditional metal braces, you should also be aware that they require excellent oral hygiene. Otherwise, you risk developing tooth decay and other dental problems.

    Metal braces are appropriate for most patients, even those with difficult cases.

    Ceramic braces

    Traditional ceramic braces are non-removable orthodontic appliances that are used to treat deformities of teeth and bite. They are also known as clear braces since they are made of tooth-coloured material which makes them less noticeable to others. Ceramic braces consist of small ceramic square pieces attached to the enamel of the teeth, and metal arches attached to them with small coloured rubber bands.

    One of the advantages of those tooth-coloured braces is that they cannot be seen as easily as metal brackets. That is why these devices are commonly preferred by adults. Even though clear braces cost a bit more than metal devices, they are still quite affordable compared to other types of appliances. Ceramic brackets, however, may not be suitable for everyone. In addition, they can be quite uncomfortable, especially at the beginning of treatment.

    If you are considering getting ceramic braces do not hesitate to contact our clinic and book an appointment. Our experienced team will help you decide if clear braces are appropriate for you.

    Self-ligating braces

    The self-ligating braces are a revolutionary orthodontic system. Unlike traditional braces, they do not grip the arch with elastic ties but use clips to hold the wire in place. This is where they get their name - self-ligating braces. These types of braces can also be made of metal or ceramic.

    The advantage of self-ligating metal braces and self-ligating ceramic braces is that they use sliding mechanisms (called sliding doors) to hold the arch wires, allowing teeth to move more easily, more quickly, and comfortably. This allows us to provide more effective and painless treatment so that our patients experience less discomfort and better results.

    Another huge advantage of self-ligating appliances is that they are smaller compared to traditional ones which make them more invisible and comfortable. In addition, this makes it easier to clean around the braces and maintain better oral hygiene.

    However, self-ligating devices tend to be a little more expensive than traditional metal and ceramic appliances.

    Lingual braces

    Lingual appliances are one of the most specialized orthodontic systems available. However, such braces are more rarely used compared to other kinds of appliances.

    Lingual braces are attached to the inner surfaces of the teeth. Like traditional braces, this product works by applying gentle but constant pressure to the teeth to help them move slowly to the correct position.

    Their main benefit is that they are completely invisible. It makes them an ideal choice for patients who want to improve their smile without anyone knowing about that. In addition, they offer many other advantages such as full customization to your teeth, better outcomes and versatility. However, lingual braces do not come without disadvantages. One of them is that the treatment with lingual braces tends to be longer. It is also possible for some patients to experience slight changes to their speech. These devices are also more expensive and usually require more check-ups which might additionally increase the costs.

    Clear Smile Invisible braces

    Invisible braces and storage case

    ClearSmile is a set of clear plastic aligners that can correct different types of bite problems. They are 30% more effective than traditional metal braces, yet much less expensive than high-end aligners. What sets them apart from other oral health brands is that they offer 3 levels of thickness - soft, medium and hard - and the softer the aligner, the more comfortable it is.

    The duration of the treatment can stretch across from 6 to 15 months based on the case. More complex cases require more time. The treatment plan is created individually for every patient at a dental clinic. It is divided into steps where different thicknesses are used at each stage. A specialist monitors the process from start to finish for better results.

    ClearSmile works in the same manner as other aligners. They can be used on both lower and upper teeth and should be employed on permanent teeth only. The main advantage of the product is it can be removed prior to meals which facilitate eating and brushing. It's also transparent and therefore more appealing to the eyes. In order to work properly, the pieces should be worn at least 140 hours a week (20 hours a day) on both upper and lower teeth.

    What do braces treat?

    Braces can treat various medical and cosmetic problems of the teeth including:

    • Teeth that are out of alignment. The presence of misaligned or crowded teeth can significantly lower self-esteem and become a deciding factor for people to seek orthodontic treatment. Many patients desire to undergo this type of treatment so that they can smile with confidence and feel more comfortable. However, there is more to it than just having a good bite and straightened teeth. Clustered and misaligned teeth are hard to clean, increasing the chances of tooth decay and gum disease.
    • Improper bite including overbite, underbite, open bite. Having an improper bite causes difficulty chewing and speaking and can lead to enamel erosion. When teeth do not come into proper contact, many problems can arise, including those that affect the mandibular joint. Furthermore, an improper bite can cause tension in the jaws and masticatory muscles. This in turn can cause headaches and facial discomfort.
    • Difficulty with chewing. Aside from jaw problems, improperly positioned lower teeth or upper teeth can also cause discomfort when chewing. You should ask your dentist for help if you suffer from jaw pain. Other problems may also be present. A dentist or orthodontist will be able to give you advice on this.
    • Speech problems. Misaligned and crooked teeth often cause various speech problems. Braces can correct certain problems, such as lisps or whistling, as well as word slurring or mispronunciation.

    Dental braces treatment can significantly improve the appearance giving you a beautiful and confident smile. At Pristine Dentalworks, we can help you achieve this. Our knowledgeable team will examine your teeth to diagnose exactly what your problem is. We will then recommend the most appropriate treatment option for you based on your needs and desires.

    What is the process of getting braces?

    The process of getting braces at Pristine Dentalworks clinic includes five stages: consultation, creation of an individual treatment plan, application of the braces, follow up check-ups and tracking progress, and removal of the braces.

    At Pristine Dentalworks we strive to make our patients as comfortable as possible by explaining every step along the way. Having an understanding of what to expect during treatment will give you more confidence and make you feel more relaxed.

    Doctor explaining about the process of getting braces

    What to expect at your first appointment?

    When you arrived at your scheduled appointment we will welcome you to the clinic and ask you to fill out new patient information. Then we will explain to you the process of the appointment.

    During your initial consultation, we will take 3D scans of your teeth, followed by X-rays and a complete oral examination. Our doctor will use all of the diagnostic records to assess your dental health and what type of treatment will be best for you. During your first consultation, you will be also provided comprehensive information about the costs of the treatment. In the end, we will schedule your next appointment.

    How your treatment plan will be designed?

    Our doctor will design your treatment plan based on the results of the diagnostic record taken in your initial consultation. It will be created specifically for your needs. We take into account the complexity of the problem, your preferences, for example, whether you want your braces to be invisible or you want a more affordable option and so on.

    We will provide you with comprehensive information about your treatment plan as well as a simulation of your teeth before and after the treatment.

    How dental braces are placed?

    Before begin placing braces the dentist will first make sure your teeth are cleaned properly. Then a small amount of glue will be applied to all teeth. To set it properly the doctor will use a blue light. Once it is done the braces will be placed into your mouth.

    During this visit, we will also give you suggestions on how to maintain good oral hygiene while wearing braces as well as what kind of food and drinks to stay away from.

    How often do braces need to be checked?

    You will need to schedule your check-up appointments about every four to six weeks, depending on the type of braces you have received. These follow up consultations are a very important part of your orthodontic treatment since this is when our dentist will evaluate your progress. We will also adjust your devices if needed so that to maintain further progress.

    What to expect during the completion stage?

    The braces are removed at the end of orthodontic treatment when the best results of a straighter smile and properly aligned teeth are achieved. Each patient has a different treatment period. These can be anything from 6 months to 2 years.

    As soon as the braces are removed, you will be required to wear retainers to maintain your results. This can either be a fixed or removable device.

    The fixed retainer is glued on the inside of the incisors in one or both jaws. It cannot be removed. Fixed retainers are appropriate when teeth were crowded or there was a gap between teeth prior to braces being placed. Some orthodontists use a fixed retainer alongside a removable appliance.

    How much do braces cost in Singapore?

    When it comes to braces treatment there is not just one cost. Given the sheer variety of devices available and the wide range of issues they can address, it is really hard to define the costs of these dental devices. There are many different factors that will affect the price of braces. Here are some of them.

    • Type of braces. Obviously, there is a huge difference in price between different types of devices. As we mentioned earlier, metal devices are the least expensive option, while clear aligners are usually the most expensive.
    • Treatment time. The length of your treatment is a significant factor. If your treatment continues for a long time it will ultimately lead to more frequent visits to the dentists and higher costs.
    • The complexity of your problem. It is actually closely related to the previous factor. The more complex your issue, the longer the treatment and the higher the cost.
    • Insurance benefits. There are some dental insurance companies in Singapore that cover orthodontic treatment. If you have a major dental plan, you may be able to claim for orthodontic treatment.

    If you have any questions about the cost of braces treatment in Singapore or if you would like a more accurate price for a particular appliance type, please contact our clinic.

    Why choose Pristine Dentalworks for your braces treatment?

    • Our team will make sure you feel comfortable. You can rely on us to greet you with a big smile and special attention every time.
    • We have a personal approach to every our patient. We tailor our treatment plans to the specific needs and goals of each individual.
    • We have a team of professionals who provide personalized treatment and are available to answer any questions you may have.
    • We believe that every patient deserves a beautiful smile and straight teeth that is why we will do our best for you to achieve them.

    If you are looking for high-quality dental services do not hesitate to contact Pristine Dentalworks.

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