For many adults who are considering dental work for themselves or their children, the word “braces” is connected with “expense.” With careful budgeting, the cost of braces can be covered; but there are other costs to consider. The Invisalign clear aligners in Singapore are an alternative to traditional braces. If you’re thinking about trying Invisalign for yourself or your teen, you’re probably wondering what the cost difference is between the two methods. How does the cost of Invisalign compare to the cost of traditional wires and brackets?

The Social Cost

For teenagers, wearing braces can be a problem socially. Teens have a heightened consciousness of appearance, and any irregularities can be cause for social rejection or bullying. With Invisalign, the correction of the teeth is done gradually and subtly, using nearly invisible aligners. The system allows teens to maintain their appearance before their peers and remain confident throughout their smile makeover. For adults, there is a stigma associated with braces as well. Using Invisalign, adults can correct their teeth while maintaining their professional poise and social standing.

The Time Cost

Whether your dentist in Singapore uses braces or clear aligners, he is essentially moving teeth around inside the mouth. This has to be done slowly, over a long period of time, or teeth can become too loose and may be permanently lost. Over 20 years of research has gone into the Invisalign system, ensuring that the teeth move slowly, gradually, and safely. The time that it takes to move the teeth with Invisalign is close to time frame you would be looking at for braces. If a patient does not wear the aligners 22 hours per day or as recommended by their Singapore dentist, it could take much longer to see results. However, if you follow the recommendations and directions given to you by your dentist at Orchard Scotts Dental, you’ll find that your smile makeover won’t take much longer than it would take if you were wearing braces.

The Health Cost

Braces are hard to keep clean. Bits of food get caught in the brackets and between the wires. No matter how dutifully the patient cleans with toothpicks, toothbrush, and floss threaders, it’s nearly impossible to get all of those bits of gunk out of the teeth and the braces. As a result, people with braces run the risk of building up tartar and plaque, leading to cavitities, sore gums, and other issues.

With Invisalign, a patient can remove the aligners and soak them in cleaning solution while he or she is eating a meal. After the meal, the patient thoroughly brushes and flosses their teeth, then replaces a freshly cleaned aligner over the clean teeth. There is far less opportunity for tartar, plaque, cavities, and other problems to develop, as long as patients follow the recommended cleaning routine.

A recent study conducted reveals that patients who use Invisalign clear aligners have much better oral health than those who use braces. Throughout 12 weeks, three different groups of patients were checked for plaque index, gum sensitivity to probing, biofilm mass, and periodontal pathogens. By the end of the study, the patients using Invisalign had much better periodontal health. The study, published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the European Journal of Dentristy, recommended that Invisalign be “considered as a first treatment option in patients with risk of developing periodontal disease.”

The Financial Cost

Financially, the cost of Invisalign in Singapore is not much more than that of braces. Of course, every person’s dental scenario is different, but in general, the price tags are comparable. At our dental clinic in Singapore that specialises in Invisalign, the cost for Invisalign starts at SGD $4,500, and you have a couple of excellent payment options. You can pay in full and take advantage of our Prepayment Courtesy Fee package, or you can pay a 50% deposit and then work out a payment plan for the rest of the amount. If you’d like to talk about other payment options, just let us know and we’ll be happy to work with you. With a dental clinic in Singapore like Orchard Scotts Dental, you’ll be well on your way to having the smile you’ve always wanted.

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