Choosing which types of braces to use is a big decision. First, talk with your dentist in Singapore about the extent of the problems with your teeth. Will you need jaw surgery? Does your palate need to be expanded? What about other special appliances, headgear, or interventions? In some cases, the type of problems you have limits your options. Educate yourself about the different types of braces available and the benefits and disadvantages of each one.

Metal Braces

Most people are familiar with the traditional metal brackets and wires that constitute standard braces. The little metal brackets are glued to the front of each tooth, and the connecting bands and wires are used to slowly adjust the position of the teeth. You can get them in various colours or shapes, depending on your preferences and your budget. They can cause significant pain to the teeth and cheeks, especially at first, and they obviously affect your appearance. Plus, your food choices and sports activities may be limited.

Ceramic Braces

These braces are created from a composite material, similar to the material used for certain types of dental implants. The colour of the ceramic braces can be customised to blend in with your teeth, making your braces much less noticeable. When you’re wearing ceramic braces with clear ligatures, people can still see the silver wire, but the braces themselves are camouflaged. However, you’ll still have to endure the limitations and extra discomfort associated with braces. Plus, the clear bands or ligatures holding the braces can develop stains if you eat a lot of curry, drink black coffee, or smoke. Ceramic braces usually cost quite a bit more than metal ones.

Lingual Braces

This type of braces attaches behind your teeth. They are not visible to other people unless you open your mouth very wide. However, dentists must have special training in order to effectively use them on patients. Since they are tricky to use, many dentists do not offer them. These braces also tend to cause some pain for the tongue and some discomfort when talking. They can be tough to clean, and they cost more than traditional options.

Invisalign

Technically, Invisalign clear aligners are not braces, but they perform a similar function. Many people love them because they slip over the teeth and become practically invisible. The aligners cost about the same or a little more than traditional braces, and the time frame for treatment is about the same, as long as you wear them for the recommended number of hours each day. Invisalign causes soreness as the teeth move, but the pain is typically less than you would endure with braces.

Although your Invisalign provider can handle a variety of tooth issues with these method, he or she may not be able to recommend them if you have very severe problems.

Orthodontic Treatment in Singapore

At Orchard Scotts Dental, we believe in using the least invasive procedure possible to fix the problem. This means that we view extraction and similarly invasive techniques as a last resort. However, not all dentists have that viewpoint. In addition, some dentists may prefer a particular kind of braces over another. You may have to defer to your dentist’s recommendation or switch to a clinic whose treatment philosophy better matches your own. If you’re looking for a Singapore dental clinic with a welcoming environment, friendly care team, up-to-date equipment, and skilled dentists, call Orchard Scotts Dental today.

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