Best Dental Braces Singapore in 2024

Dental braces straighten and align your teeth, improving dental health and appearance. Then, they correct bite issues and crowding. Finally, braces support other dental treatments, ensuring comprehensive care and a confident smile.

Will it be painful?

It is likely to be sore for about 3-5 days each time the brace is adjusted. If necessary, painkillers such as those you would normally take for a headache should help – please follow the instructions on the packet. If there is an obvious area of soreness due to the brace, call for an appointment as soon as possible. Don’t stop wearing the brace, or you will have another 3-5 days of discomfort when you start wearing it again. If it is really too uncomfortable, wear the brace for 2 hours before your next appointment to show the dentist the problem.

How else Braces might it affect me?

Your speech will be different at first. Practice speaking with the brace in place, such as reading aloud at home on your own. In this way, your speech will return to normal within a couple of
days. Initially, you may produce more saliva and have to swallow more than normal. This is quite normal and will quickly pass.

Can I eat normally?

Yes, you should be able to eat normally. It is important to keep the brace in while eating unless instructed otherwise. Although it may be difficult at first, eating with the brace in place will become easier with time. After each meal, remove the brace and clean/rinse it thoroughly. For your orthodontic treatment to work well and in the shortest possible time, it is important to take care of your teeth and brace.

To avoid damage to both, you should:

  • Avoid sugary snacks/drinks between meals and at bedtime.
  • Avoid sticky, chewy, or hard sweets, mints, and sugared chewing gum.
  • Avoid fizzy drinks (including diet drinks) and large amounts of fruit juice.
  • Hard or chewy foods such as apples, carrots, and crusty bread can damage your brace. Avoid them or cut them up first!

What about tooth brushing?

It is important to brush your teeth well for at least 2 minutes, twice a day. Use fluoride toothpaste. If possible, carry a brush with you for use after lunch. Take the brace out to clean your teeth. You should also gently clean the brace with a toothbrush and soapy water over a sink, taking care not to damage the wires. To further protect the teeth, use an alcohol-free fluoride mouth rinse daily at a different time from when you brush your teeth. Avoid eating or rinsing for 20 minutes after using it.

Can I remove the brace?

Yes, but you should only remove it for cleaning. Do not repeatedly click the brace in and out with your tongue, as this will break the wires and increase the length of time the treatment will take.

How long will dental braces treatment take?

It usually takes 6-12 months but will vary depending on how severe your case is. You may need to progress to a fixed brace for another 12 months to complete your treatment. Missed and cancelled appointments or repeated breakages of the brace will increase the length of time the treatment will take.

How often will I need an appointment?

You will need regular appointments during treatment for the brace to be adjusted.

Do I still need to see my regular dentist?

Yes, continue regular check-ups with your dentist during orthodontic treatment to monitor your teeth for decay. Contact Smilepoint via WhatsApp for more information

What do I do if I play contact sports?

You should wear a gumshield instead of your removable brace when you play contact sports. This also applies if you participate in activities requiring a protective helmet, such as roller-blading, skateboarding, and horse riding. Remove the brace for swimming as well. When not in your mouth, the brace should be kept in a protective box. Ask your dentist for further advice.

What if I play a musical instrument with dental braces?

If you play a wind instrument, particularly the flute or a brass instrument, you may be advised to remove the brace while playing. However, when the brace is not in your mouth, it should be kept in a protective box to prevent breakage. You can discuss this further with your music teacher and dentist.

Things to remember

  • Brush your teeth for 2 minutes at least twice each day.
  • Use an alcohol-free fluoride mouth rinse once every day.
  • Avoid sugary snacks and drinks between meals and at bedtime.
  • Avoid fizzy drinks.
  • Avoid hard, sticky, and chewy sweets and foods.
  • Continue to visit your Smilepoint dentist regularly.
  • Treatment usually takes about 6-24 months.
  • You will need to wear retainers after your treatment finishes for as long as you wish to keep your teeth straight.

What do I do if my brace breaks or I lose it?

Call for an appointment as soon as possible. Do not wait for your next routine appointment, as the breakage may slow your treatment or result in damage to your teeth. If you repeatedly break your brace, your treatment may be stopped early.