Singapore's Top Orthodontist
Expert Orthodontist Singapore provides the best orthodontists to deal with a wide range of mouth issues.Improperly aligned jaws can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Good news, they can be corrected.
We will be able to provide an alternate form of diagnosis and treatment
Orthodontists are special dentists who diagnose dental and facial irregularities and help prevent or treat them. Although orthodontists are dentists, less than 8 percent of dentists are orthodontists. We have to receive special education after dental school to learn how to align and straighten teeth in the proper way. Only those who complete this formal training may refer to themselves as "orthodontists" and only they can be members of American Association of Orthodontists.
What causes Orthodontic problems?
Also known as malocclusions, these problems may be acquired or inherited. Inherited malocclusions include wide spacing between teeth, crowding of teeth, extra or missing teeth and a variety or irregularities of the teeth, jaws and face.
Acquired malocclusion is caused by accidents, pacifier sucking, dental disease, airway obstruction due to tonsils and adenoids, premature loss of baby or permanent teeth. Regardless of the cause, these problems not only affect the alignment of teeth but also the appearance and facial development of an individual.
Do I need to see an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist will do a full medical history and dental health record to determine if you are a potential candidate for orthodontics. This is based on an array of diagnostic tools that include special X- rays and photographs, plaster models of the teeth and a clinical exam. If you are a potential candidate, your treatment plan will be developed and you can begin your treatment.
You may be a candidate if you have any of these irregularities:
§ Crossbite- This occurs when the upper section of the teeth bite into the lower teeth. It is often corrected early because of difficulty during biting and chewing
§ Spacing- gaps between teeth .Most patients complain about appearance and is mostly done for aesthetic purposes.
§ Open bite- When the upper incisor teeth do not touch the lower incisor teeth when biting.
§ Protruding upper teeth- This type of teeth occurs when upper teeth are positioned beyond regular contact with lower front teeth
§ Deep overbite- when lower incisors bite close to the gum tissue that is behind the upper teeth
Benefits of seeing the practitioners at Expert Chiropractor Singapore
Our job as orthodontists is more than demanding, it requires devoted care and keen attention so as to fully meet our patient’s needs. Being in a specialized field, there are several complications, some of which basically arise from an individual while others are hereditary.
How long is the treatment?
The treatment normally takes between 1-3 years and varies depending on the growth of the candidate’s mouth, severity and cooperation of a patient. Some patients may respond faster while others will take longer. While it requires a lot of commitment, the rewards are healthy teeth, proper alignment, improved self-confidence and general physical health.
How much is the treatment?
The cost of treatment depends on a number of factors. This includes the severity of the problem, length and complexity of the treatment. We always advise our patients to visit an orthodontists to discuss their financial plan before the treatment begins. Now, more than ever, most people are finding braces to be more affordable.
Here are some important factors to consider first
• Experience comes in handy with qualification: a qualified person without first-hand experience could be your worst bet if you are expecting the best of results.
• Reputation: A company that has stood the test of time with a good reputation in the field will easily understand the needs of the patient. It will also be easier making sound decisions and navigating through the various treatment options.
• Dentist-orthodontist relationship: Throughout the treatment period, a specialized orthodontist will be in charge of most treatment procedures while your dentist will be responsible for the overall dental/ oral hygiene. That said, a good relationship between your dentist and orthodontist will enhance proper communication and corporation for efficient service delivery.
• Cost: Orthodontic treatment being a significant financial investment; the service delivered should be fairly proportional to the cost. Your orthodontist should give you a full quote detailing all the fees. A good orthodontist will also provide you with some payment plans in the case of financial challenges.
Common facial/Dental complications
Teeth overcrowding- this is one of the most common problems we treat. Occasionally, lack of jawbone space prevents adult teeth from growing in alignment with the existing set. In this case, an orthodontist aligns the teeth using some specific unobtrusive devices along with the ordinary dental treatments.
Anteroposterior deviations- these include under bite and overbite issues. Under bite means the lower set of teeth are positioned way forward as compared to the upper teeth. Overbite, on the other hand, means the upper set of teeth are positioned way forward as compared to the lower set. This irregular arrangement causes articulation and chewing difficulties.
Aesthetic treatments- sometimes, the facial shape is negatively affected by certain conditions such as malocclusions/ bad bites. Here, we keenly restructure and align the lips, jaws, and teeth to create an even and beautiful smile. This process needs expertise, to avoid further complications which may arise due to wrong or accidental procedures.Choosing the right orthodontist
Seeking an orthodontist’s service requires prior consultations with your doctor since the treatment process requires a bit of commitment. The methods of treatment are also varied depending on the prevailing conditions. Some of the treatment options may range from dental braces, headgear & face masks to dental retainers. Dental retainers can be made of ceramic, metal or the invisible/clear materials. Head gears and mask are meant for correcting developments problems such as underbite and overbite.
Typical Costs of Orthodontic Treatment
Visiting an orthodontist may at first glance seem expensive, but orthodontists undergo extensive training beyond medicine and dentistry in order to properly and safely undertake bite alignment. The bill at our office will include months or sometimes years of multiple readjustments and check-ups with a professional.
The prices of orthodontic treatment vary based on the services you need, the labor required and materials to be used. The prices may also depend on where you are, the bill might be steeper when you are using a popular orthodontist compared to a small town practitioner. Finally, the cost depends on what type of braces your orthodontist determines are best suited for you.
Braces are essential in improving the functionality or teeth, correcting overbite/under bite and crooked teeth. The conventional metal braces cost $3,000 - $7,5000. These are the least expensive braces and are used in cases which require extensive treatment. The cost includes associated costs for X-rays, retainers and the aftercare and maintenance required. Ceramic metal braces are clear or the same color as your teeth in order to be more discrete. The arch wire used to connect the brackets are also colored in order to be inconspicuous. These usually costs $3,500 - $8,000. Despite being more expensive than the metal braces these braces are fragile and may require numerous repairs extending treatment time.
Invisible braces or Invisalign are comparatively new but are the answer for those who want to be discrete about wearing braces.
They cost $3,500 - $8,500. Unlike the first two braces, there are no brackets or wires. Invisalign uses transparent and removable custom-fit trays to adjust your teeth gradually. Lingual braces are basically traditional braces placed behind the teeth on the side that faces the tongue (lingual surface) for a more discrete treatment. They usually cost $5,000 to $13,000. This high cost reflects the difficulty of working with the inner side of the mouth and the technology and skill required to do so. Lingual braces have an extended treatment time and are harder to live with than the other braces. Associated costs include $100-$200 for the initial consultation, $25-$250 for Xrays and $150-$1000 for post treatment retainers.
here are a number of methods that you can use to finance the cost of orthodontic treatment. First, a number of dental insurance providers have started providing cover for braces. They cover a percentage for braces if they are considered medically necessary and the patient is less than 18 years old. There is also supplementary orthodontic insurance available that may cover up to $3,500. There is also in-house interest-free financing in most orthodontic practices. If you qualify for the credit you can pay an initial down payment and pay the balance over the period of your treatment.
With a dental discount plan, you can save up to 60% on orthotic treatment, making this the best option to reduce the cost of treatment. Finally, all orthodontist offices have substantial discounts for patients who pay cash up front. The discount is reduced when paying in full using a credit card but it still worth it. Orthodontic treatment may seem expensive but it is truly worth it.