Orthodontics (Braces)

What are the benefits of braces?
Besides improving one's appearance and enhancing one's self esteem, braces help to overcome brushing, speech and/or chewing difficulties. Poorly aligned teeth are difficult to keep clean and often give rise to gum problems and decay.

When is the best time to start braces?
You can start braces treatment after all the primary (or milk) teeth have changed to permanent ones. Adults can also benefit from braces treatment, not just children.

What can I expect during my first consultation?

Our orthodontist will first examine the general condition of your gums, teeth and jaws. Essential information such as costs, types and estimated duration of treatment will also be explained by the orthodontist. With the consent of the patient, X-rays will be taken for a more detailed diagnosis.
How different will life be with braces?
Many people are concerned about the pain and attention brought about by wearing braces. Do expect some discomfort in the initial 1-2 weeks (although individual experience varies from minimal to moderate levels of aching, discomfort or inability to bite) but subsequently you should be able to eat almost as per normal. Do expect some discomfort after each subsequent adjustment. We do advise patients to go on an initial soft diet e.g. porridge, soup.

What is the likelihood of a relapse after braces treatment?

The likelihood of a relapse depends on the severity of the initial problem or malocclusion. The greater the severity, the greater the relapse tendency. That is why retainers are made after the braces are removed so as to hold the teeth in their new position. The use of retainers after braces will help prevent a relapse especially for the first two years after completing treatment. However, as teeth do move throughout life, we do advise our patients to continue their retainer wear at nights for life or for as long as they want to maintain their results.
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Wisdom Teeth Removal
Why is it recommended to remove wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, usually erupt during late teenage years to young adulthood. Most people have four wisdom teeth with the exception of some. Partially erupted wisdom teeth tend to cause food trap resulting in decay and sometimes affecting the tooth next to it. Sometimes the gums around it get infected as it traps food and becomes impossible to clean. Such infections become serious over time

Must it be a surgery?
The upper wisdom teeth can usually be removed by extraction. Wisdom teeth that require surgical procedures are those that erupt in an awkward angle because of insufficient space in the jaw (usually the lower).

Can I pay using Medisave?
Yes, our dental centre is Medisave accredited hence usage of Medisave funds is allowed for surgical dental procedures.

What can I expect after a surgery?
Wisdom teeth removal usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour. Medication including painkillers, antibiotics and antiseptic mouth rinse will be prescribed to the patient. Pain and swelling at the surgery site is to be expected over the next few days hence it is advisable to rest at home and refrain from any strenuous activities.

Are there any risks that I need to know about?
The other risks patients have to go consider is the possible injury to nerves that give sensation to the teeth and lip and the tongue. Our surgeons are all trained to look for such pitfalls and will advice accordingly. Depending on the position of the wisdom tooth, damage to the neighbouring teeth needs to be considered too.


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