Braces treatment is the arrangement of teeth, via the process of moving (straightening or shifting) the teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they would function.
While often considered an elective treatment, orthodontics goes beyond improving one's physical appearance and self-confidence. Frequently, if untreated, orthodontic problems can result in tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and earaches, as well as speaking, biting or chewing problems.
Braces treatment starts with the initial orthodontic consultation, where our specialist will assess the overall state of your teeth, gums, and jaws. We will then advise the patient if there is a need for treatment and what your options are. We will also share important information such as the estimated treatment duration, costs, and whether any pre-treatment (such as extractions and/or cleaning) is needed.
Neo Smiles provides two types of braces treatment:
1. Bracket Braces (e.g. metallic, ceramic)
Bracket Braces are the traditional and most common type of braces. They are typically metallic, ceramic or plastic brackets bonded to the teeth.
Ceramic brackets are clear or tooth-coloured and far less noticeable than metal brackets. Bracket braces use wires to move the teeth of the desired position.
2. Clear Aligners
Clear Aligners have been gaining popularity due to its "invisible" nature. Unlike brackets, you can remove aligners during brushing, flossing or mealtimes. Aligners are changed every two weeks to adjust the teeth positioning, and is more suitable for adults with minor spacing problems.
Orthodontic treatment on average takes 1.5 to 2 years, and it differs from individual to individual. Upon completion of active treatment, you will be issued retainers to hold your teeth in their new positions. The risk of relapse is extremely high within the first month after the braces are removed, and you will need to wear retainers until the position of your teeth stabilizes.
We recommend retainers to be worn as long as the active treatment time. If relapse occurs, you may need treatment again to correct.