Early Treatment

A common question dentists are asked is, “when should I start bringing my child in for an orthodontic evaluation?” According to the American Association of Orthodontists, a child should have their first evaluation no later than age 7. Even though at that age kids still have many baby teeth, certain permanent teeth should have come through already. An orthodontist can begin to detect problems such as crowding, or bite issues that can interfere with the child’s growth and development.

Some of the possible benefits of early treatment include resolution of crossbites, creation of space and guidance for eruption of permanent teeth, reducing risk of trauma to protrusive front teeth,maintaining space where baby teeth have been lost early, and reducing treatment time for full braces.

It should be made clear that comprehensive treatment should not be done at this early age. The check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine; however, in some cases interceptive early treatment can help avoid more serious problems later on, or enable the orthodontist to achieve final results in the long term that would not be possible if left until the jaws have finished growing.

Braces

expatdental® offers orthodontic treatment with all types of braces. We have traditional metal braces and wires, as well as more aesthetic options such as clear braces and white wires. At your consult, the doctor will go over orthodontic issues, whether they be cosmetic or functional. A treatment plan and estimated time will be assessed, and we will go over your options for treatment.

Metal braces – These are the most commonly used type of brackets for treatment. We use only the highest quality stainless steel brackets from the United States, from well known and reputable companies. Should you need to transfer during your treatment, your new doctor should recognize and be familiar with the braces.

Clear braces – Clear braces are very similar in size and shape to metal brackets, the only difference is that they are made from ceramic porcelain. They are a good option if patients are more concerned about visibility of the brackets during treatment.

Invisalign® – Invisalign® is a form of orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear plastic trays to move your teeth. If the doctor decides at your consult that your case is suitable for Invisalign®, a digital scan of your teeth will be taken and sent to the manufacturer. The doctor will then work with the technicians on your treatment prescription. Each tray is planned for a specific movement, and your teeth will move gradually over time as the trays are replaced.

Adult Orthodontics

A significant percentage of our orthodontic patients are actually adults. You are never to old to fix that crooked tooth that’s been bothering you, or improve a smile that makes you feel self-conscious. Perhaps the general dentist has expressed to you that your bite is causing some of your teeth to wear down prematurely. These reasons are more are why more adults than ever are deciding to go through orthodontic treatment.

However, adults usually associate orthodontic treatment with teenagers and feel like they would be awkward in a social or work setting. For those patients, we do offer clear braces or Invisalign® as treatment alternatives. At your consult, the doctor will assess what is needed and which treatment alternatives would be suitable for you.

Retainers and Orthodontic Appliances

For patients who have gone through orthodontic treatment and want to keep things where they are, we provide retainers and other orthodontic appliances. Depending on your case, both fixed and removable retainers are available.

Can I have orthodontic treatment as an adult?

A significant percentage of our orthodontic patients are actually adults! You are never to old to fix that crooked tooth that’s been bothering you, or improve a smile that makes you feel self-conscious. Perhaps the general dentist has expressed to you that your bite is causing some of your teeth to wear down prematurely. These reasons are more are why more adults than ever are deciding to go through orthodontic treatment.

Do you take see orthodontic transfer patients at your practice?

Yes, at Expat Dental we are very familiar and comfortable with continuation of treatment that was started elsewhere. At your consult we will give you an estimated length of treatment remaining as well as a breakdown of payment options. Please contact your transferring office for all necessary records, or if you let us know we are happy to contact them for you before the scheduled consult time.

How much do you charge for braces and what is included?

Your treatment fees will depend on what treatment is necessary for you and what treatment alternatives are available. Our doctors will assess that at your consult and a full explanation of the treatment fees as well as our payment options will be given to you at the consult.

What happens if I am transferred out of Singapore and my orthodontic treatment has not been completed ?

If by chance you do have to leave before treatment is complete, we provide all necessary transfer records as well as a standardized transfer form from the American Association of Orthodontists. We are happy to work with you and the new office on making sure the transfer goes smoothly and disruption to treatment is minimal.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a form of orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear plastic trays to move your teeth. If the doctor decides at your consult that your case is suitable for Invisalign, a digital scan of your teeth will be taken and sent to the manufacturer. The doctor will then work with the technicians on your treatment prescription. Each tray is planned for a specific movement, and your teeth will move gradually over time as the trays are replaced.

What payment options do you offer for braces?

Most cases are done as a downpayment and then subsequent monthly payments. We accept major credit cards, NETS, direct bank transfers, and cash.

What types of orthodontic treatment does Expat Dental offer?

We have traditional metal braces and wires, as well as more esthetic options such as clear braces and white wires. At your consult, the doctor will go over orthodontic issues, whether they be cosmetic or functional. A treatment plan and estimated time will be assessed, and we will go over your options for treatment.

When should I start bringing my child in for an orthodontic evaluation?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, a child should have their first evaluation no later than age 7. Even though at that age kids still have many baby teeth, certain permanent teeth should have come through already. An orthodontist can begin to detect problems such as crowding, or bite issues that can interfere with the child’s growth and development.


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