Invisalign vs Braces Cost in Singapore 2023

We understand that price is an important consideration, especially for a big life-changing decision like teeth straightening. Find out what options are available and how much they can cost below.

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The above image illustrates the five main types of braces available in Singapore, along with their average cost range. To know more about the different types of braces, check out "Cost of Braces in Singapore".

Average Cost of Braces in Singapore (Public Institutions)

Orthodontics (Braces) - Two Jaws, Non Surgical
Average Fee at Public Institutions: $3,200 - $6,500 (R)

How Much Does Invisalign Cost in Singapore?

The cost of Invisalign treatment in Singapore can range from $4,200 - $10,000. 

This is dependent on: 
  • the type of Invisalign plan (Express, Lite, Moderate, Comprehensive) that your dentist recommends,
  • the dental clinic you go to, and
  • your teeth condition.
According to Dr Priscila Lu, in her article on DoctorxDentist:

In Singapore, Invisalign costs range from about $7000 - $9500 in total for treatment by an orthodontist (braces specialist).

Some dental clinics are able to quote lower prices (i.e. in the $4500 to $6000 range) because they do not include pre-treatment, mid-treatment and aftercare expenses, for example:
  • Dental X-Rays
  • Retainers
  • Bite adjustments
  • Sectional braces or auxiliaries to achieve a better bite at the back teeth
Most importantly: If you were quoted a lower price, do ask your dentist if it includes refinement costs to achieve a better treatment result. This may involve changing of attachments and a re-scan or re-impression, followed by a new series of aligners at the end of your original course of treatment.

Ultimately, the actual cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend primarily on your individual case needs.

Simpler cases require fewer aligners, while more complex cases require more aligners, so it may be helpful to get a personalised cost estimate from a few different dentists. In general, Invisalign treatment that takes 1 year will be far less costly than treatment that takes 2 or more years.

In another article on Human.com.sg by Dr Enrica Sham:

Invisalign Singapore cost: $5,500 to $10,000 (R)

According to ValueChampion.sg:

Invisalign eliminates brackets altogether in favor of clear plastic molds that fit over the teeth. This is by far the most aesthetically pleasing option because they are invisible and also comfortable. Patients wear each mold for a set time and swap to the next, slightly straighter mold as the teeth align over time. Invisalign can also be removed and replaced by the patient, making it the most comfortable option. Not only that, Invisalign treatments require a visit to your clinic every 2-3 months, and thus reduces the number of visits to the doctor.Of course, these added benefits come with a high price tag that ranges between $4,200 to $9,000. Furthermore, wearing Invisalign may not be possible in cases of severe misalignment. Therefore, Invisalign is only available for patients with relatively mild misalignment, and hence take about 12-18 months on average to complete.

Cost of other Types of Braces in Singapore

Metal braces

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Metal braces Singapore cost: $3500 to $5000
Source: http://doctorxdentist.com/braces-singapore/

Metal is the most basic and common type of braces. They are also the cheapest orthodontic treatment available. The typically cost S$3,500 to S$6,000 as we mentioned above. The advantages of choosing metal braces are that they are cheap and offer fast alignment of teeth. The disadvantage, however, is that they are aesthetically unappealing. Because metals and wires are highly visible on the outer rim of your teeth, they can ruin your smiles for a good 2 years. Also, they can catch the inside of your mouth quite often, leading to frequent ulcers.
Source: https://www.valuechampion.sg/average-cost-braces-singapore


Ceramic braces

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Ceramic braces Singapore cost: $4500 to $6000

Ceramic braces attempt to remedy the aesthetic weakness of metal braces by using brackets that are colored to blend with teeth. Instead of gluing metals to your teeth, they use ceramic materials that are aesthetically more pleasing and less obvious. The downside, however, is that these can cost you another S$1,000 or more than metal braces. Not only that, ceramic brackets are more brittle than metal and also tend to stain noticeably without proper care. Some people also do a hybrid of metal and ceramic by using ceramic on the more visible top half and metal on the bottom row of their teeth, which could result in a lot of savings.
Source: https://www.valuechampion.sg/average-cost-braces-singapore

Lingual braces

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Lingual braces Singapore cost: $8000 – $10000

The benefits of lingual braces are obvious: because they are installed behind the teeth, they are hidden from view altogether. The downside of this type is that they are even costlier than ceramic braces because of how hard they are to install and adjust. You could expect to pay S$10,000 or more for these types of braces. Not only that, they reduce the space in your mouth for your tongue significantly, can lead to great discomfort.
Source: https://www.valuechampion.sg/average-cost-braces-singapore


Wrapping it Up

How do you move forward from here? You will need to shortlist further as you would only need to decide on one finally.

Hope this post has helped you in some way in finding the right braces for you or your loved ones in Singapore.

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