Low Radiation Dental X-Ray

Why are dental x-rays a crucial step in any treatment process?

Besides getting a physical examination, dental X-rays facilitate dentists to get an in-depth understanding of your teeth’s condition at a structural level. By providing a visual projection of underlying teeth and gum problems, dentists can provide suitable solutions before problems worsen or require more extensive treatment.

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What type of issues do dental X-rays often uncover?

Dental x-rays often detect issues that aren’t always visible to the naked eye such as signs of bone loss around the teeth and gums, early detection of tooth decay or cavities, gum disease, and the possibility of impacted teeth, among others.

What does the dental X-ray process involve?

Step 1: Prior to a dental X-ray, patients will have to remove any metal objects on them such as chains, jewellery, keys, and so on.

Step 2: Next, patients will be requested to put on a dental vest before the x-ray, which is a heavily padded garment that covers the upper chest, arms, and back to protect them from radiation exposure.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Our digital X-ray machines emit very low amounts of radiation. Regular maintenance and routine checks are done to ensure the machines operate in a safe environment.

What happens after a dental X-ray?

After a dental X-ray, our dentists will devise the best treatment plan for your condition before it becomes more serious so that you can have healthy teeth and gums again.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dental X-rays safe?

Our digital X-ray machines emit very low amounts of radiation. Regular maintenance and routine checks are done to ensure the machines operate in a safe environment.

What is a panoramic dental X-ray?

A panoramic X-ray in dentistry is a 2D dental X-ray that captures the entire mouth in a single image. This type of X-ray helps you diagnose dental issues that are not visible to the naked eye such as impacted teeth, jaw disorders. It also helps plan for further treatments like implants.

Where can I get a dental X-ray?

Gentle Smile Dental Studio will do a dental X-ray in order to diagnose issues or to plan for further treatments. Book an appointment here.

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Tooth Extraction

What you need to know about teeth extraction

Tooth extraction is usually the last resort after all other alternatives have been considered to save the tooth. Our dentists will first assess the affected tooth to determine whether any part of its structure can be salvaged or preserved through alternative treatments such as root canals, crown applications, or dental implants.

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In case other treatments prove to be ineffective, the tooth needs to be extracted to prevent any prevailing decay from spreading to other teeth. If you have chronic gum disease, deep cracks in your tooth structure, or tooth decay that has descended to the root, there is no other alternative except extraction. 

Besides irreparable tooth decay, extraction is also a necessary step in the process of attaching dental braces to create some room to realign the teeth uniformly. 

Cost To Pull A Tooth

Depending on how complicated your procedure is, the cost to pull frontal teeth all the way to the back molars starts at $250-$350 for simple extractions. However, teeth that need surgical removal will cost $950-$1,250. We’ll explain the difference below.

Simple Extraction

$250-$350

A dental procedure where your tooth is removed non-surgically.

Typically used for teeth that have fully erupted into the mouth and are accessible.

The process involves loosening and pulling out the tooth with dental instruments, often under local anesthesia.

Surgical Removal

$950-$1250

This involves surgically extracting a tooth that hasn’t fully emerged or is impacted within the jawbone.

The procedure may require incisions in the gums and removal of bone.

It’s more complex than a simple extraction, often requiring general anesthesia or sedation.

Should you be entitled to Medisave claims, you can claim up to S$1,250 for surgical procedures via Medisave.

In order to keep your smile from missing a few gaps, the natural step post-extraction would be the consideration of placing implants or dentures to fill the empty space of the extracted tooth or teeth. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is tooth extraction necessary?

Tooth extraction is generally the last resort if a tooth cannot be salvaged by root canals, crown applications, or dental implants. A tooth can become unsalvagable if it has suffered damage, decay, or gum disease. You might also need an extraction because of a wisdom tooth causing problems.

After tooth extraction, what can I eat?

You must take care of the area where the tooth was extracted so avoid foods that are hard and foods that are sticky, such as nuts, nougat, jerky or sweets. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking. Avoid hot or cold drinks because you might experience sensitivity.

How does a tooth extraction heal?

Healing typically occurs in stages: initial healing, where the gum tissue closes over the extraction site, takes about one to two weeks. Deeper bone healing can take several weeks to months.

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Accident & Emergency Dental Services

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Common Dental Emergencies

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered emergency dental?

A dental emergency includes severe toothache, tooth loss, swelling, abscess, bleeding, and injury to mouth or jaw requiring immediate attention.

What to do if I have a dental emergency?

We will need to assess your situation as soon as possible to reduce pain, swelling and infection. Contact us at +65-9321-3232 or WhatsApp us.

Can an emergency dentist remove teeth?

Yes, we can do extractions if necessary on all teeth including wisdom teeth

Can an emergency dentist prescribe antibiotics?

Yes, an emergency dentist can prescribe antibiotics if you have a dental infection, abscess or if the situation warrants it

Is losing a filling considered a dental emergency?

Losing a filling is often considered a dental emergency, as it can lead to pain, sensitivity, and further tooth damage if not promptly addressed.

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Wisdom Tooth Removal

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the rearmost molars that emerge during the late teen years to the early 20s. Although not everyone gets them, those who do can have up to four wisdom teeth, each seated in the furthest corners of the upper and lower jaws.

What Problems Can Wisdom Teeth Create?

Wisdom teeth are the final adult teeth to grow, often after each of your permanent teeth has found its place and formed a collective structure.

The late emergence of wisdom teeth poses problems because of the lack of space in the mouth such as compacted or crowded teeth, swelling caused by the wisdom teeth getting trapped beneath the gum layer, impact with the jawbone and neighbouring teeth, and crooked or angular growth of the wisdom teeth themselves.

These can cause toothaches, a sense of jawline pressure or sensitivity, pinched nerves, and inflamed gums. The first signs of wisdom teeth issues are often experienced through a sharp pain at the hinges of the jaw, difficulty chewing as the adjacent row of teeth bear down on the wisdom teeth, and tooth pain indicative of decay caused by trapped food particles among other dental issues.

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What Can Be Done Before Considering Wisdom Tooth Removal?

To ease the discomfort and contain the impact of the affected wisdom tooth, our dentists will cleanse and apply a local anaesthetic gel, prescribe painkillers and antibiotics (if needed to reduce any swelling prior to the surgery), and then trim any gum tissue that’s obstructing your wisdom tooth from growing out.

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What Happens During The Procedure For Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Before the operation, a local anaesthetic will be administered to protect the patient from any pain during the procedure. Most usually the overlapping gums and bone around the tooth can be pushed aside followed by dividing the wisdom tooth and removing them in parts. The whole procedure usually takes about an hour depending on the complexity of the case.

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Wisdom Teeth Care After Surgery

You will be prescribed painkillers after the anaesthesia wears off and will need to complete a timely course of antibiotics for around 5 days to a week.

There may also be a little bit of bleeding from the operated wound, which can be absorbed by biting down on some clean gauze and throwing it away.

Gently brush the other teeth and rinse the mouth to keep any food from settling on the wound or causing it to bleed. Do try to minimise the amount of physical activity until the wound heals.

The patient may have a swollen cheek which can be eased with a cold pack while experiencing any stiffness or difficulty in opening and closing the jaw is normal. Stick to a diet of soft and soluble foods that requires less chewing, and avoid spicy food, smoking, and alcohol so it doesn’t sting or infect the raw wound.

After around a week, we will invite you for a follow-up appointment with our dentist to assess the state of the teeth and remove any stitching.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost

Extraction

$250-$350

A dental procedure where a wisdom tooth is removed non-surgically. Typically used for teeth that have fully erupted into the mouth and are accessible. The process involves loosening and pulling out the tooth with dental instruments, often under local anesthesia.

Surgical Removal

$950-$1250

This involves surgically extracting a wisdom tooth that hasn’t fully emerged or is impacted within the jawbone.

The procedure may require incisions in the gums and removal of bone.

It’s more complex than a simple extraction, often requiring general anesthesia or sedation.

Should you be entitled to Medisave claims, you can claim up to S$1,250 for surgical procedures via Medisave.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s a wisdom tooth?

Wisdom teeth are the rearmost molars that emerge during the late teen years to the early 20s. Although not everyone gets them, those who do can have up to four wisdom teeth, each seated in the furthest corners of the upper and lower jaws.

Are wisdom tooth extractions painful?

Wisdom tooth extractions sound painful but once we administer anaesthesia, it will significantly minimise discomfort.

When should my wisdom tooth be removed?

If the decay or impact threatens the dental health, alignment, and comfort of the your daily lifestyle, you should get them removed.

Is it necessary to remove my wisdom tooth?

Not everyone has wisdom teeth, but for people who do, removal is necessary if it’s impacting your dental health, alignment and comfort.

What is the cost of wisdom tooth extraction?

It ranges from $250 to $350 for extractions and $950 to $1,250 for surgical removal. See the section on costs to find out what’s the difference.

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Root Canal Treatment

What Is A Root Canal Treatment?

Also called endodontic treatment, a root canal procedure involves taking out the infected or affected pulp of the concerned tooth followed by a gentle yet detailed cleaning of the cavity, putting in a filling, and if needed, placing a dental crown to protect the tooth.  

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How Does Root Canal Treatment Improve Overall Dental Health?

Root canal treatment removes the infection from the tooth and allows the tooth to remain in the mouth for function and aesthetics.

If left untreated, it could further complicate the tooth’s condition, spread the decay, and leave the jaw bone vulnerable to disease. This procedure also allows patients to bypass the last resort option of extracting the entire tooth.

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What Does A Root Canal Process Involve?

A root canal is usually a same-day procedure depending on where the tooth is located (back teeth may require additional sessions because of the difficulty in accessing them and complex nerve pathways and roots) or the degree of damage borne by the tooth.

Step 1: X-Rays

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Our dentists will start by taking several X-rays of your teeth and the infected tooth to evaluate the depth, structure, and intricacy of the root canals.  

Step 2: Anaesthesia

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Anaesthetic reduces pain and discomfort to a minimum and is an essential step.

After applying topical and local anaesthesia, the dentist will gently access the root canal of the affected tooth.

Step 3: Cleaning

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Cleaning the root canals thoroughly to get rid of bacteria inside the root canal.

Step 4: Filling and Crowning

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The inside of the tooth will then be filled with a safe, durable, and compatible material followed by applying a suitable filling and setting a crown.

*Note: A tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure may be fragile compared to the other teeth but maintaining a rigorous dental hygiene routine (brushing, flossing, teeth-friendly diet and regular dental checks) can prolong its durability.

Cost of Root Canal And Crown

Root canals range between $850 to $1450 depending on which tooth you need worked on and how complex your situation is.

Generally, molars (teeth at the back) are more difficult to treat, and have the most number of roots, so they generally take more time to work on.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are root canal treatments painful?

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, we focus on doing every surgery gently. Before we start the root canal, we will numb the tooth where we’re going to work on. Once numb, you should experience minimal discomfort and pain throughout the procedure.

How is root canal done?

There are four main steps: 1) X-Ray; 2) Anaesthesia; 3) Clean and 4) Fill. These four steps can be completed on the same day.

Is there a situation when root canals cannot be done?

Some scenarios include severe infection that prevents a root canal from being effective. Another scenario involves having too little tooth to build a crown upon. In these cases, you might have to go for an extraction and/or implant.

Will root canal stop tooth sensitivity?

If you have sensitivity when biting or reacting to hot or cold foods, then you might have infected pulp that’s causing these issues. Book an appointment with us.

What is the cost of a root canal?

A root canal costs between $850 to $1,450 depending on complexity.

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Dental Fillings

When tooth decay happens, a dental filling may be needed to repair the tooth from the damage of the tooth decay.

Our dentists will start by conducting a preliminary examination of the affected teeth to assess whether they can be salvaged and the best course of action based on the patient’s needs and expectations.

What are dental fillings for?

Dental fillings are applied to preserve a tooth’s health by halting the decay caused by a cavity and patching up the hole caused by the tooth decay.

What type of dental fillings are often used?

Tooth filling materials include metal amalgams (consisting of mercury) and composite resin.

Today, most dentists would choose dental fillings without mercury in them.

Amalgam fillings

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Gentle Smile Dental Studio is a mercury-free practice.

Dental amalgam has been used to restore decayed teeth since 1830.

Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of about 50% mercury. Mercury vapour is released upon removal of amalgam filling.

Assuming you have mercury fillings, we can take this opportunity to remove these fillings using an internationally-recognised safety protocol.

Composite Resin restorations

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The most common used direct filling material at Gentle Smile Dental Studio. The technology used in composite resin allows it to be bonded/adhered to the tooth. With proper oral maintenance, composite resin restorations can last more than a decade.

Composite resin is tooth coloured, offering an aesthetic pleasing option for tooth restoration.

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, we follow a strict application protocol when we are placing composite resin restoration to improve the lifespan of the restoration.

Indirect Ceramic Fillings

Indirect ceramic filling is a dental procedure used for moderate-sized cavities. It’s more extensive than a regular filling but less extensive than a full crown, serving as a middle-ground restoration option.

Indirect fillings are custom-made in a dental lab and then bonded to the tooth. There are two methods.

Inlays

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Onlays

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In contrast, onlays are dental restorations that cover one or more raised points on your tooth called cusps.

It’s like adding a protective cap to the tooth to make it strong again.

They’re used when the damage to your tooth is quite extensive, and it needs to be restored over a large portion of the chewing surface.

Tooth filling cost

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, filling a cavity or tooth fillings starts from around $200 and can vary depending on several factors. These factors include the type of material used and the complexity of the filling.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dental fillings painful?

Depending on the depth of the filling, dental fillings can cause discomfort, but pain can be minimized with local anesthesia.

Are dental fillings safe?

Yes, dental fillings are generally safe. They are widely used to repair cavities and restore tooth function. If you have a mercury filling that needs work, we follow the internationally-recognised Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique.

What are dental fillings made of?

We only use dental composites when filling cavities. However, dentists have long used metal amalgam (consisting of 50% mercury), which is the other alternative dental filling material.

When do dental fillings need to be replaced?

Dental fillings typically need replacement when they show signs of wear, cracking, or leakage, or if new decay develops around them. Regular dental check-ups can help determine if a filling needs replacement. The lifespan of a filling varies, often lasting many years.

What do dental fillings cost in Singapore?

Dental fillings at our clinic start at $200 depending on various factors such as complexity and how much filling is needed.

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Dental Cleaning

A beautiful smile begins with having a good set of teeth.

During your dental check up, the dentist will do a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. Any areas that need special attention will be noted and addressed during the treatment.

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Teeth Cleaning Process

Here’s what you can expect from a routine dental cleaning service, which involves the two-part process of scaling and polishing plus application of flouride.

Teeth Scaling and Polishing

Scaling and polishing ranges from simple to complex, and the treatment process is usually gentle and painless.

Scaling and Polishing is important to minimise the risk of developing further tooth decay that will pose a problem for your general oral health. If required, you will need to visit the dentist for regular cleaning sessions and additional treatments to get your teeth and gums healthy again.

In the process, we will use an airflow prophy jet which will help with removing any stubborn stains that may have built up over time.

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Simple Scaling

For the simple version, your teeth will be professionally cleaned using special equipment and pastes that gently glide over your enamel, removing all the plaque and tartar built-up in the areas that are hard to reach using a toothbrush.

Complex Scaling

For complex scaling and polishing, besides more time being spent to remove the plaque and/or tartar build up on all your teeth – any additional risk factors will be highlighted and addressed during the treatment plan.

Flouride Application

Finally, we will apply a layer of fluoride onto your teeth.

Fluoride protects against cavities, remineralises your tooth enamel and prevents early tooth decay.

The application of fluoride will only take a few minutes and you are done!

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Final Step

Finally, your dentist will use a teeth model to demonstrate how to care for and maintain good oral hygiene at home. This includes the right technique to brush and floss, making both a regular habit, so that your teeth remain free from plaque in the future.

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Dental Cleaning Cost

The cost of a dental cleaning includes a dental check-up and then the deep cleaning of your teeth. Here are the prices.

Most people find dental cleaning to be a very relaxing experience. You recline in a comfortable chair with protective eye wear as the scaling and polishing begins.

For any specific hygiene needs, it is recommended that you come in for regular oral hygiene appointments to ensure your mouth stays clean and healthy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dental cleanings necessary?


Dental cleanings are essential every six months for teeth cleaning, plaque removal, and tartar removal, preventing gum disease and tooth decay.

What is the normal cost for teeth cleaning?

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, our dental deep cleaning procedure includes a check-up ($50), scaling and polishing ($130) and fluoride application ($40).

Will dental cleanings whiten teeth?

Dental cleanings can remove superficial stains, however, if your stains are deeply embedded, then you can consider our teeth whitening procedure.

Does a dental exam include cleaning?

Dental check-ups are part of the process of a dental cleaning. When our dentists examine your teeth, we’d give you recommendations on what you should do.

How long after dental cleaning can I eat or drink coffee?

Immediately, unless otherwise advised by our dentists.

Does dental cleaning hurt?

There might be some minor discomfort as we remove tartar and plaque during scaling, but otherwise, most patients without any special circumstances should experience little to no pain.

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General Check-Up

Some Singaporeans may only make a dental appointment upon facing certain issues such as toothaches, gum bleeding, and stained teeth.

But the truth is, Singaporeans who want to maintain great teeth throughout their lifetime must visit a dentist regularly.

Our teeth and gums are vulnerable to decay and damage because of the daily exposure to bacteria and wear and tear while eating and drinking.

A regular dental check-up can help you avoid future problems and keep your teeth in good shape.

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What to expect during a routine dental check up?

Check-up

During a routine dental checkup, we will begin with a thorough assessment of your dental health.

During the consultation, we look out for,

  • Any dental-linked systemic issues;
  • Your dental hygiene;
  • Any tooth decay;
  • Erosion of enamel due to teeth grinding or clenching;
  • Risk areas such as the likelihood of cracked or chipped teeth and broken crowns, which may impair the ability to function.

Scale and Polish

During the dental check-up, you may get a scaling and polishing procedure done to remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque).

It’s especially helpful if your brushing hasn’t perfectly cleaned out hard-to-reach areas of your teeth.

During scaling, we will scrape off tartar from the teeth, including below the gum line if necessary.

Polishing follows, which smooths the surfaces of the teeth, making it harder for plaque to adhere.

This procedure helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and can improve breath odour.

Flouride Application

We’ll also apply a layer of fluoride directly to the teeth.

This helps to strengthen tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay.

It can also help to reverse early signs of tooth decay.

The treatment is quick, and easy, and can be done after cleaning and scaling to provide additional protection against cavities.

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We aim to create a gentle and friendly environment when you come for your appointment.

Each appointment lasts about one hour, and by the time you leave, you will have freshly cleaned teeth!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a dental check-up in Singapore?

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, a typical treatment would require a check-up ($50), scaling and polishing ($130) and fluoride application ($40).

Why are dental check-ups important?

Regular dental checkups prevent tooth decay, gum disease, ensure early detection of problems, and maintain overall oral health.

What do dentists check for at a checkup?

We check the general condition of your teeth and look for risks areas that might lead to further costs and pain down the road.

Why must I do a 6-month dental check-up?

Six months is an interval that works for most Singaporeans. However, our dentists might advise more frequent visits if your state of dental health warrants it.

Does a dental check-up hurt?

A dental checkup is usually painless, but some minor discomfort might occur during procedures such as scaling or if you have pre-existing dental sensitivity.

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Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are coverings made from high-quality dental materials like tooth-coloured composite or porcelain, designed to fit over the front surfaces of teeth.

Singaporeans who need a way to solve imperfections in their teeth can look towards dental veneers as a way to enhance their appearance.

What cosmetic issues can veneers solve?

The three aspects of a beautiful smile are colour, alignment and shape. Veneers play an integral part in enhancing these qualities of your smile.

Colour

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Alignment

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Lines that gradually taper look pleasant.

Lines that suddenly jut up and down look stark.

Further to that, regular-spaced gaps between teeth also create a pleasant appearance.

Veneers can create a more pleasant visual aspect of your teeth by smoothing lines and creating uniform gaps.

Shape

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Uniformity and symmetry create harmony in your smile.

Sometimes, due to damage or genetics, we have teeth that don’t mirror well.

In this case, a veneer can create symmetry and uniformity.

How do dental veneers work?

Dental veneers help you cover up cosmetic imperfections in your teeth. Here’s the process.

Examination

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At your first visit, we will examine the best way to create harmony in your smile.

Customisation

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Between appointments, a dental laboratory will create your customised dental veneer.

Perfection

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At your second visit, our dentists will apply a special cement to bond the veneer onto your teeth.

Get to Know Your Dentist

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Hi, I’m Dr. Kelvin Chua

I am the clinical director for Gentle Smile Dental Studio.

My clinic’s goal is to help you craft a smile that you can feel confident about.

To give you a pleasant and gentle experience, I attend conferences to keep up with the latest methods and technology.

Since 2017, I have lectured regionally in Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, and South Korea on aesthetics, laser dentistry and digital dentistry.

Get in touch and we’ll discuss how to craft your perfect smile!

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Timelines And Procedures

Creation of dental veneers takes two appointments.

We use the iTero 5D scanning technology to create scans of your mouth.

Prior to this technology, the only option was filling your mouth with a mushy clay-like mould to create an impression.

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First appointment

At your first appointment, we will examine the state of your teeth and gums. Any cleaning or repairs that we need to do will be handled at this stage.

Then, we will prepare your teeth to receive your veneer. We will use our iTero 5D scanning tool to create a 3D representation of your teeth.

Using the scan, we’ll make an order for your customised veneers. If necessary, we will bond a set of temporary veneers.

Once you’re done with the appointment, you can resume regular activities. There is no disruption to your daily lifestyle.

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Second appointment

At this appointment, you will receive the new smile you have been waiting for.

Your teeth will be cleaned and prepared for bonding of the veneers.

With your new set of veneers, you can enjoy eating and drinking right after the treatment.

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Types of dental veneers

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are aesthetically pleasant and have the longest lifespan of 8-15 years.

Porcelain is more dynamic and we employ them in more complex restorations.

Porcelain veneers are also known as ceramic veneers.

Composite veneers

Dental-grade composite resins are used in these veneers.

Their advantage is that they are more affordable than porcelain veneers and we can use them in less complex cases.

If you are doing a smile makeover, which requires multiple units, composite veneers can make the procedure much more affordable.

Their lifespan is about half of porcelain veneers.

Removable veneers

This class of veneers are the cheapest option and require little to no preparation but are not recommended for long-term use and may not look as natural​

What does it cost to get dental veneers in Singapore?

Dental veneers cost $700 -$2,000 individually, depending on the material used.

If you are looking to do a full-mouth makeover using porcelain veneers, they might require multiple units and cost between $6,000 to $20,000. You might be interested in a smile makeover.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to get veneers on all teeth?

Veneers can be applied to as few or as many teeth as needed for your desired aesthetic. You will generally need multiple veneers if you are seeking a smile makeover.

How much is it for dental veneers?

Per unit, about $700 – $2,000, depending on the material used for your veneer.

Do you still need to go to the dentist with veneers?

Dental veneers require daily hygiene maintenance and have a lifespan of up to 15 years for porcelain veneers.

Are dental veneers permanent?

Yes and no. Porcelain and composite veneers are fixed in place permanently, but do have a limited lifespan. Porcelain veneers last longer while composite veneers have a shorter lifespan.

How are dental veneers installed?

It takes two sessions. In the first session, we prep and scan teeth, and order your veneer. In the second session, we bond the veneers to your teeth.

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Dental Implants

Dental Implants: Your Solution to Missing Teeth

With the help of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, Singaporeans can bite normally and smile naturally.

Dental implants are not only durable but also designed to make patients look and feel good just like your natural teeth.

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What to expect?

Gentle Smile Dental Studio uses titanium or ceramic to make your dental implants, which is the preferred material among Singaporean dentists.

These are surgically embedded into your jawbone.

With the latest technology, our dentists can translate information from a 3D x-ray (CBCT) and an intra-oral scan of the mouth to create a stent/surgical guide to place the dental implant in the mouth in a more controlled and predictable manner.

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What Is The Structure Of A Dental Implant?

A dental implant consists of three sections.

Prosthesis

The prosthesis is the top-most part and looks like a natural tooth.

In this case, it’s a single crown, but they can be a series of teeth (known as a bridge), or they can be dentures.

The prosthesis goes into the abutment.

Abutment

The abutment is the middle part that connects the top to the bottom.

It can be made of metal, ceramics or polymers.

Fixture

This is the implant that goes into your jawbone.

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Dental Implant Or Alternatives?

Dental implants can replace your missing teeth with one that feels and looks natural.

Their alternatives are dental bridges or dentures.

Each method has its benefits in time, cost and lifespan.

Consult our dentists to find out what’s best for your circumstances.

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Timelines For Dental Implants

3 months

2 regular appointments

2 quick appointments

The whole process normally requires 2 longer appointments (an hour) and 2 short visits which span over 3 months, depending on the complexity of the case.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can dental implants be done in one day?

Dental implantations almost always require follow-ups. That said, specific methods can reduce the number of major appointments. However, not every patient is a candidate for same-day implants; it depends on individual factors such as bone density, oral health, and the specific conditions of the mouth and jaw.

Most people will leave with a temporary crown over the implant and the final, permanent crown is usually fitted after several months of healing. The permanent crown allows for more biting/loading.

What do dental implants look like?

They look like a tooth but usually with a titanium root. It is made of an implant (the titanium part integrated with the jawbone), an abutment (the connector between the implant and the crown), and the crown which looks like a natural tooth.

When are dental implants medically necessary?

Dental implants are medically necessary to restore function and prevent complications from tooth loss, like bone loss and bite misalignment.

When doing dental implants, can you be put to sleep?

Most likely, localised anesthesia will be enough.

Are dental implants permissible in Islam?

Please refer to Muslim.Sg’s FAQ.

Can dental implants fix crooked teeth or straighten teeth?

Dental implants are not a direct method for correcting crooked teeth but can help your aesthetics by replacing missing, broken, or chipped teeth.

What is the cost of dental implants in Singapore?

Here are estimates at our clinic, before GST.
CBCT (3D X-Ray) – $350
Straumann Implant with crown: around $4,500
You can claim about $1,250 from Medisave for the surgical part.

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Square Jaw

Singaporeans can have square jaws that detract from their ideal look. The good news is that Gentle Smile Dental Studio can help you create pleasant contours on your face.

What makes an ideal jawline?

A square jaw generally refers to the lower jaw bone jutting out on the side.

Those who are born with a strong jawline, naturally have a shorter face length, and square chin and could require masseter reduction surgery.

While some individuals are confident of their strong facial structure, some individuals, especially women, with square jaw may dislike it, and can’t wait to get rid of the excess bone jutting out (the angle between the chin and the neck that causes noticeable facial discordance of the female face, which is associated with masculine facial appearance).

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Three Causes Of Square Jawline?

Genetics

Asian men and women tend to have more square-shaped jaws

Diet and habits

Eating hard or chewy foods will cause jaw muscle growth

Overnight tendencies

You might be clenching or grinding at night, causing your jaw muscles to grow.

​Square Jaw to V-Shape Treatment

Square jaw reduction reduces the width of the lower part of the face, especially if it is caused by the lower jaw bone and the surrounding masseter muscle.

The masseter muscle is a strong and thick rectangular-shaped muscle (performing the primary function of chewing) that wraps around the side of the lower jaw and causes a powerful elevation or contraction of the lower jaw.

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Square Jaw Reduction Process

You can’t totally fight genetics, but you can improve the appearance of your jawline through surgical or non-surgical procedures.

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Surgical

Surgical treatment will involve removing the excess bone and/or muscles.

They include:

  • Jaw surgery
  • Masseter reduction
  • Chin shaving surgery

Non-Surgical

Non-surgical treatments to reduce a square jaw include:

  • Braces or clear aligners
  • BTX/ BTX
  • Nightguard

Cost and Timelines

BTX for square jaw reduction will be from $300-$500 (before GST) depending on the dosage required.

Repeated treatments may be required for non-surgical treatment as the results typically last 3-6 months. Our dentist will make a clinical assessment and customise the most appropriate procedure for you depending on your needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are square jaws attractive?

Square jaws are seen as a masculine trait and is seen as attractive on men. However, female beauty prefers a V-shaped jawline.

What causes a square jaw?

Genetics, what you eat and overnight teeth grinding and clenching can cause your jaw muscles to grow, causing a square jaw.

How to make square jaw less prominent?

Our dentists can advise the best surgical or non-surgical method based on your situation. Surgical methods include jaw surgery, while non-surgical methods include BTX, Invisalign and nightguards.

Can I reduce my square jaw without surgery?

Yes. It’s possible to use non-surgical methods such as BTX, Invisalign and nightguards.

How long does square jaw reduction take?

It varies depending on the course of action required. For example, BTX is a process that needs topping-up at specific intervals, while jaw surgery requires consultation and surgery.

How much does jaw surgery in Singapore cost?

Jaw surgery has to be quoted on a case-by-case basis.

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Teeth Whitening 

For many Singaporeans, having a great smile is a crucial part of their overall appearance and teeth whitening plays a major role in bringing out a perfect smile.

The whiter your teeth, the brighter your smile, boosting your confidence by making you look pleasant and attractive.

With the help of our dentists, you can achieve results that will be faster, easier and more effective than any consumer-grade teeth whitening tool available in Singapore.

In one visit to Gentle Smile Dental Studio, you can whiten your teeth and bring out a more confident, pleasant and gentle smile. Book an appointment with us now.

Why Are My Teeth Yellow?

Your teeth could have intrinsic stains or extrinsic stains.

Intrinsic stains 

Intrinsic stains can look white, chalky, brown or grey-black. They are stains that are embedded into the teeth while they are developing or while those teeth have erupted.

Aging also causes intrinsic staining as layers of enamel are lost over time, and the darker portions of teeth get exposed.

Extrinsic stains

Your choice of food, diet and habits plays a big part in extrinsic staining of teeth and they are the most common reason for teeth yellowing in adulthood. Major contributors of lifestyle habits include drinking coffee, tea, red wine, and smoking.

Extrinsic staining refers to stains that embed themselves on your teeth’s exterior or penetrate your tooth’s enamel. 

Most of this staining is caused by the interaction of pigments from food and beverages with the plaque covering the enamel surface. 

When stains penetrate the microscopic cracks and fissures of the teeth, they cannot be easily removed by consumer-grade whitening agents or brushing.

Why Do Teeth Whitening with Gentle Smile Dental Studio?

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, we can help you whiten your teeth with specialised tools that are exclusive to dental professionals.

We offer a comprehensive and tailored approach that is safer, more effective, and longer-lasting results compared to over-the-counter methods.

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Customised Treatment

Our dentists can provide home-based whitening treatments that utilise custom-fabricated dental trays to deliver the whitening agent.

This ensures a better fit and more effective coverage of the teeth, hence it’s more efficient in helping you whiten your teeth.

Our dentists can discuss your personalised treatment, set realistic goals, and make you aware of the process including what to watch out for. We will also answer any questions that you have.

Prescription-grade Whitening Agents

In-office procedures often use higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (25%-45%).

This can produce faster and more dramatic results compared to over-the-counter products. 

In contrast, over-the-counter whitening agents used in unregulated kits have a maximum concentration of 0.1%. 

The low concentration avoids any severe problems that come from user error, but this is far too low for any meaningful effect.

Since dentists like us have specialised tools, therefore, you can get whiter teeth in less time.

Professional Cleaning Before Whitening

To maximise effectiveness of our cleaning treatments, we can help you clean your teeth and remove any plaque to ensure that the teeth whitening treatments are working directly on your teeth

Our Teeth Whitening Methods

Sometimes, brushing is not enough!

We recommend two types of teeth whitening methods.

In-Office Chairside Whitening

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Whitening your teeth can make you look and feel more confident. It’s an easy process that just takes one visit to our dental clinic, where we will apply trays of gel firmly onto the teeth surface over the next hour until they look several shades lighter and brighter.

Take-home Kits 

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For patients who are looking for take-home kits, we offer an alternative effective maintenance program that will keep the colour of your teeth white. 

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In-clinic treatments provide faster and potentially more dramatic results.

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Fast results

You will see immediate results on the same day as your treatment. In about an hour, you’ll notice your teeth whiten significantly. 

Professional protection

Our dentists will take utmost care to protect your gums from whitening agents by using dental dams or protective gels.

Tackles deeper staining and yellowing

Chairside whitening remains the only option if your teeth are significantly stained beyond what a take-home, prescription-grade kit can help.

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You might prefer a take-home kit because

  • you don’t need immediate results;
  • prefer the flexibility;
  • your take-home kit can be used multiple times in the future.
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Flexibility

Patients can continue to whiten their teeth until they reach their desired shade.

Moreover, after the initial treatment, you will still have the trays and access to the whitening material, allowing them to touch up their smile as often as they like. 

Lower Costs

The cost of a take-home kit is lower than an in-clinic teeth whitening experience.

Custom Trays

These trays are custom-fabricated to fit your teeth perfectly so that the teeth whitening agents make contact with your teeth and ensure effective teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening Timelines

Come to Gentle Smile Dental Studio for a consultation prior to your treatment for a safe, effective teeth whitening experience.

No matter which teeth whitening option you choose, we’ll meet two weeks after the treatment for a review.

In-Office Chairside Whitening

Firstly, we’ll have a 30 mins consultation.

Then, you choose between the Express and Premium package.

Express package: 45 mins consisting of two whitening cycles

Premium package: 1 hour consisting of three whitening cycles

Each cycle will consist of these steps:

  1. We’ll polish your teeth
  2. We’ll use a retractor and barrier to keep lips and gums away.
  3. We’ll apply the whitening gel 
  4. We’ll shine teeth whitening light 

After each cycle, we will replace the whitening gel and shine the light again for the next cycle.

Take-Home Kits

If you prefer a take-home teeth whitening kit, we will then use the digital scan from the consultation to fabricate whitening trays which means no need for mould/dental impression.

Trays will take 10 days to 2 weeks to be ready. 

Our Gentle Smile team will test the trays to ensure fit and to teach you how to apply the gel and give instructions for usage.

Take-home teeth whitening kits are used for 1-2 hours each day for two weeks.

How Do I Choose Between Premium And Express?

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

If you are an existing patient of Gentle Smile Dental Studio, your consultation with our dentists is waived. New patients require a short consultation ($50).

Take-home Teeth Whitening Kit

$350-$650

  • Three tubes for two weeks
  • Shade management

$350 for gel only
$650 for gel and customised trays

Express In-Office Chairside Whitening

$650

  • Two cycles totalling 45 minutes of treatment in one visit
  • Up to four shades of whitening
  • Gum barrier included
  • Suitable for mild discolouration

Premium In-Office Chairside Whitening

$950

  • Three cycles totalling 60 minutes of treatment in one visit
  • Up to eight shades of whitening
  • Gum barrier included
  • Suitable for moderate discolouration
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of treatment?

The cost of treatment ranges from $350 to $950.

How quickly can this treatment be done?

For take-home teeth whitening, it will take about two weeks. For chairside teeth whitening, your results will be seen on the same day. There is also a two-week follow up for all teeth whitening treatments.

What is the difference between in-clinic chairside teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening kits?

Both methods are effective in helping you whiten your teeth as they both use prescription-grade teeth whitening agents under the supervision of our dentists. The main difference between chairside teeth whitening and take-home kits is the time needed to see results, prices and your involvement in the process.

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Ceramic Crowns & Bridges

Our teeth are exposed to constant biting and chewing and occasional damage from dental decay. When there is too much damage to our natural teeth, there is the risk that they may fracture and removal of the tooth may be needed.

What Are Dental Crowns And Bridges?

To salvage a decayed, broken or loose tooth, a crown is a custom-made cap made of porcelain embedded onto the top of the tooth, based on the contours of a person’s teeth and bite. 

In the event of one or more missing teeth, a dentist may recommend getting a dental bridge, which is made of a couple of interlinked crowns that are gently placed on top of the missing tooth and the healthy teeth next to it.

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Why You Might Need A Dental Crown

The most common reason Singaporeans need dental crowns is due to dental cavities or fractures that compromise the tooth so much that simpler repairs won’t do.

Aesthetics can also be part of your consideration. Crowns can replace worn and discoloured teeth, helping you create an ideal smile with better shape, alignment and colour.

Typical Scenarios Requiring Crowns

Crowns are typically used on compromised teeth to avoid even larger repairs such as extraction, implantation.

In other cases, it can be used to enhance your smile.

  • Teeth with a root canal;
  • Teeth with compromised integrity from fillings, cavities, cracks and chips
  • Replacing teeth that are not uniform with other teeth in colour, shape and alignment.

What To Expect When Fitting A Dental Crown?

When it comes to restoring a broken or infected tooth, the dentist will proceed to polish the damaged portion before scanning the mould of the tooth with an intra oral scanner.

With technology, it is possible to have the crown done on the day itself, eliminating the need for a second visit and risk of temporary crown dislodging.

Same Day Crown?

Yes, it’s possible to get a crown on the same day here at Gentle Smile Dental Studio.

We have the technology to make ceramic/porcelain crowns with high durability and natural colour in one sitting.

Are you suited for a same-day crown?

What Dental Crown Materials Do We Use?

Crowns and bridges are made of oral safe, strong, and long-lasting materials such as ceramic/porcelain or metal to naturally blend in and give you a seamless smile. 

They also help retain the integrity of your original teeth and support your facial structure so you can eat and speak normally again.

What Happens When Attaching Dental Bridges?

While a crown procedure involves capping a single tooth, a dental bridge is created in support of the adjacent teeth. 

During the first visit for a dental bridge, the dentist will examine the health of the affected tooth and the strength of the adjoining teeth. In case the health of the gums or supporting teeth is compromised, the dentist may suggest a root canal or other appropriate dental procedures so a bridge can be fixed effectively. 

As done in the crown procedure, during the dental bridge application, a local anesthetic will be administered followed by shaving down the size and shape of the affected tooth and its neighbouring teeth. A plaster-based dental impression will then be taken to create a bridge to fit the shape and texture of the atrophied teeth.

A stopgap dental bridge will be attached to the area to protect the adjoining teeth until your custom-made bridge is ready.

On your next visit, the temporary bridge will be taken out while the dental bridge prepared for your teeth will be fastened on permanently.

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Crowns and Bridges After-care

Besides mild discomfort and sensitivity, patients can usually begin using their teeth within a couple of hours after the procedure. However, it is best to avoid food and drinks that are too hot or cold for about a week after. 

With proper dental care from brushing and flossing to regular dental health checkups, your crowns and bridges should last about a decade or more. It may take you around a couple of days to a week to adapt to your crown or bridge but you can feel free to flaunt your new smile confidently.

Timelines For Dental Crowns and Bridges

Same-Day Crown

Done within a few hours.

Costs about $2,500.

Traditional Crown

Two appointments, taking a few days to a few weeks

Costs about $2,000.

Dental Bridge

About two weeks.

Cost of a dental bridge starts at $5,500.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does getting a dental crown hurt?


Dental crown placement causes minimal pain but some discomfort is common, especially from dental drilling. Post-procedure, patients might experience tenderness or soreness. Our dentists will advise the best way to manage these symptoms.

What is the difference between crown, veneer and partial crown?

Crowns cover entire tooth, restoring severely damaged teeth. Veneers adhere to front surface, primarily for cosmetic purposes. Partial crowns (inlays/onlays) cover part of chewing surface or one cusp, treating moderate decay.

How long does a dental crown last?

About 5-20 years

How long does it take to get a dental crown?

Same-day crowns: within a few hours
Traditional crown: two appointments, a few days to weeks

How long does it take to get a dental bridge?

It takes about two weeks to get a dental bridge.

How much does it cost to get a dental crown?

Getting a traditional dental crown starts at $2,000 and same-day crowns start at $2,500.

How much does it cost to get a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a more complex operation that depends on the number of teeth involved and the condition of the surrounding teeth and gums. The procedure starts at $5,500.

What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?

A dental bridge fills space caused by missing teeth, anchored by teeth or implants on either side, while a crown covers an existing tooth to restore its shape or structural integrity.

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Gum Whitening (Gum Depigmentation)

Getting those perfect pink gums

The ideal healthy gum colour is always thought to be pink and firm, not brown, red or swollen.

To keep your teeth and gums healthy is choosing to eat the right foods, including celery, carrots and apples and adding fruits into your healthy diet, as well as practising good oral hygiene and regular cleaning.

There’s no denying that maintaining a healthy diet is just as important as keeping your gums pink and healthy if you want to enjoy a beautiful smile.

However, what your gum colour is, can say a lot about your health. When your gums are in poor condition, it’s an indication that your health may be, too. 

What leads to darker gums?

Patients who have darker gums are either genetic or commonly associated with heavy smoking, or showing signs of periodontal disease, or just that they may have a weaker immune system. Poor immune system is the result of bacterial growth.

How Does Gum Bleaching Work?

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, we offer gum whitening (gum depigmentation), which is a safe and effective method of destroying the cells that produce melanin, and leave behind pink new tissue in place for your gums.

The procedure will require local anaesthesia and pain relief medications after treatment to ease any discomfort. 

This treatment is for Singaporeans who are worried about their gum colour.

Our aesthetics dentist will assess your gum during the consultation and offer you the right treatment to help you achieve a pink and healthy gum again.

Gum Whitening Costs and Timelines

Cost

The cost of the gum whitening treatment will vary depending on the degree, depth and location of the discolouration.

Each patient will have to be analysed on a case-by-case basis to determine how much treatment they require.

The cost ranges from $250 for a single tooth to cases where the whitening extends to the whole arch may range from $900 – $1500 per arch.

Timelines

The procedure generally takes less than an hour depending on the colour and size of the dark patch.

Next Steps

The first step is to set up an initial consultation.

During this visit, Dr Kelvin Chua will do an oral assessment for you to ensure the gums are in good health before we proceed for the treatment.

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Get to Know Your Dentist

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Hi, I’m Dr. Kelvin Chua

I am the clinical director for Gentle Smile Dental Studio.

My clinic’s goal is to help you craft a smile that you can feel confident about.

To give you a pleasant and gentle experience, I attend conferences to keep up with the latest methods and technology.

Since 2017, I have lectured regionally in Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, and South Korea on aesthetics, laser dentistry and digital dentistry.

Get in touch and we’ll discuss how to craft your perfect smile!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of gum whitening?

The cost ranges from $250 for a single tooth to $1,500 for a whole arch of teeth. Whitening an arch may range from $900 – $1500 per arch.

How do laser depigmentation procedures help gum bleaching?


Laser depigmentation targets melanin in the gums, removing dark spots and revealing a pinker, even-toned appearance, effectively bleaching hyperpigmented gum tissues.

Can I do gum whitening at home?

There are no home remedies. Gum whitening requires professional equipment and expertise. Attempting at home can lead to injury or ineffective results. Always consult a dentist for such procedures.

How long does the gum whitening laser treatment take?

The procedure generally takes less than an hour depending on the colour and size of the dark patch.

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Mercury Free Restoration

Dentists in Singapore used to fill teeth with mercury fillings. Unfortunately, this means that millennials, Gen-X and senior Singaporeans can still have mercury fillings.

You will notice it. Unlike modern fillings, it has a dark, grey and silvery colour that degrades over time.

What Are The Benefits Of Mercury-Free Restoration?

✓ Aesthetics

✓ Health

✓ Restoration

Mercury-based amalgam fillings are also known to wear away, break or darken over time.

Besides mercury exposure, amalgam can also make your teeth and smile look quite unsightly, which makes mercury-free restoration all the more imperative to preserve the health and pristine look of your teeth. 

Do I Have A Mercury Filling?

Look for grey-silvery fillings.

They are not as white as teeth and not as black as tooth decay.

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What Are The Health Hazards Of Mercury?

The dangers of mercury poisoning are often heard of through the consumption of fish, although we are subject to harmless traces of mercury in the air around us, vegetables that are grown in untreated soil, and even drinking water.

Singapore and the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Singapore has ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to reduce the use of mercury in order to reduce the environmental damage.

One of the Minamata Convention’s provisions is phasing down the use of mercury amalgams.

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, sustainability is important to us. We always recommend the use of ceramic or composite materials instead.

Concerned?

If you are concerned about your health, you can opt for mercury-free dental restoration.

Upon consultation with our dentist, we will provide our advice as to whether you should undergo mercury replacement dental work.

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What Happens During Mercury-Free Restoration?

Consult

The dentist will first examine the amalgam filling or crown to assess how deeply it is affixed and the best course of action to safely remove it.

Restore

On the day of the restoration, the dentist will use modern technology and the SMART method to take out the amalgam filling or crown without the risk of exposing you to further mercury emissions.

Safety

Gentle Smile Dental Studio uses the SMART technique.
This minimises contact with mercury residue.

Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART)

Dr. Kelvin Chua is SMART certified since 2016. We take these extra precautions based on SMART’s protocol,

  • Air filtration to ensure no inhalation of mercury vapour
  • Dental dams to ensure that mercury fillings do not get swallowed or inhaled
  • Saliva extractor to reduce mercury exposure

Timelines and Costs For Dental Mercury Replacement

Mercury replacement dentistry takes one sitting and costs between $200-$500

The restoration process usually takes just one sitting, but also depends on the depth, age, and size of your amalgam filling or crown. 

If you need a crown made, a digital model of your teeth will be created which will act as a blueprint for the dental team to construct a customised ceramic crown for your teeth, which can take a few weeks. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to get mercury fillings removed?

Gentle Smile Dental Studio can help. We follow protocols from The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology to do it safely.

How are mercury fillings safely removed?

Utilizing rubber dams, high-speed suction, and filters to minimize mercury vapor inhalation during the procedure.

What does Gentle Smile Dental Studio use to replace my mercury fillings?

Composite resins or ceramic fillings, which are safer and aesthetically pleasing.

How long does replacing mercury fillings take?

Replacing simple mercury fillings can be done in one sitting with more time needed for complex cases and replacement of crowns.

What is the cost for mercury replacement in Singapore?

Most patients will see their bill within the $200-$500 range.

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Smile Makeover in Singapore

Hi, I’m Dr. Kelvin Chua. Let me introduce you to our smile makeovers.

We are constantly appearing publicly in the limelight these days – in Instagram, in photos shared on WhatsApp, and on websites, in addition to classic face-to-face meetings. 

People can sense our confidence in a single glance. I know of some people who won’t ever smile and show their teeth.

Many of us aspire to get great teeth and the good news is that Gentle Smile Dental Studio can help you get teeth that are straight, proportional and white.

What Are Smile Makeovers?

Smile makeovers use a layered approach to create your ideal smile.

The main techniques used include multiple veneers and teeth whitening.

This involves looking at shape, colour and alignment.

What creates a pleasant smile?

Shape

The aesthetics of a smile are deeply influenced by the harmony and proportion of the teeth, with shape playing a pivotal role in creating that perfect visual appeal. 

A beautifully shaped tooth not only complements the facial features but also ensures a balanced and symmetrical appearance, which is often perceived as more attractive. 

Dental veneers, thin custom-made shells crafted from porcelain or composite resin, offer an effective solution to enhance or correct the shape of teeth. 

By adhering these veneers to the front surface of a tooth, we can artfully redesign the smile, rectifying issues like chipping, unevenness, or undesired gaps. 

Beyond veneers, you might consider getting dental implants which help mimic natural teeth in function and aesthetics. By filling gaps from lost teeth, implants restore the overall shape and symmetry of a smile, ensuring it remains balanced and visually appealing. 

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Alignment

A harmoniously aligned set of teeth not only contributes to optimal oral function but also plays a pivotal role in aesthetic appeal. Misaligned teeth can detract from the natural beauty of a smile, often leading to decreased self-confidence and reluctance to smile openly. 

Proper alignment ensures that each tooth occupies its ideal position, creating a symmetrical and balanced appearance. This symmetry, in turn, enhances the overall facial aesthetics, making the smile a focal point of beauty and expression. 

Dental veneers can effectively mask minor misalignments, making teeth appear straighter without orthodontic treatment. They’re custom-made to fit over the front surface of teeth, instantly correcting gaps, overlaps, or slight twists. 

For more pronounced alignment issues, Invisalign can help physically move and realign the teeth.

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Colour

The colour of our teeth can significantly influence perceptions of beauty, health, and youth. 

If you want perfectly white teeth, ceramic veneers can not only reshape but also brighten teeth to a desired shade, ensuring a consistently white smile. 

Alternatively, teeth whitening procedures can effectively lift away stains and discolorations, rejuvenating one’s smile.

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, we have prescription-only kits that can significantly help you restore brightness to your teeth.

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Get to Know Your Smile Makeover Dentist

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Hi, I’m Dr. Kelvin Chua

I am the clinical director for Gentle Smile Dental Studio.

My clinic’s goal is to help you craft a smile that you can feel confident about.

To give you a pleasant and gentle experience, I attend conferences to keep up with the latest methods and technology.

Since 2017, I have lectured regionally in Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, and South Korea on aesthetics, laser dentistry and digital dentistry.

Get in touch and we’ll discuss how to craft your perfect smile!

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How To Get A Smile Makeover?

Step 1: We begin by understanding what you hope to improve about your smiles. 

Step 2: We formulate the most balanced smile based on your gum-to-teeth proportions, with a primary focus on how your teeth can be improved. 

Step 3: We create a customised plan to ensure that our smile analysis aligns with your expectations.

Step 4: We provide a preview using Digital Smile Design (DSD) software which allows you to get a visual simulation of your final smile before commencing treatment.

Step 5: Trial Smile 

At the end of your consultation, we will create your Trial Smile. 

A Trial Smile is something you can wear and have a preview of how you will look after your smile makeover with us.

The Trial Smile is a removable, reversible physical mockup which you will place over your teeth.

Components In A Smile Makeover

There are three main components to getting a smile makeover: realign, brighten, reshape.

Realign ✓

This process involves straightening out incongruent or overlapping teeth.

In a Smile Makeover, realignment can be done with an Invisalign treatment, which involves placing a comfortable, see-through plastic aligner that adjusts teeth progressively.

This results in orderly and clean teeth for a graceful smile.

Brighten ✓

Over time the choices of food and drink such as coffee, smoking, and even age can lead to staining or discolouration of teeth.

This can be fixed with a brightening treatment, as it cleanses off the superficial stains to deeper stains.

Gentle Smile Dental Studio offers a take-home kit or an in-clinic brightening treatment.

Reshape ✓

Over time, your teeth will inevitably get worn down.

Smile Makeover utilises a few techniques to correct misshapen teeth starting with simple bonding which hides the damage caused to the teeth’s shape, colour and size.

Bonding uses composite resin which is known to accurately replicate human teeth.

This enhances your smile with minimal orthodontic inconvenience.

The next option involves choosing between composite or porcelain veneers based on the digital visualisation of your desired smile, which allows you to give your prototype smiles a trial run before finalising your permanent smiles. 

Types Of Smile Makeovers

Smile makeovers generally use 8-10 units of veneers, which are meticulously bonded to the front of your teeth, creating harmony and elevating your smile.

Ceramic Veneers

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Composite Veneers

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Supplementary techniques

Invisalign

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Teeth Whitening

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Removing Silver/Mercury Fillings

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Implants

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Is A Same-Day Smile Makeover Possible?

Smile Makeover Costs In Singapore

Smile makeovers are a layered service.

Costs vary widely from $350 to $20,000.

As smile makeovers are a layered service, every person’s costs would vary based on how comprehensive the smile makeover is.

Dental veneers play a central role in a smile makeover. A single dental veneer runs from $700.

Since a smile makeover uses at least six units, therefore a smile makeover involving them would run between $6,000 to $20,000.

On the other hand, if your teeth have great shape and alignment, but have been stained over the years, then you might only need to get a teeth whitening service done. Teeth whitening starts from $350 to $950.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a smile makeover?

Smile makeovers help you achieve your ideal smile using various dental methods.

Types of smile makeovers

Gentle Smile Dental Studio will use various methods to achieve your perfect smile, including Invisalign, teeth whitening, ceramic veneers, implants and removing silver-mercury fillings.

Smile makeover cost in Singapore?

The cost of a smile makeover varies for each individual depending on the extent of the procedures involved. A set of veneers runs between $6,000 to $20,000, aiding in reshaping the smile for those desiring to show more teeth. Conversely, if the teeth are well-shaped and aligned but stained, a teeth whitening service ranging from $350 to $950 may suffice.

How long does a smile makeover take?

Dealing with minor discoloration requires a simple, quick visit for a teeth whitening session to attain a brighter smile.
However, more extensive treatments like implants, crowns, or veneers necessitate a longer wait; dental crowns can be a same-day solution, while others might take about two weeks to achieve the desired smile. For individuals requiring a complete realignment, the process is much longer, spanning around 6 months to two years.

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Gummy Smile (Laser Gum Contouring / BTX)

The ideal amount of gum that you should show while smiling is about three millimetres.

If you show more than that, your gums can overpower your smile. Scientifically, this is known as “excessive gingival exposure”.

The perfect scenario would be having your lips conceal a large part of your gums, letting your teeth be the focal point of your smile.

Gentle Smile Dental Studio can help you achieve an ideal smile using various methods.

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How We Turn Gummy Smiles Into Gentle Smiles

You may have a gummy smile if you have small teeth, overly thick gums, short or hypermobile lips, or a protruding upper jaw bone. There are four main ways that we remedy your gummy smile:

  • Laser gum contouring
  • Lip repositioning
  • BTX
  • Jaw surgery
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Laser Gum Shaping Or Recontouring

This minimally invasive procedure uses a laser to move back your gum line, and is done under local anesthetic.

The amount of tissue removed varies according to the shape of your gum and mouth.

BTX

At our Gentle Smile Dental Studio, we offer a new treatment that involves injecting BTX into those muscles.

The results are impressive as most patients see a significant reduction in their gummy smile.

When injected into the muscles between your upper lip and nose, prevents your lips from elevating when you smile, thus concealing the gum line.

There is little pain and risk, and minimal downtime.

Lip Repositioning Surgery

This procedure fixes a gummy smile if the cause is a hypermobile upper lip, which is a lip that rises too high when you grin, leading to an excessive exposure of the gum. In lip repositioning surgery, doctors remove tissue from the upper lip so that it can rest lower to cover the gum.

Jaw Surgery

If you exhibit a pronounced gummy smile, dentists might propose this surgical solution. They’ll assess the extent of gum exposure, the resting lip position, and potential alternative treatments. 

The surgery involves repositioning the upper jaw to minimise gum visibility, creating a balanced appearance between the upper and lower teeth.

Additionally, a correctly aligned jaw ensures an optimal bite, reducing tooth wear over time.

Why Do I Have A Gummy Smile?

For Singaporeans, the main reasons why you have a gummy smile include:

Short Teeth

Adult teeth emerge partially from the gums, with a portion remaining hidden. 

If they don’t emerge sufficiently, they appear “under-erupted,” making the smile seem gummy due to the proportion of visible gums. 

Over time, factors like stress may lead to nocturnal bruxism, especially in high-stress societies like Singapore. 

Nightly teeth grinding gradually shortens the teeth, amplifying the gummy appearance. This change is subtle, often noticeable only over several years.

Jaw-related Gummy Smile

The jaw naturally seeks to avoid gaps between the upper and lower teeth. If teeth erode, both the jawbone and gum adjust downwards to compensate. 

In Singapore, diets rich in acidity, with foods and drinks like bubble tea, ice kacang, and pineapple tarts, contribute to tooth erosion. 

Teeth grinding also creates minor gaps, prompting jaw adjustments. 

Additionally, some may experience excessive upper jaw growth, leading to a more pronounced gummy appearance.

Hypermobile Or Short Upper Lip

The upper lip is crucial in determining the appearance of one’s smile as they hide your gums. If you have a thicker upper, then you will be able to hide more of your gums. On the other hand, if your lips are thinner, then you might expose more gums.

Apart from lip thickness, the degree of lip movement between a resting face and a smile also plays a role. Individuals with highly mobile lips might show more gums, as their lips move significantly when they smile.

Get to Know Your Gummy Smile Dentist

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Hi, I’m Dr. Kelvin Chua

I am the clinical director for Gentle Smile Dental Studio.

My clinic’s goal is to help you craft a smile that you can feel confident about.

To give you a pleasant and gentle experience, I attend conferences to keep up with the latest methods and technology.

Since 2017, I have lectured regionally in Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, and South Korea on aesthetics, laser dentistry and digital dentistry.

Get in touch and we’ll discuss how to craft your perfect smile!

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Timelines and Prices

Treating gummy smiles requires a customised treatment plan based on your specific situation.

The most common treatments are BTX and laser gum contouring.

TreatmentTimeCost
BTX5-10 mins$350
Laser Gum Contour (per tooth)1 hour$250+

BTX

BTX only takes 5-10 minutes and can be performed on the same day of the consultation.

Cost is $350 with one complimentary top up within a month.

Laser Gum Contouring

Laser gum contouring takes one hour and is priced at $250 per tooth, while extensive cases requiring bone removal cost $450 per tooth.

With laser gum contouring, we will show you the reduction of your gummy smile with our Digital Smile Design preview.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are gummy smiles normal?

Gummy smiles are a normal variation in smile aesthetics and will not cause any physical problems. However, a study has shown that showing too much gums resulted in participants lowering the rating of a person.

Can gummy smile be fixed? How?

Yes, gummy smiles can be corrected through non-surgical means like laser gum contouring and BTX. For other cases, we can also use surgical methods.

Can gummy smile be fixed with Invisalign?

As the jaw plays a part in your smile, Invisalign can help reduce a gummy smile. Our dentists can help you determine the best course of treatment.

What causes gummy smile?

Factors include jaw position, lip length, or gum tissue health.

How much does it cost to fix a gummy smile with BTX?

$350 with one complimentary top up within a month.

How much is laser gum contouring to treat gummy smile?

Laser gum contouring starts at $250.

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Teeth Alignment with Invisalign

Hi, I’m Dr. Kelvin Chua, and when you visit Gentle Smile Dental Studio, I’ll be helping you with Invisalign.

Why Invisalign?

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Aesthetics

Straightened teeth will improve your appearance and confidence.

Functional

Poor alignment of the teeth and jaw can cause discomfort, chewing issues and grinding/clenching.

Hygiene

Brushing and flossing become much more effective, making it easier to remove plaque, and prevent cavities and gum disease.

Dental Issues That Invisalign Can Fix

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Crossbite: A misalignment where upper teeth sit inside lower teeth when biting, causing potential jaw and tooth issues.

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Crowded Teeth: Insufficient space in the jaw causing teeth to overlap, leading to misalignment and dental hygiene challenges.

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Gap Teeth: Spaces between teeth, resulting from missing teeth or irregular dental arches.

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Open Bite: Front upper and lower teeth don’t meet when biting, causing speech and chewing difficulties.

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Underbite: Lower teeth protrude beyond upper teeth, causing an abnormal bite relationship and possible functional issues.

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Overbite: Upper teeth excessively cover the lower teeth, potentially leading to jaw problems and aesthetic concerns.

Our smile-centred approach to Invisalign

We approach every Invisalign project with the goal of enhancing your smile. To do this, there are seven steps involved:

  1. Listening to your concerns: We will understand what aspects of your smile you wish to improve;
  2. Assess your Smile Aesthetics: Using iTero scans and facial photos, we will evaluate the overall appearance of your smile, considering factors such as tooth alignment, shape, colour, gum health, and facial harmony;
  3. Understand your smile goals: Your ideal smile will be front and centre throughout the treatment planning process;
  4. You will see the predicted outcome: Using Invisalign Simulation Pro, we will create a visualisation that helps you understand what you will look like post-treatment;
  5. We will discuss treatment options: You will understand the various treatments available including a discussion on how each option aligns with your smile goals, lifestyle and oral health;
  6. We will customise your treatment plan: Based on your unique smile goals and dental needs, we will develop a personalised Invisalign treatment plan (ClinCheck) that brings you closer to your goal at every step;
  7. We’ll review your oral health: Before everything begins, we’ll assess and make any necessary recommendations to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy before starting Invisalign treatment.
  8. We’ll build foundational knowledge for success: I and my Treatment Coordinator will explain the Invisalign process and what to expect during treatment. We will address any questions or concerns you may have.
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Our high-tech approach to Invisalign

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Predictable Results


Using our Invisalign Simulator Pro, you will know what your smile will look like at the end.

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Customised Treatment Plan


Our iTero scanner will get a 3D model of your teeth, allowing me to create a customised Invisalign plan for you.

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Save Time With Invisalign Virtual Care


Traditional clinics require physical visits every 6 weeks, but with Invisalign Virtual Care, we will ensure that you are making progress while reducing visits to every 10-20 weeks.

Get to know your Invisalign dentist

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Hi, I’m Dr. Kelvin Chua

I am the clinical director for Gentle Smile Dental Studio.

I am an Invisalign Platinum Provider, which means we have helped hundreds of Singaporeans through the Invisalign process. In addition, I have also been inducted into the Align Faculty, which gives our team the most up-to-date information about Invisalign.

My clinic’s goal is to help you craft a smile that you can feel confident about.

As such, I have attended courses to help me understand how other treatments and facial characteristics play into building the perfect smile.

I have attended Dr. Derek Mahony’s Full Face Philosophy course, a three-year orthodontic program, and I am trained in BTX and veneers to manage other aspects in order to craft the perfect look for you.

Get in touch and we’ll discuss how to craft your perfect smile with Invisalign and related treatments.

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Timelines for Invisalign

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Consultation Process

  • Registration: Simple collection of information such as dental history and contact details
  • Smile Analysis with Treatment Coordinator: Meet with our Treatment Coordinator who will understand your goals, answer questions that you have and create a customised treatment plan for you.
  • Digital Scan with iTero and Photo Taking: By capturing a 3D model of your teeth and facial features, we can craft the perfect smile for you.
  • Consultation with Dr. Kelvin Chua: I’ll review your scans and discuss your treatment plan. You’ll get a chance to raise any questions.
  • Post-Consult and FAQs: At this stage, our Treatment Coordinator will address any frequently asked questions you have so that you can navigate your Invisalign journey. At this stage, you can decide if you would like to put a deposit down to start the process.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

Most Singaporeans see results from six to 24 months of daily Invisalign usage.

We’ll see each other for an in-person review every six weeks.

If you have opted for Invisalign Virtual Care, your in-person visits can stretch to 10-20 weeks.

Estimated Price of Invisalign Procedure

The price range for a typical Invisalign treatment ranges from $4,500 to $9,000, with the majority of cases falling between $5,000 to $7,500.

The initial consultation is $200. At the end of the consultation, if you decide to go ahead with the recommendations, a deposit of $850 is due.

We’ll then proceed to the ClinCheck simulation about two weeks after the deposit is made. At the ClinCheck consultation, you will see a simulation of how your teeth alignment will progress. If you are satisfied and give your approval, $2,000 is due. We’ll then proceed to create the initial sets of Invisalign clear aligners.

You can then make monthly instalments of $300, or you may choose to use your credit card instead. Ask us about our DBS/POSB financing program.

Beyond your treatment, we offer retainers made by Invisalign, called Vivera. Three sets cost $850.

Estimates accurate as of Dec. 2023. Consult us for a final quote.

ComponentCost
Consultation$200
Deposit$850
ClinCheck Approval$2,000
Instalments$300/month
Total$4,500 – $8,500
Vivera Retainers$850/three

See how you’ll look after Invisalign!

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Ask Dr. Chua FAQ

What does Invisalign help with?

Invisalign corrects misaligned teeth, improving your smile and oral health.

What does Invisalign feel like?

Invisalign trays are generally comfortable, but some users experience mild pressure initially.

What can Invisalign fix (and what can’t it fix)?

Invisalign can fix gaps, overbites, and crowding but may struggle with severe malocclusions.

What does Invisalign look like on teeth

Invisalign is a clear, nearly invisible aligner fitting snugly over your teeth.

Is Invisalign painful?

Some discomfort is possible initially or when changing aligners, but it’s typically minimal.

Can you drink and eat normally with Invisalign?

A main benefit with using Invisalign over braces is that you generally don’t have to change your routines. You can drink and eat normally as long as you maintain dental hygiene.

Will Invisalign cause speech issues?

Not likely, but some users may temporarily have a slight lisp until they adapt to the aligners.

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