My Braces Review – Part 1 – Finding The Orthodontist

You can read the other parts of my Braces Review here: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7 & Part 8

My uneven teeth has always bothered me.

Carin Poo Before Braces

Would have otherwise been a nice smile save for that evil protruding tooth on the right!

You might think it’s actually not that obvious, but my bottom row is even worse (show you another day). I would always prefer to be on the left when taking photos as the left side of my teeth is straight. All these aside, there is always this nagging thought to get my teeth fixed and one fine day, I decided I should not procrastinate anymore. I’m not young already!

Deciding on Dr. Alfred Cheng

Let’s get started on finding THE orthodontist. I totally had no idea nor recommendations on which orthodontist to go to, so I began by combing through all the forums (Flowerpod, CozyCot, HardwareZone, etc.) I read from the latest posts back till about 2010 as information three years ago or older would be pretty outdated.

I ended up with the following two choices for metal braces:

  1. Dr. Alfred Cheng from Alfred Cheng Orthodontic Clinic – $3,800 before GST
  2. Dr. Tan Lam Seng from A Line Dental Braces Clinic – $3,600 before GST

Ended up selecting Dr. Cheng as Dr. Tan is known to have a packed schedule and appointments are harder to book. Price wise, Dr. Tan is actually $200 cheaper, but I personally feel it is important to be able to book appointments promptly and regularly for tightening sessions so that the entire braces treatment can be completed as soon as possible. Different people have different priorities, so do your research and make informed decisions accordingly.

Alfred Cheng Orthodontic Clinic
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
3 Mount Elizabeth #03-03
Singapore 228510
Tel: 6735 5635

P.S. I am a full paying customer, i.e. this is not an advertorial or sponsorship. All opinions are based on my personal experiences.

More posts will be up as I continue my braces journey, so do check back! 😉

Carin Poo

Hello! I grew up reading blogs, and now, blogging lets me share the love around. I offer a glimpse into my simple life, and maybe you can find a different perspective of the things I enjoy. My cat says Hi! :)

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  • Hi Vie! So sorry for the late reply. I’ve been having problems receiving comment notifications. Yes, you can pay in instalments. You’ll have to pay $500 for the first consultation and another $1,000 on the second appointment when the braces are put on. This sum of $1,500 is considered the downpayment. Subsequently, it would be $100 per visit until the end of your treatment. You’ll have to pay a total of $3,800 for normal metal braces like mine. Prices mentioned are subjected to 7% GST. Hope this helps and thank you for reading! 🙂

  • Hello Michael, so sorry for the late reply. I’ve been having problems receiving comment notifications.

    I’ve been on braces for half a year now and so far so good! Dr. Cheng is definitely experienced and you can tell from his efficiency. I’m done within 5 minutes for each tightening session.

    However, if you’re a working adult, it may be more difficult for you to book appointments on Saturdays. But if you can squeeze in an 8.30am appointment on weekdays before work or during lunch hours, then there should be no prob.

    I would say the price is competitive among private institutions. If you are looking for lower rates, you can consider going for public institutions. You can read this for more info:

    Hope this helps and thank you for reading! 🙂

  • Joon kiat

    Hi Carin, i was send by Dr Cheng to Oral Maxillofacial Practice for extraction as well. Erm, i was wondering is there a difference between the pricing of local anesthesia and general anesthesia?? Cause the price of general anesthesia is pretty hefty and if i can, i would choose to pluck all 4 under local anesthesia (I already had all my wisdom tooth plucked out)

    • Hi Joon Kiat,

      Yes, local anesthesia would be cheaper than general anesthesia, but I’m not sure how much is the price difference.

      Since you mentioned that you’ve already had all your wisdom teeth removed, I assume the 4 teeth that you’ll be removing are pre-molars? I think it is possible to remove the 4 pre-molars under local anesthesia, though the specialist at The Oral Maxillofacial Practice would be able to give you more professional advice on this.

      Hope this helps and thanks for reading! 🙂

  • Evelyn

    Hi Carin,
    Just checking with you, do you have to pay any lump sum along the treatment or at the end of the treatment? or just at the beginning only

    • Hi Evelyn! Lump sum is only at the beginning. You’ll have to pay $1,500 at the beginning which is considered the downpayment. Subsequently, it would be $100 per visit until the end of your treatment. Hope this helps and thank you for reading! 😉

  • Evelyn

    Hi Carin, Evelyn here again! thanks for answering me soooo quickly! I got another question! Did Dr. Cheng put separators for you before you had your braces? I did not get any separators and only remembered some of the bloggers had them before having their braces!

    And do you have any toothbrushes, mouth wash, floss or any orthodontic stuff to recommend? 🙂

    Once again, thank you so much! 😀

    • Hello Evelyn! No, I didn’t had any separators as well. As for orthodontic stuff, I would suggest a soft bristle toothbrush, alcohol-free mouthwash, and an interdental brush to clean the brackets. I personally prefer an angled brush head so it’s easier to reach the sides of the brackets. You can get them from Daiso, a packet of 3 brushes for $2. So far that’s the cheapest I’ve seen after looking around! Hope this helps! 🙂

      • Evelyn

        Okay! thank you soooo much for answeringgg 😀

  • Jas

    Hi. I went for checkup at dr cheng. And I paid $535 for it. So next visit will be $1000? And subsequently I just have to pay $100/visit right? Is the $1500 inclusive in the $3800(before gst)?

  • Jas

    Hi! Just to check if the $3800 is inclusive of the retainers? And I paid $535 for the 1st visit at dr cheng. So next visit will be $1000. And subsequently I just have to pay $100/month right? So its the $1500 inclusive in the $3800?

    • Hi Jas! The $1500 is included in the $3800, and the $3800 is inclusive of retainers. Yes, subsequently it will be $100 per month. Congrats on starting your braces journey! 🙂

  • Sher

    Hi, May i know what is the charge for a first time consultation only?

    • Hi Sher! Do you mean going for a consultation but decide not to take up the braces treatment? I’m not sure about that. You can call the clinic at 6735 5635 to enquire. 🙂

  • Hi Jia Min, for Saturday appointments I usually have to book at least one month ahead, sometimes even two months. If you can squeeze in a dental appointment during your lunch time on weekdays it will be better. 🙂

  • Nor Ellyshiah

    does the down payment include retainers?

    • Hi, yes the downpayment for the entire sum includes retainers. 🙂