My Braces Review – Part 8 – Braces Off Finally!

You can read the other parts of my Braces Review here: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6, & Part 7

Woohoo, Braces Off!

I finally had my braces removed after wearing the metal bits for 1.5 years. The removal took only 15 minutes and wasn’t painful. Probably just slight discomfort with so much going on in your mouth. After removal, a mould of my brand new teeth was taken to create the retainers. An x-ray was also done for record purposes, I guess. You can collect your retainers after one week, and start wearing them forever. Yes, forever!

Now, here’s my brand new smile which costs me $4,000!

Carin After Braces

My Thoughts…

Is it worth it?

If you were to ask me if it’s worth the $4,000, I would say “YES!”

Yes Cat Meme

I feel more confident and comfortable knowing that I have a presentable set of teeth. No more protruding tooth! If you take good care and be diligent in wearing retainers, your nice pearlies can last you for the rest of your life, so I feel it is worth the investment. If your case is more complicated, braces can even help you chew better and align your jaws/bite.

I am interested, but $4,000 is a huge sum!

Grumpy Cat Money

Choose a clinic that allows flexible payment. $4,000 may seem like a daunting sum, but it is manageable if you save up for the initial downpayment and am comfortable with forking out $100 per month for your monthly visits.

Please don’t start on your braces treatment if you cannot keep up with the monthly payment. You wouldn’t want to be caught in the situation whereby you purposely skip on monthly tightening sessions because you can’t pay up. Plan your finances before you embark on your braces journey.

Are there any extra charges?

Check with your clinic if there are any charges on top of the main price for braces. Some clinics do not include x-ray, mould, and retainers in the main price, so you will have to pay extra for them. Do your homework before you sign yourself up!

Is it difficult to take care of braces?

Boss Cat

I have to manage your expectations and tell you that you need to put in effort to take care of your braces. Don’t skip brushing your teeth at night, who knows how much gunk is trapped in your braces! Also, don’t skip your monthly tightening sessions. It is actually good to see your orthodontist regularly so he/she can judge how well your teeth is progressing. Just… don’t be lazy!

How long will it take?

This is one question I cannot answer. Everyone’s teeth is unique and will react differently to braces. Your orthodontist will at best be able to give you an estimation, but it also boils down to your diligence in going for dental appointments and wearing your rubber bands when you are told to do so. Again… just don’t be lazy!

Lazy Owl

If you are still pondering…

Carin Pre Post Braces

Here’s a before and after photo of my teeth to give you that extra push to go for it! 😀

Carin Marcus Teeth After Braces

Plus one more of my boyfriend and my teeth to give you extra extra motivation! He had his braces very young and every time I looked at his teeth I thought to myself, “How can his teeth be nicer than mine?!” So you can say that he (his teeth, to be exact) was part of my motivation to get braces. I hope I can motivate you too! 🙂

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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  • Kiki

    hi congrats on your new smile! 🙂 just wondering, did the doctor do any filing of your teeth after removal?

    • Hi Kiki, thanks! My ortho filed my two front teeth shorter (while I was still on braces) as they were hitting the brackets on my bottom row. After removal, he polished the surface to remove the adhesive. 🙂

  • ian

    hello! just wanna say thanks for posting this – I was considering having braces put on but wasn’t sure about the process and costs. helped me out alot! hope you’re enjoying the results 🙂

    • Hi Ian, glad to have helped! I’m certainly enjoying the results. 🙂

  • E

    Hi im very keen on doing braces but i have a few questions i hope you can answer.
    1.Why does your bottom row teeth still not appear very straight?
    2. Is it the photo or why in between your teeth is a little yellowish?
    3.Did the doctor or do you know what caused your teeth to not be straight?
    4.Lastly, why your bf teeth does not appear that straight? Before reading your description i thought you doing a comparison of with and without braces.
    Thanks in advance. Love your new smile:)

    • Hi E, my answers below.

      1 & 3: I didn’t ask the doctor why but it is true that my bottom row is not perfectly straight. Braces can improve the alignment of teeth but may not make it perfect. I’ve seen people who have put on braces and still have minor buck teeth. Sometimes the jaw is simply not wide enough to let all the teeth align nicely.

      2: Yes, it was yellowish between the teeth when I first removed my braces. I’ve since used whitening strips and whitening toothpaste and they helped tremendously!

      4: He did his braces 15 years ago and wasn’t diligent with wearing retainers so they shifted a bit.

      Hope this helps! 🙂

      • E

        Thanks so much! Did you do an updated post on your teeth? I would love to see your teeth now. Do you wear your retainers diligently? Can you lmk what is the brand of the whitening products you used? What is the cause of the yellowing?

        • Nope, this is my last post on braces. Alignment is the same as I have been wearing retainers diligently, though teeth is whiter after using Crest whitening products. You can get them from Qoo10. I guess the yellowing is because it was hard to floss with braces on, but it’s easier now without braces.

  • Clara

    Hi Carin, Congrats on your new smile. i am with Dr Alfred Cheng now. Don’t you find every session with Dr Cheng is too fast? Like i dont even dare to ask him any questions since he is busy. :/ Did you ask him if he is able to do any scaling and polishing for you? Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Clara, it is fast but if you think of it another way, it’s also good that he’s efficient so you can get it done and move on to other appointments for the day. Feel free to ask him your queries, he will answer them. I didn’t ask, but did my scaling and polishing at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital after having my braces removed. 🙂

  • Hi Jasmine, it’s not included. I went for scaling and polishing at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital after having my braces removed. 🙂

    • Germaine

      Hi Carin, was there any uneven colour while you removed your braces? And how much was the scaling and polishing at KTPH? Thank you 🙂

      • Hi Germaine, no there wasn’t. I was diligent in brushing my teeth while on braces though. I paid $65 for scaling and polishing at KTPH. 🙂

  • M

    Hi Just a Question,

    With every tightening sessions, are you able to brush or clean your teeth before the procedure goes?

    • Hi M, I usually go on Saturdays straight from home without eating anything after I brush my teeth at home. If you can’t do the same then I think it’s best to bring along your toothbrush and clean before your appointment. 🙂

  • C

    Hi Carin,
    Do you have any white patch between your teeth during your braces treatment? Do Dr Alfred recommend any mouthwash or toothpaste that’s good for braces? or may i know which type did you use. Thanks! 😛

    • Hi C, I didn’t have white patches. Dr. Cheng didn’t recommend any products but I used non-whitening toothpaste and alcohol-free mouthwash. Hope this helps! 🙂

  • Jolly

    Hi, I have a question. Dr cheng said I need to extract 4 teeth Izzit normal to remove so much? As that day I forgot to ask him can I don’t need to remove.

    • Hi Jolly, removing 4 teeth for braces is normal if they are overcrowded. Our teeth is symmetrical so if you remove one on the right, you’ll have to remove it on the left too. 🙂

      • Jolly

        Thx Caron !!.. I already decided to put braces after reading your blog!..
        I know there many colour for braces do u know all the colour they have? So I can choose first before I go. 🙂

        • Hi Jolly, the clinic may stock only several colours so it depends on what the clinic has. You can google for different braces colour to see how it would look like. Sometimes the colour itself looks nice but may not turn out nice on braces.

      • Jolly


  • Jolly

    Hi carin, sorry I have one more question. I have removed four moral tooth. I realize after remove the wound hole is quite big and when I eat the food get stuck. Around how long to wait for the wound to be heal? and when I can put my braces?

    Thanks a lot!!..

    • Hi Jolly, you just need to rinse your mouth after meals to dislodge food that are stuck. I put on my braces one week after removing teeth.

  • Hayley

    Hello, i’m really curious about the tooth extraction part, is it painful for ur premolars to be extracted? I really want to do braces, but at the same time, i’m really scared on tooth extractions. Thankyou! Congrats on your beautiful teeth! 🙂

    • Hi Hayley, thanks! I was under anaesthesia so didn’t experience much pain. Don’t worry too much about it – it will be worth it. 🙂

  • chirag bansal

    Hello, Carin
    I am having almost same type of Overcrowing like u once had. A month ago i read your blog and you truly inspired me to go for treatment. 🙂
    Today, i got ceramic braces planted, no pain but irritating like hell.
    Thanks for being a part in my Decision. 🙂

    • Hi Chirag, I’m glad that I was able to help you in your decision one way or another. Not to worry, I’m sure you’ll get used to it soon! 🙂

  • Hi Sheena, it’s great that you’re taking your first step! You’ll have to loop the floss through the braces. Here’s a link with pictures for better illustration:

  • Sheena Tan

    Hi Carin

    I just had my braces on! Everything went so fast!

    Thanks for all your advices and tips!

    Hope my braces journey will be as smooth as yours!



    Hi Carin, I’m currently wearing metal braces, have just begun my 2nd month, and I’ve a qus 🙂

    The gum line for one of my bottom left teeth is much lower than the rest because it is protruding outwards due to overcrowding. I noticed that you used to face the exact same scenario before your teeth straightening.

    My qus is: will the gums grow gradually such there will no longer be a receded gum line?

    Thank you for your lovely blogs.

    • Hi Kyung-A, I still have receded gum line for the bottom row teeth that were protruding. However, it’s not visible even when I’m smiling. Hope this helps! 🙂

  • Jas

    Hi Carin,

    Your braces posts has been very informative and helpful! I am also with Dr. Alfred Cheng and I have to say he is really very efficient! May I check if your retainers are clear retainers or metal wire retainers? I understand some people do have permanent upper and lower metal retainers. I’m wondering Dr. Cheng provides which type of retainers?


    • Hi Jas, mine’s the clear plastic retainers though I’m not sure if everyone gets the same thing or it depends on individual condition. 🙂