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Dental Mouthguard

Protection for your teeth

Our teeth are subjected to tremendous forces every day from regular chewing, speaking or habits such as grinding, nail biting and more.

Unlike the other hard structures of the human body like bones or nails, the tooth is not able to heal. This means that any damage, crack or chip to the tooth is permanent and irreversible.

Sleep Apnea

What Is Sleep Apnea? How Does it Affect Me?

Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you stop breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.

Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.

Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep.

As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.

Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Doctors usually can’t detect the condition during routine office visits. Also, no blood test can help diagnose the condition.

Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member or bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea.

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. This causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses.

When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight, but it can affect anyone. For example, small children who have enlarged tonsil tissues in their throats may have obstructive sleep apnea.

Source: National Hearth, Lung and Blood Institute USA (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea)

Sleep Apnea and Dentistry

In some people, Sleep Apnea may caused by your jaw position, constricted upper jaw, or crowded teeth.

We can take a specific 3D x-rays of your airway with your jaw in various positions, similar to during sleep. Using a specialised software, we can stimulate how your airway is affected, and design a small oral appliance that fits over your teeth, for you to use during sleep.

SICAT AIR

SICAT is the unique treatment for treatment of certain forms of sleep apnea, without the need for bulky CPAP machines, or surgery.

Visualization and planning of the appliance-based therapy customised to your individual anatomy, taking into account the mandibular joints.

If you suspect you have sleep apnea, please come in for an assessment and our dentist will check if your case is suitable for our SICAT appliance

Read more about SICAT by clicking here

Types of Dental Mouth Guard

WHITEN+

copper

  • Plaque Index Disclosing Solution- identifies bacteria for effective removal
  • Full Dental Scaling and Polishing
  • Airflow Prophyjet Stain Removal
  • 15 minute application of WHITEN+ gel

WHITEN+

silver

  • Plaque Index Disclosing Solution- identifies bacteria for effective removal
  • Full Dental Scaling and Polishing
  • Airflow Prophyjet Stain Removal
  • 15 minute application of WHITEN+ gel
  • Take Home Whitening Kit consisting of Customised Upper and Lower Soft Trays and Gels

WHITEN+

gold

  • Plaque Index Disclosing Solution- identifies bacteria for effective removal
  • Full Dental Scaling and Polishing
  • Airflow Prophyjet Stain Removal
  • 15 minute x 3-4 cycles application of WHITEN+ PROFESSIONAL gel
  • Protective Gingival barrier to cover gums and tooth root surface
  • 15 minute Topical Fluoride Gel for tooth sensitivity relief

WHITEN+

diamond

  • Plaque Index Disclosing Solution- identifies bacteria for effective removal
  • Full Dental Scaling and Polishing
  • Airflow Prophyjet Stain Removal
  • 15 minute x 3-4 cycles application of WHITEN+ PROFESSIONAL gel
  • Protective Gingival barrier to cover gums and tooth root surfaces
  • 15 minute Topical Fluoride Gel for tooth sensitivty relief
  • Take Home Whitening Kit consisting of Customised Upper and Lower Soft Trays and Gels

To achieve a boost to your normal tooth colour with the minimum effort in a short time, during your routine cleaning appointment.

This can be done at your regular 3-6 monthly cleaning appointments to easily maintain a brighter tooth color.

The Take Home Whitening Kit has upper and lower soft trays customised to fit your teeth so the whitening gel contacts each tooth equally for even whitening results and reduces the danger of gel leakage. It needs to be worn daily over 2 weeks.

The WHITEN+ PROFESSIONAL gel is an extra high concentration tooth whitening gel. It deeply penetrates and removes stains over multiple cycles. For safety, we apply it under a light cured gingival barrier that  protects the sensitive areas of your gums and teeth surfaces.

Designed for people who want the maximum whiteness their natural teeth can achieve, this multi stage program starts with WHITEN+ PROFESSIONAL to kickstart the deep stain removal, followed by the take home whitening kit to enhance and maintain the whitening effect.

Effectiveness of Tooth Whitening

WHITEN+ DIAMOND
WHITEN+ GOLD
WHITEN+ SILVER
WHITEN+ COPPER

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by Dental Designs Clinic

Testimonials

Ms Kelly is probably the best Hygienist in Singapore. She is so gentle and professional. Enjoyed every second of my routine dental cleaning with her.Clinic is very clean and tidyHighly recommend everyone to visit Ms Kelly at Dental Designs!👍👍
Ong Ray
Ong R.
14:13 13 Oct 21
I hardly write a Google review. Went to Dental Designs Clinic after it appeared on my Google search with 200+ 5-star reviews. Initially thought they're paid reviews, but decided to give it a try.Really impressed by the pleasant experience throughout. After booking, I received a video on the directions to the clinic which save all the hassle on locating the clinic.The clinic is vibrant and clean. All the staffs are very warm and friendly. Dr Jo Ann did scaling and polishing for me. She's very professional, patient, friendly, gentle and kind. Her assistant is also very patient, nice and friendly.Thank you for the thoughts in making the journey to the dentist a pleasant one. Will definitely recommend this clinic to others. Keep up the good work, Dental Designs!Ps: this is not a paid review 😀
Sweet Yee Chin
Sweet Yee C.
09:17 12 Oct 21
Dr Rares is a really empathetic and caring dentist. He did my teeth whitening, extracted my wisdom tooth and did my fillings 😀
Katherine Ng
Katherine N.
05:28 12 Oct 21
Been seeing hygienist Ms Kelly for my routine dental cleaning since Dental Designs opened their first branch at Telok Ayer street.I must recommend to everyone who have dental phobia in dental cleaning, must try to see Ms Kelly for dental cleaning. She is so gentle and caring and very professional too 🥰🥰🥰Thank you somuch Ms Kelly!
Richelle Lim
Richelle L.
04:04 12 Oct 21
Thanks heaps to Dr Philip!I am suffering from severe jaw pain and Dr Philip made the cleaning process painless for me with great patience ! His advice on pain management is greatly appreciate! Thanks once again!
Leong Diana
Leong D.
02:53 09 Oct 21
Great experience! Had a session with Dr. Rares, who’s super patient and professional. Environment good and clean. Staff very friendly and helpful. Gonna come back in six month 🙂
Amy Liu
Amy L.
06:20 29 Jul 21
Such a fabulous experience! Dr philip miller found and removed this long lost piece of metal wire stuck behind my tooth from back when I had braces! Years later.. feels so good! The photos he took found the wire after no other dentist all these years pointed it out! He also spent a detailed amount of time scaling and polishing my teeth. Very American style 🙂 my other dental cleaning appointments in SG have lasted 10-15 min tops and I was told thats just how they do it here. Happy to have found this place! I am very happy with how my teeth look and feel. Appointment lasted 50 min overall of which the cleaning was the bulk. Will be back every 6 months!
anoosha saran
anoosha S.
10:22 07 Jul 21
Dear Dr Tiffany and Dr Rares, thank you so much for being you. I can't thank you enough for your professionalism and for every experience i have been through with you thus far.Dr Tiffany, i'm glad with myself that i can finally sit down and put my gratitude towards you in written words. I remember telling you how you could effortlessly make me and probably every patient feel. Thank you for being so extremely professional and humble. You are so awesome at your work, it makes it so easy to trust you in total comfort right from the first session. As much as im guilty of procrastinating my straightening course this late, im at the same time convinced that everything happens for an unknown reason at the right timing of readiness. Thank you for being a good portion of the reason.Dr Rares, i want to let you know in written words of what i have yet told you in person. You live up to all i have previously thought and wrote about you. Thank you for being so professional,super gentle and extra caring to details. I believe alot of dental patients elsewhere when going through arduous processes like deep cleaning will be in either fear or discomfort, but what went through my mind a few times when you were doing deep cleaning for me were mostly how impressive you were at your work and that i owe you another thank you. You are also so respectful and polite to your assistant each time. I'm so proud to be your patient.Dr Rares and Dr Tiffany, sometimes i feel that the phrase in good hands has been widely misused all over. But to be used on you, i feel that it is inadequate at all. May you be blessed the same way everywhere else with the same standards you bless on people.Thank you Sherlene and Christine so much too for being so responsible, cheerful and responsive! 🥰Gin Goh
Kion Moy
Kion M.
08:56 30 Jun 21
Had dental appointment with Dr. Philip and it was the best dental treatment ever. Dr. Philip had a very though check of the overall condition of my teeth and suggested cleaning and filling. The teeth cleaning procedure is painless and the filling was done with extra care. No hard sell. Will definitely come back for my half yearly check up!
Surong Mao
Surong M.
03:32 18 Jun 21
Super nice clinic. Front Desk staffs are extremely welcoming. Thank you Dr Nicholas for his patience and highly skilled on his job to give my twins Hannah & Hazel for dental cleaning and fillings. Highly recommended!!
Mi Mi
Mi M.
13:33 07 Jun 21
(Translated by Google) Dr. Nicholas is professional and attentive.Explain the condition seriouslyvery patient.The consultation process is very comfortable, the environment is very good, and it is very clean.(Original)Nicholas医生,专业又细心。认真的讲解病情很有耐心。看诊过程很舒服,环境很好,很干净。
szu we i she
szu we i S.
14:22 28 May 21
What a dental experience 🤓For those who are afraid of going to the dentist, this is definitely the place for you!First comer experience - you first go through a series of photo taking session, followed by a quick X-ray session to determine the works needed on your set of teeth, which is immediately followed up and explained by the dentist.After which, you are passed on to a hygienist (Kelly in my case) for the follow up actions, mostly cleaning and scaling within the same day.Kelly will tell you before she commences on each step (whether it’s going to be uncomfortable or loud), sharing her recommendations on toothpaste, toothbrush and brushing techniques!Awesome experience, no anticipation, everything was well structured and panned out! Totally worth the 5 stars rating! 👍🏻(Not asked to make this review, this is on my own accord)
YY Wong
YY W.
08:59 06 Apr 21
I’ve been going to Dental Designs Clinic for my regular check ups and cleaning with Dr. Hani for over a year now.Dr. Hani is a friendly doctor who always patiently answers my questions on treatments and dental care. Her scaling and polishing is always meticulously done and I’ve not had any problems with the filings done by her.Overall, my dental health has improved considerably since I started going to the clinic and I definitely recommend Dr. Hani and this clinic for their friendly and professional service.
Annabel Tay
Annabel T.
09:55 13 Mar 21
This place was actually recommended by my friend. Very convenient location. I had perfect experience here, had dental cleaning and came again for dental filling. Dr Jo Ann is very nice and patient, highly recommended
云兮
云兮
10:13 04 Jan 21

Teeth Whitening

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

The WHITEN+ gel contains oxygenating molecules which effectively and gently penetrates and breaks down the stains within the tooth. Different concentrations will achieve different levels of results.

Our WHITEN+ program is designed for effective teeth whitening that suits your spectrum of lifestyle and needs.

What Makes Teeth Yellow?

Teeth become discoloured over time by accumulating stains from what we eat and drink. Stains are classified by external, which are on the surface of the teeth, and internal, which means the coloured compounds actually penetrate into the structure of the teeth.

Sometimes, teeth turn yellow due to the surface of our teeth (the enamel layer) wearing out. This can be due to physical abrasion from harsh particles and heavy brushing, or can be linked to acid erosion. Once thinned, the effect is permanent as enamel layer cannot grow or thicken.

External Stains

Food and Drink
Coffee, tea and red wine are some major staining culprits. What do they have in common? Intense color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth (enamel).

Tobacco Use
Two chemicals found in tobacco create stubborn stains: Tar and nicotine. Tar is naturally dark. Nicotine is colorless until it’s mixed with oxygen. Then, it turns into a yellowish, surface-staining substance.

Other Causes of Yellow Teeth

Medications
Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain antihistamines, antipsychotics and high blood pressure medications. Young children who are exposed to antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline when their teeth are forming (either in the womb or as a baby) may have discoloration of their adult teeth later in life. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken teeth.

Trauma
If you’ve been hit in the mouth or  teeth previously, your tooth may change color because it reacts to an injury by laying down more dentin, which is a darker layer under the enamel. Your tooth may also change color due to internal injury, so it is always better to visit your dentist if you suspect any injury.

Age
Below the hard, white outer shell of your teeth (enamel) is a softer area called dentin. Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the inner layer yellowish dentin shows through.

The inner layer also gets yellower with age, and this also exacerbates the yellow appearance of the teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions on Tooth Whitening

Does Tooth Whitening Damage Teeth?
Teeth Whitening does not damage the teeth or gums when done properly
As the stain particles are removed from within the tooth, the teeth may become temporarily sensitive which can last for a day or two afterwards. To minimise this, we apply fluoride gel to the teeth after teeth whitening. The sensitivity is temporary and has no lasting effects.
How Long Does My Teeth Remain White After Tooth Whitening?
Teeth Whitening removes the color pigment molecules from the teeth. Teeth are naturally porous and will accumulate stains over time as you eat and do other activities. The rate at which this happens varys from person to person. Avoiding stain causing factors, brushing and regular dental cleaning will slow down this process.
Are Whitening Strips Safe or Effective?
Improper use of over-the-counter whitening gels and strips can cause increased sensitivity and damage to your gums. Also, these over the counter products have a lower concentration of the active ingredient for whitening which makes them less effective than whitening at the dentist. Tooth whitening at the dentist is safer as we take precautions to protect your gum and monitor the progress after each stage of the whitening. For the safety of your teeth and gums, teeth whitening should only be done under the supervision of your dentist.
How Can I Maintain White Teeth?
As teeth are naturally porous, they will pick up stains over time. Regular consumption of coffee, tea or cigarette smoking are the main causes of yellow teeth.
To maintain white teeth, you may choose to use the take home whitening trays periodically, as well as regular dental cleaning with our WHITEN+ program.
If you feel that your teeth turn yellow after whitening, you could opt to do ceramic veneers to add a layer of the whiteness you desire. As ceramic does not stain, this permanently changes the color of your teeth.
How Much Does It Cost for Tooth Whitening in Singapore?
Tooth Whitening cost in Singapore varies depending on the type of whitening. Typically, there are 2 types -
1. in office whitening: this is more expensive as the results are immediate after the session
2. take home whitening with customised upper and lower trays: you have to apply the gel and wear the trays for around 30mins - 2hrs every day for 2 weeks. this is usually cheaper, and also the trays are reusable for next time.
Is Teeth Whitening Painful?
Every person has a different experience with tooth whitening, as it depends on their enamel, the outermost layer of the tooth. The thickness of the enamel layer will affect if the tooth whitening is painful, as well as how effective tooth whitening is for them. People with thicker enamel layer will feel little or no sensitivity, and will have a better result with whiter teeth. If the enamel layer is thinner, it is more likely to have short term sensitivity and less whitening effect.
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