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

I recommended so many friends to this clinic. Both doctor and nurses are so so nice. The interior design makes is look like a cafe rather than a dental clinic. I do regular cleaning, invisialign and whitening here. Price is reasonable and service is great!
Jade Zhou
Jade Z.
02:08 29 Jul 20
All good, like back home in Switzerland.Did a cleaning and I am very satisfied.They offer sunglasses and you can watch Netflix on the ceiling.
Martin Leimer
Martin L.
09:59 15 Jul 20
Came here for a general dental care. Jermaine at the reception was welcoming and Ms. Kelly proved very professional - she took the time to explain the status of my teeth, cleaned them thoroughly and with zero pain. Thank you guys! Will definitely visit again.
Elhanan Ballas
Elhanan B.
11:17 25 Jun 20
Wow thanks Dr Justin Giam! I thought I was never going to be able to get a crown sorted and you were extremely thorough in testing, cleaning then getting the crown made and fitted in the same day! My case was super complicated as I cracked my tooth in the States and ended up having to have a temporary crown put on days before we moved to Singapore...had complications with all of that and Dr Justin sailed through and fixed all the mishaps I had! So thanks again!So relieved to have found a great dentist and will be booking the kids in too!
Tamara Jani
Tamara J.
01:31 04 Mar 20
I did my cleaning, and subsequently root canal and crowning with Dr Chong. Visited them about 5 times over the last 2 months, and in every visit, Dr Chong and her assistant was friendly, attentive and meticulous - I am very impressed at how they can deliver such excellent service in all my five visits. Also, I generally get apprehensive before any visit to the dentist but with Dr Chong and her assistant, I look forward to getting my teeth fixed. Just want to say a big thank you to Dr Chong, her assistant, and also the receptionist for making my experience such a pleasant one.
Veronica Loy
Veronica L.
06:09 04 Feb 20
Place is clean and I like the way that doctor shot my tenth photo so I could understand how healthy/unhealthy my teeth are
Poonsiri Wongwiseskij
Poonsiri W.
00:55 22 Jan 20
I’d recommend Dr. Hani to anyone in need of seeing a dentist, she’s very thorough and answered all my questions. Kelly, the dental hygienist, was also extremely thorough when cleaning my teeth and ensured I was comfortable.
Imran A
Imran A
08:03 20 Jan 20
I love visiting dental designs, Dr. Chong always my favourite to have my teeth clean and she always encourage me cause she knew I very afraid of dentist. She always very gentle and patient with me. This time I wanted to know about invisalign and met Dr Tifanny, she was very detailed and nice to explain everything and you can see she genuinely wants you to get better teeth. Dental design always my favourite dental clinic ❤️
Vicel Liew
Vicel L.
09:29 17 Jan 20
Grateful for the dental advice which was something I hadn’t notice before. Will be back for deep cleaning.
Haruki Shindo
Haruki S.
02:22 15 Jan 20
Waiting time is long but dentist is very detailed in the cleaning.
Jiahui Ku
Jiahui K.
06:19 13 Jan 20
Been with Dr Justin since the opening of the first clinic at Telok Ayear. Great dentist always good to chat and very friendly. Never did many complicated treatments other than cleaning ( thank god) but he puts us at ease Congrats on your new clinic
Gerald Lim
Gerald L.
03:58 11 Jan 20
Great dental clinic with very friendly doctors and staff. I did my Invisalign here and continued coming back regularly for cleans.
Jocelyn Tay
Jocelyn T.
08:13 07 Jan 20
Experience was excellent nice clean clinic staff professional
k nasr
k N.
07:44 02 Jan 20
It is my first time at Dental Designs and the experience was very pleasant. Dr Hani was very friendly, patience and detailed in informing me about my teeth conditions. Kelly who cleaned and polished was very friendly and took the initiative to explain what the purpose of she did on me was for. Would definitely recommend this clinic to everyone.
Chiu Lin Ang
Chiu Lin A.
03:04 30 Dec 19
Nicely design place with friendly staff. Good service and the cleaning is enjoyable.
Yang You Low
Yang You L.
10:05 27 Dec 19
Visiting regularly now for cleaning. First visited a couple of years back for toothache and very happy with service. Would highly recommend
Lor C
Lor C
06:28 23 Dec 19
I love the doctors here - every one of them is professional and dedicated to make sure you leave with sparkly clean teeth! Lovely place and music too, you’ll be sitting comfortably on the chair while they do the magic.
Junmay Cheng
Junmay C.
02:21 23 Dec 19

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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