Important Information to Know About Getting Invisalign in Singapore (2022)

If you are looking into orthodontic treatment, you might be feeling a little lost in the myriad of options available today. Amongst choices such as ceramic, lingual, and metal braces, we also have Invisalign, a form of clear aligners that is primarily known for its near-invisible look. Invented in 1997, Invisalign is the world’s first […]

Braces Treatment in Singapore – Costs, Process, Subsidies (2022)

If you’re a Singaporean who is interested in getting braces, you’re not alone. Locally, there is a rising trend of adults seeking orthodontic treatment at the National Dental Centre of Singapore (NDCS), as seen from statistics from 2011 to 2017[1].  When getting braces in Singapore, it’s important to know the treatment options available, and your […]

A Dentist’s Guide to Teeth Whitening in Singapore (2022)

We all appreciate a good smile – one with perfectly aligned pearly whites that look and function well. Vanity prevails for good reason, so we have put together this one-stop guide to help you understand how teeth whitening can help you achieve that million-dollar smile.  In this article, we compare the different teeth whitening options […]

How are dental crowns made in Singapore: A dentist explains

When not properly cared for, our teeth can weaken as they get exposed to bacteria that cause dental caries or cavities. As a result, chips or cracks can happen on the surface of the teeth. This occurrence not only makes the teeth unpleasant to look at, but can also lead to health problems given that […]

There’s now a fast and easy way to remove your veneers without drilling. Here’s how.

Porcelain dental veneers are attached over the front of your teeth to enhance your smile and appearance. With proper care, they are durable and can last up to 10 – 30 years. However, over time, these veneers may be damaged or discoloured and require removal or replacement. Some patients may also choose to have their […]

What is the cost of a dental crown in Singapore and is it claimable with Medisave and/or insurance?

As Singaporeans, we always want the most affordable and value-for-money services, including dental crown procedures. We know that Medisave can be used for a variety of medical services, but what about dental crowns? If Medisave can’t cover it, can I use insurance instead? Let’s take a closer look at the costs of dental crowns and […]

Can I bite hard food with my dental crown?

Dental crowns are used to restore damaged teeth. While dental crowns may be made of tough material, they are also susceptible to damage if not cared for properly. Here are some tips and tricks for you to keep your smile on. What foods should I avoid for my dental crown? Nuts  Nuts usually require a […]

How do I care for my new dental crown?

What are dental crowns and what are they for? Dental crowns are caps that cover over your tooth. It can be used to restore the shape, size, strength and appearance of your tooth. There are various reasons for getting a new dental crown, such as:  To restore a broken tooth To protect a tooth weakened […]

What happens when my dental crown is chipped?

We know that dental crowns are supposed to restore the tooth’s shape, size and appearance when there has been some damage to the tooth, but without proper care and maintenance, they can crack or chip too.  Is it common for dental crowns to chip or crack? A dental crown can be made of metals, porcelain-fused-to-metal, […]

How do I check if I have decay around my crown?

Are you experiencing pain and swelling around your dental crown? You might have some tooth decay on your crown — depending on the extent of the decay, it might cause dental infection and even result in permanent loss of the tooth.  Although crowns are usually put in place to restore a tooth’s appearance and function, […]

How many veneers do I need?

Your smile is one of the first few things people notice about you. Several studies have shown that people with straight, healthy-looking teeth are perceived as more successful, and about two-thirds of people are more likely to remember attractive features. In other words, a nice smile is important, and teeth are definitely a standout feature.  […]

Why is there a black line around my crown?

Patients often ask us, “Doc, what’s this black line around my dental crown? Is it dirt?” The black line isn’t a sign of dirt or age, but it could mean three things: receding gums, the material of the crown or crown fit problems. Let’s explore these causes in greater detail.  Receding gums  Receding gums are […]

Do veneers stay white and will I still be able to drink my coffee?

If you’re a regular coffee or tea drinker, you probably would know by now that these drinks contain tannin that can turn your teeth yellow over time. But do the staining effects apply the same for veneers?  The good news is dental veneers are stain resistant, so you can still enjoy a cup of Joe […]

Is it painful to have a dental crown placed?

Many are afraid of going to the dentist as they worry their experience will be a painful and uncomfortable one. We’ve come a long way with dentistry; thanks to the use of anaesthesia and sedation, dental treatments are no longer as uncomfortable as they used to be. The same applies to getting dental crowns.  The […]

Do veneers ruin your teeth?

A common question patients have when installing dental porcelain veneers is whether this smile transformation procedure will ruin their teeth. That is a valid concern since dental veneers involve removing some natural tooth enamel, a substance on our teeth that acts as a protective barrier against acid and bacteria. When enamel is lacking due to […]

Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Crowns

If you have a tooth that’s chipped, cracked or damaged in some way that normal fillings or dental veneers cannot restore, then dental crowns could be an excellent option. There are many advantages to dental crowns, but as with every treatment in dentistry, this restorative procedure comes with its own set of disadvantages as well […]

Dental Veneers vs. Crowns: What’s the difference?

At our clinic, two popular aesthetic dentistry procedures we often carry out are dental veneers and dental crowns, and patients often ask about the difference between the two. Granted, both veneers and crowns are often used to treat the following conditions: Cracked or chipped teeth Discoloured teeth Decayed teeth Crooked teeth They are somewhat similar […]

My dentist told me I have to wait 2 weeks for my dental crown. Is it possible to get a crown in a day?

Dental crowns are often used to help cover dental issues, such as cracked teeth, gaps, crooked teeth and discolouration. In the past, getting dental crowns used to be a rather tedious and complicated process with an average waiting time of 2 weeks. Today, thanks to CEREC technology, you can get same day crowns or CEREC […]

How do dentists make dental veneers look natural?

Dental veneers are an excellent way to cover up imperfections on your teeth, such as cracks, discolouration or gaps. When done well, veneers can instantly change the quality of your smile and hence are often used in smile transformation processes. However, many patients often end up with unnatural looking veneers in their quest to achieve […]

Is Invisalign painful?

Many patients undergo Invisalign treatment for straight teeth expecting it not to hurt at all. This is hardly surprising, as Invisalign in Singapore is often advertised as being pain-free or a lot less painful than metal braces. While it’s true that Invisalign is a lot more comfortable compared to traditional braces, it is not true […]

I have a cracked tooth, how does a crown help with it?

A healthy tooth is characterised by strong and hard enamel. However, sometimes this enamel gets cracked open through habits like tooth grinding or biting onto hard things like ice or bones, leading to a cracked tooth. Our molars in particular are especially vulnerable to cracks as they absorb the majority of the force during chewing. […]

What happens to your teeth under veneers?

If you are familiar with how veneers work, you should know that they are excellent choices for smile makeovers. One of the most common questions we receive at Dental Designs about veneers is what happens to teeth under porcelain veneers — will they rot, be ruined or suffer damage? The good news is when fitted […]

Spaces and Invisalign — Can Invisalign close spaces?

Gapped teeth may not appear to be much of a problem as compared to crooked teeth, but if not treated accordingly, it can cause the gums to be sore or develop gum disease. In dentistry, gapped teeth is known as a condition called diastema. The gap typically appears between the two upper front teeth, but […]

Things to know before getting a dental crown

A dental crown is often used for treating tooth problems such as repairing a cracked or broken tooth, protecting a damaged tooth or reinforcing a tooth after root canal treatment. When placed properly by a professional dentist, dental crowns can offer excellent, long-lasting results that look great and protect the overall structure of teeth too. […]

Underbite and Invisalign — Can Invisalign fix my underbite?

An underbite is a dental condition characterised by the misalignment of the upper and lower front teeth. It is classified as a Class III malocclusion. Due to the way an underbite presents itself (lower teeth stick out in front of the upper front teeth), it can greatly impact the self-esteem of patients depending on the […]

Can veneers last forever?

Many patients looking to change their teeth’s appearance —be it stains, gaps, chips, cracks or crookedness— often opt for veneers as a cosmetic solution. Veneers are widely known for their ability to blend in with natural teeth and their resistance to stains. Further, the process of getting veneers is a very tolerable one; patients do […]

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns are commonly used in restorative treatments to save a tooth. They’re helpful in situations where a tooth has been heavily damaged due to decay and regular filling is not enough due to a lack of healthy tooth structure. Not only does a crown add strength to a tooth, it can also correct bite […]

Crowding and Invisalign — Can Invisalign fix my crooked teeth?

There are many misconceptions about Invisalign, with one being it can only fix slightly crooked teeth and will not work on overcrowded teeth. This is simply not true — Invisalign is far more than just a retainer and can be used in almost all dental situations to straighten teeth. Granted, severely crooked teeth might need […]

Smile Design

What is Smile Design? Smile Design is a branch of aesthetic dentistry that incorporates different dental procedures to create a smile that matches your mouth and the rest of your face. Under Smile Design, no two smiles are the same because of our unique characteristics and facial features. Things like gender, facial composition and even […]

Can veneers fix my crooked teeth?

Veneers are thin, tooth-coloured porcelain ceramics bonded over the surface of existing teeth. They are customised to match the shape and colour of your natural teeth; this is done so by digital scans taken in the clinic. During the process, your teeth are slightly trimmed and ‘prepped’ a little in order to shape them and […]

Does age matter with Invisalign?

Invented in the late 1990s, Invisalign has since become a mainstream alternative to traditional metal braces. This treatment system involves wearing a series of clear aligners over different phases or months, with each set of aligners slowly moving teeth to their proper position. Due to their transparent colour, Invisalign aligners are barely noticeable to others, […]

Do I need to have a root canal treatment done before I do a crown?

Some people think that a root canal treatment is necessary before installing a crown and vice versa. However, both of them are entirely separate procedures and one can most certainly be performed without a need for the other. With that said, many crowned teeth end up getting root canal treatment done, and patients who have […]

What are the advantages and disadvantages of having veneers?

Nowadays in dentistry, the options for improving your teeth are close to limitless. Whether it’s fixing a chipped tooth or adjusting the length of your gums, it can be done. In this article, I will talk about dental veneers since they are gaining in popularity.  Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells bonded onto the surface […]

What types of problems can Invisalign treat?

Invisalign is a game-changer for those who desire healthy and perfectly aligned teeth. This clear plastic aligner system allows you to achieve straight teeth without the drawbacks and hindrance of metal braces. If your appearance is important to you, or if your job requires you to attend social events and make important presentations, perhaps Invisalign […]

Are clear retainers really the best type of retainers?

So you’ve just got off your braces and now have a brand new set of beautiful teeth. But in order to keep your teeth straight for as long as possible and even in the years to come, the next step is to get a pair of dental retainers. Dental retainers are custom made devices designed […]

3 Types of Retainers: Which is the best one for me?

When my patients think about retainers, they commonly think of the colourful plastic ones with metal wires that are worn after they their braces are removed. However, do you know that there 3 uniquely different types of retainers on the market right now, all with different pros and cons? Let’s go through each of them […]

Retainers for children: How to make your kids love wearing retainers

Many younger patients who’ve gone through years of wearing braces often find their teeth regressing due to incorrect retainer usage. After all the effort spent in order to correct one’s teeth alignment, it’s a pity to see many adolescent patients lose their beautiful smiles due to either losing one’s retainer, forgetting to wear them, or […]

Wearing Invisalign: How convenient is it, really?

Invisalign, a modern alternative to traditional metal braces, has seen a tremendous rise in popularity in recent years. The benefits to Invisalign are clear (pun entirely intended) and many-fold. Your friends, family and work acquaintances aren’t going to know that you’re undergoing orthodontic corrective work from sight alone. Gone are the days you need to […]

COVID-19 and what dentists are doing for infection control

At this point, the COVID-19 coronavirus has hit more than 80,000 infected worldwide with a rapidly climbing death toll of around 2,619 people. With 34 countries and regions affected, containment efforts by medical professionals and their practices is absolutely imperative. People worldwide are largely eschewing public areas; preferring to hide away at home whilst the […]

Electric Toothbrush vs. Manual – What’s the right brush for me?

Brushing your teeth is usually step one in everyone’s daily oral hygiene routine – so are we really equipping ourselves with the right tools for this crucial task? While reports show that over 41% of the U.S. population use them daily, electric toothbrushes are not very commonly used here in Singapore. Are electric toothbrushes really […]

Flossing is NOT Optional – Why you need to make flossing a habit immediately

Many of us think we have really good oral hygiene. We brush our teeth thoroughly twice a day, drink lots of water, avoid smoking and sometimes use mouthwash before leaving the house to ensure our breath stays fresh and minty. Nobody ever complains that we have bad breath, and our smile remains white and pristine. […]

Poor Oral Hygiene – Are You Guilty of These Bad Habits?

Bleeding gums, bad breath – they happen when bacteria accumulates on the teeth due to poor oral hygiene habits. Scarily enough, dental health isn’t completely localized to a patient’s mouth; research has shown that there’s a real correlation between a person’s dental health and their overall physical and mental well being. Left untreated, bad oral […]

Amalgams Vs Composites: Which is The Better Choice?

When people think of fillings, they think of the silver, metal fillings that have been around for the last 150 years. However, with the new advancements made in dentistry, traditional amalgam fillings are no longer the only choice available, and today many dental offices also provide composite resin. We discuss both to help give you […]


A beautiful smile not only makes you look youthful, but it also boosts your self-confidence and enhances your personality. Unfortunately, crooked, stained or chipped can ruin your smile and facial aesthetics. However, there is no need to worry. If you have damaged teeth that are negatively affecting your smile and personality, then we have the […]

Things you Should Know When You Brush your Teeth

Let’s face it. For many people, toothbrushing is just an oral care routine – it’s something we do every day when we get up or before we go to bed. But, did you know that brushing your teeth is not just essential for having pearly white teeth and fresh breath, but it is also important […]

Tooth grinding (Bruxism) – All you need to know

Most people grind their teeth from time to time, especially during stressful situations. While tooth grinding may not affect your teeth if it is done transiently or for short durations, it can damage your teeth if it becomes a habit. Unfortunately, many people are not even aware that they grind their teeth, as most of […]

Why you need a Root Canal Treatment

When a tooth has undergone heavy damage from decay, and bacteria has infected the tooth, a root canal treatment is performed to remove the bacteria infection and save the tooth, as opposed to removing the whole tooth. This article explains everything you need to know about root canal treatment. What is Root Canal Treatment? A […]

What are Your Options for Replacing a Missing Tooth?

Missing a natural tooth not only affects your smile and personality, but can also seriously affect your ability to eat and speak. Therefore, it is important that you must replace your missing teeth as soon as they are lost. This article offers various options that can be utilized by your dentist when it comes to […]

Should I Always Remove My Wisdom Teeth

Some people think that the removal of wisdom teeth is a complete waste of time and money. Others believe that all wisdom teeth are a source of trouble and they must be removed. So, who is right? The simple answer is that not all teeth wisdom teeth require removal; only those wisdom teeth which may […]

Things To Know About Zirconia Dental Crowns

When it comes to restoring a damaged tooth, zirconia crowns are among the top choices for dentists throughout the world. This is because of the lifelike aesthetics and durability of zirconia. Since this is a relatively new material, many patients are curious regarding the composition and uses of zirconia crowns. This article explains everything you […]

How Having a Great Smile Can Help You Become Successful in Life?

We all have experienced how a beautiful smile can brighten up our day. An adorable smile of a baby can make us forget all our worries. Indeed as Phyllis Diller once said: “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”. Did you also know that a beautiful smile may also be the key to […]

Veneers and Crowns in Cosmetic Dentistry

When we talk about cosmetic dentistry, the first things which come to mind after teeth whitening are veneers and porcelain crowns. This is because these are one of the best options at cosmetically and functionally restoring damaged teeth. However, most people are not familiar with the differences between veneers and crowns. This article offers a […]

Dentist in Town (At the financial district)

If you are looking for a compassionate and friendly dentist in town, we are located at 4 Robinson Rd, #03-01 The House Of Eden, Singapore 048543 and 133 Cecil Street 01-01B Keck Seng Tower, 069535 and ready to serve you the best we can. We offer broad-spectrum services, covering everything from general dental care to […]

Dental Crowns – What materials are there and what’s best for you

Dental crowns are used to restore the function and aesthetics of teeth that have been heavily damaged and to protect them from further damage. When a tooth has decayed, a filling can be placed if it is small. However, if the decay is large, there might not be enough healthy tooth structure to place a […]

How to Decrease Risk of Implant Failure with Computer Guided Implant

What are Dental Implants? An implant is a metallic fixture that is inserted into the jaw bone, and it serves as a replacement root for an artificial tooth. Dental implants have recently become a popular choice as a tooth replacement option, both among patients, owing to their excellent durability, lifelike appearance, and lifelong durability. Millions […]

Dental Fillings – Why choose Ceramic Fillings over Regular Ones?

When we talk about restoring badly worn down or chipped teeth, the first thing that comes to mind is dental fillings. Most of us are aware of the tooth coloured composite fillings which are perhaps being most commonly used by dentists throughout the world for restoring damaged teeth. However, did you also know that there […]

How to Straighten Teeth Without Doing Metal Braces

Why Is Having Straight Teeth Important? Having straighter teeth can improve your facial appearance and confidence. A person who is self-conscious about their smile will tend to smile with lips closed together or with their hand covering the mouth, which can come across as awkward. Speech and eating may be improved after braces treatment with […]

10 Things You Should Know Before You Start Invisalign

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that allows your dentist to design your smile. It is a patented technology which uses proprietary software and state-of-the-art aligner material which is designed to be more comfortable and effective in orthodontic treatment. The dentist takes 3D scans of your teeth to produce an impression of your teeth. This […]

10 Things You Need to Know about Tooth Whitening

Ever wanted pearly whites like your favourite movie stars? Tooth whitening can provide you with a bright and white smile that you can confidently show and make a great first impression. How does tooth whitening work? Tooth whitening uses bleaching agents to lighten the colour of your teeth. The tooth is semi-permeable. This allows for […]

10 Things You Need to know before Having a Tooth Implant

What Are Dental Implants? Dental implants are replacements of your teeth that might have accidentally been knocked out or need to be reduced due to cavities. Dental implants are replacements for damaged teeth that look and feel like your natural teeth. Computer-aided implant surgery is the result of advances in digital technology that allows you […]

Deciding Between a Veneer or Dental Crown Singapore

A common question that surfaces in the mind of patients is: Should I choose a dental crown or a veneer? Here are the answers you’ve been looking to get. Why do I need a dental crown or veneer? For one, your teeth are damaged or decayed, exposing the dentine and pulp. Or they may be […]

Which is better, Braces or Invisalign?

Think of the first time you are introduced to someone. It is said that we judge people within the first 3 seconds based on their appearance, style and grooming. We want to send a strong positive image so that the first impression is a good one. A genuine and warm smile is part of what […]

Henner Insurance – Henner Healthcare – Henner Dentist

Henner Insurance Dentist – Dental Designs Clinic is an Henner Healthcare Provider approved by Henner International Medical Network providing dental care for Henner. For expatriate dental care, if you are looking for a reliable clinic with international standards of sterilization and hygiene, friendly doctors with up to date equipment, Dental Designs Clinic is located conveniently at […]

Great Eastern Dental Insurance

Great Eastern Dental Clinic – Dental Designs Clinic is an Great Eastern Dental Clinic on the Great Eastern Dental Insurance List. Looking for a Great Eastern Dental Clinic near Raffles Place? We are a Great Eastern Dental Clinic in CBD of Singapore. We answer some commonly asked questions about Great Eastern Dentist treatment and how you can utilise your employee benefit […]

Medisave Dental Clinic – Medisave Accredited Clinic

Medisave Dental Clinic – Dental Designs Clinic is a Medisave Accredited Clinic approved by the Ministry of Health Singapore. At Dental Designs Clinic, our dentists are trained in the latest techniques in dentistry to provide the best treatment available. Our clinic is equipped with high tech equipment from Germany, and we follow international European Sterilisation […]

Cynergy Care Network Provider – Dental Designs Clinic

Have a Cynergy Care dental card but not sure where you can use it? Dental Designs Clinic is a Cynergy Network Provider on the Cynergy Care Dental Clinic list. As a Cynergy Care Clinic, you will get to enjoy dental coverage for your dental treatment with us. We are located near an MRT Station (Telok Ayer on Downtown […]

Dental Designs Clinic is an AIA Panel Dentist on the AIA Group Dental Panel List

Looking for an AIA Dentist near Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar? Dental Designs Clinic is a AIA Panel dentist located in the CBD of Singapore. We answer some commonly asked questions about AIA Panel Dentist and how you can utilise your employee benefit or AIA insurance coverage fully with us.   I am covered under […]

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