So you have decided to fix your teeth and looking up braces prices in Malaysia. It’s OK – I’ve been there, and yes for me it was SUPER WORTH IT. Being cost-conscious and all, I did research on the braces price in Malaysia, but specifically in Greater Klang Valley area.
In this post I will share what I found out, plus the additional costs that I personally incur while getting braces (2017-2019). I’ll be covering braces cost for conventional braces, Damon braces, clear aligners, and the cheapest braces option of all: through government hospitals.
The reference for braces prices in this article is from price list I took from a dentist and from asking people, both online and offline. Prices will differ based on their specialisation, location and other factors (but don’t select your dentist based on price alone – see the last section).
Note: This pricing scale still applies in 2021
#1 – Conventional braces / Metal braces price in Malaysia
What it is: Braces in which the wire is secured with elastic bands. Most people have this option; conventional braces is the most cost-effective option
Total cost: GP – RM5k++ | Specialist – RM8-10k | Government dental clinic- hundreds to low thousands (see below)
Cheap braces in Malaysia: Government Dental Clinic
You can get extremely cheap braces in Malaysia by going through government hospitals, and based on feedback, they only offer conventional braces option. The savings are HUGE, but the downside is:
- (1) eligibility – You might not be eligible for it
- (2) waiting time – If you are eligible, you might have to wait a long time for it
- (3) appointment schedule – people report that clinic visits can be a hassle, especially for those in school/ follow office hours
Here are the steps to apply for braces from the Government:
- Go to any government-run dental clinic and do a dental checkup
- Request for a referral letter – you need this to set an appointment with Klinik Pakar Orthodontik
- Wait for appointment date
- After the check, if you are eligible then they will advice the next steps to install your braces 🙂
- Source: MyHealth Gov Dental CLinic FAQ
You can also refer from this lady, who got her braces from government dental clinic
For more info, please check the comments section for first-person accounts from people who got their conventional braces from government hospital options. Some paid RM500, some paid RM2500, some waited months, some waited YEARS.
Important: As far as I know, government dental clinic does not offer Damon braces or clear aligners, only the conventional metal braces
#2 – Damon Braces price in Malaysia (Metal braces and Ceramic braces)
What it is: Metal or Ceramic braces which the wire is secured by something they call ‘slide mechanism’. Damon braces are also referred to as self-ligating braces, or self-lig for short.
These self-ligating braces come in two types: Damon metal braces (silver) and Damon ceramic braces (white).
Cost (Damon metal braces): GP – RM7k++ | Specialist – RM12k. (Damon ceramic braces): add on a few thousand to that.
My dentist recommended this option to me. She said:
- I’ll get faster results with Damon braces than conventional braces (mine was done in ~1.5 year)
- Less pain than conventional braces (still pain tho)
- Usually don’t have to do teeth extraction (this one doesn’t apply to me, I still had to take out 4 teeth)
I was charged RM8,500 for metal Damon braces. This includes the cost of installing braces, adjusting every 4-5 weeks and retainers.
(Side note: I wanted the ceramic braces because it’s white and I thought it won’t be too obvious, but my dentist advised against it – she said they stain easily. So if you drink coffee or eat curry/gulai – both of which I do regularly – then don’t do ceramic braces)
What is included in the braces packages depends on the dentist. For me, the elastic band and dental wax were included but teeth extraction and x-ray was not, it was charged separately.
I didn’t pay the amount upfront – The deposit was RM3,000, and I paid RM300 monthly for 18 months – I think the dentist purposely structured the payments so it will end more or less the same time your braces journey ends.
According to friends and family, the deposit+monthly payment is a very common system they use, so you can expect the same.
#3 – Clear Aligners price in Malaysia (Clear braces or Invisible braces)
What it is: These clear braces or invisible braces is a set of 10 or so retainers that you have to wear consistently; each set adjusts the teeth a little bit straighter than the last one. They come in ‘brand names’ – ie Clearpath, Invisalign, Zenyum etc
Cost: RM15-20k (!!!). Originally, I wanted to take clear braces because – no shame – vanity reasons. But at that price? No way.
UPDATE: There’s a company called Zenyum which provides a cheaper option for these invisible braces – according to the website, Zenyum Invisible Braces cost RM5,599 for mild cases and up to RM9,999 for complex cases. Visit the website and claim a free assessment to learn more.
My braces journey: The braces price I paid
So I mentioned that I got Damon metal braces, which cost RM8,500. That’s not the only thing I have to pay – there were add-on costs. In total, I paid over RM10k for this braces journey. The cost includes:
- The Damon braces itself
- Braces retainers
- Teeth extraction
- and more
My top tip to save money on braces in Malaysia is, honestly, beyond price, pick a reputable dentist that is convenient for you to go, because you will be visiting them often (once a month or so) for tightening/monitoring/checkup.
I got lucky – I found a dentist within walking distance, so my work (or in your case, study) life wasn’t that disrupted, and I saved money on transportation too.
All in all, I am extremely happy that I got braces. The price was expensive, but it improved my self-confidence tremendously.
Lastly, I wish everyone planning to do braces all the best – I think now is a great time to do them, everyone’s wearing a mask. Please leave a comment on the prices your dentist (and what area) is charging you, and what their braces package include, so the rest of us can refer to the info 🙂