Braces Doctor Q&A

Braces for the teeth can help improve your appearance, chewing function and dental health – as misaligned teeth are difficult to keep clean.

Are you too old or too young for braces? What are the types of braces that are suitable for you? Do you need to extract teeth for braces?

Take the chance to ask Dr Elaine Tan, Consultant, and Dr Priscilla Lu, Associate Consultant, from the Department of Orthodontics at National Dental Centre Singapore, a member of the SingHealth group, all about braces.

This Ask the Specialist forum will be open from 22 February to 30 March 2018.

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Dr Elaine Tan:

Dr Elaine Tan is a Consultant in the Department of Orthodontics, National Dental Centre of Singapore. She graduated with the Bachelor in Dental Surgery (BDS) from National University of Singapore Orthodontics residency program, along with the Diploma of Membership in Orthodontics (Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh) in 2011. In the same year, Dr Tan was awarded the best international candidate for the MOrth exams.

Dr Tan subsequently completed a one year Certificate of Competency in Cleft and Craniofacial Orthodontics, accredited by Academic Centre for Oral Healthcare at the National Dental Centre of Singapore. She was awarded the prestigious Singhealth HMDP fellowship award and went to Taipei Chang Gung Memorial hospital to do a fellowship in Cleft and Craniofacial Orthodontics.

Dr Tan is a clinical lecturer with NUS and adjunct lecturer with Duke-NUS. She teaches orthodontic residents from the Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore.

Dr Priscilla Lu:

Dr Priscilla Lu is an Associate Consultant in the Department of Orthodontics, National Dental Centre of Singapore. She completed her Bachelor in Dental Science from the University of Melbourne in 2007 with Honours and proceeded to work for 2 years in private practice in Forster NSW, Australia before returning home to Singapore in 2009.

Dr Lu completed her postgraduate training in orthodontics from the National University of Singapore in 2014 and went on to complete the dental specialist accreditation board examination in 2017. She is a clinical lecturer with NUS and teaches orthodontic residents from the Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore.