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The National Dental Centre of Singapore is the first and largest dental specialty centre in Singapore. Located at the SGH Campus at Outram, we are integrated into a medical hub which comprises Singapore General Hospital, Singapore National Eye Centre, National Heart Centre of Singapore, and the National Cancer Centre of Singapore.

Many talents located at one campus gives us the unique advantage of close collaboration in patient care, research and training.

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To deliver quality specialist oral healthcare to every patient through comprehensive and integrated clinical practices. To conduct high impact clinical and translational research to transform care and improve clinical outcomes. To educate and nurture the next generation of oral healthcare professionals, and promote lifelong learning for our staff.

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Ask Dr Elaine Tan: Early Braces Treatment In Children

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Most people associate orthodontics with adolescence or older children. However, orthodontists recommend that children see an orthodontist as early as age 7. Typically, permanent teeth start to come through around the age of 6 or 7, with adult molars coming through around the age of 10.

If your child displays orthodontic problems that warrant treatment, your orthodontist will recommend the most efficient sound course of action to nip it in the bud.  

Join Dr Elaine Tan, an experienced orthodontist from National Dental Centre as she hosts a QnA session where she answers all your questions on early braces treatment in children. 

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Smile.Sparkle.Shine is NDCS’s inaugural public forum for the community! Learn about the importance of having a healthy and beautiful smile from our team of experts and gain tips on how you can achieve it. Participate in our panel discussion and consult our speakers on any dental-related questions that you may have. 

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The Orthodontist's Complete Picture Guide To Braces For Children (2018)

When should my child put on braces?

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Is there anything that can be done to prevent my child from needing braces?

I often receive these questions from concerned parents. In this guide, I answer all your most common questions about braces in children.

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There are many problems early braces treatment can help resolve. These problems may vary depending on the individual. Early braces treatment can help correct: the eruption of permanent teeth that may be stuck in the alveolar bone the growth direction of upper or low...
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With straighter teeth, your child will find it easier to brush and maintain his/her oral hygiene. Straight teeth also make your child look better when he/she smiles and boost confidence!
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Hello Jean, The benefits of early braces treatment for children are listed below: Help in an eruption of permanent teeth that may be stuck in the alveolar bone Improve growth direction of upper or lower jaws for patients with jaw growth disharmony Improve bite and pre...
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Hi Iris, Thanks for the D2D. The different types of braces may include: Fixed appliances E.g.: regular braces that are “glued on” your teeth Growth modification appliances E.g.: facemask or twin block Removable appliances E.g.: bite plate The treatme...
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Hello Meixin, I am happy that you are on this journey with your daughter! There is nothing much that you need to do. Most of the responsibility will be on your daughter to clean her teeth and braces well. Her dentist probably would have taught her how to clean her teeth with brac...
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Hello Min, thanks for the D2D. I am so sorry to hear about your bad experience. The level of discomfort varies for different children, depending on their pain threshold. However, children are generally more adaptable compared to adults and they do not usually complain of ...
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Dear Qinlin, I am so sorry to hear about his discomfort from braces. I would advise you to bring him back to see the dentist. You could also try giving him some Panadol syrup to help relieve the pain.
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Hi Kenny, Congratulations on your daughter’s first step to achieving a beautiful and healthy smile! I usually tell my patients they can continue with their normal diet. However, they should avoid chewing hard food like nuts, crabs or ice cubes as these may cause the brac...
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Hi Sasha, You are quite right about the fact that most of the time orthodontists will only start full braces treatment when a child has all their adult teeth present. However, every child is different and there exists certain conditions where early management may help to prev...
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Hi Steph, At age 5, your child would just be beginning to transit to adult teeth and may have a mixture of small baby teeth and larger adult teeth. The adult teeth may also grow from the tongue side on the lower jaw and slowly drift forwards to its final destination. Having tw...
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Dear Queenie, Thank you for your photos. The majority of the orthodontic cases we treat have braces placed on both the upper and lower teeth. This is because besides straightening your teeth, we want the upper and lower teeth to fit well when you chew. In suitable cases, it ...
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Dear Bladers, Thank you for sharing your photo. 1) There are multiple reasons that can cause a permanent tooth to grow out into an incorrect position. One reason could be due to an obstruction in the path of eruption, such as a stubborn baby tooth root. As you mentioned, this ...
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