What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialised field of dentistry that uses state-of-the-art techniques to straighten and align your teeth and jaws, and beautify your smile.

There is a common misconception that orthodontic work is costly and purely for cosmetic purposes. However, modern day orthodontic treatment is about more than just getting your teeth straightened. Orthodontics is about correcting irregularities and positioning of your teeth and jaws, airway issues and growth modification. Orthodontists examine the alignment and positioning of your teeth and jaws to establish an ideal functional bite, facial profile and aesthetic smile. We also assess your airway and if there is an airway problem we will work with other specialists to provide the best resolution to the problem. Having completed additional university post graduate training specific to Orthodontics, an Orthodontist is the best person to properly assess yourself and your family, and to provide the very best advice.

General dentists play an important role in maintaining and improving your dental health. Dr. Skilton and Dr. Yap believe in a multidisciplinary approach to dentistry and Orthodontics. While a referral is not required to attend our practice, you will always be referred back to your general dentist if general and cosmetic dental treatment, such as fillings, extractions, veneers and crowns, are indicated to complement your orthodontic treatment. We also encourage our patients to maintain their routine 6 monthly dental check-ups.

Good orthodontic work also goes a long way toward helping you develop a solid foundation for lifelong dental and periodontal (gum) health.

Orthodontics for Children FAQs

How old should my child be before visiting the orthodontist?

In general, it is recommended that your child visits the orthodontist by the age of 7 for an examination. Alternatively, your child’s dentist may recommend a trip to the orthodontist as and when it is necessary.

Can my child still visit the orthodontist if he doesn’t have all his adult teeth yet?

Yes! Baby (milk) teeth are the blueprint for adult teeth. Often, orthodontists will still be able to determine potential orthodontic issues that your child may experience, even if he does not have all of his permanent teeth yet.

Are braces the only option for kids?

No. Your child may need other types of orthodontic treatment. Braces are not the only option. Your orthodontist will be able to determine the best treatment option for your child’s specific needs.