Shall I seek treatment with an Orthodontist or Dentist?
Patient who wish to have orthodontic (braces) treatment may approach any of the registered Orthodontists in Singapore. Orthodontists work either in dental practices or in dental departments within a hospital. You may find a list of registered Orthodontists here
Why should we seek treatment with an Orthodontist rather than a Dentist?
A General Dentist is a highly trained professional in looking after your general dental health. However, they receive insufficient training in orthodontics during their days in dental school. Many of the courses that general dentists attend to learn orthodontics are usually a few weekend courses spread out over the year.
An Orthodontist on the other hand is a Dental Specialist that has completed an additional 3 years of education from a University and has met the stringent criteria set by theDental Specialists Accreditation Board of Singapore. You can check if your provider has undergone formalised specialist training in orthodontics by visiting the Singapore Dental Council website. The website will list his/her name along with any additional qualifications in Orthodontics he/she has obtained.
About Orthodontics Specialists Training
Orthodontists are qualified general dentists who have undergone at least an extra three years of specialist training in Orthodontics. The Singapore Dental Council ensures that all registered orthodontists fulfill stringent criteria during their postgraduate training prior to accepting them on the Specialist List. Thus, most orthodontists will have extra qualifications after their name.
Ever wonder what those Alphabets listed after your Orthodontist’s name stands for?
These alphabets are acronyms of qualifications that your Orthodontist has obtained. The most common qualifications seen for Orthodontists are MDS (Orthodontics) which stands for Master of Dental Surgery in Orthodontics.You can refer to Singapore Dental Council website for the full list of Displayable Qualifications.