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A Reason to Smile.

Every kid deserves a pretty smile, with AND without teeth showing.

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So when Sharleez’s baby teeth started to fall out one by one and her permanent teeth first poked through, she started to be really conscious about her smile and her set of big new teeth. There was once she looked at the mirror and casually said,

“Mummy, I think I look like a beaver with these funny looking teeth!” 

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NAWWWW MY POOR GIRL. CANNOT BE THAT BAD.

It is not about her being self-conscious at such a young age. It is about how it can result in a low self-esteem in the long run. Some may even experience social anxiety as they also avoid conversations; especially with people they do not know. Children especially will be affected as they sometimes feel embarrassed at how their teeth may look to their friends. The possibility of being teased at school will cause shyness, isolation or reluctance to participate in school activities.

I DO NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN TO MY GIRL!

So I decided to find out more about Orthodontics, especially after I noticed that some of my friends’ kids are already wearing braces despite being about the same age as Sharleez.

I was like,

“How come they can start wearing braces so early?”

After much research, I made an appointment with Dr Ooi Jing Liang from DePacific Dental (Balestier) because he is one of the few dentists here who does early orthodontic treatment for kids. Not that many dentists offer the said service, if you must know.

Let me ask you a question first before I carry on.

Can one only start to wear braces once all the baby teeth are gone and the permanent teeth are already in place?

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

(But I used to think like you too.)

There is usually no fixed rule as to when we should start braces. However the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children from age 7 to be seen for an assessment of their facial and dental growth patterns.

In other words, Sharleez should have seen Dr Ooi Jing Liang earlier! She is 9 now!

(AND I THOUGHT WE WERE EARLY!)

BUT LIKE THEY SAY, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.

In general most children start wearing braces when their last permanent teeth drops out, which usually occurs from 11-14. However in certain cases, it is of great importance to intervene earlier to prevent the problems from getting worse which would then lead to more uncomfortable and longer treatment for the child in future.

Some examples where early treatment is required are:

1) Impacted teeth (When adult teeth are blocked and do not have sufficient space to erupt due to crowding)

2) Crossbite (when the upper and lower teeth do not meet in the correct way)

3) Jaw discrepancy (upper or lower jaw being too forward relative to each other)

There are times also when early intervention is not recommended and we would advise the child to wait till all his/her permanent teeth are out. As every child is different, it would is strongly recommended to see the dentist early so that the dentist can give you all the options available for your child.

Sharleez had her X-Ray done and Dr Ooi Jing Liang discovered that her adult teeth did not have sufficient space in her mouth to erupt and this is causing the crowding of teeth. Crowding of teeth means that she needed to extract some in order for the rest of her permanent teeth to have more space to grow in place.   

So Dr Ooi arranged to have Sharleez’s baby canines extracted. Two top, and two bottom.

The anxious me wanted Sharleez to have all four baby canines to be extracted at the same time. LOL.

But Dr Ooi suggested to have two extracted first so that Sharleez would not be too overwhelmed with the whole process.

When Sharleez first heard that she needed to extract four teeth, she panicked and started asking so many questions like,

“Will it hurt, Mummy?” 

“Mummy, what if I cannot take the pain?”

“Must I really extract my teeth?”

Dr Ooi however assured Sharleez that there would be minimal discomfort. He even told Sharleez that he would not carry on with the procedure if Sharleez experienced pain and wanted him to stop.

That made her at ease, somehow. So we fixed a date for the first extraction to be done!

EXTRACTION DAY:

That’s my girl! Showing the peace sign because everything would be alright.

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Many patients fear going to a dentist because of pain. This is even more so for a child.

At DePacific Dental (Balestier), the extraction of teeth are done with as little discomfort as possible.

It is really true! I witnessed everything myself, and I was there with Sharleez throughout.

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Sharleez was surprisingly calm and composed that day.

Dr Ooi made it a point to give the local anaesthetic to Sharleez slowly to minimize any discomfort.


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He would stop every now and then to check on her and whether she was doing alright. Even his assistant Linda, was really comforting and helpful too in ensuring that Sharleez did not feel so tensed.


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I like how Dr Ooi does not rush through every procedure but instead takes his time each time. That alone is enough to gain the trust from Sharleez.

Sharleez was also able to watch the TV during the whole procedure. Dr Ooi actually played Kung Fu Panda for her while her teeth were being extracted.

In fact, he did not get straight to the extraction business as soon as Kung Fu Panda was played. He chit-chatted with Sharleez about Kung Fu Panda and asked who her favorite character is in the story. 

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Distraction is indeed a powerful tool in allaying one’s fears, isn’t it?

At DePacific Dental (Balestier), the dentists are trained to give a painless injection by firstly using a numbing gel to numb the tissues that the local anaesthesia would be placed. The dental assistant will then place a massager around the cheeks to further distract the patient and the dentist will give the injection slowly and steadily to minimise any discomfort to the patient.

The numbing took some time because as mentioned, Dr Ooi wanted to minimize any discomfort to Sharleez.

Dr Ooi explained to me,

“It is very important to go slow and steady. The  moment she starts to feel any pain and discomfort, that’s when she will not want to continue with the rest of the procedure. In fact, I would not want to continue with the procedure either.”

But once the numbing process was done and it was time for extraction, everything was done within less than 2 minutes!

Yes, within 2 minutes, two of Sharleez’s baby canines were extracted!  

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SO FAST? I DID NOT EVEN HAVE TIME TO TAKE SOME PICS OF THE EXTRACTION PROCESS!

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Dr Ooi then mentioned that Sharleez was not to eat anything for a few hours. And should she experience pain or discomfort once the numbness was gone, then she should take some painkillers.

But Sharleez did not even experience any sort of pain once the numbness was gone. She immediately asked for food. And there I was, well prepared with a bottle of paracetamol for her.

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Things were back to normalcy within 3-4 hours, and she ate like a glutton the moment the numbness went away.

So what’s next after extraction?

PUTTING ON THE BRACES!

But that will be for my next post.

Sorry to make you wait!

MUAHAHAHAHA.

Sharleez looks really cute with braces, by the way. 😀

WANT TO SEE? NEXT POST LAH!

Meanwhile, you can actually find out more about early orthodontic treatment for your kid or even orthodontic treatment for yourself by making an appointment with the super friendly, fun, bubbly, and energetic Dr Ooi Jing Liang from De Pacific Balestier 

Do not make the same mistake as us and see the dentist now to get your teeth or your kid’s fixed before it is too late!

I REALLY LIKE DR OOI!

When I posted about Sharleez’s visit with him the other time, I received so many private messages and comments from his happy patients who agreed that he is such an awesome dentist.

THAT MADE ME AND SHARLEEZ FEEL EVEN BETTER!

So so glad and relieved that I found the perfect dentist for my girl’s orthodontics braces!

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Details:

Tel: (65) 6684 4862


Address: 20 Ah Hood Road, #01-25, Zhongshan Mall,
Singapore 329984

Email: enquirybal@depacific.com

Opening Hours:
 Mondays to Fridays: 10am to 10pm


Saturdays to Sundays: 10am to 6pm


Public Holidays: Closed

GO AHEAD AND GIVE THEM A CALL! THEY ARE REALLY SO FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL!

And oh, if you want me to blog about Sharleez’s braces procedure, LIKE this post first!

LIKE IT A LOT. 

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