We chat with a Singapore orthodontist and dentist team about their beautiful new clinic on Club Street, Skye Dental – plus their shared passion for dentistry and the importance of seeing an orthodontist early.
A dentistry match made in Scotland
As undergraduates in Glasgow, DR ANDREW DOIG and DR MAY LING EIDE frequented the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland for their much-needed respites from studying. Though they went on to work and study in London, and later start a family in Dr May’s hometown here in Singapore, that tranquil Scottish island still holds a special place in their hearts.
So, it was only fitting that their recently-opened dental clinic carries the namesake of the place they call the “epitome of beauty”. Set within a beautiful heritage shophouse at 38 Club Street, Skye Dental is a peaceful escape from the CBD’s hustle and bustle. The boutique clinic is a fully digital practice that offers a wide range of services for adults and children. This includes preventative care, restorative dentistry, orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign and braces, dental implants, surgery, teeth-whitening solutions, cosmetic dentistry and more.
Everything about Skye Dental is centred on making patients feel cosy and relaxed, no matter what treatments they’re in for. “We are certainly driven by customer experience. We take the utmost care to look after our patients as a whole, not just their teeth,” say Dr Andrew and Dr May. “One of the ideas that drove our design of the clinic was that we spend most of the day here. So, we wanted it to feel like a second home for us and our patients.”
This focus is certainly reflected in everything from the book-lined shelves and accompanying sofa, to the dentists’ patience and personable demeanours. “While we are a new business, we always strive to bring the best to our patients. This goes for everything from techniques and equipment to the dental care we provide. And, we’ll always invest back into the business for the sole purpose of making patients’ treatments more comfortable and effective.”
Why seeing an orthodontist early is key
As a dentist with postgraduate specialty training in orthodontics, planning orthodontic treatments was Dr May’s dream since the age of 14. She says the most rewarding part of her job is working with and getting to know her patients. Of course, she also loves seeing them satisfied with their smiles.
“I went into orthodontics because of the power that a smile has in changing how someone feels about themself. That, and I am borderline obsessed with symmetry!” she says.
Working with kids, she says, is particularly gratifying. “The best part of working with children is to see them evolve and grow to become more confident of their smiles. It’s so rewarding when we’re able to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile together.”
Key to this process is early diagnosis and treatment. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends seeing an orthodontist from the age of seven.
“Seeing an orthodontist at this stage can help identify any early problems that may warrant correcting,” says Dr May.
This idea of “interceptive orthodontics” is to correct developing problems immediately rather than waiting until all permanent teeth have erupted.
“Even before the pubertal growth phase, your orthodontist can detect crowding, protruding teeth and bite issues that can affect development.”
This article first appeared in the October 2021 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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