- MDS (Ortho)
Awards and Achievements
- Leonard Hansen prize in dental research
- Singapore Health Quality Service Silver and Gold awards
Dr Priscilla Lu obtained her Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours from the University of Melbourne. While she was an undergraduate there she was featured on the Dean’s Honours list during her last two years and was awarded the Leonard Hansen prize in dental research. Dr Lu went on to receive a Pacific Smiles Group scholarship to complete her last two years of dental school and went on to join term after graduating. Passionate about orthodontics, she pursued further education and achieved a Master of Dental Surgery in Orthodontics from the National University of Singapore (NUS). She is now a member of the Orthodontics of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh as well as a registered dental specialist in Orthodontics with the Singapore Dental Council (SDC).
Dr Lu served as an Associate Consultant in the Department of Orthodontics at the NDC and was awarded the Singapore Health Quality Service Silver and Gold awards during her time there. Currently, she is also a clinical tutor to the Postgraduate Orthodontic Programme at NUS.
Dr Lu's orthodontic treatments include early interceptive treatment for young children, comprehensive treatment from tweens to adults using fixed braces (metal, ceramic and self-ligating brackets), InvisalignTM and lingual braces. She has dealt with the management of impacted teeth, malocclusions requiring growth modification and dentofacial orthopedics, on top of surgical orthodontics for patients needing jaw surgery. She has also experienced managing dental trauma in young children requiring autotransplantation and orthodontics.
Invisalign is a clear aligner company that moves teeth using custom-made clear plastic trays. It can be used on both upper (maxillary) and lower (mandibular) teeth and in a wide range of clinical presentations. However there are some clinical presentations where clear aligners are not as efficient and your dentist/orthodontist may recommend fixed appliances on the opposing arch. These may be: 1. large spaces that your dentist is planning to close 2. deep overbite where there is a greater vertical overlap between the upper and lower front teeth 3.
An overbite can mean 2 different things. To the orthodontist/dentist, it means the vertical overlap between the upper and lower front teeth. A deep overbite means the upper and lower teeth overlap each other vertically by more than the normal amounts and it can sometimes be hard to see the lower teeth, while an insufficient overbite means the upper and lower teeth are not overlapping each other enough especially in an anterior open bite where the upper and lower teeth are not overlapping at all.
According to the American Academy of Orofacial pain, Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a collective term to describe a number of clinical problems involving the masticatory muscles and/or associated structures such as the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) . Signs and symptoms such as pain, limited opening, asymmetrical movement of the jaw, and joint sounds are the most common findings. Some signs and symptoms of TMD also occur in healthy individuals, with prevalence concentrated in the group between 15 and 25 years old.