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Dr Elaine Tan Li Yen from National Dental Centre Singapore

Dr Tan Elaine

BDS (Singapore)

M Orth RCS (Edinburgh)

MDS (Orthodontics) (Singapore)


National Dental Centre Singapore

Specialty: Orthodontics

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Braces, Cleft Lip and Palate, Craniofacial Anomalies, Dentofacial Deformities, Malocclusion, Retainers After Braces​.

Clinical Appointments

  • Head & Consultant Department of Orthodontics National Dental Centre SingaporeNational Dental Centre Singapore


Dr Elaine Tan is a consultant and head of the Department of Orthodontics at National Dental Centre of Singapore.

She graduated from National University of Singapore Orthodontics residency program in conjunction with the Diploma of Membership in Orthodontics (Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh) in 2011 and was awarded best international candidate for the MOrth exams. Dr Tan subsequently completed one year Certificate of Competency in Cleft and Craniofacial Orthodontics accredited by Academic Centre for Oral Healthcare at the National Dental Centre of Singapore.

She was also awarded the prestigious Singhealth HMDP fellowship award and went to Taipei Chang Gung Memorial hospital to do a fellowship in Cleft and Craniofacial Orthodontics. Dr Tan is also a clinical lecturer with NUS and adjunct lecturer with Duke-NUS. She teaches orthodontic residents from the Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore. Dr Tan enjoys spending time with her two children, travelling and swimming during her free time. 


  • Fellowship in Craniofacial Orthodontics, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan – 2015 
  • Academic Medicine Education Institute Fellows Program (Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore) - 2015 
  • D Orth RCS, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, United Kingdom – 2011 
  • Master of Dental Surgery (Orthodontics), NUS – 2011 
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery, NUS – 2006 

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Clinical Lecturer Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore - 2014 to present
  • Adjunct Instructor Duke-NUS - 2017 to present
  • Organizing committee member for Singhealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress 2018 
  • Senior Dental Administrator, MOH – 2011-2016 
  • Assistant Honorary Secretary, Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) – 2013-2015
  • Honorary Secretary, Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) – 2012-2013 


  • HMDP Fellowship in Craniofacial Orthodontic Fellowship – 2015 
  • SingHealth Excellent Service Award (Silver) – 2013 
  • Best Scientific Paper of Sessions held on 10th May at 7th Biennial World Cleft Lip and Palate Congress – 2012 
  • John McDonald (MOrth International) Medal – 2011 
  • Distinctions in Anatomy, Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pathology (Primary FRACDS examination) – 2007 

Research Interests

  • Academic medicine education 
  • Cleft lip and palate dentition 
  • Adult orthodontics 
  • Dental anomalies


  • Prevalence of Class I, II and III skeletal relationships and its assocaition with dental anomalies in an ethnic Chinese orthodontic population. Proceedings of Singapore Healhcare. 2021 Mar. doi: 10.1177/201058211000779. XLC Grace, LYT Elaine, MT Chew, HC Wong, Kelvin WCF, MM Yow
  • Temporomandibular disorders in prospective orthodontic patients: Their association with malocclusion severity and impact on oral health–related quality of life. Angle Orthodontist DOI: 10.2319/010720-863.1 Adrian Ujin Yap; Christine Chen; Hung Chew Wong; Mimi Yow; Elaine Tan
  • Interceptive orthodontic treatment in Singapore: A descriptive study. Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare. (2020) 29(2) 113-118. doi: 10.1177/2010105820922569 Song YL, Tan ELY, Chua BCJ, Ng EJY, Lam NKP
  • Dental Development and Anomalies in Cleft Lip and Palate. Chapter in Current Treatment of Cleft Lip and Palate. By Elaine Li Yen Tan and Mimi Yow Submitted: April 2nd 2019 Reviewed: July 1st 2019 Published: August 5th 2019 DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.88310
  • Orthodontic treatment in National Dental Centre of Singapore: Trends toward higher proportion of adult patients. Tan ELY, Song YL, Zhang ZY, Yong KJJ, Zhang Y, Yeo XN, Sim YF. APOS Trends Orthod 2019.  9(2);89-93 doi: 10.25259/APOS-13-2019
  • Secondary dentition characteristics in an ethnic Chinese orthodontic population: A retrospective cross-sectional study. J Investig Clin Dent. 2019 May 15:e12421. doi: 10.1111/jicd.12421. [Epub ahead of print]Chan GXL, Tan ELY, Chew MT, Wong HC, Foong KWC
  • Secondary Dentition Characteristics in Children With Nonsyndromic Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate: A Retrospective Study. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2018 Apr;55(4):582-589. doi: 10.1177/1055665617750489. Epub 2018 Jan 4. Tan ELY, Kuek MC, Wong HC, Ong SAK
  • Longitudinal dental maturation of children with complete unilateral cleft lip and palate. A case-control cohort study Tan EL1, Yow M, Kuek MC, Wong HC Version of Record online: 24 JUL 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/ocr.12196 
  • Dental maturation of unilateral cleft lip and palate Tan EL1, Yow M, Kuek MC, Wong HC Ann Maxillofac Surg. 2012 Jul;2(2):158-62. doi: 10.4103/2231-0746.101345 
  • Dental Development and Dental Anomalies of Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Children in Singapore Masters in Dental Surgery (Orthodontics), National University of Singapore Thesis, 2011 
  • Caries Risk assessment for Children in South Western China 
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project, Bachelors in Dental Surgery, National University of Singapore, 2006 

Research Trials

  • Orthodontic treatment needs and their association with Quality of Life (QoL) and Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) in adolescents and young adults - PI 
  • The study-work chasm in the healthcare workplace 
  • Prevalence of dental anomalies in various skeletal classes of malocclusion in a Chinese population – PI 
  • Dental development of Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Children in Singapore - PI 
  • Orthodontic treatment in Singapore: Trends towards a higher proportion of adult patients – PI