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Dr Mimi Yow

Dr Yow Mimi

BDS (Singapore)

FDS RCS (Edinburgh)

MSc (Orthodontics) (London)

Senior Consultant

Head (Cleft & Craniofacial Deformity Programme), Senior Consultant & Clinical Associate Professor

National Dental Centre Singapore

Specialty: Orthodontics

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Dentofacial Deformities, Lip and Palate, Malocclusion, Obstructive Sleep Apnea - The Dental & Maxillofacial Management.

Clinical Appointments

  • Director of Clinical Services SingHealth Duke-NUS Sleep Centre
  • Senior Consultant Department of Orthodontics National Dental Centre SingaporeNational Dental Centre Singapore
  • Visiting Consultant Respiratory Medicine Service KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital


Dr Mimi Yow is a senior consultant in orthodontics at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Oral Health Academic Medical Centre based in the National Dental Centre Singapore, and also at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Sleep Centre. 
She was the recipient of the NDCS STAR award in 2007 and the SingHealth award for Outstanding NDCS Clinician in 2011. She actively participates in multidisciplinary team management of orthodontic, orthognathic, and cleft and craniofacial anomalies with malocclusions and sleep apnoea. She led the Dentofacial Deformity Programme and Dentofacial Steering Committee from 1999 to 2007 and is the current Head of the Cleft and Craniofacial Programme in the National Dental Centre of Singapore. 
Dr Yow is Associate Director of the Orthodontic Residency Training Programme, National University of Singapore and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School. Dr Yow has taught dental undergraduates, and dental and medical residents as part-time faculty. She has lectured on the management of dentofacial, cleft and craniofacial deformities and sleep-disordered breathing in Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom and Scandinavia. 

Her research interests are in dentofacial deformities, cleft anomalies and sleep-disordered breathing.


  • Fellow of the Academy of Medicine (Craniofacial Orthodontics) -2004 
  • Master of Science (London) (Orthodontics) - 1987 
  • Fellowship in Dental Surgery, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh - 1985 
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery, University of Singapore – 1979

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate School of Dental Studies, Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore, 2005 to present
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, 2016 to present
  • Director, Clinical Services, SingHealth Duke-NUS Sleep Centre, 2017 to 2019 
  • Head, NDCS Cleft and Craniofacial Programme, 2014 to present 
  • Member, SingHealth Centralised Institutional Review Board, 2009-11 
  • Member, Singapore Dental Specialist Accreditation Committee, 2008-11 
  • Member, Singapore Dental Specialist Accreditation Board, 2008-11 
  • Member, Dental Specialist Accreditation Protem Committee, 2007-8 
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Orthodontic Residency Training Programme, Graduate School of Dental Studies, National University of Singapore, 2005 to present 
  • Associate Director, Orthodontic Residency Training Programme, Graduate School of Dental Studies, National University of Singapore, 2005 to present 
  • Member, NDC Institutional Review in Research Ethics, 2004-9 
  • Chair, NDC Dentofacial Deformity Programme Quality Assurance Team, 2002-4 
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, Orthodontic Residency Training Programme, 2001-4 
  • Member, NDC Dental Services Committee, 2001 
  • Examiner, Conjoint Examinations in RCS (Edin) Membership in Orthodontics and NUS MDS (Orthodontics), 2000 to present 
  • Member, Dental Specialist Register Committee, 2000-7 
  • Member, Graduate Orthodontics Committee, Graduate School of Dental Studies, National University of Singapore, 2000 to present
  • Member, Singapore Dental Council, 2000-3 
  • Member, Research Ethics Review Committee, 1999-04 
  • Secretary, Singapore Dental Board, Interim Committee of Complaints, 1999-2000 
  • Vice-chair, 34th S’pore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine, Combined Medical and Dental Scientific Meeting Committee, 1999-00 
  • Internal Examiner, NUS MDS (Orthodontics), 1998-00 
  • Member, NDC Clinical Audit Committee, 1998-9 
  • Member, NDC Clinical Remuneration Scheme Committee, 1998-9 
  • Head, NDC Dentofacial Deformity Programme and Steering Committee, 1998-07 
  • Lecturer, General Practice Management, 1997 
  • Fellow, International College of Dentists, 1996 to present 
  • Secretary, GDC Clinical Audit Committee, 1996 
  • Member, World Federation of Orthodontists, 1995 to present 
  • Member, Investigation Committee, Singapore Dental Board, 1995-9 
  • Member, NDC Commissioning Group, 1995-7 
  • Member, International Association for Dental Research, 1994 to present 
  • Member, American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association, 1993 to present 
  • Honorary Auditor, Association of Orthodontists (Singapore), 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2008 
  • Member, GDC Clinical Audit Committee,1994-95 
  • Chairperson, NDC Computerisation and Records Committee, 1992-7 
  • Member, Association of Orthodontists (Singapore), 1991 to present 
  • Clinical Lecturer, Orthodontic Residency Training Programme, 1992-01 
  • Part-time Instructor Undergraduate Orthodontics, 1991-01 
  • Protem Secretary, Association of Orthodontists (Singapore), 1990-1 
  • Chairperson, Computerisation and Records Committee, Government Dental Clinic A, 1989-92 
  • Member, National Dental Centre Planning and Building Committee, 1988-95 
  • Part-time Instructor in Orthodontics, 1988-00 
  • Part-time Instructor in Undergraduate Oral Surgery, 1982-4


  • 30 Years Long Service Award, National Dental Centre Singapore, 2012 
  • HMDP Fellowship in Surgical Orthodontics, Cleft and Orthognathic Surgery, 2012 
  • Pingat Bakti Setia National Day Award, 2012 
  • SingHealth GCEO Excellence Award for NDCS Outstanding Clinician 2011 
  • NDCS Service, Training, and Research (S.T.A.R.) Award, 2007 
  • HMDP Fellowship in Cleft and Craniofacial Orthodontics, 2006 
  • Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) Award, 1995 
  • HMDP Fellowship in Cleft and Craniofacial Orthodontics, 1993 
  • HMDP Fellowship in Orthodontics, 1985

Research Interests


(A) Refereed Articles 

Longitudinal dental maturation of children with complete unilateral cleft lip and palate: report from a case-control cohort study. Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research. 2017; ID OCR-2016-01-008-ORI.R1(in print). Tan LYE, Yow M, Kuek MC and Wong HC. 

The perceived effectiveness of the one-minute preceptor microskills on residents in dental residency training at the National Dental Centre Singapore (NDCS). Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare. 2017; 26:35-41. Ong M, Yow M, Tan J, Compton SA. 

A study of success rate of miniscrew implants as temporary anchorage devices in Singapore. Int J Dent. 2015;2015:294670. doi: 10.1155/2015/294670. Epub 2015 Mar 10. Song YL, Yow M, Chew MT, Foong WCK, Wong HC. 

Dental maturation in unilateral cleft lip and palate. Ann Maxillofac Surg 2012; 2:158-62. Tan LYE, Yow M, Kuek MC and Wong HC. 

An overview of oral appliances and managing the airway in obstructive sleep apnoea. Semin Orthod 2009; 15(2):88-93. Yow M. 

Computer Prediction of Hard Tissue Profiles in Orthognathic Surgery. Int J Adult Orthod, Orthognath Surg 2002; 4:342-347 Loh S and Yow M. 

Recording the compliance of dental splint use in obstructive sleep apnoea patients by force and temperature modelling Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing 2001; 39:182-184. Tjin S C, Tan Y K, Yow M, Lam Y Z, and Hao J. 

Factors in post treatment lower labial crowding - A study model analysis Journal of Dental Research 1995; 74:584, 1468. Yow M 

The influence of cleft width on the success of secondary alveolar bone grafts Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal 1995; 32(5):420-427. Long R E Jr., Spangler B E, and Yow M.

(B) Books and Book Chapters 
Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Strategies in Establishing and Maintaining a Patent Airway Yow The Scope of Interactive Orthodontics 2011; 13:214-39 Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. M and Lye K W. 

Oral Appliances in OSA Sleep Medicine Handbook, Singapore General Hospital, 2007 Yow M. 
Dentistry in Singapore (1819 - 1996) Times Edition (Singapore); 1996. Yow M, E K Chua, C Y Poon and K S Teh (Ed: Chan Y W). 
NDC-NUS Orthodontic Residency Programme Standard and Preadjusted Edgewise Typodont Teaching Manual, Editions: 1996; 2000. Yow M. 
MOH-NUS Orthodontic Residency Program, Standard Edgewise Typodont Teaching Manual, Editions: 1992; 1995 Yow M. 

(C) Journals 

Manuscript reviewer for Progress in Orthodontics, 2016 to present. 
Manuscript reviewer for Journal of Sleep Disorders and Management, 2016 to present. 
Manuscript Reviewer, Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare, 2014. 
Grant Reviewer, SingHealth Foundation (SHF) Research, 2014. 
Grant Reviewer, Surgical ACP KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital Research, 2014. 
Ad Hoc Scientific Reviewer, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A *STAR), 2008. 
Scientific Manuscript Ad Hoc Copy-editor, Cleft 
Palate-Craniofacial Journal American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, 2007.

Research Trials

  • Two simultaneous studies to determine the effectiveness and association of cariogenic bacteria with removable orthodontic retainers (Vivera®, Essix and Hawley), 2015-8