Dr Monik Vasant
Dr Raman Aulakh
Thanks to social media, our smiles have become hot commodities. Just look at the number of ‘selfies’ we all take, every day: 93 million of them, at the last count. No wonder everyone is looking for the perfect selfie smile.
Luckily, the world of dentistry and orthodontics is constantly innovating and evolving, so it has never been easier to make improvements to your teeth — and that includes whitening and straightening them. And that really is something to smile about
Yet even though we love showing our teeth to the world at the smallest (photo) opportunity, it’s easy to take them — and what they actually do — for granted.
What happens to teeth when they are moved?
Apart from chewing our food, teeth act as one of the most important support structures for the whole mouth, so it’s crucial to take treatment advice from dental professionals. Take teeth straightening, for example. This has to be done carefully because moving teeth can affect the lip position and appearance of the lower face, and while a smile can look aesthetically straight, the patient’s final bite position is absolutely key. If this isn’t correct, it can cause chipping, headaches and gum recession in the future.
Dental professionals can optimise a patient’s tooth straightening treatment plan so they get to their end result efficiently and, importantly, safely.
And never forget that teeth are like icebergs: the majority of the structure is hidden below the surface. In fact, what you can’t see is that, underneath the gum, teeth are positioned just millimetres away from nerves. This is why proper alignment involves the position of the root, as well as the tip, to prevent future complications.
Great reasons to consult the dental experts
Dental professionals know exactly how each tooth moves. They have trained for many years to treat with in-depth knowledge and expertise and continue to grow their skills throughout their careers. Their finely tuned diagnostic and treatment planning skills achieve the functional and aesthetic results each patient needs. According to dentist Monik Vasant “Dental professionals can optimise a patient’s tooth straightening treatment plan so they get to their end result efficiently and, importantly, safely.”
Not only that, dental professional have access to advanced technology, such as premium quality aligners used in Invisalign treatment, and are specially trained for it”. we just need to remove any mention of exclusivity of access. “This can make the patient’s straightening treatment experience as effective as possible,” says orthodontist Raman Aulakh. “Dentists and orthodontists have their patients’ best interests at heart — and they also have the skillsets and state-of-the-art medical equipment to provide them with the best treatment for their needs, and ultimately the successful outcome they seek us out to achieve.”