Dr Neetu Kamra, Head, Department of Dentistry, BLK Super Speciality Hospital in conversation with ENN, shares her philosophy of smile amidst total oral care
How much of work that you do would you consider as cosmetic?
Gone are the days when dentistry used to be simply a case of filling or extracting teeth. These days more and more people are turning to aesthetic dentistry as a way to enhance their image and appearance. Besides, we offer an extensive range of restorative dental procedures and services that are based on individual needs.
Almost all the work that we do related to denture correction, I consider them as cosmetic in nature from crown, bridge, veneer, tooth colouring to fillings and whitening. All this adds beauty and enhances overall physical appearance of the person. Beyond the gateway of smile lies the multi-faceted approach to oral healthcare which also needs to look at the disease process in addition to the improved functionality of the denture.
What are the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments today?
Cosmetic dentistry is an elective consideration with a wide variety of options and price tags. The floor is open and the choice is yours. You can walk in for simple smile makeover or think of redefining the colour of your teeth.
It has gone mainstream and now millions can smile the way they want. Thanks to the techniques and technologies that have revolutionised cosmetic dentistry.
Broadly, cosmetic dentistry offers teeth whitening (bleaching), bonding, veneers, reshaping, lengthening of the crown, smile makeovers, tooth jewellery, dental implants, invisible braces, etc.
What are the causes of tooth discoloration?
There are many causes of tooth discoloration. External factors include smoking or drinking dark colored beverages such as tea, coffee, which leads to a yellow tint on the tooth as the colour gets adsorbed on to the tooth surface causing discoloration. Too much consumption of tea, coffee, carbonated drinks impacts the colour of the tooth.
Internal factors may affect discoloration due to use of tetracycline or similar antibiotic drugs during the development of tooth. Trauma can also lead to tooth discoloration as it causes nercosis of pulp and the tooth looks bluish grey in colour. Another reason of tooth discoloration is excessive ingestion of fluoride during the development of teeth that gives a whitish pattern on the surface of tooth.
“European Union applies stricter laws when it comes to teeth whitening. They have laws governing the teeth whitening products and the level of use of hydrogen peroxide in accordance with advice from the European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety”
How long does the whitening last?
Regardless of whitening procedure, the tooth stays white, it depends mainly on the eating habits and lifestyle. Certain food, habits (smoking) and medication that you take after whitening can lead to staining on the whitened tooth. In order to maintain your whitening for longer period of time, one needs to avoid these as much as possible. Good habits and oral hygiene are the best ways to keep your tooth healthy and white. On an average if whitening is maintained it may last upto one and a half years.
What is the efficacy of in-office (same day) whitening?
Demand for aesthetic dental treatment is increasing day by day as people are more concerned about their looks with many people seeking the so called Hollywood smile or bright white teeth. In-office bleaching technique uses light/laser in conjugation with bleaching agent. It is a fast technique and gives favourable bleaching results.
EU (European Union) applies stricter laws when it comes to teeth whitening. They have laws governing the teeth whitening products and the level of use of hydrogen peroxide in accordance with advice from the European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety.
The most popular oral fashion statement today?
A healthy pearly white smile is the most stylish oral fashion statement where you can never go wrong with beautiful smile. On our part, we offer a number of ways to improve your smile. We endeavour to give you the smile that you want.
What are the new developments and trends that have shaped the field of cosmetic dentistry?
There has been a remarkable improvement in new technique and trend in cosmetic dentistry. Now the procedure dentists do not only aim on functioning well but look good too. New advancement in material and technique has made it possible to have pearly white smile. We now use CAD/ CAM technique for aesthetic crown fabrication and through the advent of material dentistry has become almost painless. There are invisible braces or clear aligner for the correction for malaligned teeth. Dental lasers are there for bleaching and other bloodless surgeries. Dental implants with tooth colour crowns. Now these materials more closely resemble the look and feel of natural teeth. Cosmetic surgery is a part of plastic surgery.
What are the most meaningful technological advancements in cosmetic surgery?
Everyday something new is emerging and technological advancement is redefining things by way of braces, crowns, bridges, dentures, root canal, dental implants, paediatric dentistry, bone and gum surgery, cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers, single sitting root canal treatment, metal free crowns, instant tooth whitening, invisible braces, immediate implants, instant digital x rays.
Please tell us about the services and facilities offered at BLK dental?
BLK Super Speciality Hospital has a state of the art dental department with ultra modern equipment and an experienced staff to take care of any and every dental problem. We have pool of expert professionals to take care of the complex needs of dentistry.
With help of Digital RVG X rays, Patient database management system, latest equipment, experienced and trained Paramedical staff, dedicated appointments and patient centric approach is the hallmark of the center.
The team is continuously rendering services for all routine and specialised dental procedures for the past decade. The team prides itself in retaining the best talent available in any field of dentistry to deliver an effective, functional and lasting treatment performed in a pleasing and caring environment. The paramedical staff is particularly trained to guide and assist the patients in a manner to ensure complete satisfaction.
Why should BLK be my choice?
BLK stands for state of art techniques, strict adherence to sterilisation protocol and an experienced faculty who are up to date with latest advances in cosmetics as well as general dentistry that treat a broad range of people from young to old. We are also treating a wide array of international patients so we are better equipped to handle and make up to the mark with international standards and certification.