There is a quote I personally love. It says, “A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear”. And it is so true! A sincere and warm smile will make the people around you feel comfortable and instantly connect with you. What if we could have not only a sincere smile but also a beautiful one. We asked Dr. Firas Al Nabolsi about the designer smile. He is Prosthodontist at Clinica Joelle and is behind many of the beautiful smiles you might see on TV and in many celebrities.
THE INTERVIEW: DR FIRAS AL NABOLSI AND THE DESIGNER SMILE
Dr. Firas, what is exactly the Designer smile?
The Designer smile is the latest approach in cosmetic dentistry with which we change the shape and color of our teeth based on our facial analysis. This is done using digital photography and digital smile helping us in designing. After that, we start manufacturing very thin ceramic dental veneers with which we get our personal smile. The smile our patient has always dreamt of.
It is the smile chosen by the stars. Why is that?
Our modern culture is fast and very visual. Most definitely, a beautiful smile gives a good first impression. It takes only 3 to 5 days to do the Designer smile. You will get a smile that suits the all over appearance and enhances the natural look which is essential to anybody who works, especially on TV and media.
What’s included in the designer smile? And how long do the veneers in this technique last?
Our veneers can stay as long as 10 to 15 years. After that period of time, they need to be checked. It is important that patients take good care of them and also to respect the visits to the dentist on the scheduled follow ups.
Which patients are best for this procedure?
Mostly, patients with defected enamel discolored or crooked teeth and patients with missing teeth.
Do we need any preparation before getting a Designer smile?
You will only need some minimal enamel preparation or no preparation at all. It depends on the position, the color and shade of the teeth at the start of the treatment.
Aside from smoking and coffee, are there any other culprits that lead to teeth staining?
What most of us don’t know is that tea stains our teeth more than coffee because it contains fluoride. Also, when it comes to staining, the more time we keep food in our mouth without cleaning the more we stain them. My advice is to use sugar-free chewing gum right after our meal; it is the best way to protect our teeth from staining.
Are there any foods or natural remedies we can use that will get rid of staining to get whiter, brighter teeth?
Green apple in the morning is great and is a much better booster than coffee and it cleans the teeth and massages the gums as well.
Finally, what is the difference between a designer smile and a Hollywood smile?
The difference is the huge jump in the materials used today. We can manufacture veneers as thin as 0.3 mm and the digital design giving us a personalized smile different for each patient and each case. The Hollywood smile mainly offers same size pieces in a row. So, it is not very natural for the patient. We suggest the designer smile as it will give you a beautiful and natural smile.
Want to get in touch with the Dr? You can find him at the CLINICA JOELLE –Jumeirah 3. Villa 8/8 Beach Villas – Dubai www.clinicajoelle.com
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