Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. And it wouldn’t be surprising if you wanted to look as perfect as possible. Since you will be the center of attention on this day, it is also important to get that splendid and most beautiful smile which is captured for your entire life in the photographs. This is where wedding smile makeover comes into the frame.
HyderabadTalks had an interview with Dr. Asadullah Khan who has done his Masters in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, regarding the wedding smile makeover surgery.
What kinds of treatments are involved in the wedding smile makeover?
Dr – “Treatments vary like a broad spectrum across the rainbow. Patients can come with a very specific demand or request to a vague request to make their teeth or gums or the whole face transformed.” He explained few surgeries and they are:
1. Simple aligning (in and out position) and leveling (up and down) of teeth with braces.
2. Retraction (pulling the teeth that are forwardly placed) of proclined teeth in more specific technical jargon ‘bidentoalveolar protrusion’, where the both upper and lower jaw teeth are proclined (forwardly placed).
3. Blocked out teeth and teeth that is impacted.
4. Cleaning (scaling) polishing and bleaching of dull or stained teeth.
5. Bi-jaw surgery (maxillary advancement or retraction or mandibular advancement or setback) or a simple chin job
He also adds, “We always try to follow the ‘KISS principle. Keep it simple silly’”
What are the after effects of the makeover?
Dr – “After effects. Those can be as awesome as ‘if only a smile could kill’. From defining of the smile arch to dis-impacting a tooth (helping a particular teeth to come out). So when the whole transformation is completed you could expect the unexpected.”
He also mentioned, “Side effects for sure no. But as for pain, ‘no pain no gain’ that’s my mantra.’ Of course in a candid way. But on a serious note, just some post surgical inflammation like swelling and restriction of movement and diet is to be followed. All this is very well supported by post operative medicines and settling elastics. If slight amount of numbness is considered as side effect then YES! There is some for a brief period of time.”
Dr – “The word is ‘awareness’, that’s what I feel is making the whole change in trend. The media and the exposure to the youngsters are tremendous and hence the demand of having a perfect smile has increased and thus you see more and more people opting for Orthodontic treatment. The science of Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is one of the oldest branches of dentistry which has been a rage in US and European countries and Australia where one of the treatment methods was developed.
The way it’s catching up as a form of makeover is a treat to watch as you would see more and more people with a smile that could lit up an entire gathering.
Where does the cost factor start from for the smile makeover?
Dr – “Simple cleaning and bleaching may cost you from 1500 to 10,000 and a full on makeover and correction of the jaw could vary from 40k to 2lac.”
Who prefer the wedding smile makeover more, brides or grooms?
Dr – “Of course the brides as women prefer that picture perfect smile but the grooms too are catching up on their brides to have a good smile, most of them have their chin job done.”
When is the right time to plan for the surgery/makeover and how long does the surgery takes?
Dr – “It could be as little time consuming as few hours to a year or so depending upon the requirement and treatment option opted. If the treatment required is cleaning or bleaching of teeth then one or two settings of half hour or so is required. So may be 3 days before the D day bride or groom can visit the dental clinic. But if the treatment demands time consuming physiologic process like the orthodontic make over which is done via braces then it may take as little as 6-8 months to a year or more to finish the case to perfection with proper occlusion.” He also adds “Now the time taken by an individual may vary.. If a person requires jaw correction that is called as Orthognathic surgery then it requires a pre-orthognathic phase where the teeth are placed in such a way that post surgery they could be settled to perfect occlusion. So what I mean to say is anywhere between one year to two if the surgical option is taken.”
Masters in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
By Aisha Bhavani.
Photography By Amritha Lawrence.
A HyderabadTalks Exclusive.