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Enhancing your Natural Smile

Our principle is to use minimally invasive techniques to subtly transform your smile.

We focus on preserving and enhancing the aesthetics, function and long-term stability of your natural smile – aiming to optimize your dental health for a healthier life.

Dr Munawwar Ladak specialises in using these conservative techniques wherever possible to protect, preserve and, when required, also to enhance and strengthen your own teeth.


Power Tooth Polishing - Surface stain removal

Over time, tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco, as well as various food ingredients, can all cause unsightly staining of your teeth.

Our air polishing system gently removes all these types of tooth staining, leaving your teeth smooth and shiny. 

This treatment can be either be undertaken by Dr Munawwar Ladak or by our hygienist Selchia Selvendran.


Teeth Whitening - Deep stain removal

This is one of the simplest ways to enhance and freshen your smile. Teeth can appear darker with time, due to stain penetrating from the surface - this can make your teeth look 'older'.

Whitening is a very safe way of removing deeper stains from teeth using a peroxide gel - giving a brighter, whiter and 'younger-looking' smile. For ideal aesthetics, the colour of your teeth should match the whites of your eyes.

At Safana, we have two professional techniques to whiten your smile. Dr Munawwar Ladak will assess your teeth beforehand to prescribe the most appropriate option.


Veneers

Veneers may be appropriate where you have the following:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Worn down teeth
  • Irregularly shaped or malaligned teeth.

There are two types of veneers that may be appropriate depending on your situation.

Smile design with Composite Veneers

This is a minimally invasive technique where layers of composite resin are bonded directly to damaged teeth and sculpted to restore and reproduce the natural aesthetics of your smile. 

Composite materials are made from tooth-coloured resin, that are close to plastic in nature. They are more sensitive to staining when compared to porcelain as the resin is porous, so we advise to have them regularly professionally polished. They may need resurfacing after approximately 5 years.

This is our preferred restorative option where possible as:

  • little or no tooth reduction is necessary
  • composite veneers are directly moulded onto your teeth so they can be applied in a single visit
  • Repairs and resurfacing are straightforward.

Smile design with Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are restorations of layered glass-ceramic that are handcrafted to look like natural teeth by our specialist dental technicians and then bonded to your teeth.

They are surface-glazed in the laboratory, so have superior aesthetics to composite-resin and are more resistant to staining.

Porcelain veneers are more durable than composite materials in the longer term. Their lifetime is dependant on your lifestyle and regular dental care routine - well-maintained porcelain veneers can last between 10-20 years.

  • require some preparation of your natural teeth - we aim to keep this as minimal as possible
  • Usually fitted in 2-3 appointments.

Clear Orthodontic Aligners

At Safana, we principally use near-invisible teeth straightening solutions, where possible, to re-align your teeth and improve your smile.

This modern approach differs from the traditional fixed-brace systems, as a bespoke series of clear orthodontic aligners are custom-made to reposition your overlapping teeth, avoiding uncomfortable metal wires and brackets.

The virtually invisible, clear removable aligners are changed every two to three weeks. Each aligner is specifically designed to gradually move and shift your teeth in small stages, so week by week, your teeth are realigned to their ideal final position as prescribed by your dentist. Treatment can take as little as 12 weeks, depending on the degree of change required.

Dr Munawwar Ladak can assess your level of malocclusion and advise if this type of orthodontics is suitable for your individual situation.

  • Aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and clear plastic that fit over your teeth
  • Metal brackets and wires are not used - we sometimes temporarily attach tooth-coloured composite to the tooth surfaces to control their movement more accurately
  • The aligners should be worn as much as possible during treatment but can be removed for short periods to allow cleaning or if you needed for a particular event
  • Some minimal tooth reduction may be necessary to allow the teeth to be realigned ideally - this is dependant on the space needed and the way your teeth bite together
  • After the course of realignment, the teeth need to be locked into place to prevent them from moving back into their previous positions - this is usually undertaken by bonding a hidden retainer wire to the backs of the teeth and sometimes using a clear final retainer for nighttime wear
  • Although alignment will straighten the teeth positioning, some aspects of pre-existing tooth wear may need to be corrected to improve the final aesthetics - this can be minimally undertaken using freehand bonding with composite as shown in the case here
  • It is important to maintain the teeth well after they have been repositioned so we advise regular professional hygiene visits with our hygienist following treatment and regular checks -ups with your dentist to maintain the retainers over time.