Dr. Abdul Wahab
Dr. Wahab later pursued advanced studies and received special training in Lingual Orthodontics by Dr. Rafi Ramano of Israel who is a pioneer in the field of Lingual orthodontics. In between his extensive private practice, Dr. wahab actively participates in continuous education and has completed a number of courses on Skeletal Anchorage, Micro-Implant Anchorage Hands-On Course, Segmental Arch Technique Mechanics and Functional jaw orthopedic concepts.
He has been a part of several dental and orthodontic conferences in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Europe & Australia.
He is an active member of the Indian Orthodontic Society, the American Association of Orthodontists,The World Federation of Orthodontists, active practicing license of Saudi Comission for Health Specialities in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Wahab specializes in treating children with preventive and interceptive orthodontics, and adults with invisible and surgical orthodontics.
Dr. Abdul Wahab brings to Braces & Roots Clinica Dental his years of training and experience in orthodontics. He specializes in fixed orthodontic treatments using the latest self-ligating systems such as the Smart clip (3M) and the Damon system, and is a certified provider of Lingual Braces and Invisalign®.
Upclose And Personal With Dr. Mohammad Abdul Wahab
In your private dental practice it is extremely gratifying to see old patients who were treated by you bring in their children and relatives to be treated by you. That to me is a sign of trust and respect which is earned only through honest good work.
This is something we also follow here at Braces & Roots – honest and good work.
Over all the next 10 years seem very promising and it should be interesting to see what new inventions come up.
Orthodontics is extremely challenging and that’s what I love the most about it. Unlike other fields of dentistry you can see the results only after a year or sometimes longer because that’s how long your teeth take to move. Hence it’s important to have a proper treatment plan in hand because one wrong step might take months to rectify.
It has a bit of Physics – because you need to calculate how every degree of bend you put into that wire will affect tooth movement. It has a bit of Chemistry -because the new generation of orthodontic wires have varied properties, did you know that some of them actually get activated by increase in temperature once placed inside your mouth? And that is why you can indulge in a bit of ice cream or anything cold to ease the pain as the decrease in temperature reduces the force. And off course, there’s Biology because at the end we are trying to move teeth and we need to measure and exert the right amount of pressure to move teeth without causing any damage.
The other thing which I think is important is time. I try to spend as much as time possible to understand what the patient wants and explain what I think is best for them.
- I am too old to wear braces – you are never too old to get your teeth straightened. Yes, the tooth movement might be slower than it would be at a younger age. In fact, if done right, orthodontic tooth movement can actually improve the bone level.
- I am too young to wear braces – yes we always put braces on permanent teeth and hence the misconception about visiting an orthodontist after all your permanent teeth have erupted. However, certain cases require early intervention to correct the ways in which our jaws grow. This is called a Phase-I Orthodontic treatment and is more of a preventive measure to avoid much severe malocclusions later.
There is something new being invented in the field Orthodontics every single day. With the advent of CAD CAM based technology aligners, custom made brackets and robots bending your arch wires for you -this really is perfection at its best. Not only does this save chairside time, it also ensures a more precise end result.
Parents who have had orthodontic treatment done couple of years back and bring in their children are surprised to see how comfortable the new generation of orthodontic brackets are and how fuss free the treatment is.
We hardly ever extract teeth in our practice anymore unless absolutely necessary. The newer treatment protocol is to be more conservative and expand arches to align teeth.
Another huge change that I have seen is the death of the adage “braces are meant for children”. We have several adult patients opting for orthodontic treatment now. In fact, 50% of my patients are adults who could not get treated earlier on in life. This could be due to increased dental health awareness in the public and mostly due to the new range of “invisible” orthodontic treatments involving the use of aligners and lingual braces.
My recommendation would be to do proper research, weigh all the pros and cons, always take a second opinion and then take an informed decision before getting any treatment done.
When considering orthodontic treatment always ensure that you visit a specialist. A dentist is like a family doctor – great for fillings and check ups. A specialist is someone who has had an additional 3 years of education and is the expert at straightening teeth and choosing the treatment option that’s best for you.
Visiting the dentist should not be an unpleasant experience at all. I believe it’s the entire experience that matters, right from the front desk, to your assistant and of course, the dentist – it’s definitely a team work.
I always start by showing the patient pre treatment photographs and study models and give them a mirror so we can look at all the changes that have taken place. Long duration of orthodontic treatment can get the patient frustrated at times but showing them the changes that have taken place really motivates them.