Friends can indeed help bring a smile in your life. Ask Badlapur resident, Savita Thakur (45) and she’ll agree hands down. Thakur, who had mal-aligned front teeth, doesn’t remember when she had last smiled. Leave alone smiling, such was her diffidence that she covered her mouth with a handkerchief whenever she spoke to people.
Only recently did she flash a confident grin, thanks to a surgery and a little help from her friends.
“Thakur approached us during the end of March. She had a mal-alignment of teeth. There was crowding of many teeth in the front side of her mouth along with cavities because of which, in last forty years, she never smiled and always kept a handkerchief on her mouth while talking,” said Dr Anisha Maydeo Bajaj, Cosmetic Dental Surgeon at Global Hospital, Parel.
She said giving Thakur a beautiful smile was a challenge. The doctor first took a study model of Thakur’s upper and lower teeth and jaw for smile design. “While we kept studying the various ways we can give her a perfect smile, we started off with root canal and extracted a front tooth that was grossly decayed and had rotted,” said Maydeo Bajaj.
The doctors then provided Thakur with a temporary cap for a week. “The temporary cap itself gave a new hope. We had to teach her how to smile as she stood in front of the mirror and tried to resist herself from putting handkerchief on her mouth. Seeing her smile, we all were happy,” said Maydeo Bajaj.
She added that, while Thakur had a financial problem that led to delay in taking treatment, such mal-aligned teeth problems should be treated between the ages of 9 to12. “That’s the ideal age for getting treatment done for mal-aligned teeth. It helps to boost self-confidence of the child,” said Maydeo Bajaj.
Thakur got the permanent caps fixed two days back and thanks her friends for bringing her self-confidence back. “I feel confident now. I wish I could have managed this treatment before. I thank my friend who encouraged me to go in for the surgery,” said Thakur.
(Patients name has been changed to protect her identity)