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An interview with celebrity dentist Dr. Deepak Aulak

By Felicity Williams on 24th November 2019

Want a gleaming smile? Then meet celebrity dentist and founder of the UK’s first tele dental platform Dr. Deepak Aulak.

The London-based dental practitioner works his magic from a bright and airy stucco-fronted period house on Thurloe Place in the heart of Kensington, so it’s no surprise then that the celebs flock to him, and of course he’s racked up many awards and accolades along the way, including the very prestigious Private Dentistry Awards where he was recently awarded the Highly Commended Prize.

For Aulak it’s all about minimal intervention as he helps restore his clients’ smiles using a range of techniques of tooth coloured composite bonding, whitening, and minimal reduction veneers, rebuking the age-old adage of full mouth veneers.

Impressively, he’s also the co-founder of the dental app Tooth Fairy, the UK’s first dental video calling app that can connect patients to dentists for a range of matters. Taking his experience from treating high profile clients and celebrities, his app can offer busy patients straight teeth easily and conveniently.

Dr. Aulak has experience in treating patients of all backgrounds from celebrities and international influencers, to high needs patients with complex presentations

How did you get into the industry?

Aesthetic dentistry has always been of much interest to me. I found to enjoy expressing my artistic flair through people’s smiles. There isn’t just one way to do aesthetic dentistry; there are many different techniques & materials one can use. My pathway in successfully completing my patient’s smiles has snowballed, and I’ve now found myself to be concentrating on a lot of cases involving many cosmetic and aesthetic treatments.

Tell us about the services that you offer…

I believe importantly in treating patients holistically, and not just their teeth. Hence many of my services revolve around a larger purpose – usually improving my patient’s self-confidence. I do many aesthetic treatments, such as no-drilling veneers, tooth reshaping using tooth coloured composite, teeth straightening and whitening as well as traditional bread and butter dentistry – which involves fillings and crowns. All of my services involve using the latest technology, whether it is my own dental app, 3D printing or digital scanning techniques.

Do you have a favorite one, and why?

I really enjoy restoring people’s smiles that been spoiled due to an accident or decay – especially as it gives my patients the most satisfaction to have their old smile back. I particularly enjoy restoring a dark or a broken tooth with a veneer – and aim to match it to neighboring real teeth. Traditionally veneering would have involved shaving your teeth down to stumps, or even veneering many teeth unnecessarily -as the labs could not confidently match fake teeth to the patient’s real teeth (hence they made them all fake!). But instead, I use digital measuring techniques, as well as new and improve ultra-thin veneers, to restore a tooth to look like it’s neighboring teeth within 2 appointments. I even ensure that your fake tooth has all the markings of the neighboring teeth next door, such as any stains or see-through areas.

What do you love most about your job?

The satisfaction I get when patients see their new smile. It is a wonderful reaction that expresses how good they feel about themselves. Dentistry now has the power to allow patients to reinvent themselves and I enjoy the fact that we can do it now safely and with predictable outcomes.

Having graduated from Kings College London in Dentistry, Dr. Aulak was decorated with over a dozen awards and scholarships along the way

What has been your career highlight to date?

I have been fortunate to treat many A-list celebrities and highly influential people. But one of my career highlights has to be founding the UK’s first dental app that helps connect patients to a dentist on demand – called Tooth Fairy App. It has been evaluated in the NHS and presented at an International Dental Research Conference. To date it has been accepted to operate on the public by the health regulator in England – the first dental app in the UK to achieve this. Recently Tooth Fairy was nominated finalist in four categories at the Dental Industry Awards for App of the Year, Technology of the Year, Innovation of the Year and Product Launch of the Year.

What can we expect for 2020?

I see first hand that more and more of my patients wish to achieve straighter teeth, but find the currently available services either unaffordable or involve too many unnecessary appointments. Hence I want to combine my currently dental skills, and my experience in technological innovation with Tooth Fairy. Therefore patients will be able to straighten their teeth, at a more affordable cost, whilst a dentist monitors their treatment through Tooth Fairy through a video call. Through the use of technology, we can obtain a high level of dental supervision, so I hope 2020 will be the year of dental innovation.

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