Mrs Saba Qureshi

Mrs Saba Qureshi

Author at Dentistry Online


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How does vaping impact orthodontics?

Saba Qureshi explores the impact of vaping on oral health and tooth movement, and the advice dental professionals should be giving to vape users. Since it was first offered as a tool to assist adult smokers in quitting, vaping has grown in popularity, with many promoting it as a ‘healthier’ alternative. Vaping is the inhalation…

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Connecting orthodontics and wellbeing

Saba Qureshi discusses how orthodontic treatment impacts patient wellbeing and whether it differs for each type of treatment. It has been well documented that smiling is good for our physical and mental wellbeing. Smiling releases feel-good neurotransmitters, such as: These ‘happy hormones’ boost our mood, help to alleviate stress and relax our body. There are…

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How can orthodontics contribute to the green agenda?

This month, Saba Qureshi discusses how orthodontics contributes to the climate crisis and whether it can be more sustainable. The climate crisis is real, and as we experience more frequent extreme weather events and rush to ‘do our bit’ before it’s too late, it begs the questions, where does orthodontics as a profession stand in…

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How can orthodontic patients benefit from social media?

From allaying fears to sharing treatment options, Saba Qureshi discusses the huge potential social media has for patients – and how this benefits dental professionals too. Even if you lived under a rock, you’d be hard pushed to ignore the impact that social media has had on our day-to-day lives. It is reported an estimated…

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Adult orthodontics: does treatment really take longer?

This month, Saba Qureshi discusses how orthodontic treatment can differ for adult patients and everything they need to know prior to starting treatment. Is age more than just a number when it comes to orthodontic patients? While some may still consider braces are for kids, adult patients are increasingly embracing orthodontics in order to gain…

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Fixed retainers: are they worth the hassle?

Saba Qureshi explains the benefits and potential problems of fixed retainers, and whether she believes they are worth the effort. It never ceases to amaze me how much orthodontic appliances, be they fixed or removable, can change a smile. We can put teeth pretty much where we want, within biological limits and reason of course.…

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Straight to the point – buccal corridors: who cares?

This month, Saba Qureshi covers the topic of buccal corridors, asking whether they truly should be addressed through orthodontics. The perfect smile depends on many factors such as the smile arc, symmetry and ratio of maxillary anterior teeth. Also significant are gingival display and contours, midlines and angulation of teeth, shape, colour of teeth and…

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Straight to the Point – eating disorders and orthodontics

This month Saba Qureshi discusses how eating disorders can impact orthodontic treatment and what you need to be aware of.   Eating disorders are serious complex mental illnesses that affect people of all ages, genders, ethnicities and backgrounds. There are currently estimated to be around 1.25 million sufferers in the UK. Such conditions are relatively common…

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Straight to the Point – orthodontic trends: fads versus facts

With an increase in demand for the ‘perfect’ smile, this month Saba Qureshi discusses the orthodontic trends you should be watching out for. The way patients access dentistry has changed considerably in recent times, as have patient demands and expectations. They want things done quickly and done right. But these two requests cannot always be…

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Straight to the Point – why New Year’s resolutions can damage teeth

This month, Saba Qureshi looks at 10 New Year’s resolutions that are damaging to patients’ teeth, and discusses how to make patients aware of them to reduce the risks.  The most common new year resolutions tend to centre around getting in shape, eating healthier and being more active. While these are all good habits and…

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Straight to the Point – the periodontally compromised patient

For this month’s Straight to the Point column, Saba Qureshi discusses what to be aware of with orthodontic treatment for periodontally compromised patients. Orthodontic treatment benefits patients in a multitude of ways. Improving smile aesthetics, creating functional bites, enabling good oral hygiene. Not to mention boosting self-confidence. However, it is not without its risks. And…

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Straight to the point – optimum aftercare: tips for your patients

This month, Saba Qureshi offers the best tips to give your patients to ensure they follow optimum aftercare following orthodontic treatment.  Good oral hygiene is an important factor in maintaining dental health for the whole population. However, it becomes even more important for patients with braces. This is because such appliances induce bacterial growth. As…

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Straight to the Point – balancing patient demands and ethics

‘It couldn’t be more important’: With the rise in demand for cosmetic dentistry, this month Saba Quershi discusses how to balance these patient demands with the ethics of orthodontics. I’ll be the first to admit that I was somewhat of a nerd at dental school. You know the type…attended every single 8:30am lecture to produce…

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Straight to the Point – the impact of thumb sucking on teeth

Dr Saba Qureshi discusses the impact of thumb sucking on teeth, how dentists can help patients break sucking habits, and the complex treatment that might be necessary. Non-nutritive sucking habits are common in babies and young children. This is regardless of socioeconomic background, as they do it for security and to comfort themselves. These can…

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Straight to the Point – DIY orthodontics: what’s all the fuss about?

This month, Saba Qureshi addresses the problems and risks of DIY orthodontics, a lockdown phenomenon which continues to grow. In recent years, there has been a growing trend in people seeking DIY orthodontics. This has been fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic. As a result of nationwide lockdowns and Covid compliant work protocols, patient access has…

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Straight to the Point – aligners versus fixed: battle of the braces

In her first column, Saba Qureshi compares aligners with fixed braces and questions which is better for patients. In the blue corner, Invisalign, a good-looking number that’s all the rage right now. And in the red corner, the ever-reliable, fixed brace. But who should we back to win? Patient-led decisions Well, let’s start by looking…

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