2017 April Newsletter


Can Braces Change the Shape of the Face?

It is known that braces can change the position and direction of your teeth, but you might not be aware that they can also have an incredible impact on the look and shape of your face, too. It’s been proven that people prefer symmetrical faces, and, if you suffer from problems with your teeth or jaws, it can make you feel self-conscious and have a real effect on your life.

Braces can help fix these problems in a number of ways. The changes are subtle, and take place over time during the treatment. Many people don’t realise they have a problem until it’s gone for good! Here are some conditions your orthodontist can help with.


This is where the lower jaw and teeth protrude out before the upper jaw, creating a ‘moon’ shape that can look unnatural. Correction by the orthodontist will soften the look of the jaw, which can appear quite square before treatment.


Our upper teeth are meant to be a little further forward, but when the gap exceeds one or two millimetres it can become an issue. The chin is pushed back, and the face can appear short and round. Braces reduce the overbite, defining the jaw and making the face physically longer. In adults, this often helps the face look younger too.

Tooth Extraction

Sometimes after tooth extraction, the cheekbones can appear sunken, creating an older-looking appearance. In these situations, an orthodontic treatment can help correct the position of the teeth and balance out the appearance of the face.

Uneven Teeth

There are a few reasons why teeth can grow in the wrong way, whether they are crooked, overlapping, or just in the wrong place. Braces correct this uneven spacing and change direction where needed, making cheekbones more prominent and creating a more symmetrical look.

While it used to be that metal braces were the only option, nowadays there are plenty of options to suit all lifestyles. Ceramic Braces, Lingual Braces (completely hidden) and Invisalign are all popular alternatives.

Ultimately, a straight set of teeth will not only work wonders for your confidence, but also improve your oral health. Be sure to see the orthodontist for more information on how they can help you.


What is Acne and Why Does it Happen?

By: Dr. Rutsnei Schmitz, Specialist Dermatologist at Drs. Nicolas & Asp Centers

Acne is a chronic skin disease, developing from inflammation of the sebaceous glands. It affects 80% of teenagers and many adults, especially women. Acne begins when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, and it usually appears on your face, neck, chest, shoulders, and back.

01 Important Facts about Acne

While excellent treatments are available, acne can be hard to get rid of. The pimples and bumps tend to heal slowly, and when one has gone, others seem to appear. If you have tried self-care and over-the-counter treatments, but nothing seems to be working, then it’s time to see your Dermatologist. Early and effective treatment of acne reduces the risk of scarring.


02 Medication

Certain medications can cause symptoms similar to those seen in acne. If you believe that something you are taking might be making your acne worse, you should mention this to your Dermatologist. Many cosmetics contain agents that plug pores and can cause whiteheads or blackheads.


03 Diet and Acne

Researchers have discovered links between acne and diet —specifically high-sugar foods and dairy products. Eating greasy foods may also contribute to oily or acne-prone skin.

04 Acne in Adult Women

Many women have acne that runs in monthly cycles, with flare-ups occurring in the days just before their period. During pregnancy, changes in hormones can produce acne episodes. Also, persistent stubborn acne may be linked to Hyperandrogenism and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Some treatments for acne are associated with birth defects if used during pregnancy, so it's important to tell your Dermatologist if you think you are (or might be) pregnant. Your Dermatologist may ask you:

  • Does anything seem to trigger an acne flare, such as stress or your menstrual cycle?
  • What medications are you taking, including over-the-counter and prescription drugs as well as vitamins and supplements and oral contraceptives?
  • Do you have regular menstrual periods?
  • Do you plan to become pregnant any time soon?
  • What types of soaps, lotions, sunscreens, hair products or cosmetics do you use?
  • Is there any family history of acne?
  • What self-care steps have you tried so far? Have any been effective?

Baby teeth: to Pull or Not to Pull?

It’s ironic that we spend much of our lives keeping our children’s teeth healthy and intact, but when it comes to losing baby teeth, we’re usually anxious to get them out as quickly as possible. However, it’s best to let the process work itself out naturally. There’s a number of reasons why:

The Effect of Pulling

Your children’s baby teeth should start to fall out between 6-7 years, with the process finishing at around 12 years of age. If a tooth is pulled out early, it can affect the development and positioning of the adult teeth – so avoid using pieces of string, even if you are all getting frustrated.

How to Pull

It’s best to let your child alone with a wobbly tooth – they are likely to use their tongue to loosen it naturally over time. If you are concerned about your children’s teeth, be sure to see a pediatric dentist. If there is pain, it may be that the tooth is damaged, or it may still be attached to a nerve. Your pediatric dentist will be able to advise you whether there’s an underlying problem, and if it’s best to pull a tooth or leave it.

Healthy Teeth for Life

As ever, it’s hugely important to make sure all teeth are healthy and clean.Keep your children’s baby teeth just as well-brushed as you would the adult versions, visit the Pediatric Dentist regularly, and you’ll be giving your child habits that will help ensure great dental health throughout his or her lifetime.


Home Care Services - We are Here to Help

Q: What is Home Care?

A: In times of sickness or injury, the demands on family and friends can be intense. After discharge from the hospital or doctor’s care, there is often a long and stressful period at home. It’s just at these times when some extra help and support can be priceless. At Drs. Nicolas & Asp Centers we are pleased to offer professional Home Care services in Dubai.

Q: What Kind of Services do you Provide?

A: We offer a range of Home Care services in Dubai, including doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists. It may be that an elderly relative has had a fall, perhaps a child has gone through an illness, a mother has a newborn, or an adult in the family has been in an accident. Whatever your situation, our qualified team can help.


Our staff are able to offer basic nursing assistance, palliative care, nursing for chronic conditions, and for disabilities. We are also able to help with the ‘hospital to home’ journey, and doctor’s visits.


We offer care services for nursery and school-age children, as well as cases of premature birth, postnatal care, or special needs. Our Home Care services can be fully personalised to suit you.


Geriatric conditions such as dementia and stroke recovery require special assistance and training. Our healthcare professionals pay special attention to the challenges of daily living for elderly patients, including hygiene, personal care, diet, and medication management.


Specialist physiotherapy and rehabilitation services are available to help reduce pain, improve comfort, and continue any recommended programmes from your hospital or doctor.

Every member of our team is registered and fully trained to offer the best care at home.

For more information please contact us on 04 557 8112.


Saving Smiles with Dental Implants

Interview with Dr. Pavel Lapardin, Consultant Prosthodontist at Drs. Nicolas and Asp Centers.

Not even one missing tooth should keep you from smiling! The good news is that nowadays, replacing missing teeth is not as challenging as before. Dentists are offering different treatment options for replacing missing teeth depending on the patient’s physical and medical condition, their oral health environment and more specifically, the site of tooth/teeth replacement (hard and soft tissues, status of adjacent teeth if any). The most common treatment nowadays is a dental implant.

Dental implants are artificial “dental roots” that have integrated into the jawbone to anchor natural looking replacement teeth providing a solution to improve the appearance as well as chewing/eating functionality of the patient. In certain situations, a single dental implant with a crown helps to protect the healthy adjacent teeth surrounding the missing tooth site, as they will not be biologically damaged to fit a bridge. When a single tooth is lost and adequate bone structure remains, a single implant and crown are the restorations of choice as opposed to a bridge or a removable denture.

Dental implants will allow you to confidently eat, smile, laugh, talk, play and enjoy all your regular activities of everyday life. Implants last for years as long as you maintain good oral hygiene with regular dental checks-ups.