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“I’ll give you a Victoria’s Secret smile” – Dr Michael Apa
When the most beautiful girls in the world need a little extra ‘zing’ in their smile to help them land the covers of top fashion magazines, agents at Elite Model Management in New York send them to Dr Michael Apa. In fact, for all Manhattan’s beautiful people, from top catwalkers such as May Anderson to numerous Sports Illustrated cover girls to celebrities including Chloë Sevigny, 32-year-old Dr Apa is on speed dial. Now, GCC residents have access to his smile-making magic too, thanks to his partnership with Dr Michael’s Dental Clinics (no relation) in Dubai. While many artificially enhanced teeth can look just that, Dr Apa avoids the standard fluorescent Hollywood smile with its textbook proportions and creates solutions uniquely tailored to each client’s features. A pioneer of facial aesthetic design, he looks at the mouth last. First, he establishes the framework of a patient’s face to address what needs rebalancing. “Putting teeth in a proper position can take away the visual of a crooked nose, drooping nose or crooked chin by finding symmetry within the face,” he says. Fixing teeth is also an effective anti-ageing measure to combat facial collapse. “By building teeth back to where they were when you were 20 or 30 we can add fullness to the lips and ensure teeth show when speaking and smiling which gives youth to the face,” he explains, “after this procedure, much less will need to be done either dematologically or using plastic surgery to revitalise the face because you are stretching the skin and musculature back to its original position.” With Jessica Alba and Gisele Bündchen’s smiles having usurped Julia Roberts as his patients’ most requested, Dr Apa is helping the personal smile transition from Hollywood to high fashion.
Contact: Dr Michael’s Dental Clinic, +971 (0)4 349 5900.
Book now: Custom-designed smile by Dr Michael Apa, around Dhs220,000 for top and bottom teeth, plus Dhs73,500 laboratory fees.
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