Designing Smiles - Dr Kirti Gowd

A practising orthodontist for more than a decade, Dr Kirti Gowd is one of the leading orthodontics providers in the city. She feels that she couldn’t imagine herself in any other profession. Proficient with both lingual and invisible braces, she believes in restoring an individual’s confidence with a beautiful smile. One of the managing directors of Dr Gowd’s Dental Hospitals, Dr Kirti has been conferred membership in the Dental Council of India (DCI) and the Indian Dental Association (IDA). And since she believes that oral hygiene is essential for a healthy life, she’s also actively involved in conducting camps for rural children through the Red Cross Society.

A mother of two and also a trained classical dancer who loves travelling and serving young kids, she spares some time to talk about orthodontics and her working style.

What prompted you to specialise in orthodontics?
I remember during my dental student days, one of my friends told me, “Very few are fit for dentistry and you are one of them.” While pursuing dentistry, I discovered my love for this art and science of ‘designing smiles’, which kept growing with each passing day. A few months down the line, I knew that I would become a designer of smiles – an orthodontist. What attracted me to orthodontics were the subtle changes that make a drastic difference in a person’s smile, and helping boost someone’s confidence and give them more reasons to smile.

What do you like most about what you do?
Orthodontics involves realignment and straightening of crooked teeth or jaws or unsightly teeth. As an orthodontist, it’s a meticulous job to get the perfect smile and make a patient happy. It’s a wonderful feeling that through my services, I’m able to repair their confidence and self-esteem, making a difference in their lives. I get job satisfaction when I see my patients’ widened grin and I feel blessed to be part of their journey to achieve their dream smile.

Unlike other medical practitioners, we orthodontists also enjoy being civil engineers, architects, and interior designers –arranging and restoring old structures, or designing and constructing new ones. And that’s where the fun lies. I can’t imagine doing anything else!

What are some challenging aspects of your role?
Most of my patients are young and growing kids. The challenge comes during their treatment, encouraging them to have patience as we are moving a whole dentition to a better alignment. Also, apart from being a professional, I am a homemaker and a mother. And transitioning between the roles of a career-oriented woman and a mother gets challenging – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Nonetheless, my husband, Dr Vikas Gowd, an implantologist, encourages and supports me in all my endeavours!

Has technology influenced your clinical practice?
Like all other fields of medicine, the evolution of technology in dentistry has made a significant impact on orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning, and the treatment itself. For instance, advances in orthodontic treatment such as invisible braces and invisible aligner shave changed the face of orthodontic care. The latest is invisible aligners or Invisalign, which are transparent, removable plates. The whole treatment is carried out without anyone even noticing it’s happening. Invisible aligners have replaced regular metal braces, which used to look big and unsightly on the teeth. These aligners are transparent, removable, comfortable, patient-friendly, and completely invisible!

What are your hobbies and interests?
When not into creating beautiful smiles, I love to read, dance and sing. As a kid, I learnt Bharatnatyam and I still love to do the classical dance form in my spare time. I also enjoy travelling and playing sports. I was good in sports during my school days and would be the happiest if I could squeeze in time for all of them.

With Diwali around the corner, how do you plan to celebrate the festival this year?
As the name suggests, Diwali is the festival of lights, and I love to decorate my house with diyas and colourful rangoli. It is also the time of reunion and getting together with family and friends. Every year, as part of the celebrations, we distribute sweets and gifts among the underprivileged through Vijayam Swachh and a Seva Society run by our family. This year, we decided to celebrate an environment-friendly Diwali by avoiding crackers. Also, I’m looking forward to the grand family gathering, which is usually planned after Laxmi pooja.          – as told to Sumana