Dentistry for the Modern Carioca
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Dr Gustavo Bastos runs one of the most technology forward and progressive dentistry practices in Rio. Located in Ipanema, the clinic caters to a large clientele, a great number of which comprises of the expat community.
One of the reasons that sets Dr Gustavo’s clinic apart from the multitude of others in Brazil is the use of advanced practices in all spheres of the clinics functioning. From the minute clients walk in, every consultation, x-ray, clinical procedure and the treatment that follows, is digitally documented and catalogued in separate client folders. This information is then uploaded to secure document sharing services where they can be accessed from anywhere at any time. The folders are shared with clients whenever such information is requested.
Dr. Gustavo believes that this not only helps him be there for his clients at all times, but that it also extends a valuable service to the patients, who can have a digital record of their treatment and progress and can access it anywhere in the world for any possible reason. It also proves to be a very persuasive method of helpings patients stick to a schedule of regular treatment. Since orthodontic treatment is time-consuming, there isn’t a lot of enthusiasm related to the results. When Dr. Gustavo presents a photo-timeline journey to the patients, the amazing progress can be seen and patients tend to understand the benefits of the treatments much better. This encourages them to return more often for continued treatment or just regular checkups. Dr. Gustavo has also used this method for other reasons, as he explains: “A minor patient’s mother, who cannot make it to her son’s appointments due to work restraints, is kept up-to-date of all procedures and progress through file sharing and communication with me online. Not only does this satisfy all her queries and concerns, but it also nurtures a level of trust due to the information sharing.”
Dr. Gustavo also offers many cutting-edge services to clients that are very new to Brazil. Introduced in the country some years ago, one of these services is the treatment called Invisialign, which has already been a roaring success in the United States for much of the past decade. Invisialign are virtually invisible plastic aligners that are custom-made for the client. These aligners replace the traditional wire braces, are easy to put on or take off, and fix alignment problems with no invasive procedures required. They are a godsend for adults who do not want to face embarrassing social interactions, and can even be taken off when need be. At Dr. Gustavo’s clinic, the patient’s teeth impressions are taken which are then sent to California, USA, for scanning and production. These are then sent back to the clinic as a set of aligners that have modifications that help the client’s teeth align over a set period of time.
Dr. Gustavo believes in creating a modern, contemporary atmosphere that is not only warm and friendly but also engaging. He feels that clients must be completely at ease and have an experience that they are not scared to repeat. And he ensures that these goals are achieved through constant communication and keeping up-to-date with best practices and modern technology.
By Saira Ansari, Contributing Reporter for The Rio Times