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Healthy Smiles of Orlando

by Kevin Fritz

Featured Photo from Healthy Smiles of Orlando

Dr. Akmal Ahmed is an artist... which, he admits, isn’t a word most people associate with dentistry. Offering an array of services from implant reconstruction and cosmetic work (whitening, bonding, etc.) to preventive care for entire families, Dr. Ahmed truly does create masterpieces in the form of healthy smiles.

“I was into the arts in school,” says Dr. Ahmed, who is the first person in his family to become a dentist. “Dentistry is an art. That is what attracted me to this profession.”

However, the name of his practice, Healthy Smiles of Orlando, which recently opened in Lake Mary last July, is more than artistic rhetoric. It’s a nod to how oral health is related to our overall health.

“The mouth is a pathway to the rest of the body,” Dr. Ahmed says. “Everything starts with the mouth. So, we not only create beautiful smiles, but we also make healthy smiles.”

Whether it’s the invisible braces alternative Invisalign or porcelain veneer restorations, Dr. Ahmed is passionate about natural smile transformations.

“The aesthetics behind the smiles are of utmost concern,” he says.

Aesthetics matter when designing office space, as well. Dr. Ahmed’s brand-new, 2,600-square-foot facility off International Parkway is designed with the patient in mind. State-of-the-art equipment assures precision in the dental procedures and pain-free patient experiences. Mounted televisions provide an entertaining distraction, and tall windows in each exam room offer a relaxing view of green space and let in an abundance of natural light. Bringing the kids? A playroom has them covered.
“I built a spacious and modern office for the patients’ comfort and to ease their stress,” says Dr. Ahmed.

Beyond the infrastructure of the patient-centric office, Healthy Smiles of Orlando caters to those patients who do not fit into the standard 9-to-5 work schedule. Busy professionals, parents, college students, and emergency patients appreciate Dr. Ahmed’s extended hours; the office is open daily until 9:00 p.m. There are Sunday hours, too, until 4:00 p.m.

Originally from the cyber-capital of Bangalore, India, Dr. Ahmed received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in Denver. Upon graduation, Dr. Ahmed practiced in Connecticut before moving back to Florida. Known for his extraordinary work in both cosmetic and implant reconstruction dentistry, he was awarded the status of Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in 2008.

Community-minded, Dr. Ahmed and his wife, Orlando native Nadia, are always looking to help others. They recently served as sponsors for a fundraising walk for SafeHouse of Seminole and participated in the back-to-school dentistry program at Camping World Stadium. Next up, Dr. Ahmed and his staff will be donating time to a community dental clinic in Longwood.
Later this year, look for Healthy Smiles of Orlando to host Lunch and Learns, at which Dr. Ahmed will teach the public about some of the art he creates via healthy smiles.

Dr. Ahmed may have just opened his new office, but he already has set his sights on expansion and growth with the goal of making Healthy Smiles of Orlando one of Central Florida’s premier practices.

Currently housing three exam rooms for patient care, Dr. Ahmed is building out three additional exam rooms. Dr. Ahmed is so intent on responding to emergency cases quickly, he moved his family of five to a new home close to the office.

Nadia, a law professor who grew up in Seminole County, says establishing her husband’s practice in the community she calls home was humbling.

“I am from here, so I have a number of community ties,” Nadia says, adding that the couple enjoys a strong extended family presence in the area, as well.

With that kind of dedicated support and Dr. Ahmed’s expertise and drive, the future of Healthy Smiles of Orlando is just as bright as the smiles that are crafted inside.

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