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Invest in your smile

Smiles are great investments – the more you collect the better you feel says Amelia Barlow...

According to the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry just over a third of the population say they are concerned by the look of their teeth and a fifth (18%) cover their teeth in photographs. I believe a great smile gives you confidence every day of your life and photographs give you memories that you keep for the rest of your life.

So with this in mind a little time and investment in my smile was important to me, I haven’t got bad teeth but I felt improvements could be made.

Why choose Arnica Dental Care? There are a lot of options out there but bearing in mind this was to do with my face I wanted to go somewhere that I felt confident could deliver the best results possible. After looking at the website this was why I chose Arnica:
1. They have been in business for over 11 years.
2. Unrivalled when it came to quality and experience.
3. Committed and friendly team.
4. Extensive range of treatments all under one roof.
5. Specialist care for nervous or anxious patients.
6. I can park right outside!

I booked in for my initial appointment to see Ellie so that she could tell me what could be done. After an oral examination we agreed that I would have my teeth whitened using Zoom, a bleaching process applied to the teeth to lighten discoloration of enamel and dentin plus veneers on my two front teeth as I had lost a lot of the enamel due to drinking fruit juice from an early age. I got measured for my trays for the whitening so they would be ready to pick up at my next appointment.

The following week I went back to have my teeth power bleached. When I looked in the mirror I was so excited as my teeth were already significantly whiter. I was given my trays and a gel that I had to put in every day for the next 14 days and wear for an hour. I was so pleased with the final results as I had natural looking whiter teeth.

Ellie, by her own admission, is a perfectionist and this made me feel so comfortable knowing that she was willing to spend a little extra time if needed to make sure the veneers would be the right length and look for my mouth. I then had realistic temporary veneers fitted on my front teeth until the permanent veneers were ready.

Ellie sent the impressions of my teeth to TJ Nicolas for my veneers to be made. TJ is the owner of The Implant and Ceramic Dental Studios of
Miserden and they have been working together for over 10 years. He is a regular winner of private dentistry’s ‘Technician of the Year’ and has been awarded the Vita Master Technician award.

The day finally came, my last appointment and the chance to see them all finished. Ellie explained that a veneer is like a clear contact lens, very delicate until it bonds with the coloured paste underneath which gives you the correct white colour. After about 20 minutes I was able to look in the mirror and I was not disappointed. They looked like real teeth, shiny, rounded and perfect.

I have now had them for about a month and they have made a real difference to how I feel. I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about having cosmetic dentistry. If you pick the right practice and have the right treatment it cannot only change your appearance but also your confidence.

Arnica Dental Care, 73 Leckhampton Road, Cheltenham, GL53 0BS. Tel: 01242 655554;

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 8.30am –5pm; Closed Saturday & Sunday;
OFFER – ZoomTeeth Whitening 20 per cent off until the end of February 2012.