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Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics in Lichfield – Patricia’s Story

We are very proud of how we care for our patients and we like to shout about what we do here.  This always comes across better if we are talking about real people rather than certain treatments.  Patricia has wanted to improve her smile for some time and came to Spires Dental for orthodontic treatment.

When Patricia came to see us we listened to what she wanted to achieve and we laid out a plan of how we should proceed.
From our point of view we wanted to:

  1. Align the gums so the end result would look as good as possible.
  2. Straighten the teeth to make the treatment as conservative as possible.
  3. Improve the appearance of the front teeth using veneers. We rarely recommend this as a solution but given the number of fillings present we felt this was necessary.

The only way we could accomplish our goals was to align the teeth using Radiance clear brace system over 6 months and then to carry out the veneer treatment.

We weren’t sure if Patricia would be up for this but she has been great. She listened to the reasons why we wanted to proceed in such a manner and then allowed us to do the right thing.

All in all, Patricia is very happy with the her treatment. Read what she had to say about her experience.

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Patricia’s smile before treatment

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Patricia’s teeth before treatment

Why did you choose Spires Dental clinic for your advanced dental treatment?

I was recommended by a friend and had been searching for someone local to ‘fix my smile’ which I had wanted to do all my adult life. I found myself able to do this financially and anxious to have the best I could find.

Why did you want to improve your smile?

I have wanted this for a long time – I have always thought that healthy, straight, white teeth are really important.

All our treatment is bespoke so how did you find having both brace and veneer treatment?

I was a bit concerned initially about having a brace at the age of 64 but it was very discreet and I found it easy to take care of. The first two weeks I had trouble with rubbing on the inside of my mouth, but after that it was no trouble at all. The veneer process was quick and painless and every effort was made to make sure I was 100% happy with the result.

What are your thoughts about your new smile?

I am delighted with my new smile and this has given me much more confidence in myself after a very difficult year.

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Patricia’s smile after treatment

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Patricia’s teeth after treatment

What would you say to anyone who was thinking about choosing spires dental clinic?

I would highly recommend it.

Thanks a million Patricia, we hope you like your new smile. If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment or to book an appointment with us, call the practice 01543 411 088. We look forward to hearing from you.


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The Benefits of Braces Over Veneers

I saw a lady the other day and she had noticed one of her veneers had chipped.  Her previous dentist had recommended that she have it replaced but I wasn’t so sure….the veneers looked very bulky to me and didn’t do her smile any justice so spending money to repair a chip didn’t exactly make sense.  We had a nice chat, went over her options and she’ll decide the best course of action for her.

Anyway… this got me thinking on how many patients I had donebraces veneers for without having to replace old veneers.  Going through my records I can only find one case, the rest of my veneers have been to replace old veneers because they had fractured, didn’t look nice or the gums had receded.

Looking back over this it re-affirmed my stance that although I like the technical aspect of doing veneers (they are professionally very rewarding to do) I don’t like adjusting teeth and possible affecting the health of the teeth.

Compare this to braces; I move your teeth into a better position, we take off the braces, whiten and contour your teeth so they look great, the result lasts a very long time (as long as you wear your retainers)…and that’s it.  There are no significant long term costs, no major failures, the health of your teeth is maintained.

The downside is it takes 12-24 months, but I would argue more and more people are having braces so whats the problem?  We Brits are moving with the times more and more when it comes to our mouths.

The clear radiance braces we use are discreet, they work no matter your age and when used in conjunction with other cosmetic techniques we can get a great (not just good) smile.  Yes they do take time but cost wise you can normally have a whole course of brace treatment for £3000-£4000 inclusive of planning, whitening and retainers, whereas veneers only align one tooth at a time and cost £500-£600 each.

Taking all this into account I don’t think I’m going to change.


P.s. I always like getting questions via email so feel free to quiz me by emailing me at stuart@spiresdental.co.uk