'My teeth frightened the dentist' - Irish man (55) 'feels like a new man' after tooth transformation
An Irish man who had all of his baby teeth removed at once when he was a child has had a complete teeth transformation thanks to year-long work.
Patrick Naughton, from Co Mayo, had every single one of his baby teeth removed at once when he was a child, leaving him with complications with his teeth for life.
"My teeth were always pretty bad," Patrick told Independent.ie.
"When I was a kid they pulled out all of my baby teeth at once. It was a good decision at the time, but when my adult teeth started to grow, they didn't have the other teeth in position to guide them, so they grew wherever they wanted to grow."
"I tried a brace, but that was a natural disaster. I went on to get married and have kids, while my teeth just got worse."
Patrick (55) said that he and his wife decided to educate their son first before investing in his teeth, and in December 2015 he went for a consultation in Dublin, after deciding against travelling abroad to get them done.
"I had planned to fly to Poland but when I met with the lads in 3Dental they immediately put me at ease; and if I went abroad I would have to drive to Dublin anyway and this way I didn’t have the added cost of flights and hotels, and I could go home to my own bed in between treatments," he said.
"The time was right. I had to either get them done or go around with no teeth."
From December 2015 until March 2016, Patrick met with the team for consultations before beginning reconstructive work.
"I think my teeth frightened the guys when I met with them at first," he joked.
"First, they tried to save the better teeth, and then I had to wear wires for three months. I was like a kid."
"I must have had every spectrum of dentistry work done. Every stage took time. I have implants, crowns and my own teeth now."
Patrick's dental work finished just before Christmas last year, and he said his confidence has soared.
"My son came home from America for Christmas and it was the first time I'd seen him in a year. His reaction was the best of all, it was priceless."
"My confidence has definitely improved, and when I saw the finished result after months of work I couldn't believe it."
“I honestly didn’t think I would ever be this happy with my smile, I feel like a new man. I usually avoided things like celebrating the New Year but [this year] I took my wife out to welcome 2017."