An Irish man whose smile was damaged in an accident when he was 14 has said investing in procedures to transform his smile has given him a new lease of life and helped him overcome his fear of the dentist.
Anthony Corbett (45) damaged his front teeth in an accident which involved a hammer in his teens and said he has had confidence issues ever since because of the appearance of his teeth.
Anthony Corbett (45) before his smile was transformed in 3Dental in Dublin
“When I was 14 I had an accident with a hammer and my front tooth was knocked out. My fear of dentists kind of developed from there. I had an extraction and then a crown put on when I was 20 which lasted me a few years. However, I was a heavy smoker and my bottom teeth were also becoming more and more crooked and discoloured as the years went on.
“They made me very self conscious. I work in St James Hospital which is quite a social job. No one ever made comments but I just always felt so bad about how I looked,” he said.
The HSE worker from Tallaght also runs a wedding business on the side and admitted he did not like the appearance of his smile in photos.
“I run a little business called Wedding Doves and the few pictures that I have spotted of myself I was either not smiling, or I really didn’t like my smile,” he said.
The 45-year-old said he was prompted to visit 3Dental Clinic in Dublin when his teeth were beginning to loosen and become more prominent. His colleague recommended Dentist Niall Vallely, who transformed his smile over a number of months and boosted his self confidence.
“The treatment has worked wonders for me. I’m still gushing over it.
“Last year, I asked my colleague in St James if she knew anyone who could help me and she had actually worked with Niall before. Ahead of my first visit, you should have seen me. It was ridiculous the fear I had. Niall calmed me down and talked me through it though and I can honestly say the whole thing was painless.
“I had bridge work done on the top and the bottom, and over about four or five months my smile has changed. They made it so easy,” he said.
Anthony admitted that many people, including himself, have bad memories of the dentist from their youth but do not understand how much the industry has changed.
“I think a lot of people who had a bad experience with the dentist decades ago don’t realise how much it has changed. There has been so many advancements and it’s a completely different atmosphere than when I was in there as a teenager,” he said.
Anthony’s sparkling new smile has “changed his life” for the better and the HSE worker revealed that he should have addressed the situation much sooner.
“It’s really changed my life, and I’m not using that phrase lightly. I was on the beach in Howth with my girlfriend the other day and we took a lot of photos together, which is something I would have completely avoided before.
“I never wanted a Hollywood smile, I just wanted a natural one that I could be proud of. Overall it probably cost me over €6,000 but it was worth each and every penny. It is better than any car I’ve ever bought and I wish I had done it in my early twenties. The longer you leave it, the less time you’ll have to enjoy it,” he said.