Aesthetics nurse delights in a new Cfast smile

30th October 2018 by cfast-login

We only have a small window of opportunity to make a great first impression – and a confident smile plays a big part of this.

Social media has made us all acutely aware of the way we appear to others, which means a whole lot more of us are seeking cosmetic treatments to enhance our look – and this includes adult orthodontics.

Teeth straightening treatment has never been so affordable – or so fast – and dental payment plans means we can invest in a new smile without worrying about the cost.

Melissa Theobalds is an army nurse based at Catterick Garrison, a major garrison and military town three miles south of Richmond in North Yorkshire.

Now qualified to offer the aesthetic procedures of Botox and dermal fillers, she understands only too well the desire for anti-ageing treatments and clinical ways to improve our facial appearance.

But with so many clients coming to see her for these non-invasive popular treatments, she was aware that she too needed to look and feel confidence in her appearance – and the one thing that let her down, she says, was her smile.

Melissa explains: ‘I always looked at pictures of myself smiling and the first thing I noticed was that my teeth were crooked. They really stood out to me and my eyes were drawn to the imperfections. They were so bad, it made me not want to show my teeth.

‘I wanted to boost my confidence as I am trained in aesthetics (Botox and dermal fillers) and am now seeing clients regular face to face, so I wanted to also look better aesthetically.’

The 26-year-old nurse also understood only too well the all-round benefits of a healthy, straight smile.

So with a plan to invest in adult orthodontics, Melissa saw Malton-based dentist and advanced facial aesthetics practitioner Catherine Tannahill, practice principal at The Smile Rooms, where aesthetics play an important role in the care the team offers.

With a professional understanding of the importance of safe cosmetic treatments, she was drawn to Cfast because it is a gentle, minimally invasive short-term orthodontic treatment for adults that uses sound clinical principles to straighten the upper and lower front six teeth.

Melissa explains: ‘It seemed such a fast way to get the best outcome. The option of removable clear aligners didn’t appeal to me as I thought they might be fiddly, as you have to take them out for eating. But Cfast ticked boxes – they are white to look at and natural and the main appeal to me was the short length of time it would take.’

Catherine fitted braces that were ceramic with tooth-coloured wires, which meant few people noticed Melissa was having treatment. Melissa says: ‘I wanted them to be near invisible; I’m 26 not a teenager but, in fact, once I had them on, I began to notice so many other adults with braces.’

The Cfast system straightens teeth in a controlled and predictable way and uses lighter forces than traditional orthodontics, so it is more comfortable as well as faster – major considerations for those of us wishing to improve out smile.

The only drawback was that she had to be more aware of coloured foods and liquids, such as tomato sauce, tomato paste, cumin and coffee, because they stained the wires. However, it wasn’t a problem for Melissa – as she says ‘it helped keep my teeth white’.

The brace was on just four months – and, Melissa says, ‘the time flew’. Once treatment was complete, she was fitted with a discreet wire behind the teeth for extra support, along with a retainer to ensure her teeth remain aligned forever.

Dentists now recommended lifelong retention for anyone who has orthodontic treatment. Retainers can be permanent of removable and worn at night but play a major role in keeping newly straightened teeth aligned and easy to clean.

So, was Cfast treatment worth it? ‘Definitely,’ says Melissa. ‘Unhealthy teeth can cause infection in the mouth and even around the body, so that’s a major point for me. Plus, looking healthy and clean is also hugely important.

‘Before and during the Cfast process, most of my family and friends said I didn’t need the brace and I was silly for doing it. But, after they saw the results, all of them were amazed and said they could see a major difference!’

She is an enthusiastic fan and would recommend it to anyone seeing cosmetic teeth straightening. ‘I’d say 100% go for it. It seems a lot of money but it makes such a difference to your life and confidence. People start to notice how nice your teeth are and it lasts forever after such a short time in the braces – you don’t even notice you have the braces on. In fact, it was weird when they were taken off!’


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