Gloria is one of the loveliest people you could ever meet. She has a natural warmth that lights up any room and she loves to sing. But sadly, in recent years this hasn’t been the case.
The reason? A history of dental problems caused Gloria to feel self-conscious, regularly covering her mouth, shying away in the corner on nights out and having too much discomfort to sing.
Then in July, a visit to the Denture Clinic on North Street in Dudley has in her own words: “Put the smile back on my face and allowed me to be myself again.”
Gloria’s story began 20 years ago when an over-friendly Labrador jumped up, knocking out her front tooth in the process. “I couldn’t believe it when the dog knocked out my tooth. It really affected me and was the start of years and years of dental problems.”
Gloria was having problems with not only her replacement front tooth, but continual issues with other teeth that were incompatible and uncomfortable.
“I never felt confident to eat on any of my replacement teeth and some of them were fitting so badly that when people saw me, they actually thought I’d had a stroke.
“Then one day I saw an advert for North Street in the paper and I mentioned it to my friend. By pure coincidence she had used the clinic before and said they were fantastic.
“I realised within one appointment that the staff are so accommodating, they put you at ease, they book flexible appointments and you just feel so relaxed.
“Within a few weeks they didn’t even feel like dentists and receptionists anymore. They felt like my family.”
Practice Principal Steven Burchell Dip CDT RCS Eng GDC 108353 remembers his first meeting with Gloria: