17th, Jun 2014
Londonderry mother-of-two, Michelle McLaughlin, was chronically self-conscious about her teeth until she had life changing treatment
Most people take our natural ability to smile for granted but for Michelle McLaughlin every day has been a battle as she has never enjoyed the pleasure of smiling due to self-consciousness.
Michelle, from Londonderry, has struggled with low self-confidence because of gaps in her teeth. She smiled with her mouth closed and hid her teeth with her hand over her mouth when she was speaking. Over the years, countless dental practitioners told her this could not be corrected but a consultation at Dental Excellence changed all that.
The 27-year-old, who is a mother of two boys, Caolan (5) and Cahir (4), was reduced to tears when she was told by Dental Excellence that they could improve her teeth and restore her self-esteem despite other dental practices telling her otherwise.
Michelle is a shining example of how dental treatment can positively impact a person’s confidence, instead of hiding from the cameras, she is now thrilled to show of her new smile to the world.
“All my life I have been so embarrassed about my teeth and now I can’t stop smiling.” said a delighted Michelle.
“My friends have really noticed a difference in me and have told me that I have really come out of myself.
“It’s just great to even get ready for a night out and feel good for the first time in my life.”
Michelle’s mum, Laura, has been Michelle’s champion over the past 20 years, hoping and praying that one day she would find a dentist who could help her only child.
Laura helped her daughter save for the dental work which has given Michelle her confidence back. She is overjoyed to see her beautiful daughter finally smile without covering her mouth with her hand.
“You’ve no idea how heart-breaking it has been and I’ve lost count of the Dentists we have visited over the years who said she couldn’t have veneers because of the size of the gaps between her teeth.” Laura says.
“After all these years I just get such pleasure now from looking at Michelle and seeing her so happy and smiling. It’s the most wonderful feeling in the world.”
Earlier this year after Michelle visited Collon Dental Care, part of the Dental Excellence Group following a recommendation from a friend.
Michelle saw Dr Khalid Hussain for her first consultation and couldn’t believe it when he said that she was suitable for the veneers which she had dreamt of for years. Dr Hussain moved to Northern Ireland from Cheshire in England three years ago and is one of the best Cosmetic Enhancement Dentists in the business having worked on the teeth of a host of celebrities including footballer’s wives and stars from Coronation Street.
Dr Khalid Hussain, who was delighted to hear of Michelle’s newfound confidence after the treatment said, “We are really happy at Dental Excellence to hear that Michelle’s treatment has had such a positive impact on her life. A lot of people are unhappy with their smile and think there are no treatment options available, but in many cases there are. At Dental Excellence we are very proud to be offering some of the latest treatments available in Northern Ireland.”
Michelle before and after treatment with Dental Excellence
Michelle said of her experience with Dental Excellence, “I’d been told so many times that nothing could be done that when Dr Hussain told me he could help I was very sceptical.
“I thought they didn’t understand and that there was no way they could do it the want I wanted. I thought they would probably give me dentures like old people have.
“I’ve spent my whole life being embarrassed about my teeth and couldn’t imagine it ever changing after being disappointed at so many other dental appointments.
“It took just five weeks from my first visit until I got my new veneers. They are absolutely amazing, I wouldn’t have asked for any better. They are life savers.
“All my life I have felt uncomfortable talking to people and I was convinced that they were looking at my teeth and thinking how awful they were, so I would always put my hand over my mouth to hide them.
“It got so bad that when I went out with my friends and we were getting pictures taken I would hide at the back of the group and keep my mouth closed but that has all changed now thanks to my treatment at Dental Excellence.
“I feel happier going out. Previously I never felt good before no matter how well I dressed or how well I tried to make myself look. My confidence now is amazing.”
Both Michelle and her mum Laura cried floods of tears when they saw her new teeth and for Laura it has ended many years of worrying.
Laura says: “From the moment we walked into the clinic the way they treated us made us feel like we had walked into the home of a family member.”
Laura, who is overjoyed at her daughter’s transformation said, “Dental Excellence was a godsend. It’s hard to describe life now. When she did smile before she always had her hand over her mouth and that broke my heart, knowing she was so self-conscious. Michelle is just a different person now.”
Dental Excellence offers a range of payment options for patients seeking cosmetic dental treatment. These include a 0% interest for 12 months option and a personalised payment plan option. Dental Excellence have five practices across Northern Ireland, Londonderry, Belfast, Portadown and Holywood.
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