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When Paul Potts, winner of Britain’s Got Talent, performs at the Royal Variety Show on Sunday it won’t just be his voice that dazzles the audience.

Paul has a brand new reason to smile this week, having undergone the finishing touches to his ‘smile makeover’ under the care of renowned cosmetic dentist Dr Johann Styger at the Portmore Dental Practice, Weybridge, Surrey.

However, unlike many celebrities who choose treatment to achieve the perfect ‘Hollywood smile’, the reasons for Paul’s lengthy dental treatment we not just cosmetic. “There were very important health reasons behind Paul’s decision to seek dental treatment,” explains Dr Styger, who believes that without intervention, Paul would have eventually developed problems with his teeth that may have affected his ability to sing.

“As people get older, wear and tear on their teeth increases, but when people wear down the enamel on their teeth, the erosion becomes ten times faster, and the teeth become at much greater risk of breaking or becoming significantly shorter. Once the teeth start to wear down, the shape of the bite changes and the mouth becomes out of balance. This can lead to difficulties with pronunciation in some patients,” says Dr Styger.

Paul, who said he would never undergo cosmetic dentistry, endured more than 5 hours in Dr Styger’s chair after being persuaded that he was making a long term investment in his teeth and future career. With the veneers procedure, patients can choose how white they would like their teeth to be, and Paul chose a very natural look which is an improved version of his own tooth shade.

The dental process is relatively straightforward and is becoming more and more popular in the UK, as veneers are more routinely used to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth that are discoloured, worn, chipped or misaligned.

A veneer is simply a thin layer of porcelain that fits over the front service of the tooth. They look just like real teeth and are translucent so that when they are bonded on to the tooth’s surface they mimic the light-handling characteristics of enamel. They resist discolouration and staining and last for ten to fifteen years.

Dr Styger believes that if Paul had undergone orthodontic treatment as a child he would probably not have needed the treatment. “I wanted to ensure that I gave Paul a smile that would give his confidence a huge boost,” Dr Styger said, “and I’m looking forward to watching him sing his heart out on Sunday.”

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Lucy Murphy
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