A NORTH East woman is nursing a new smile as she gets her teeth stuck into retirement.

After 42 years with the NHS, health visitor Jill Edwards, from Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, decided to splash some of her pension savings on dentistry.

And she has sent out a massive thanks to Sunderland’s multi-award-winning Riveredge Cosmetic Dentistry, for giving her the confidence to smile for the first time in years.

“When I look back at old photos there are just none showing my teeth,” she said, “I always smiled with my mouth shut. So, when I retired, I thought ‘that’s it, I’m going to spend some money on me and get my smile sorted out.’”

Crowns Jill had fitted 25 years ago were starting to show signs of age and an uneven bite had resulted in wear and tear on several of her back teeth.

So, Riveredge’s Dr Ken Harris – one of the UK’s most qualified cosmetic dentists – set to work.

Along with fitting new crowns and veneers he carried out some minor gum re-shaping and restored her bite – meaning not only has her smile improved but her jawline appears firmer and her lips appear fuller.

“The results are incredible,” said Jill. “I saw a neighbour the other day and she noticed immediately – and my friends don’t want to stand next to me for photos because they say my smile is so bright.”

But, as many of Riveredge’s clients have discovered, the results extend far beyond their smile.

“My confidence has really improved,” said Jill. “I laugh more and I speak with so much more animation because, for the first time ever, I’m not clenching my mouth shut or covering it with my hand.

“Getting my teeth fixed has taken years off me. I look younger and I feel younger – it’s been life changing.”

Riveredge Cosmetic Dentistry has a world-renowned reputation, with Dr Harris (BDS, MFGDP, FFGDP RCS (Eng), MSc Restorative and Aesthetic dentistry) one of only two Fellows of the British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (BACD) regularly lecturing to dentists around the globe.

He is recognised as one of the leaders in the field of cosmetic dentistry and is often brought in by other practices to handle complex cases.

The strong team at Riveredge includes Dr Richard Coates BDS (UNcle) Pg Dip CID, who chairs The North East Private Dentists Group and is a long standing member of The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, along with holding a diploma in implantology from Newcastle University.

For further information visit www.riveredge.co.uk or call 0191 567 1020.