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So you’ve read all about us, why not visit us?

The team at The Smile Centre in Liskeard is passionate about providing patients with a superb service that has the creation of natural confidence at its core.

Here are just some of the comments we have received from patients resulting from their engagement with us. We hope their independent feedback reassures you of our excellent approach and prompts you to get it touch.

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Testimonial by - Catherin Pearce, Conscious sedation

Around 50 per cent of the population does not visit the dentist and a quarter of those fail to do so because they are too afraid. These statistics cause us great concern, as regular dental visits are vital for maintaining healthy teeth. At The Smile Centre in Church Street, Liskeard, we offer conscious sedation and can also recommend complementary therapists who are able to teach self-hypnosis or relaxation techniques.

One of our patients, Catherin Pearce, is very frightened of dentists. Her fear came out of the blue and leads to her suffering an upset stomach, experiencing nightmares, sweating and uncontrollable crying.

She had not visited the dentist for around ten years but recently one of her teeth broke and she needed treatment. Her husband, who is also a patient, found out that we offer conscious sedation and encouraged her to speak to us. Conscious sedation is a sedative injection in the hand that allows patients to fully relax, while still remaining awake.

Often patients undergoing conscious sedation feel the treatment has only taken a matter of minutes when it may have taken much longer. The technique allows complex treatment, which may normally take several visits, to be completed in fewer appointments.

Mrs Pearce said: “I was very, very nervous when I went through the door, sweating and crying, but after I had the injection in my hand I felt relaxed and even went to sleep. I was able to respond if they needed me to but I wasn’t aware of any of the treatment and felt no pain at all.

“I wouldn’t have treatment without sedation now and would thoroughly recommend it. It was absolutely brilliant. Mr Chris Smirthwaite is really good; he’s gentle, considerate, concerned and professional. I have every confidence in him. You couldn’t find a nicer dentist!”

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If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, please talk to us as we can help. For more information about call 01579 342348, email info@the-smile-centre.com or visit www.the-smile-centre.com


Testimonial by - Michael, Implant supported bridge

“Dental implants are the best thing I’ve ever done – I’m over the moon with them”

Dental implants provide a permanent solution to one or more missing teeth and they look, feel and work like the real thing. They can also securely anchor dentures into place, making chewing easier.

The Smile Centre’s principal dentist Chris Smirthwaite has been successfully placing dental implants for many years. He says that ill-fitting dentures and loose or missing teeth can make social lives a misery, sap self-confidence and stop people from enjoying their food.

One of his patients, 62-year-old Michael from Liskeard, had worn a partial denture since he was a teenager after he lost his four front teeth. Shortly after he retired he looked into having dental implants. He now has two implants that support a bridge – and is delighted with the result.

Michael said: “Dental implants are the best thing I’ve ever done – I’m over the moon with them. I can’t speak highly enough of the practice and I am overwhelmed with the feeling I have got back after so many years of wearing a plate.

“One great thing was that they didn’t pressurise me. They talked through the procedure and then left me to think it over and make up my own mind. I was really impressed with that.”

Michael said he was also impressed with his aftercare, which he described as excellent.

“I have been really well looked after – it’s true that you get what you pay for. I was made comfortable during the treatment and was phoned after treatment to make sure I was all right. I really can’t praise them enough!

“As you would expect, there is some discomfort but that really mustn’t put anyone off as the result is well worth it. I would definitely recommend this treatment to others. My teeth are secure and they feel like real teeth. I did have some reservations at first but I spoke to another patient from The Smile Centre and she reassured me. If anyone wanted to phone me, I’d be happy to speak to them.”

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Dental implant treatment is an investment. Payments are made in two instalments or financial packages are offered so that the price can be spread over a number of months or years. If you are interested in finding out more please 01579 342348, email info@the-smile-centre.com or visit www.the-smile-centre.com


Testimonial by - Lynn Ackland, Nervous patient

Fear puts many people off visiting the dentist but there is help at hand. For the very nervous, conscious sedation can provide the best solution, for others it takes genuine sympathy from dental professionals to help them overcome their fears.

Lynn Ackland is a patient at The Smile Centre in Liskeard. A harrowing experience in her 20s at the hands of a dentist who has since been struck off, means that the thought of treatment other than a routine examination is enough to cause her to lose sleep for a week, cry, lose her appetite and shake.

When her dentist of 40 years retired in 2010, Lynn was unfortunate enough to have another traumatic dental experience with a new dentist, which left her unable to open her mouth and even more frightened.

She was recommended to The Smile Centre in January 2011 and now says that she will never let another practice touch her teeth!

She said: “They have all been wonderful and I can’t fault them in any way. Their genuine manner calmed me enough not to need to have sedation. They explain everything in great detail and if I feel unhappy during treatment I just have to raise my hand and they stop to give me the time to compose myself. They are understanding, gentle and so kind that I feel totally at ease. I know they will look after me.”

Lynn says her teeth are her pride and joy and admits she was at her wits’ end before finding The Smile Centre. She has since had porcelain crowns that she describes as indistinguishable from her natural teeth, treatment for sensitive teeth, an extraction and is considering having dental implants – something she never thought she’d have the courage to undergo.

“Now when I go I’m not nervous but I do always get jittery. But Chris (Smirthwaite) sings all the time. He has music on very quietly and I listen to him singing, it’s wonderful.

“You can’t put a price on your health - and I can’t praise them enough. If anyone wanted to give me a ring about The Smile Centre, I’d happily talk to them and share my experiences!”

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If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, please talk to us as we can help. For more information 01579 342348, email info@the-smile-centre.com or visit www.the-smile-centre.com


Testimonial by - Stephanie, Family dental care

Dentists recommend that babies come along to their parents’ dental appointments as young as possible so that they grow up comfortable and at ease with being in a dental surgery. As soon as their teeth start coming through, their mouths should be checked by a dental professional – and this is something Stephanie was keen to encourage with her four boys.

The 48-year-old mum, her husband and four children have been patients at The Smile Centre in Liskeard since the early 90s. The family had heard great reports about the Church Street practice and had been personally recommended to pay a visit.

The Smile Centre offers a variety of dental care plans to help individuals and families pay for their routine preventive dental care with affordable monthly direct debit payments. The comprehensive choice of oral healthcare plans are designed to suit every member of the family and different levels of care are offered depending on a patient’s needs.

Stephanie said: “The Smile Centre is great for families because they offer a good package for the whole family, with competitive rates for children and young adults. We primarily decided to join their Smile Plan to help us budget.

“The staff are all very friendly and helpful and I would certainly recommend the practice to other families. As we are not local to Liskeard, The Smile Centre arrange our examinations and, if required, treatment appointments so that all the family can be seen on the same day in consecutive slots.”

Stephanie is also full of praise for the practice’s emergency care, explaining: “One of my sons had a bicycle accident and broke three of his front teeth. He was seen as soon as we could get down to Liskeard and the dentist did an excellent repair job. My son now says he has better teeth than he had before!”

“They also have excellent waiting-room facilities – for younger children there are books and a dressing-up box and play castle. There are newspapers and ‘quality’ magazines for the grown-ups and young adults and there are also refreshments, such as a water dispenser or freshly made tea or coffee courtesy of the friendly receptionists.”

As well as welcoming facilities, the practice also invests in the latest technology, including digital x-rays that use up to 90 per cent less radiation than film x-rays and produce a much higher-quality image, and chairside oral scanners that eliminate the need for taking rubber-based impressions, which can be messy and which many patients find difficult and unpleasant.

The Smile Centre’s dentists and hygienists provide brushing techniques to help young patients perfect their dental routines at home and this was something Stephanie was particularly impressed with.

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Adults can choose from Bronze and Maintenance Plan Plus and children and young adults are welcome to join either the Sunny Smiles or Sunny Smiles Plus Clubs. The practice also runs a Smiles Activity Club that provides a fun forum to help younger patients adopt good oral hygiene habits and includes examinations with the dentist. For more information please call 01579 342348, email info@the-smile-centre.com or visit www.the-smile-centre.com


Testimonial by - Sara Townsend, Berrynarbour

“Dan is a great dentist and I would recommend him to anyone”

I’m not very fond of dentists and would class myself as a nervous patient. I get in the chair and the tears start. I apologised to Dan once for being such a wuss and he was great. He reassured me that I didn’t have anything to worry about.

I recently had toothache and was given an emergency appointment on the same day, which is just what you need. You don’t want to be hanging around in pain. Toothache is worse than childbirth – in fact the toothache lasted longer than all three of my labours!

I thought it was the crown that was giving me trouble but after Dan x-rayed the tooth, it turned out to be an abscess. He said he would treat it there an then, which was great because before now I’ve been sent home with antibiotics and told to sit it out while the antibiotics work on the infection. I was so grateful that he could treat me straightaway.

I’ve got two young daughters and a baby and he was really great with the girls. They weren’t nervous at all and happily got into the chair for their examination. They were also given stickers at the end, which is always brilliant when you’re a child.

I have brought them with me to his appointments and tried to show them I was at ease with him, even if secretly I was nervous. Dan’s got a baby of his own so he is very understanding. He’s a great dentist and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a new dentist.

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Adults can choose from three levels of Smile Plan: Gold, Silver or Bronze and children and young adults are welcome to join either the Sunny Smiles or Sunny Smiles Plus Clubs. The practice also runs a Smiles Activity Club that provides a fun forum to help younger patients adopt good oral hygiene habits and includes examinations with the dentist. For more information please call 01579 342348, email info@the-smile-centre.com or visit www.the-smile-centre.com


Testimonial by - Richard Woodger, Ilfracombe

“I recommend him to literally everyone – I’ve tell them I’ve got the best dentist!”

I used to be a very, very nervous patient because of a traumatic experience when I was about 14. Until Dan became my dentist it was normal for me to shake when I knew I had a dental appointment and I would frequently sit in the car outside unable to go into the practice.

For many years I totally neglected my teeth, which is why they are such a wreck now. I don’t have very strong teeth and that could be because of the medication I have for asthma. But not going to the dentist hasn’t helpe

All that has changed now. Dan has done more than help me; he’s changed my view of dentists. I have had quite a lot of pretty intensive treatment and I have been to every one of his appointments. I don’t get nervous and go to see him regularly now.

Dan is a very soothing person. I can talk to him and he knows how to talk to me. He makes me feel calm by explaining everything to me as he’s going along. I had an injection recently and I can honestly say that I didn’t feel it – I swear I didn’t know I’d had it done, he’s that gentle.

Dan is very informative and draws diagrams on a whiteboard for me, to help me understand what he’s doing and why. It really helps take away my fear and shows me that I don’t have anything to worry about. He’s very talented – and honest. If he thinks I’m going to feel something, he warns me first and that helps you prepare yourself for it.

He’s a really nice guy and talks to you as a person. I recommend him to literally everyone I know. If they say they are looking for a new dentist, I tell them I’ve got the best!

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Adults can choose from three levels of Smile Plan: Gold, Silver or Bronze and children and young adults are welcome to join either the Sunny Smiles or Sunny Smiles Plus Clubs. The practice also runs a Smiles Activity Club that provides a fun forum to help younger patients adopt good oral hygiene habits and includes examinations with the dentist. For more information please call 01579 342348, email info@the-smile-centre.com or visit www.the-smile-centre.com


Testimonial by - Emily Cracknell, Ilfracombe

“He’s the best dentist I’ve ever had”

I recommend Dan to everyone. He sorted out a problem I’d had with my teeth for the last five years – and he sorted it first go!

My old dentist put a crown on top of a tooth while it was still infected and I got an abscess. This led to me having a hole in the bone and the abscess was draining through. The pain was incredible and I almost hospitalised myself because I’d taken too much paracetamol to cope with the pain it was so bad.

Dan saw what the problem was immediately and I had root canal treatment. I’d paid £200 for the crown and I was worried that I would have to have another one. But Dan drilled through the crown, plugged the hole in my gum and put a white filling in, which you can’t see. I’m so pleased.

I was so scared but Dan was brilliant; he’s the best dentist I’ve ever had. I’m normally very, very nervous but Dan makes me feel calm - I have recommended him to loads of people. He’s such a nice bloke.

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Adults can choose from three levels of Smile Plan: Gold, Silver or Bronze and children and young adults are welcome to join either the Sunny Smiles or Sunny Smiles Plus Clubs. The practice also runs a Smiles Activity Club that provides a fun forum to help younger patients adopt good oral hygiene habits and includes examinations with the dentist. For more information please call 01579 342348, email info@the-smile-centre.com or visit www.the-smile-centre.com


Testimonial by - David West, Ilfracombe

“I’m so impressed with Dan’s ability and professionalism that I travel three hours to see him”

I first met Dan Smirthwaite at my local practice in Ilfracombe. I was so impressed with his ability and professionalism that when he moved to Liskeard, I asked if I could become a patient. Although visiting him entails a six hour round trip, I’m more than happy to do this.

My new dentures have changed my life. I can now eat anything I like, including steak. I have also noticed an improvement with my health. I had suffered with stomach problems for many years because if you don’t chew your food properly, you can get digestive problems. I can now chew and digest my food properly – it’s wonderful.

I’m so impressed with Dan and I’m only too happy to recommend The Smile Centre. I would gladly have a chat with anyone who is having difficulties with their dentures.

My new teeth are amazing and have made a difference to my appearance. I have had a complete set made to ensure the bite is correct. Getting dentures right is complicated and I have the added problem of having a crooked tooth but I have every confidence in Dan.

The Smile Centre is a fabulous place and all the staff are very pleasant and obliging. The practice is well laid out, tidy and there is adequate parking. I’m delighted overall and would like to thank Dan for all his support.

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Adults can choose from three levels of Smile Plan: Gold, Silver or Bronze and children and young adults are welcome to join either the Sunny Smiles or Sunny Smiles Plus Clubs. The practice also runs a Smiles Activity Club that provides a fun forum to help younger patients adopt good oral hygiene habits and includes examinations with the dentist. For more information please call 01579 342348, email info@the-smile-centre.com or visit www.the-smile-centre.com