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October 31, 2018
Helen Cantrell

It’s just lipstick, not a magic wand!

You can’t fight nature

I remember arguing with my Mum when I was 5 years old, that she should have married a man with a smaller nose and ears that didn’t stick out. The blessings didn’t stop there though! I also inherited my Dad’s mouth – complete with the thin top lip that disappears the moment you smile. Thanks genetics, I hate you.


What do the cosmetic companies advise?

“Use your lip liner outside the natural lip line to make it appear bigger, and then add your lipstick over the top”

Great, but I don’t wear lipstick! And even if I did, I’d have to colour so far over my natural lip line, I’d be left looking like a clown! Not the look I’m going for when I leave the house….


The Joker Lip fillers ?


So what do I do now?

So what are my options? Buy lipsticks that promise lip-plumping? Been there, done that. Multiple times. They didn’t work.


Waste money on the internet gadgets that promise me an inflated lip, involving some weird suction thing? Pass.


Cover my lips with honey and hope a wasp will sting me evenly all over my top lip? (but not too much stinging, because let’s be honest, that hurts!) Er….no.

lip fillers smiles centre swindon dentist

It’s not fair!

Nothing worked, and I’m not ashamed to admit, I was starting to get lip envy.


So what did I do?

Meet my new best friend – Lip Fillers. They’ve been around for years now, but if you are anything like me, you’ve been dubious of having anything ‘done’ to your face. It might not be great, but it’s the only face I’ve got, and I plan on wearing it for the rest of my life!


What changed my mind?

Collagen is something your body naturally produces. As we get older, it slows down and gets ‘less plump’. Introducing collagen into my lips gives me what genetics so cruelly robbed me of. A top lip! My body will naturally break the collagen down slowly over 3 months, and it will be disposed of naturally within the body, like any normal waste. It’s the perfect crime!


Will I look like a duck?

Hey, I can’t help how you pose for photos.

Ok, I’ll admit it; I was so excited by my new mouth, and the fact I finally had a lip to pout with, I was guilty for the first two weeks of doing nothing but duck pouts! And I wore lipstick for the first time in years. Loved every second of it.

No, you won’t look like a duck. Fillers enhance the natural shape of your lip by increasing the volume.


So what happened? Be honest  – did it hurt?!

I’m a big baby. I’ll cry if I get a splinter. I wanted a top lip, but I wasn’t going to do it if it hurt! Did it hurt? NO.


Let me walk you through it.

  • First, they put numbing cream on my lips. Loads of it. I looked like I’d face-planted into a snow drift. But hey, it worked.
  • Next was the collagen lip filler. Yes, It’s injected but there is honestly nothing to worry about, the needle is really fine and short. I couldn’t feel it  – I was lovely and numb! I was aware the filler was going in. My lips felt fuller and I guess the very worst it felt was as if I was being slightly pinched. All in all, it took about 30 minutes.
  • Then what? Well, then I was all done! Checked it out in the mirror, was amazed and SO pleased with the result. Off home I went, smiling at absolutely everyone.


What about kissing?

Let’s be honest, we’ve all wondered it. I wondered it too, especially as I was booked on a first date, two days later! I’m extremely pleased to be able to reassure you that my date was unaware that I had been ‘enhanced’ in any way. And yes, I tested the new pout with a small smooch at the end of the date. Everything still worked and no loss of sensation. Second date was even requested. Well done, me!


What are the downsides?

It’s not permanent. After being so wary of having it done, I fell in love with the results and wanted them to stay!

After having lip fillers, you’ll need to use some lip balm. Not excessive amounts, but the lips will need to be moisturised. I wasn’t used to needing any!


Would you recommend it?

Without a doubt. I wish I’d done it earlier.


So now what?

Well, now I’m qualified to administer lip fillers. I know exactly how it feels to want something ‘improved’, but also the concerns you have over having things done. I know, because I had them all too.


I think I might want to know a bit more about it, who can I talk to?

As with anything, it’s very important that you have confidence in whomever you’re considering to do your cosmetic treatment.

  • Talk to them about your concerns and your wishes. They’ll need to take photos to do a proper assessment (don’t worry, it’s all confidential!), and they should talk you through the procedure.
  • Make sure you pick a healthcare professional, not everyone who offers Fillers has a medically trained background. This is vital.
  • The clinic needs to be clean, well lit and offer you some privacy.
  • You should always be given chance to think about the treatment. Consultations and initial treatments for lip fillers should not be carried out on the same day. The consultant will need time to plan your treatment, and you need time to be able to change your mind, should you want to.
  • The general rule is always start off small. You can always go back after a couple of weeks and get a ‘top up’. Think of it like adding sugar to your tea – you can always add more, but you can’t take it out!


Can I come and see you about lip fillers?

Of course you can! Call up to make an appointment for a chat about lip fillers. We’re on 01793 200036. We’ll make you a tea or coffee, and have a chat about what you’re looking for. There’s no charge for this – I just want you to get your questions answered and feel more comfortable about the procedure. There might even be biscuits….

You can book a consultation or request a price list here >>> 

August 11, 2018
Stuart Miles

I dont want to say Christmas but…

Wow, we had one of the busiest summer’s in our history, a usually quiet time of year.

This is great for us of course but it will mean that our September, October, November diaries are going to be crazy busy. These 3 months are traditionally our busiest of the year and each month gets more intense as our patients look to complete their treatment before Christmas.

If you are wanting to have any treatment undertaken at Smiles Centre before the year end, please get your consultation booked asap, we don’t like to disappoint but there are only so many hours available to us.

You can book an appointment by calling our team on 01793 722266

Are we the busiest dentist in Swindon?

I don’t know if we are the busiest dentist in Swindon but it  sure does feel like it. Don’t forget we still offer our free meet and greet appointments for nervous patients, they remain extremely popular with  patients who need that little bit more assurance.

We hope to see you soon at Smiles Centre, Swindon.

3 Beechcroft Road, Sn2 7RD

Stuart 🙂

March 15, 2018
Katie Fogarty

Can anyone do Teeth Whitening

If you are interested in Teeth Whitening, then you will need to see a dentist first to be assessed.

When the dentist has assessed the patients mouth, then they will take impressions for the upper/lower to get the correct size mouth guard. And also a shade each time you come in for an assessment to see the stages of the whitening has got to.


We use a brand here called Pola Night.

Polanight is a convenient tooth whitening solution, that you can apply while you sleep. It contains fluoride which remineralises your tooth to protect against tooth sensitivity and also contains pola Desensistising Technology (PDT) to protect the nerves and nerve endings in your gums. PDT also protects your gums from irritation, burning, pain or long term nerve damage. polanight is available in a variety of different strengths, with the higher concentrations of carbamide peroxide able to achieve stronger whitening in a shorter period of time. The strengths of polanight available include:

  • 10% carbamide peroxide
  • 16% carbamide peroxide
  • 18% carbamide peroxide
  • 22% carbamide peroxide

Note, 1% of hydrogen peroxide equates to 3% of carbamide peroxide.


Please give us a call regarding on teeth whitening at




01793 722 266

March 14, 2018
Fatoumata Bah

Why have dentures?

Patients have dentures to replace missing teeth, this could be a few missing teeth or a full dentures. Day to day life like eating and speaking can be a real struggle without teeth therefore patients can have a denture(s) made to help with this, correct their bite and give them their smile back. Dentures are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.


If you need to speak to someone about dentures please come in and see our Clinical Dental Technician Simon Miles who is a specialist in making dentures at

Smiles Centre

3 Beechcroft Road

Upper Stratton


01793 722 266


March 12, 2018
Stuart Miles

Dentures or Implants

One of the questions we are asked frequently…

Should I Have Implants or Dentures?

We have an excellent answer, in this short blog, I’m going to present the pros and cons when comparing dentures to implants, this is based on situations whereby a denture or an implant are suitable options.

Please read to the end as we have an ideal solution to this question


A single dental implant is an artificial replacement for a tooth root but there are many different types of implant available and when competently used they all deliver the best possible results. The main objective when placing any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone and over time further growth of bone onto the implant surface enhances the stability of the implant.

If we are comparing implants to dentures then we would be looking at either a denture with several implants creating an implant retained denture that clicks in and out with implant abutments or a fixed bar. Assuming the implants are successful, either way will result in a stable fit, with no movement. But with this direct comparison of denture or implant – you are not getting the same benefits as a single implant tooth would provide you, a single implant has one implant and usually, a crown over the top, this is the closest possible to a natural tooth. 

Implants are available at Smiles Centre, our implant expert is Dr. Marques and all treatment is undertaken within our clinic in Beechcroft Road, Swindon.


  • Not suitable for everyone – See our question; Am I suitable for implants?
  • More Expensive
  • Takes Longer – On average, 6 to 12 months to fully finished
  • Intrusive Surgery


  • Very Stable When Successful
  • May Help Prevent Future Bone Loss


Dentures are by nature less reliable than implants because they remain removable, however, if dentures are made well, they can prove to be very suitable. There are many advances in denture technology making them lighter, stronger and ultimately easier to wear.

Smiles Centre have the experience and are at the forefront of modern technology, as well as our state of the art on-site laboratory, Smiles Centre work closely with a 3D metal printer in France, we scan and design our models and then they are printed in chrome cobalt which means for partial dentures, we can create very intricate frameworks that clip in around existing teeth.


  • Chance that denture may have some movement
  • Potentially more material in the mouth when wearing


  • More cost effective
  • Can be Adapted to Add Implants Later
  • Partials can be made with intricate metal framework
  • Quicker treatment

Our Ideal Solution

This is usually, a very popular way to proceed. If you are unsure whether to have implants or a denture, have Smiles Centre make a Premium Plus denture for you, we will make it to our highest specifications on-site in our laboratory, then, after it is finished and you have had some time to adjust to wearing it, you can add implants at a later stage, there is no additional cost other than to fit the implants and adjust the denture, often, the denture can be reduced in size too. Sometimes, you might decide that you would like just two implants on the lower denture as the top denture fits fine, every person has a different situation so we would always need to undertake a full consultation with x-rays and a diagnosis, then we can propose a suitable treatment plan with you.

full lower denture with 2 implants
full lower denture with 2 implants

If you would like to discuss further then call our team today on 01793 722266



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