Cook­ing up a smile

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Si­mon Martin’s Manch­ester restau­rant, Mana, has just been awarded a Miche­lin Star; the city’s first in 40 years. Nat­u­rally, he can’t stop smil­ing and, thanks to The Den­tal Academy, a lead­ing pri­vate den­tal prac­tice run by Kevin and Jan Dobbs, smil­ing is some­thing he can now do with con­fi­dence!

How did you dis­cover The Den­tal Academy?

Well, this is go­ing to sound a bit strange but it was through their pot­ted herbs and veg­eta­bles! Jan and Kevin also have a thriv­ing veg­etable business, Grow­ing@ Field28. I only use the best pro­duce so I bought from them but I didn’t know that their day job was den­tistry un­til Jan no­ticed that I was a bit self-con­scious about my smile and of­fered to help.

Were you em­bar­rassed about your smile?

Not em­bar­rassed no but I was aware that it wasn’t as good as it could be. Back in the day I used to en­joy mo­tocross racing and yes, you’ve guessed it, that’s where the prob­lems be­gan: an ac­ci­dent when I was 16 meant that I lost my two front teeth! Var­i­ous vis­its to var­i­ous den­tists en­sued but the caps they put on would in­vari­ably fall out: I used to worry about tak­ing a bite out of an ap­ple-not a good look for a chef!

How did The Den­tal Academy re­store your con­fi­dence in den­tists?

The mo­ment I walked in; I knew that this was no or­di­nary den­tal prac­tice. The care­fully re­stored Vic­to­rian build­ing is set in its own grounds and is taste­fully and beau­ti­fully fur­nished. It just feels peace­ful and re­laxed-the de­li­cious cof­fee helps-and it’s pos­si­ble to for­get that you’re at the den­tist at all. Be­sides, it in­stantly shows that aes­thet­ics is taken se­ri­ously here.

The prac­tice has all the lat­est and best equip­ment. Kevin heads the team and he takes masses of time to ex­plain ex­actly what he is go­ing to do at each stage, which gave me a sense of con­trol and in­put. Of course, the pro­fes­sion­al­ism which shines through the whole team made me feel as if I was in ex­pert hands which, of course, I was! It seems a bit odd to say my den­tal ap­point­ments were fun, doesn’t it, but they were. Kevin has a great sense of hu­mour and no, he doesn’t have that an­noy­ing habit of talk­ing to you when your mouth is be­ing worked on!

What treat­ment did you have?

I had treat­ment for gin­givi­tis and a set of ve­neers. I kept wait­ing for some dis­com­fort-I had psyched my­self up to be brave- but I didn’t have to be a brave solider as the whole pro­ce­dure caused min­i­mum dis­com­fort. Not only is Kevin a wiz­ard at den­tistry, he is an ab­so­lute ge­nius when it comes to us­ing anaes­thetic.

I’d travel many miles to have treat­ment like that but you know, the Den­tal Academy is very con­ve­niently placed and for me that was hugely im­por­tant, as I just can’t be away from Mana for too long. It’s also great value be­cause work done at the Den­tal Academy doesn’t have to be re-done.

Are there any sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween a top chef and a top den­tist?

Of course! We both have to be hugely dis­ci­plined and de­ter­mined to stay at the top of our pro­fes­sion. We must be knowl­edge­able, ef­fi­cient, in­spire our teams and en­sure that our clients trust us to give them a world class service.

Can you stop smil­ing?

No! Why would I? I’m quite a smi­ley per­son any­way and be­sides, I have a Miche­lin starred restau­rant and, thanks to the Den­tal Academy, a per­fect smile.

The song says, ‘All I want for Christ­mas is my Two Front Teeth’. You al­ready have that: what else would you like?

How about a 40-litre stock­pot!

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