A picture snapped at a dance group’s farewell party to mark a friend’s departure to Jamaica showed more than what vivacious Norma Aston was expecting.
As the well-wishes were made and memorable dancing stories exchanged amongst members of the Uksalsafeet classes at Willenhall’s Chart Centre, the cameras and smartphones did their work.
But a single profile shot of Norma captured a different story to all the other photographs taken at that event.
“My teeth had been troublesome for years, but when I saw the photo and realised just how far forward my top teeth had moved I knew I had to get something done. It was a turning point for me,” recalls Norma of Willenhall.
The youthful 60-something-year-old salsa enthusiast, who attends classes every Saturday to help perfect her technique in this pastime made popular by programmes like Strictly Come Dancing, adds: “There were a number of things that came together which encouraged me to get things sorted.
“I had seen an article in my local paper about a woman who attends the same gym as myself at the centre. I was impressed how problems with her teeth were resolved.“
A patient of Denture Clinic principal Steven Burchell Dip CDT RCS(Eng), she suffered from an ill-fitting, lower denture and a long-standing issue was fixed with an implant-retained prosthetic.
Adds Norma: “I knew what I wanted and was already in my mind going down the implant denture route.
“At the same time, my step-daughter was encouraging me to see her implant dentist, the well-respected Dr Owain Rees.”
“I asked my regular dentist to refer me to Steven and a consultation was arranged. Dental work is such a visual thing, and unlike hospital surgical work we get to choose who undertakes it.
“It was so important for me that I made the correct choice.”
Husband Don, a former design engineer and dance band frontman, who met Norma 32 years ago while playing at the Corpus Christi Centre, Wednesfield, takes up the story: