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Ex-armed forces man given the gift of a smile

28 July 2015

Ex-armed forces man given the gift of a smile

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Neil Raeburn completed three tours with the Royal Scots – in Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Iraq. A cosmetic dental practice in Edinburgh has saw fit to acknowledge the service Neil has given for his country by subsidising the £8k costs to fix his teeth just in time for his wedding this October.

Neil suffers from fibromyalgia, survives on a small military pension and had become increasingly concerned that he would be unable to smile for his wedding photos because of the state of his teeth, according to

Those in charge at Vitaliteeth in Edinburgh were moved to action when word reached them about Neil’s situation. Relationship Manager and Patient Coordinator, Una Moran, said: “When we heard Neil’s story during the case review, we didn’t hesitate. For a man to have served his country so selflessly to find himself in this situation is dreadful. As soon as it was brought to the attention of our team everyone agreed straight away that we wanted to help.

“Neil is a lovely guy with a young family and should be looking forward to everything about his big day – not worrying about how he won’t be able to smile. We are determined to make sure that he has the broadest, brightest grin for his wedding and will be beaming in photographs that he can cherish for the rest of his life.”

The work will be led by leading dentists within the practice and Neil is delighted with their generosity. He said: “I owe so much to Una and the team at Vitaliteeth as they have been unbelievably kind and supportive in making sure that I get this incredible gift in time for my wedding. My teeth were a huge concern for me and considering my circumstances and commitments to my young family, it seemed the only feasible option was to be lumbered with dentures for the rest of my life.

“I am excited for the treatment, but most definitely nervous, as the Fibromyalgia which has affected my oral health also significantly sharpens my pain sensors. But now that I have been able to get to know the team it has helped to put my mind at ease and the thought of cracking a beaming smile on the day I marry Kathryn makes me so happy.”

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