Co Down dentist takes cosmetic approach by creating new jobs
Five jobs have been created in a new Co Down dental surgery that offers botox treatments along with traditional check-ups, fillings and root canals.
The Vita Dental Care practice has been set up in a former bank building in Castle Street, Comber, with a £320,000 investment from Dr Christine Thomson.
The dentist received a £140,000 business loan towards the investment from Danske Bank in her ambition to provide a fully computerised dental service for NHS and private customers.
Christine said she believed that the combination of the most up-to-date dental treatments with discreet cosmetic procedures was the way to go.
"There's a high demand for services such as botox and fillers in the Co Down area, but it's a type of service that many people don't want others to know they are receiving," added Dr Thomson, who graduated in dentistry from the University of Dundee in 2007.
"I think these types of treatments are popular because people today are more and more image conscious. People are willing to spend more on their dental treatments.
"We offer a different perspective on cosmetic treatments - something I feel isn't currently on offer in Comber."
Part of Dr Thomson's challenge was converting the former First Trust Bank building, which was vacant for around eight years.
It required a complete internal overhaul, with new electrics, plumbing and heating system.
"All our equipment is brand new," Dr Thomson said. "Offering digital X-rays, the practice is also fully computerised, so there will be no paper records.
"We offer various cosmetic treatments such as Botox and veneers, as well as traditional dentistry to both NHS and private patients.
"We have taken on five members of staff from the local area to get the business started, but we hope to open a third surgery within the next year, bringing in another associate dentist as we have sufficient space at the rear of our building."
Ivan Hagan, business manager at Danske Bank added "Vita Dental Care's forward-thinking business model, underpinned by the commitment of its owner to excellence and innovation in the health care sector, bodes very well for the future of the practice".