What made you decide to get into dentistry as a career?
I was intrigued by the blend of surgery and artistry that dentistry provides to improve peoples oral health and aesthetics.
How long have you been practising dentistry?
Tell us about your career background?
Since qualification I have completed a years residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery in hospital which has taught me a lot about emergency care, oral surgery and oral medicine and pathology. I have since worked as an associate in mixed practice in the NHS in the UK. More recently, I have developed an interest in Invisalign and anterior composite bonding, completing a course in Invisalign GO and Ivoclar this year.
What is your most memorable case to date?
My most memorable case to date is probably my first completed Invisalign case. A young dental nurse in the UK wanted to straighten her teeth, honestly I was dubious whether she would gain much benefit from the treatment. She had mild crowding with a class 1 occlusion and skeletal base. Her treatment was straight forward but after completion I was very impressed with the outcome and have been a convert ever since.
What do you love most about your job?
Not knowing what the next case to walk through the door will be.
What are your special interests in dentistry?
Anterior composite bonding and Invisalign.
What is the main piece of advice you give your patients?
To make friends with the internet and to use it to help with their oral hygiene and diet as it is makes a massive difference. Oh, and there is no such thing as a stupid question and encourage questions.
Where would we find you outside of the practice?
With my 2 children or alternatively surfing or rock climbing if time and weather permits.
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