What made you decide to get into dentistry as a career?
I became interested in it around the age of 14, when I did work experience at my local dental practice, I always had a strong desire to work in a scientific career as science was the subject I enjoyed most at school. I also wanted a job where I could make a good living, whilst not working long hours and to be able to work with my hands. Dentistry for me was a natural best fit.
How long have you been practising dentistry?
I have been practising since 2017.
Tell us about your career background.
I completed a vocational training year following graduation in 2017, this year allowed me to work independently with mentorship from an experienced dentist. From whom I learned a great deal which enabled me to gain a solid grounding in the basics of dentistry. Since then, I have been working in general practice in various practices across south Wales. I provide a wide range of treatments, to both NHS and private patients. The NHS can sometimes make life in dentistry difficult. But it has enabled me to gain a wealth of experience in a short period of time. I have undertaken courses in cosmetic tooth alignment and facial aesthetics, and I have thoroughly enjoyed providing more of these treatments in recent years.
What is your most memorable case to date?
I struggle to remember the good cases, but one which stands out is in fact a case which I only completed recently. A lady in her 70’s wished to freshen up her smile. She had dark craze lines on her upper central incisors and wanted these removed or covered. The treatment option we chose was to provide her with veneers and to replace an old crown on her lateral incisor. She absolutely loved the result and said “I feel young again!”. That’s what I enjoy most about cosmetic dentistry, the ability to make someone feel like they’ve regained their youth.
What do you love most about your job?
Cases such as the one above. That’s what I enjoy most about cosmetic dentistry, the ability to make someone feel like they’ve regained their youth. I also love working with my hands, developing good relationships with patients and with the practice team.
What are your special interests in dentistry?
Endodontics, there’s no treatment result I find more satisfying than a well-executed root canal filling. If I were to specialise in the future, this would be the specialty I would pursue. I also enjoy general dentistry, I find that bread and butter dentistry, performed to a high standard, can be every bit as satisfying as a pretty composite bonding case.
What is the main piece of advice you give your patients?
Even the best dentistry in the world will soon fail if you don’t clean your teeth and keep your diet in check.
Where would we find you outside of the practice?
In the kitchen. I love to cook, which stems from my love of food in general. I love eating at restaurants, but even more so at street food stalls. I also love wine, so you’d likely find me spending a lot of time in Marlborough!
I’ve recently taken up climbing, which is a really fun way to get my exercise in. I love watching rugby and motorsports. I also love spending time by the seaside.