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Cosmetic dentists in the UK will normally be self-employed general dental practitioners from their own practices. Similar to normal dentists they will examine patients’ teeth and inform them on any treatment they might need to either relieve or prevent problems. However, they are less involved with the health of the tooth, rather the cosmetic look of the smile.
Cosmetic dentists will often fix discoloured, gappy or crooked teeth to create the perfect smile. Veneers are also becoming more common. It is the responsibility of a dentist to teach patients the best way to look after their teeth and gums after these procedures. They work closely with other members of staff in the dental practice, including hygienists and dental nurses.
All dental healthcare professionals need to ensure that standards of cleanliness and sterilisation in the workplace are maintained rigorously at all times.