I began my career drilling and filling as an NHS dentist and although I was always happy to see my patients relieved from pain I do find practising as a cosmetic dentist to be more fulfilling. I get real satisfaction from seeing the difference that changing a smile makes to a patient’s life. For example, Lisa from Glasgow came to see me after years of dental neglect related to health problems. I was able to transform her smile with plastic surgery for her gums, veneers, crowns and a bridge (keeping the gap between her front teeth which she loved). I was delighted when Lisa told me after her treatment that not only could she now smile without covering her mouth but that she had a lot more self-confidence.