HE gave a Sunderland schoolgirl her dazzling smile and her confidence back – and now top dentist Ken Harris has been given a national award for his work.
Fourteen-year-old Ellie Page was left shattered when she found out two of her adult front teeth were misshapen.
Because of this, she stopped smiling in front of friends and relatives, feeling embarrassed.
But now, after corrective work by Riverside Comestic Dentistry’s Ken Harris, Ellie, of Ashbrooke, is back to her gorgeous best.
Ellie said: “I used to hate smiling, but I love my teeth now – and all my friends have noticed how much more confident I am.”
As a result of his work, Dr Harris has been handed the top prize for Best Conservative Composite at the UK Smile Awards 2012.
The Smile Awards were set up to reward clinical excellence in dental and facial aesthetics.
Dr Harris was also shortlisted in the categories of Conservative Ceramic Smile – where only minimal crowns, veneers or bleaching treatments have been applied.
Dr Harris, who is also the only dentist to have worked as a mentor at the prestigious Kois Centre in Seattle, in the United States, said: “Obviously I’m delighted to have received this award, but the real reward was seeing the change in Ellie. She’s gone from being self-conscious to self-confident.”