John Goodman, a North Wales-based clinical dental technician and director of the Clinical Dental Technician Association, said: "Patients can get ripped off if they use an illegal technician; the product they get may not be to the proper level of quality and it could even cause damage to the bone structure or facial muscles or even psychological damage.
Clinical dental technicians are trained and registered to provide patients direct treatment for the construction, repairing and fitting of removable dental appliances, such as dentures.
But now, thanks to the new legislation, clinical dental technicians
are able to do those things.
"Compulsory registration clinical dental technicians
came into force on July 30, 2008.
Richard graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons (England) in February 2008 as a Clinical Dental Technician
and after working in Barnsley, South Yorkshire moved to establish his clinics in the North East.
There are around 5000 clinical dental technicians
, or denturists, in the UK with around 500 in Scotland.
By law, only dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians
work- working to the prescription of a dentist can carry out tooth whitening.
Only dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians
working to the prescription of a dentist can legally carry out tooth whitening.
Richard is one of the first members of the new profession of clinical dental technicians
registered with the General Dental Council.
DENTURECARE is a company of qualified Clinical Dental Technicians
Dean Ellis of Denturecare said: "We make dentures direct to you and with six practices in the Yorkshire area, we are the largest company of its type in the UK.
Stephen is in discussions with the University of Teesside to launch a new course for dental technicians and clinical dental technicians
-on which he can send his staff.
"We use modern, multi-tone staining techniques to hand colour the gums, to produce a natural appearance.'' He added: "Our staff regularly attend courses in America and Europe, keeping themselves up-to-date with all the very latest techniques and developments and all our clinical dental technicians
are all qualified in The Biofunctional Prosthetic System (BPS).