ONE of the North East’s leading dental practices has something to smile about – after receiving a record 11 nominations in the country’s most prestigious awards.

Sunderland’s Riveredge Cosmetic Dentistry has been nominated in an astonishing nine categories in this year’s Aesthetic Dentistry Awards, which recognises the very best in aesthetic dentistry across the UK and Ireland.

And the number of shortlisted entries makes the practice the most nominated dentist surgery in the country and the only cosmetic practice to be nominated in the North of England.

Along with being in the running for the Best Aesthetic Practice, Riveredge dentists Dr Ken Harris and Dr Richard Coates have also been singled out across a range of categories.

Dr Harris has been nominated for tooth whitening, restorative minimal; intervention dentistry, restorative single tooth ceramic and in the restorative cosmetic smile makeover (ceramic) categories, while Dr Coates is in the running in the restorative single arch and restorative conservative smile makeover (composite) sections.

Both dentists will go head to head in two categories, in the restorative single tooth composite and the restorative full mouth rehabilitation categories.

Dr Harris and Dr Coates are no strangers to these awards, having taken a number of honours over the years.

Riveredge Cosmetic Dentistry has a world renowned reputation, with Dr Harris one of only two Fellows of the British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (BACD) and who regularly lectures to dentists around the globe.

Dr Coates also trains in the USA and is is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).

“It’s excellent news that we have both been nominated again in these well respected national awards,” said Dr Harris.

“This will not be the first time that we have been pitted against each other and I’m sure we’ll both face it with good humour and be happy whatever the outcome.

“The Aesthetic Dentistry Awards is one of the biggest highlights in the industry’s calendar and I’m very proud that Riveredge Cosmetic Dentistry has already been recognised so extensively for our work.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Landmark Hotel on 23 March.

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