Anisha Gupta came second in the BACD Rising Star Scholarship 2017; she explains what that means to her…
I had previously worked on a project that looked at the cultural and social implications around cosmetic dentistry and surgical interventions in the pursuit for perfection. By entering the BACD competition, I hoped to further my research into this topic.
I chose to discuss 'What makes the perfect smile around the world?' in my essay, as it provided the opportunity to explore facial and oral aesthetics from a clinical, technical, cultural and humanities perspective. The main points I highlighted were the subjective and personal nature of 'perfection', and the influence of ever-changing racial and cultural beauty standards.
I was very pleased to come second in this competition, as it encourages me to further pursue interdisciplinary research projects in this field, alongside developing as a cosmetic dental clinician. Through affiliation with the BACD, I hope to benefit further from educational and career opportunities within the field of cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry.
The BACD is clearly a prestigious organisation, whose members have a vast wealth of knowledge and experience, and by becoming a member I look forward to benefiting from this expertise to set the foundations of my own clinical and research career.”