A Sheffield student has something to smile about - after winning the heat of a national dentistry competition.
Caitlin Yates, aged 24, has got through to the final of a competition for final year dentistry students in which they have to demonstrate their skills in a series of challenges.
Students were judged on complex dental work they carried out on a mouth mould.
There will be 16 heats in total - one at each of the UK dental schools - with the winners taking part in a national final in Edinburgh in March.
Caitlin Yates, who lives and studies in Sheffield, said: “I was so surprised when I was announced as the winner of the regional heat. After the initial shock, my emotions turned to excitement.
“This feels like a real achievement after such a long period of studying.
“I am absolutely delighted to be invited to the final in Edinburgh this coming March and really look forward to the challenge but also have a twinge of anxiety at the prospect of the competition.
“This has been a great opportunity to improve my skills and meet new people.”
The finalists will be judged on their ability to complete a series of clinical procedures.
James Newton, aged 31, who grew up in Chesterfield and studies dentistry in Sheffield, came second in the regional heat.
He said: “The experience will benefit me in my future career as it’s something extra to put on the CV to try and stand out in a very competitive profession.”
The competition was run by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and sponsored by DENTSPLY.