A dentist who was offering aligners (braces) online by asking people to submit a photograph without a face-to-face examination by a trained clinician, has had conditions put on his ability to practice as a dentist for 12 months pending a full hearing.
Concerns were raised about patient safety from a number of practitioners and the British Orthodontic Society who reported the matter regarding the website to the General Dental Council (GDC).
The decision of conditions was taken by the General Dental Council’s Interim Orders Committee on 19 May 2016.
Among the conditions issued to Mr Aalok Shukla (Registration number 82876) are requirements that he is unable to perform orthodontic work without examining patients in person.
The GDC’s Director of Fitness to Practise, Jonathan Green said: “Face to face consultations are an essential aspect of delivery of safe patient care.
“Where a business model potentially compromises patient care or is on the face of it incompatible with our Standards for the Dental Team, we will act.”