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Working as a cosmetic dentist

Last updated: 28th March 2023
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AOA My question was in regards to working as a cosmetic dentist. In the UK the majority of jobs as a dentist require you to do some form of cosmetic work like veneers, Invisalign, teeth whitening, composite bonding. If these procedures are done just for beautification is it halal? Veneers require mild shaving of the front tooth by a few mm to add a cover for teeth, would this classify as filing teeth? Please let me know of any dental treatments which you believe are haram. Additionally, what do scholars mean by beautification, does correcting minor misalignment in your teeth and whitening teeth fall under the category? Please answer as I am confused as to whether I should pursue a career in this field.



بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامداومصليا

The procedure of applying Veneers (In most cases, the enamel on the front of your teeth will need to be prepared (filed down) before having veneers placed. The enamel is the thin outer layer on a tooth’s surface. This means your teeth will be permanently altered).

This procedure will not be permissible as it is changing the creation of Allah and similar to the ‘Al Mutafallijat’ they are the peoples who widen the gaps between their teeth for the sake of beautification.

However, in Shariah the principle is that abnormality and defects can be corrected. Hence, if one has abnormality and defects then one can correct it by applying veneers.

The other procedures such as Invisalign, teeth whitening, composite bonding will be permissible.

قوله: (للحسن)، يتعلق بالمتفلجات أي: لأجل الحسن، قيد به لأن الحرام منه هو المفعول لطلب الحسن، أما إذا احتيج إليه لعلاج أو عيب في السن ونحوه فلا بأس به
(عمدة القاري ١٩/٢٥٥)

And Allah knows best

03 Ramadan 1444/ 25 March 2023

Mufti
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