Preet Bhogal on how orthodontics play a key role in cosmetic dentistry
Specialist orthodontist at Signature Orthodontics and founding member and clinical director of the Quick Straight Teeth system, Dr Preet Bhogal believes in the encouragement and support of GDPs to provide simple orthodontics and working with specialists for complex comprehensive orthodontic cases to provide the best outcomes.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I was born and bred in Leeds as the youngest of four children to my Indian parents who came to the UK in the 1960s with very little in the way of possessions or money. As a consequence, they worked seven days and instilled a strong work ethic, concentrating on honesty, integrity and fulfilling one’s true potential.
My father was a teacher and my mother worked in a factory making clothes. As a young Sikh boy with long hair life was very interesting; for example, my neighbour was a skinhead in the National Front, so I guess I learnt to take care of myself pretty quickly. One of the main drivers was to work hard and aspire to improve my family situation.
I was fortunate to study dentistry at Birmingham University and qualified in 2000, winning the Walpole-Day Prize in Orthodontics.
What or who made you choose a career in orthodontics?
Orthodontics stood out as a specialty during my time as an undergraduate. I enjoyed the teaching and undertook a special study module to learn more in my final year. This was my first exposure to many of the wonderful consultants around the West Midlands, who were very supportive. Subsequently, I worked in various dental specialties and remained in general dental practice throughout. That's where I completed many simple fixed and removable orthodontic cases with a local consultant mentor. This stimulated my interest and encouraged me to pursue specialist training.
I was very fortunate to...