Specialist OrthodontistDr.
Jay Patel

Qualifications: BDS, MJDF(Eng) MClinDent MOrth(Eng). GDC number: 154774

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I am Jay, Specialist Orthodontist born in the UK in 1984. I have a diverse cultural background, with East African origins and familial connections to Gujarat, India. This has significantly influenced my nurturing a strong appreciation for multiculturalism.

My career in orthodontics began with inspiration from shadowing my father, leading me to pursue this field with a dental degree from Kings College London and specialist training at The Royal London Hospital. I have a diverse background in oral care which also includes cosmetic and functional improvements with long term stability. I strive to create a journey that goes beyond mere treatment making a positive impact on those I treat by creating confident smiles whose effects can last a lifetime.

Outside of my profession, I enjoy downhill mountain biking and paragliding. With a particular excitement for the outdoors, it allows me to appreciate the natural beauty around us. I combine this from my experiences in Olympic Distance Triathlons which allows me to be at one with nature. I enjoy live musical events and deep house music. The last, I share with my clients on their visits to FIRST Ortho to make it a unique experience.

Dr Patel's
Biography

  • Professional Experience
  • Qualifications
  • Awards & Achievements

Current: Creating Beautiful Smiles as an Associate Specialist Orthodontist 

Currently I work in two private practices that offer challenging cases and invaluable learning opportunities. Before this, I dedicated time within the National Health Service. My focus was on developing my expertise whilst providing orthodontic services for children in less affluent areas, an aspect of my career that I find most rewarding. 

Recent Past: Specialist Orthodontic Training 

In the years from 2013 to 2016, I pursued specialist training as an Orthodontic Registrar at Royal London and Southend Hospitals. It wasn’t an easy path; the competition for the limited training positions was fierce. But resilience and dedication led me to complete my specialist training under the mentorship of renowned consultants. This intensive period resulted in a Masters in Orthodontics and Royal College of Surgeons accreditation.  

Early Years: Laying the Foundation for Expertise 

During the period of 2008 to 2013, I held diverse positions across NHS General Practice, Paediatric Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This diverse journey across the country—from Hastings to Eastbourne, Brighton to Bristol—was crucial not just for building my expertise but also for securing a coveted spot in Registrar training. 

Starting Point: A Personal Journey Through Dentistry 

My journey in dentistry began at King’s College London from 2002 to 2008. Although my undergraduate training took an additional year due to mental well-being challenges, this experience has added depth to my perspective. It has taught me to value things differently and has become a crucial part of my personal and professional growth.

  • BDS
  • MJDF (Eng)
  • MClinDent MOrth (Eng)
  • 2008 – Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Kings College London
  • 2008 – Scoring in the top 30% – 10% of my year, upon completion of Undergraduate Dental Exams (Kings College London)
  • 2010 – Membership of Joint Dental Faculties, Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • 2012 – Time of 2 hours 36 minutes for Virgin Active Olympic Distance Triathlon (successive 1.2km swim, 40km bike ride, 10km run), whilst performing Orthodontic registrar training. The fastest time that day was 2 hours 1 minute set by Alistair Brownlee, an Olympic athlete for Great Britain.
  • 2015 – Masters in Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics), Queen Mary University of London
  • 2016 – Membership to the Faculty of Orthodontics, Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • 2022 – Completion of South African Hanglider and Paragliding Association Club Pilot training in Paragliding.
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