Meet Dr Mahesh Patel

Principal, First Ortho, Specialist Orthodontist: BDS, DOrthRCS(Eng) FDSRCPS (Glasg). GDC number: 54230

I chose dentistry in the mid 1970’s against a backdrop of recession and rising unemployment. I had no particular attraction towards dentistry. My interest was Astro-physics.

However, I was aware of two things: my interest in the sciences and I was told I had ‘gifted’ hands. I am a great believer is equality in its many forms and I believed anyone can be amongst the best. From the humble beginning of a modest state school, I was awarded four prizes – three prizes in my final dental year. At the age of 25, I became one of the youngest specialist orthodontists as I was lucky to be promoted a year.

It is my pursuit of the arts, photography and music that defines and elevates my difference. This is the unique experience when you visit FIRSTOrtho in its culture and quality. The single minded approach towards creating a better tomorrow: ‘Melius cras creans’.


My interest in orthodontics was kindled when I took my sister to a community dental clinic for an opinion in 1974 about a gap between her upper teeth. I make an effort to drive past that place on my visits to Leicester. It is now a community centre. I often reminisce about how one’s life can be redirected by a chance meeting.

Dr Patel's Biography

  • Professional Experience
  • Qualifications
  • Achievements
  • Interests
  • House Officer, Leeds Dental Hospital, Sept 1980 – March 1981
  • Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthetics with Professor Basker.
  • House Officer, Southampton General Hospital, April 1981 – Sept 1981. Departments of Oral Surgery and Orthodontics with Mr Trevor Redpath.
  • Registrar in Orthodontics, Southampton General Hospital, Sept 1981 – Aug 1982 with Mr Ian Davidson.
  • Registrar in Maxillo Facial Surgery, Cannisburn Maxillo Facial Unit, Glasgow, Sept 1983 – March 1984 with Professor Moos and Mr El Atar.
  • Diploma in Orthodontics, Royal College of Surgeons of England, February 1984.
  • Registrar in Periodontology and Oral Medicine, Glasgow Dental Hospital, April 1984 – September 1984.
  • Fellowship of Dental Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow.
  • Registrar in Orthodontics, The Royal London Hospital, Oct 1984 – June 1986 working with Professor Lee, Brian Selwyn-Barnett and Maurice Berman.
  • Senior Dental Officer, Hounslow Community Dental Services, July 1986 – April 1987.
  • Principal, FIRSTImpressions Orthodontic Clinic, then FIRST Ortho Specialist Orthodontic Clinic, November 1988 to Present.
  • BDS
  • DOrthRCS (Eng)
  • FDSRCPS (Glasg)
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Newcastle Dental Hospital, 1975-1980
  • Received four under graduate prizes, three in the final year, two in restorative dentistry and one in multidisciplinary studies.
  • Art and Photography:
  • Portrait Photography and Acrylic/Mixed Media Portraits.

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