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Meet Nimesh Patel of Pristine Orthodontics in Plano

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nimesh Patel.

Nimesh, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story starts with a love for all things science. All through elementary, middle, and high school, I had a passion for the sciences. After finishing undergrad at Ohio State University, I pursued a doctorate in dental medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and then continued on to Columbia to learn Orthodontics. I stayed in New York for a year while my office was completed in Plano TX. In 2013, I flew, one-way, from La Guardia to DFW, to begin the next chapter of my life. I was excited to be in Texas, excited to get to work with the great patients in Plano, and excited to finally be practicing orthodontics.

On the most basic level, orthodontics is about moving teeth and creating smiles.

Not very exciting, is it? If you really want to get into it, orthodontics is more about making a smile as mechanically perfect as it can be. The field requires a great deal of engineering, which is why it appeals to the nerdy sides of people who love math and science. You’d be surprised how many engineers become orthodontists! But for someone like me who wants every smile to function perfectly, there’s a lot of room for that. Even more so, I love the speed and frequency of braces and orthodontics.

I’m one of the lucky few who sees patients undergo life-changing treatments and gets to know them on a much more personal level.

I work with a lot of teens and young adults, and I love it! Adolescents are so much fun to talk to. They’re blunt and honest, and their personalities develop a lot as they go through treatment. Seeing the transformation firsthand is an amazing experience. I’m able to pick up on the changes in personality that come with the confidence straighter teeth provides. As the months pass, kids genuinely smile more, and there’s something awesome about that.

Personally, I learned a lot about transformations when I opened the practice in 2014. I took over the Pristine Orthodontics office from another doctor, but when I got it, it was a skeleton of a building. I put up and tore down walls, and moved everything exactly where I wanted it, which is kind of like orthodontics! I wanted the practice to take on a very clean, natural design, and the process was actually a lot of fun — very much an artistic experience.

The end result is the Pristine Orthodontics you see when you visit. The practice is up to date and modern, but it’s also very open, upbeat, and there’s always music playing (say what you want, but I think work should be fun!). Being a meticulous person, there is no more or less in the practice than my team and I need. We take a similar approach in our treatment philosophy. We want to apply braces as soon as they’re needed, but not a moment sooner, and we take them off the minute smiles are perfectly aligned. It’s calculated and precise — like I said, real nerdy.

I attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine before moving on to a three-year residency program at Columbia University, so that probably makes me a bit of a nerd too, but through all that, orthodontics was the profession I found most interesting. It’s an inherently satisfying line of work. I get to see happy patients who are rarely scared to visit. How many other medical professionals do you know get to say that?

At the end of the day, I’m an orthodontist in Plano, TX with a passion for helping people, especially my patients.

Has it been a smooth road?
Our office has grown dramatically over the past few years. It started as a one-man-show. I would do everything from patient care to cleaning the toilets. Now, we see forty to fifty patients every day, and I depend on my awesome associates to help out. While the clinical associates were in training, we did experience longer than normal wait-times for patients. I pride myself on respecting people’s time, but having an office full of trainees proved too much for the schedule and some people ended up having to wait. Luckily, we’ve worked out all those kinks and are back to running on time.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I truly enjoy practicing orthodontics in Plano, Texas (TX), and I love straightening teeth and fixing bites to create beautiful smiles. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work in a profession that is rewarding to both my patients and myself. The best thing about being a Plano orthodontist is building personal relationships with each patient. I get to know such talented and gifted young adolescents, remarkable adults, and wonderful families. At the end of orthodontic treatment, it is amazing to see how a transformation in an individual’s smile has such a positive change in their overall attitude and confidence.

Dr. Patel’s Ivy league training ensures the highest quality of care for his patients. He attended the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he earned his doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). He then continued his training by completing a three-year, dual-degree Orthodontic Residency Program at Columbia University, where he earned his Certificate in Orthodontics and Masters in Oral Sciences (MS) degree.

Orthodontics is our passion. We strive to make every visit to our Plano orthodontics office fun and exciting, as we move you closer to your perfect smile. I’m most proud of the thousands of lives I’ve been able to improve over the past few years. I can’t wait to see what the next few years has in store!

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
The city of Plano is a great place for health care providers such as myself. Not only are the people nice, they’re also transplants. The majority of my patients have moved to Texas in the past few years and so it’s great seeing people from all over the country come through my clinic. I’m always connecting with a fellow Buckeye or New Yorker.

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