My passion for orthodontics is beyond what you can imagine! I love seeing people's lives change with their new awesome beautiful smiles. The rewards of being an orthodontist are many. I was first got attracted to orthodontics because it allows me to tap into my artistic passions. I feel very fortunate to be able to help the people in my community gain confidence and self-esteem, as well as a "Hollywood" smile they can be proud to show off. I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people, and the friendships that I've built with my patients and their families are one in a million. My favorite day is the day when your braces come off, and we see your final remarkable result together and I get the happy smile on your face. I love my work because it can change lives both physically and emotionally. I have seen many patients transform from being introverted people seemingly afraid of opening their mouths to smiling extroverts after treatment.
Education and Continuing Education
When I finished college, I was accepted by both medical and dental schools. My instincts led me to follow my older brother who is a cosmetic dentist and endodontist. I finished my professional education from Howard University where I finished my Residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in 1995. Through scholarship and academic excellence, I was able to move ahead and finish at the age of 23 becoming the youngest licensed and certified orthodontist in the country. I am involved with several orthodontic study groups that help me stay up to date with the newest technological advancements in my field. I am also a member of many professional associations that keep me involved with the greater orthodontic and dental communities; I am a member in the following Professional Affiliations: American Association of Orthodontists, Pacific Society of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Diego Dental Society, San Diego Orthodontic Club.
Since then, I have committed myself to learning new techniques and skills through continuing education and professional collaboration. I have put in thousands of hours paying special attention to orthodontic developments in the US and abroad. I have greatly benefited by learning from the Japanese for their work with correcting underbites and Europeans for their work with overbites, overjets, and functional appliances like twin-blocks. I am one of the few orthodontists in the Metroplex who has extensive experience in treating patients with cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies. I strive to offer the highest quality oral health care available, and I am so excited to offer you the best of US and international orthodontic treatments that stand up to my own high standards.
In the Office
I always keep in mind that my orthodontic work affects your overall oral health. I believe that oral health affects people far beyond their mouths and jaw lines. It includes my orthodontic work and also your overall dental health plan. Therefore, all treatments are designed individually to meet your needs with an eye to the whole picture. I will take the time to explain my recommendation, listen to your concerns, and answer any questions.
Furthermore, my work is meant to make a life-long impact. I believe educating you on how to care for your new smile is the key. My staff and I will spend time instructing you on how to keep your jaw in tiptop shape. We will provide you with whatever tools and information packets you need and will always be available for further questions as they arise.
Outside the Office
I had a childhood of international proportions. Born in India, my family moved to Canada when I was seven, then two years later we moved to Mexico, and finally we settled down in the US. My father, a double PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, who is internationally recognized for his achivements and his articles and books published, had work that moved us all over. My Mother had a Degree in Teaching and to her My Education was the number one priority and that inspired me to work very hard at school and ranked #1 in all levels, from Elementary to Dental School getting some prizes and scholarships including from the Governor and the President.
I have lived in San Diego, CA for the past 17 years with my wife and two children. My wife is a Cosmetic Dentist, but she is currently not practicing to be a full-time mom. She does find a few days each month to come into my clinic and help me with managing the office. In my spare time, I enjoy the theatre, movies, reading, surfing the web, going to the gym, exploring different cultures, I love to travel and have visited over 25 countries. My brother and my sister-in-law from Detroit are also Dentists, and when we all meet, fortunately or unfortunately we only talk about Dentistry!
I value my community and life in general so I am involved in quite a few nonprofits. I have a soft spot for children, our future, so I help as much as I can to give all children the same opportunities I had. I sponsor 20-25 children every year to be involved in sports and other school activities that they might not be in otherwise. I donate to charities in India that support under-privileged children and orphanages. I am also a lifelong vegetarian and contributor to PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals).