Preetpal Bhogal

A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

I graduated as a Dentist from UoB in 2000. I then undertook several postgraduate posts and obtained further postgraduate qualifications and affiliations to the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh. I commenced my specialist training in Orthodontics in 2005, and also undertook an MPhil in Orthodontics at UoB. Since obtaining specialist status, I have set up 6 orthodontic practices in the UK, and have founded a global company teaching dentists how to carry out simple orthodontic practice. My company, Quick Straight Teeth Ltd, is one of the largest of its kind and the largest in both the UK and Australia. I currently practice privately in Edgbaston and have clients from all around the UK and abroad visit me for the latest in cutting edge treatments. I am also a part-time Clinical Lecturer in Orthodontics at the UoB School of Dentistry, teaching undergraduates and postgraduates.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

I teach locally at UoB and I teach private courses globally, as far as Australia, where I travel twice annually. I have also taught in Europe and China. My job has allowed me to connect with other clinicians in Dentistry throughout the world, and my clinical expertise has been globally recognised. I recently lectured at the annual British Dental Students Conference, and also for the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. I have acquired further skills in setting up and running state of the art NHS and private practices, and built up a large portfolio of successfully treated cases; often this is life-changing treatment.

Main work activities in your current role

I’m Practice principal at Signature Orthodontics Ltd., Global Clinical Lead and co-founder Quick Straight Teeth Ltd, and a Partner with Neo Orthodontics. My main activities include clinical treatment under the NHS, and privately, managing a group of practices remotely, and teaching undergraduates at UoB and globally through QST.

A typical day in your job

Hectic! I undertake a huge variety of activities in my job, and I am privileged to be able to travel throughout the UK and abroad. I hold both clinical and managerial roles and, as a bit of an entrepreneur, I’ve also set up new companies in my field, each of which carry their own responsibilities.

Main challenges in your role

Finding the time for rest, relaxation, keeping healthy and managing time are all challenges, especially when you're as busy as I am.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

I did not want a desk job!

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

Go for it! A career in Dentistry can literally take you anywhere in the world, and not just in a dental surgery for the rest of your career (although that is also fine)!