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Board-Certified Lakeland & Winter Haven Orthodontist

Dr. Karan Patel

Why Orthodontics?

I decided to become an orthodontist the day my braces came off. As a child, an injury that affected my appearance impacted my confidence.

After treatment, my self-esteem was restored and elevated beyond all expectations.

I strive daily to create smiles that provide that same transformative experience my orthodontist afforded me all those years ago.

Education & Experience

  • Saint Louis University Center of Advanced Dental Education in Orthodontics - Master of Science in Dentistry
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine - Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry
  • Nova Southeastern University -  Bachelor of Science in Biology

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists - Member
  • American Board of Orthodontics - Diplomate
  • American Dental Association - Member
  • Florida Dental Association - Member
  • Florida Orthodontic Association - Member
  • Polk County Dental Association - Secretary
  • Southern Association of Orthodontists - Member
  • West Coast Dental Association - Member


  • Digital Dentistry SureSmile - DentSply Sirona
  • Saint Louis University Orthodontics
    • Certification in Invisalign
    • Certification in uLab
    • Soft Tissue Laser Training
    • Tweed Typodont Course

Community Service

I find a lot of joy in giving back to my community in any way that I can, including supporting Give Kids a Smile — which provides orthodontic treatment to underprivileged patients — and the Alpha Omega Oral Cancer Awareness 5K.

Through Family Medical Mission, I also helped provide free medical care to the underserved in India by shadowing professionals from America, assisting in surgeries, and helping teach healthy lifestyle practices.

Outside of the Office

When I'm not practicing orthodontics, I enjoy spending time and traveling with my large family! I follow and play basketball and football – that includes fantasy sports! From trying new restaurants to cooking using as many methods as possible, food is a passion of mine.

I gravitate towards learning about new technologies and how they can help increase my productivity and creativity. I especially love technology applied to graphic arts and design.