Orthodon­tist loves to cre­ate happy smiles

The Chronicle - - NEWS - | DE­VAN NAIDU Kate Dodd kate.dodd@thechron­i­cle.com.au

DE­VAN Naidu loves be­ing able to cre­ate beau­ti­ful smiles for peo­ple.

The orthodon­tist works at his prac­tice called West­side Orthodon­tics, which spe­cialises in braces, In­visalign and plates for chil­dren and young adults.

“Achiev­ing a nice smile is al­ways a life chang­ing event for pa­tients, which builds their con­fi­dence and self-es­teem, so it’s nice to be such a pos­i­tive part of a young per­son’s life,” he said.

“My staff and I also love see­ing our pa­tients reg­u­larly. We are blessed with such lovely pa­tients who even­tu­ally end up be­com­ing our best friends.

“And kids are great there’s never a dull mo­ment. There’s al­ways a funny story to share or some­thing new to learn which keeps our days in­ter­est­ing.”

The prac­tice opened in Hill St in 2014 and has more than 2000 pa­tients.

Dr Naidu grew up in Toowoomba, at­tend­ing St Mary’s Col­lege.

He moved to Bris­bane to study den­tistry, fol­lowed by orthodon­tics at the Univer­sity of Queens­land.

“I chose to re­turn to Toowoomba to make a dif­fer­ence to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Grow­ing up, my mother couldn’t af­ford braces for us kids so my goal was to change that and make orthodon­tics more ac­ces­si­ble to fam­i­lies.

“Hence our prac­tice motto is ‘to pro­vide ex­cel­lent and af­ford­able or­thodon­tic treat­ment in a friendly and car­ing en­vi­ron­ment’. Hope­fully I’m mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.”

He said an av­er­age day started at 5am with a strong cup of cof­fee to kick off a few hours of pa­per­work to pre­pare for the day.

The prac­tice opens at 7.30am with the be­fore-school rush.

“Through­out the day I keep busy with con­sults and ‘band-ups’ where we at­tach braces on,” he said.

“I am lucky to be sur­rounded by an amaz­ing team of sup­port staff who help me through­out the day.”

Things wrap up at 5pm with the af­ter-school rush.

Af­ter work, Dr Naidu is kept busy by his dog Raja.

“He keeps me busy af­ter work de­mand­ing walks around the neigh­bour­hood nearly ev­ery af­ter­noon.”

He also en­joys go­ing to

church at Humeridge and catch­ing up with friends over break­fast.

PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

BEAU­TI­FUL SMILES: West­side Orthodon­tics owner Dr De­van Naidu loves to help give peo­ple beau­ti­ful smiles. We live here ‘cos we love it!

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