As an orthodontist, I have the greatest job in the world: making people smile for a lifetime. I get to hang out with kids, teens, and adults — I get to know each of them well, watch them grow, and see their confidence and self-esteem soar.

“Creating life-long, beautiful smiles is a true passion I am able to achieve every day as an orthodontist. It is extremely gratifying to have the opportunity to make such a profound impact on my patients’ lives. I truly enjoy forming relationships with my patients and watching their transformation from the beginning to the end of treatment.” — Dr. Nick Pappas

Excellence in Education

Dr. Pappas grew up in Poquoson and attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in biology. He completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University.

After dental school, Dr. Pappas was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force and a dentist. During his service with the Air Force, he completed a one-year advanced education general dentistry residency at David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, California. Dr. Pappas served three years as a general dentist in the United States Air Force before completing his orthodontic residency and Master of Science at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Pappas has a passion for learning. He consistently works to stay on the cutting edge of information, techniques, and materials used in the practice of orthodontics. He and his staff spend a great deal of their professional time perfecting their orthodontic skills and keeping current with the latest orthodontic innovations through continuing education programs and orthodontic seminars.

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Pappas is also an American Board of Orthodontics board-certified orthodontist, which makes him one of only a handful in the Hampton Roads area with that distinction. Board certification confirms an orthodontist’s personal commitment to providing lifelong quality patient care. Fewer than 30% of orthodontists are board certified.

Family and Community

Dr. Pappas has a loving wife, Kelly, who also helps with the family business. He also has a son, Shepherd, and rescue dog, Chapman. His parents, sister, niece, and nephew live locally as well.

In his spare time, Dr. Pappas likes to play pickleball and tennis, eat Chipotle burritos, search for his golf ball in the woods, and spend time with his friends, family, and dog.

Dr. Pappas also enjoys giving back to the community through the Mission of Mercy projects, for which he has traveled to underserved areas of Virginia to provide dental care, as well as to rural communities in Jamaica and Honduras.