About Orthodontics

Orthodontics isn’t simply about straight teeth. It can make a difference to your appearance, your bite and your overall oral health. It’s a dental specialty which blends science and art...


About Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a specialist form of dentistry which aims to straighten teeth and align jaws to produce a healthier bite and a perfect smile. In the past, most orthodontic patients were children, but now we see more adults searching for the perfect smile.

Crooked teeth often do not fit together correctly, are harder to keep clean and have increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In some cases, these functional problems can lead to headaches and jaw pain. Correctly aligned teeth help with the functions of eating and chewing, are easier to clean and can boost-self confidence and self-esteem.

Orthodontists are dentists who undergo further training (typically 3 years) and when qualified, are recognised as specialists. Here at Bristol Dental Specialists, our Specialist Orthodontists Ben Cross, Bethan Lewis and Darren Hills, have all received specific certified training and are registered on the GDC specialist list demonstrating that they have the skills and expertise to know exactly which treatment will be best for your teeth. We understand how the different features of the mouth and face interact to give us not just our looks but also influence how we eat, smile and develop.


Orthodontic treatment is suitable for children as young as 8 years and for adults of any age. With more people, especially adults, actively looking to keep their appearance youthful, and an attractive, healthy smile can help with this. First impressions matter and a bright friendly smile builds self-confidence and helps make the most of your life both at work and socially.

Adult teeth straightening

Orthodontic treatment is available to everyone and many adults now require this treatment to not only improve the function of their teeth, but also their appearance.  It’s no surprise that a perfect smile helps you feel great about yourself.

Depending on your needs, and your budget, you may like to consider invisible aligners, or tooth coloured braces so that you can straighten your teeth discreetly.  Our Orthodontic specialists will assess your particular problem, and requirements, and prepare a treatment plan especially for you using the most appropriate system to suit your needs.

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Teeth straightening for teens

There are Orthodontic treatments such as clear aligners, specifically designed for teenagers who may want their teeth straightening to take place as discretely as possible.

For example, Invisalign Teen is a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth without the restrictions that come with metal braces. Rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign Teen uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen's teeth.

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Teeth straightening
for younger patients

Orthodontic treatment is suitable for children as young as 8 years and metal braces remain a great option for our younger patients.  They are less expensive than ceramic or custom metal brackets and have evolved over the years to become far more comfortable to wear.

Children often like to customise their braces with different colours, adding a little fun and sparkle!

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Dental injuries are considered an emergency in dentistry, and we take referrals when an accident has damaged your teeth. At Bristol Dental Specialists we have a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge to ensure that an injury doesn’t have to have a long-term effect on your dental health and wellbeing.  

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What our patients say

"Treatment actually made me like myself more, and that is invaluable. I'm about to hit 50 and I get complimented on my teeth. My teeth!! I'll take that."

- James, Invisalign patient

"Welcoming, organised and efficient, these three words describe Dr Hills. What could have been a nerve-wracking experience was swift and pain-free. Dr Hills ensured that I understood my orthodontic treatment plan, which meant that I was fully-informed every step of the way."

- C Burgess

"Bethan Lewis has provided two of my children with orthodontic services. The service, attention during the treatment and the final result has exceeded our expectations."

- Ms S Packer