The Science of Smiles
What You Need To Know
Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities.
As Specialist orthodontists registered with the GDC we are able to provide accurate diagnosis of dental or facial irregularities and provide treatment options so that you can make an informed decision on whether to pursue orthodontic treatment and the most suitable treatment for yourself.
Typical treatment lasts from six to thirty months depending on age and severity of the problem. Orthodontic treatment can produce dramatic and life enhancing results and we can give you the beautiful smile you hoped for.
"Peace begins with a smile" Mother Teresa
Your First Visit
Great Communication, Great Results
We believe that good orthodontic care begins with open communication. We promise to speak in language you understand with you about our diagnosis and recommendations, any alternative treatments and any symptoms present that may require further treatment. Working together, we can achieve a true partnership, with one common goal – helping you achieve a beautiful, confident smile!
After we have assessed your records, we will conduct a treatment consultation to explain all aspects of your orthodontic treatment in detail. We provide a comprehensive clinical diagnosis regarding the nature of the problem. We encourage questions from both the patient and parents, and as such, we provide ample time to answer your questions.
“Smile if you want a smile from another face”
His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Questions You May Have
During your first visit, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.
The support you need for the smile you want
Stratford Orthodontics now offer Invisalign treatments.
These are an alternative to fixed braces. A series set of custom-made aligners are made for you and are worn in two-week increments.
Please contact us for further information.
An Invisalign treatment that is made for you
Invisalign is a more recent technology that lets you have the smile you’ve always wanted without the hassle of braces. By using a series of clear, removable aligners custom made for you. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into a straighter position step-by-step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike conventional braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual.
Ask your general dentist about orthodontic treatments available on the National Health Service. Here at Stratford Orthodontics we are able to treat some patients via a referral from your dentist. Ask your dentist to refer you to us.
Looking After Your New Smile
We always do our very best to make sure you have an amazing smile at the end of your time with us. When your treatment ends we give you a pair of custom made retainers. Retainers have to be worn and we can't emphasise this enough. It's really important you watch the two videos we've uploaded here and learn why wearing retainers is so important.
The British Orthodontic Society have made a video a video we'd like you to watch.
Why go to an orthodontic specialist?
On average it takes 6 years to qualify as a registered dental surgeon. In the UK It then takes another 6 years of specialist training that requires successful examination in Fellowship in Dental Surgery and Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons.
In addition some specialists also have a Masters Degree in Orthodontics.
As specialists we have usually had a further 6 years postgraduate training compared to normal general dental surgeons
Dr George Simpson
BDS FDSRCS MOrthRCS MPhil
Principal Specialist Orthodontist - GDC 65408
George qualified in 1990 as a Dental Surgeon. He then spent 7 years working in a General Dental Practice and in Hospitals gaining a Fellowship in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of England. He went on to work as a Registrar and Consultant in hospital, gaining a Masters Degree in Orthodontics of the Royal College of Surgeons and membership in Orthodontics. George has owned two Specialist Orthodontic Practice in Stratford Upon Avon and Birmingham for more than 17 years now. As well as practicing, he has worked as a part time lecturer in Orthodontics at Warwick University.
Dr Jacqueline Simpson
Principal Dental Surgeon - GDC 60631
Jacqueline qualified in 1985 as a Dental Surgeon and spent several years in working in hospitals gaining further training in Dental Surgery and Orthodontics. She then spent a further 10 years in a General Dental Practice before establishing the two Orthodontic Practices with her husband, George.
Specialist Orthodontist - BDS MDS RCS M.Orth M. Dent.Sci GDC 71829
Chris graduated in 1997 and following a year in general practice he then became resident Senior House Office in Maxillo-Facial surgery in the West Midlands. He went on to complete 2+ years as Senior House Officer Rotation at Newcastle Dental Hospital, where he took further training in Restorative Dentistry, Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics, Oral and Maxilla-Facial Surgery, Oral Medicine and Sedation. During this period Chris completed his Membership at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. He was then accepted onto the 3 year full time Orthodontic Specialist training program and completed a Master’s degree in Orthodontics. For the last 14 years Chris’ clinical practice has been solely Orthodontics.
Dr Sian Mulligan
Dentist with Special Interests - GDC 78076
Sian qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2000 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Following further study and examinations for the Royal College of Surgeons she became a member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners in 2001. (MFGDP)
In 2016 she was awarded a Master Degree (MSc) with Merit in Orthodontics from the University of Warwick.
Sian is committed to continuing professional development and regularly attends study days, courses and conferences including the British Orthodontic Conference.
Sian is also a certified Invisalign practitioner, providing invisible orthodontics for teenagers and adults.
Dr John Walker
Dentist with Special Interests - GDC 45734
John graduated from Guy's Hospital London in 1971. In 1991 John began work as a Clinical Assistant at Warwick Hospital and completed the clinical assistant training based at the Orthodontic Department of Birmingham Dental Hospital. In 1994 John gained a diploma in General Dental Practice from the Royal College of Surgeons London.
Practice Manager GDC 172513
Toni has worked with George for 7 years and is a fully qualified Orthodontic Dental Nurse. Toni manages all aspects of surgery life, helping to ensure patients receive the best possible service in all three of Dr Simpson's surgeries. Toni is qualified to take x-rays, deal with every element of patient nursing care and works in the background with NHS and CQC partners
Orthodontic Therapist - GDC 110939
Shagufta has worked with George and Jackie Simpson since 2002 working in all of George's practices. She completed her Orthodontic Nursing qualification in 2007 and in 2009 she achieved her Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy at Warwick University. Shagufta is qualified to take x-rays, asses new patients, take photographs and work to prescriptions working with Specialist Orthodontists and other staff. Shagufta regularly speaks to referring dentists, suppliers of dental services and others to ensure the smooth running of the practice and guarentee patients receive the best possible service and obtain the best results.
Orthodontic Therapist - GDC 188726
Jo started working for George in July 2007. Jo initially qualified as a Dental Nurse then as a Orthodontic Nurse. In 2013 Jo qualified as a Orthodontic Therapist at Warwick University. Jo is able to fit, adjust and remove appliances (braces and retainers). Jo is able to take photographs, impressions and work with specialist orthodontics to a prescription.
"I've had the privilege of working for George and he helped me achieve the smile I have today"
Orthodontic Therapist - GDC 238928
Here at Stratford Orthodontics we're very proud of Laura! She completed her Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy in July 2018 and is a great addition to our team of Orthodontic Therapists. Laura is also a fully qualified dental nurse, takes x-rays and deals with all aspects of surgery management.
Is Orthodontic Treatment Right For You?
Will it Hurt?
Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically over time. After getting braces, patients may have some discomfort for a day or two because there is a new force moving teeth, but our patients do not say their braces are painful. Today’s braces are smaller, more comfortable and use technology that reduces the discomfort. Miniature braces and state-of-the-art orthodontic materials reduce both the discomfort and treatment time.
Please ask if you have any concerns.
What if I have missing teeth?
If you are missing teeth, your adjacent teeth will naturally drift into the empty space. This will cause a functional, aesthetic and/or periodontal problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct or prevent these problems, and provide proper tooth alignment so that your dentist can replace the missing teeth. The result is improvement in the health of the teeth and mouth, as well as in appearance. Properly aligned teeth provide a beautiful smile, aligned bite for best function, and a more youthful appearance. Time without treatment can worsen conditions.
Can you be too old for braces?
There's no age limit for getting braces. The health of your gums and bone, which support your teeth, is the only factor. Adult Orthodontics continues to grow in popularity. We design treatment to accommodate professional and social concerns for our adult patients. Clear braces and Invisalign treatment provide nearly invisible treatment.
Our patients travel from far and wide with our furthest commuting patient working in New Zealand! We have treated many actors and sports stars here at Stratford and are proud to have completed our ‘least young’ patient of 80 recently.
"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking" Henry Ford
The treatment of orthodontic issues varies with each patient. It is critical that treatment begins with an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis. The orthodontic specialist has been trained in the use of all current appliances and therapies and can judge which treatment or combination of treatments will bring the BEST desired result.
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