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Why choose our orthodontists?

Dr Sharon Orton-Gibbs is well regarded among the community of referring dentists, entrusted with treatments of their own family members. Pivotal to her reputation is her success in her work in facial aesthetics and achieving a perfect and natural smile.

As one of the first specialist orthodontists to use Invisalign, a treatment method of aligning teeth invisibly without metal wires and braces using clear removable aligners, she has gained her success with her work with adults and children alike.

Her extensive training and experience has involved her being a lead clinician for 6 years, working within the NHS for 12 years and gaining 8 clinical excellence awards. She has worked as an international lecturer and London post-graduate teacher and made publications in British, European and American journals, she is a member of the British, European and American Orthodontic Society and the British Lingual Orthodontic Society. Sharon is a mum herself and is known for her understanding and friendliness with younger patients.

Dr David Slattery joined the practise to work alongside Dr Sharon Orton-Gibbs in 1995. Also a long standing NHS consultant, he has made publications in British and European orthodontic journals, he was a regional advisor for the Royal College of Surgeons in England for 6 years and a Specialist orthodontics advisor for the Royal college of Surgeons. He is also a member of the British and American Orthodontics Society and also the World Federation of Orthodontists. Known not only for his experience and professionalism, David has four children of his own and is known for his expert and friendly dental care.

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How will Orthodontic braces and treatments benefit me?

The main benefit of orthodontic treatment is to realign the teeth, giving you a natural smile and a much improved cosmetic appearance. This improvement will correct the bite and make eating much easier. Orthodontic treatments will solve numerous problems such as overcrowding, gaps, crooked teeth, protruding upper teeth and overlapping upper or lower teeth. Improved cosmetic appearance promotes smiling with confidence and facilitates comfortable eating.

Here at Walpole in Surrey our orthodontists completely understand the importance of a natural healthy smile which many of our patients seek as great results subsequently increase confidence and self-esteem for individuals.

A smile is paramount for us to communicate emotions such as happiness, amusement or pleasure and a beautiful smile helps us feel more physically attractive which in turn can improve interpersonal relationships.

Orthodontic brace treatments can significantly improve self-esteem and confidence in your physical appearance. Orthodontics and the innovative new invisible brace treatments need not be a dream – we offer an affordable solution to people who have always wanted to realign their teeth and do not wish to wear conventional metal dental braces.

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How do I clean and look after my orthodontic braces?

The main benefit of orthodontic treatment is to realign the teeth, giving you a natural smile and a much improved cosmetic appearance. This improvement will correct the bite and make eating much easier. Orthodontic treatments will solve numerous problems such as overcrowding, gaps, crooked teeth, protruding upper teeth and overlapping upper or lower teeth. Improved cosmetic appearance promotes smiling with confidence and facilitates comfortable eating.

Here at Walpole in Surrey our orthodontists completely understand the importance of a natural healthy smile which many of our patients seek as great results subsequently increase confidence and self-esteem for individuals.

A smile is paramount for us to communicate emotions such as happiness, amusement or pleasure and a beautiful smile helps us feel more physically attractive which in turn can improve interpersonal relationships.

Orthodontic brace treatments can significantly improve self-esteem and confidence in your physical appearance. Orthodontics and the innovative new invisible brace treatments need not be a dream – we offer an affordable solution to people who have always wanted to realign their teeth and do not wish to wear conventional metal dental braces.

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Celebrities opting for orthodontics!

A million people a year are now beginning orthodontic treatments in the UK – even more so since the introduction of innovative invisible brace treatments and also the increasing number of celebrities undergoing treatments.

Holly Willoughby, Justin Bieber, Cheryl Cole, Ashley Judd, Tom Cruise, Nicholas Cage and Chris Rock have had orthodontic treatments to improve their cosmetic appearance. Also Prince Harry is known to have had treatment to reposition his teeth.

Even back as far as the early 90’s Gwen Stefani No Doubt’s lead singer was regularly seen smiling away for photographers wearing her orthodontic braces to perfect her smile by repositioning her teeth. The results being a beautiful smile – it showed thousands of people just what can be achieved and certainly sparked off a trend with more and more people now opting for dental braces.

With fantastic results and improved confidence it can help to know your favoured celebrities are also undergoing treatments achieving fantastic results. With the self confidence and smile you dreamed of orthodontics really could change the way you feel about your cosmetic appearance.

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Thames Ditton Cricket Club Ball 2013

To celebrate an historic 180 year’s playing cricket on Giggs Hill Green, Thames Ditton Cricket club and guests enjoyed a night of fine food, great music and a convivial atmosphere at their Summer Ball.

The night was opened by Rob Lodge, the club’s chairman, who said of the evening ‘tonight, we’ve taken a trip down memory lane and gone “Vintage” to celebrate cricket being played on this very green for the past 180 years. It’s amazing to think that William IV was on the throne when the first recorded match took place here in 1833.’

As well as the fabulous four course food offering there was some superb entertainment to keep the 300 guests amused and ensure a great night was had by all.

Everyone who attended did so with one common theme in mind, the night was for Thames Ditton cricket club and all proceeds went to the club. From general maintenance of the clubhouse, to buying new equipment and helping to develop the ever-growing colts’ set-up, guests were more than generous in their donations.

Lodge went on to say ‘as you can imagine, we are incredibly proud of the club’s history but it’s not all about the past. We are thrilled at the role the club plays within the community today and the support it offers our younger players who we hope will continue with this tradition for many years to come.’

There were some great prizes donated by guests for the auction that helped in raising well over £1,000. To add to this each table was presented with a raffle envelope in which guests could donate an amount and the raffle was drawn towards the end of the evening. An elaborate game of charity ‘heads or tails’ was conducted too all of which added to the relaxed, jovial atmosphere, all held under an exquisitely designed marquee.

Here at Walpole- The Orthodontic Specialists we are committed to our community of Thames Ditton and so to mark this great occasion we invited a magician to work his magic and display his tricks to guests while they sat and enjoyed their meals (and plenty of wine too!). Whilst they were able to revel in the more than well-equipped bar and delectable food, the magician performed some jaw-dropping tricks to the delight of anyone lucky enough to catch a glimpse.

Once the food was eaten it was time for the live band to hit the stage and get the crowd going…and that they did, playing classics from the 70s and 80s they got the place rocking which capped off a great night for the club and the village.

Lodge summed it up perfectly later in the evening saying, ‘the Ball sums up Thames Ditton village and all that is special about our community…it is the people who have come together to make this evening happen.’

Everyone who attended was thoroughly pleased with the evening’s festivities and, most importantly, a lot of money was raised for a Thames Ditton cricket club, a great community cause. Before Saturday night it was five years since the previous ball…here at This is Our Village we just hope it isn’t another five years before the next one.

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Smiles by Walpole- Feature Article on This is Our Village

On first view of the waiting room at the Walpole- The Orthodontic Specialists premises you honestly wouldn’t think that you were awaiting a consultation for your teeth; the pristine, almost futuristic, appearance lends itself more to an airport business class lounge. The first impression is impressive and that’s the way it remains throughout the experience.

This long-established Specialist Orthodontic Practice was relocated by owners Chris Gibbs and Orthodontic Consultant Sharon Orton-Gibbs to Thames Ditton in September 2012. The move from its original Surbiton location means they have been able to extend from two to four surgeries and open a clinic that is at the forefront of both technology and ability.

Chris was keen to stress the practice’s family-orientated ethos stating they offer a “warm, welcoming smile” to all who come for a consultation. For any parents reading, you will be reassured that there are plenty of facilities in what Chris and Sharon call their ‘patient lounge’ to keep children entertained. There is a Wii console for the youngsters and, as if that wasn’t impressive enough, there is also a laptop and iPad to keep the older ones happy- or if they need to get some homework out of the way!

Because Specialist Orthodontists deal with jaw growth as well as straight teeth Sharon would prefer to see younger patients before all their adult teeth are through. Between 8 and 9 is the ideal stage in which Sharon can apply, if necessary, what they like to call their ‘interceptive treatment’ which enables treatment to have the highest percentage of success rate possible. That way she can rectify any issues in the formative, development stage of the body’s physiological changes. If no treatment is needed at that point, parents are left with peace of mind and will be reviewed by Walpole- The Orthodontic Specialists later on as well.

But don’t worry if you think you may have missed the boat – Sharon successfully treats many children that she sees for the first time in their early teens – and in addition around 40% of her patients are adults.

The palatial property was an old bank and the former vault has now ‘provided the ideal space for an x-ray room’ says Sharon, the machine is actually one of their newest pieces of kit and takes what’s known as a panoramic x-ray which enables a complete diagnosis of any required treatment. As well as this there are spacious, clean, surgical rooms for practice and a specified sterilising room that is the epicentre of the surgery’s pristine cleanliness.

Technology is certainly something both Chris and Sharon are proud to have at their disposal; they are one of the first practices to use ‘Invisalign’ an alternative treatment to braces which help to straighten the teeth; coupled with this they were one of the first to take photos of patients’ mouths, enabling a far more detailed idea of what each tailored treatment should be. Once diagnosis is achieved a precise plan is set out for length of treatment, usually between 12 and 18 months, this length of care helps Sharon and her team to not only build up a rapport with clients but it allows them to see the incremental changes that take place.

‘AcceleDent’ is also a treatment that is offered, Sharon being the first Orthodontist in the world to finish a case using it outside of clinical trials, it is a vibrating mouth-piece, which if used daily during treatment, works in tandem with other braces to straighten teeth up to 30% faster.

It really is an impressive surgery, and with over 260 patients already, including young Tom Holland who recently brought his new found smile to Hollywood and starred in the hit film ‘The Impossible’, it is clear to see just why it is so trusted amongst local residents and whole families who are looking for a helping hand with ‘facial aesthetics’. What’s more, you do not even need a referral from your dentist or GP, and given the fact that they open on Saturdays and throughout half-terms and other holidays, it makes it the perfect place for you and all the family to get those smiles back to their best!

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