Adult, Teenage & Children’s Orthodontics

Your orthodontic needs change as you grow and FIRST Ortho is here for you at every stage.

From early intervention to guide children’s teeth into the right place, to the unique challenges of teenage orthodontics and aesthetic solutions for adults, we use the very latest techniques and technology to deliver patient-focused care to you and your smile.

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Adult

We understand that adults have different orthodontic needs to children, often preferring more discreet braces and solutions that have minimal impact on their lifestyles.

FIRST Ortho meets these challenges with ease, offering our adult patients cutting-edge solutions such as ceramic braces and invisible aligners to improve their smiles. Our experienced team is focused on delivering a wide range of treatments in a friendly environment, with most of our patients achieving their goals within 12 months.

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Teenage & Children

Early orthodontic interventions set the stage not just for a beautiful smile, but for a lifetime of good dental habits.

Our comprehensive range of treatments allows us to deal with the unique challenges of still-growing teeth and jaws so your child can face the future with confidence.

We don’t just focus on guiding your child’s teeth into place either, we also use our time together to promote good dental habits that will last a lifetime.

Meet our
Orthodontists

Meet our specialist orthodontists – dedicated professionals who are experts in their field in creating beautiful smiles and oral health.

Book a no obligation 60 minute consultation with a specialist orthodontist to discuss your needs.

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Specialist OrthodontistDr Mahesh Patel

BDS (Newc), DOrthRCS (Eng), FDSRCPS (Glasg)

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Specialist OrthodontistDr Jay Patel

BDS, MJDF(Eng) MClinDent MOrth(Eng).

When I was 17 and deciding my career, I went watch my dad work. At that moment I thought ‘this is what I want to do’.. Fundamentally what made a mark, was the ability to help, connect and work collaboratively with others. Since a young age I enjoyed working precisely with my hands, I had now found a way to connect and help with this skill.

Meet our specialist orthodontists – dedicated professionals who are experts in their field in creating beautiful smiles and oral health.

Book a no obligation 60 minute consultation with a specialist orthodontist to discuss your needs.

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Specialist OrthodontistMahesh Patel

For an alternative perspective, click the ‘more’ button below. You might just be pleasantly surprised.

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Specialist OrthodontistJay Patel

When I was 17 and deciding my career, I went watch my dad work. At that moment I thought ‘this is what I want to do’.. Fundamentally what made a mark, was the ability to help, connect and work collaboratively with others. Since a young age I enjoyed working precisely with my hands, I had now found a way to connect and help with this skill.

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    Recently Finished Treatments

    Just a few before-and-after photographs of some of our orthodontic patients.

    These photos showcase the transformations we can achieve and offer you a glimpse into each patient’s journey from their initial visit to their treatment’s completion.

    Each photograph tells a unique story of regained confidence and how a life is improved by the power of a beautiful smile.

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    We transformed this smile in just 9 visits over a period of 14 months!

    Using advanced techniques, we employed functional and fixed braces to restore chipped tooth edges through edge composite bonding, enhancing the natural smile with a beautiful finish. Her mother, an art teacher, praised Dr. Patel’s artistic approach and ability to preserve the teeth’s natural beauty while improving their appearance.

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    14 visits 14 months. Fixed braces. No teeth removed or any gum lift!

    An incredible result for someone very conscious of her smile and appearance. She was recommended to us by a previous client and just goes to show how much a good recommendation can change someone’s life. ‘ I am a totally different person. I am more open at work and in meetings and happy to take the lead when previously I was shy’.

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    11 visits 15 months. Fixed braces. No teeth removed.

    There is a lot more to this than meets the eye. The upper teeth were planned to an exacting finish be reducing the deep bite. Very fine detailing to compensate for teeth shapes that were not ideal. No composite bonding – just natural teeth. ‘I can here as my children were treated here and I had every confidence in the end result.’

    What Our Patients Say

    People trust FIRST Ortho as we have treated 36,000 patients since 1988, including 60 children of local dentists, seven dentists and four cosmetic dentists. See some recent testimonials.

    I highly recommend Dr Patel and First Ortho!
    Fatima Awow

    For anyone that is considering orthodontics, regardless of age, I highly recommend Dr Patel and First Ortho! I was actually a patient here almost 10 years ago and I decided to revisit due to their high quality of care.

    I feel so lucky to have Mr Patel.
    Claire Franklin

    I personally don’t think you really wont find another orthodontist as exceptional as Mr Patel. I would recommend him and his team to anyone and will use him for both my children when they need treatment.

    Dr Patel & his team couldn’t do more for me!
    Claudia Leachman

    The change in my teeth already is amazing (especially my lower arch) and I’d recommend this practise to anyone looking for a highly talented orthodontist.

    I personally recommend him
    Paris Rathore

    Dr Patel has been my orthodontist for years and I personally recommend him as he is the best at what he does. How he cares for your teeth and the excellence in the whole orthodontist surgery itself.

    Life-saving for my teeth
    Abid

    The advice & tips given was life-saving for my teeth and guided me on Proper Oral Healthcare. 10/10 Orthdontist, defo recommended!

    Always so welcoming & very thorough
    Rebecca

    My son can see my beaming smile instead of me covering my face, hiding what used to be my biggest insecurity. So thankful for all of Dr Patels care & service.

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    Treatments

    Find out more about how FIRST Ortho can combine artistry and the latest technology to restore your beautiful smile.

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    Ceramic Braces

    Ceramic braces offer a perfect combination of aesthetics and functionality, working efficiently to align your teeth and improve your smile.

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    Functional Braces

    Using the power of your own jaw muscles to guide the jaw into a more favourable position, often used during the growth phase in young patients.

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    Incognito Lingual Braces

    Custom-made to fit the inner surfaces of your teeth, they work discreetly to straighten your smile without being noticeable.

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    Steel & Damon Braces

    Damon braces are similar to metal braces, with some key differences that set them apart. Damon braces use a self-ligating system for adjustment.

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    Retainers

    Our orthodontists custom make each bespoke retainer in house, this way you know that you are getting only the best.

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    Invisalign

    A series of clear plastic aligners that are used to treat mild tooth alignment problems, and are useful for some post treatment problems.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Orthodontics is a complex and ever-changing field but we’ve gathered together some of your biggest questions to help you to start the journey towards your goals.

    At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?

    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children first see a dentist as early as six months of age and no later than one year of age. During this time, your child’s baby teeth will be coming in and your dentist can examine the health of your child’s first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.

    Why is visiting the dentist so important?

    Visiting the dentist regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it:

    • Helps prevent tooth decay
    • Protects against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss
    • Prevents bad breath – brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly will help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath
    • Gives you a more attractive smile and increases your self-confidence
    • Helps keep teeth looking bright by preventing them from becoming stained by food, drinks, and tobacco
    • Strengthens your teeth so that you can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for the rest of your life!
    My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?

    Your teeth may feel fine, but it’s still important to see the dentist regularly because problems can exist without you knowing. Your smile’s appearance is important, and your dentist can help keep your smile healthy and looking beautiful. With so many advances in dentistry, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth. Today’s dentists offer many treatment choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:

    • Professional teeth whitening
    • Fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth
    • Tooth replacement and full smile makeovers
    What should I look for when choosing the right dentist for me?

    Choosing a dentist who “clicks” with you and your family is important, and you may wish to consider several dentists before making your final decision. During your first visit, you should be able to determine whether the dentist is right for you. During your appointment, consider the following:

    • Is the appointment schedule convenient?
    • Is the office easy to get to and close by?
    • Does the office appear to be clean and orderly?
    • Was your medical and dental history recorded and placed in a permanent file?
    • Does the dentist explain techniques for good oral health?
    • Is information about cost presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
    • Is your dentist a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?
    How can I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?
    • Always remember to brush your teeth at least two times a day, and floss at least once!
    • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities.
    • Avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities) and avoid tobacco (this can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and eventually lead to oral cancer).
    • Don’t be afraid to brush your tongue! By brushing your tongue, you will remove food particles and reduce the amount of plaque-causing bacteria. Tongue brushing also helps keep your breath fresh.
    • Be sure to schedule your routine checkup. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months.
    • For Young Children
    • For Teenagers
    • For Over 50s
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    We understand that choosing an Orthodontist is a major decision, so we offer new patients a 60-minute consultation to discuss what you are looking for, and how we could possibly help you.

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