What are the options for braces?

Straightening teeth has never been easier or quicker than with the new short term cosmetic treatments available to us to improve the appearance of your teeth. If changes are required to the biting teeth then full treatment orthodontics are also available.

When it comes to straightening your smile, South Coast Dental offers a host of different options, so it’s important to know a little bit about each one so you can make an informed decision.

While standard metal braces are still popular, there are Invisalign, ceramic, clear braces and so many other options available today. So, what are they all, and which is right for you?


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Invisible Braces


Invisalign is an innovative system which uses a series of clear plastic aligners which are made to fit over your teeth, gradually moving them into their desired position and straightening them. There is no need for brackets, archwires or elastic band. No-one will know you are wearing braces.

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Every Day living

Because the aligners are removable, they can be removed for eating, drinking and brushing, making them a hassle-free form of orthodontic treatment. You can also remove them when playing sports or musical instruments, or for those important business meetings and other occasions, such as first dates!

How it works

Each set of aligners, one for the top teeth and one for the bottom, should be worn for approximately two weeks. You will then need to change them. Each new set works to progressively move your teeth into their new position. Every set of aligners is shaped slightly differently according to your bespoke treatment plan, so they build on the work of the previous set. As you replace the aligners your teeth gradually move into their desired position.

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To speak to someone or to book an appointment:
Wimborne: 01202 889960
Dorchester: 01305 757570

Traditional Metal Braces


Traditional braces are more effective at treating extreme overcrowding than other options like clear braces or Invisalign aligners and are less expensive. They give your orthodontist the control they need to move the teeth in small increments at a time. The main disadvantage of traditional braces is the metal mouth appearance.

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Every Day living

Avoid chewy foods, like caramels or other soft candies, as well as very hard or crunchy foods that could damage your braces. Brushing and flossing regularly will keep your braces looking good and help you avoid staining to your teeth.

How it works

Traditional metal braces are made up of three key parts: small metal brackets which are bonded to the front surface of your teeth, thin metal archwires which connect these brackets, and small elastic bands (ligatures) which are placed around the brackets. These parts work together to apply gentle pressure to your teeth to move them into position.

Where to find us?

South Coast Dental Specialists have two practices located in Wimborne & Dorchester, Dorset. We see patients from all over the south of England from Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and of course Dorset.

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South Coast Implant & Cosmetic Dentist

Phone: 01202 889960
Email: info@southcoastdental.co.uk
Address: 11 Merley Park Rd, Broadstone, Wimborne BH21 3DA


We are located only 4 minutes away from Wimborne town center At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Oakley Hill/A349 Turn right onto Merley Park Rd your destination will be on the left.

If you are travelling by car we have ample car parking and disabled access.

If you are travelling by train the nearest train station to us is Poole (5 miles away). There are taxis at the station or use the buses. Taxis will cost approx. £10-£15. You can catch the free Poole flyer from the train station to the bus station, please leave an extra hour if you are doing this.

If you are travelling by bus please click here to view more information of how to get to us.

We are located only 24 minutes away from Bournemouth town center. Via Gravel Hill/A349.

We are located only 16 minutes away from Poole town center. Follow Holes Bay Rd/A350 and A349 to Merley Park Rd in Oakley.

We are located only 26 minutes away from Christchurch town center. Follow B3073, Ham Ln and A31 to Merley Park Rd in Oakley

We are located only 48 minutes away from Southampton town center. Take A3024 to Mountbatten Way/A33.


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South Coast Implant & Cosmetic Dentist and Dental Learning Centre

Phone: 01305 757570
Email: info@southcoastdental.co.uk
Address: Avenue House, S Walks Rd, Dorchester DT1 1DT


We are situated close to Dorchester town centre just off the B3144 in what was the large Conservative Club building.

If you are travelling by car we have ample car parking and disabled access.

If you are travelling by train there are two train stations in Dorchester – ‘Dorchester South’ which is only 0.2 miles away and ‘Dorchester West which is only 0.3 miles away.

If you are travelling by bus the closest bus stop is C1 on Trinity Street.

We are located only 16 minutes away from Weymouth town center. Follow A354, Weymouth Relief Rd and A354 to Weymouth Rd/B3147 in Dorchester.

We are located only 34 minutes away from Yeovil town center. Take Clarence St to Queensway/A30. Follow A360 to Salisbury Rd/A36 in Wilton

We are located only 1  hour and 39 minutes away from Wiltshire. Follow A360 to Salisbury Rd/A36 in Wilton.

We are located only 1  hour and 21 minutes away from Hampshire. Follow Bar End Rd/B3330 to A31.

Meet Our Orthodontist

Ellie Thickett

BDS Hons (London) / MFD RCPS (Glasg) / MSc Ortho (London) / MOrth RCS (Edin) / FDS Ortho RCPS (Glas) Specialist in Orthodontics

Ellie has carried out hospital posts in Oral and Maxillo-facial surgery in St. George’s and Kent and Canterbury hospital after qualifying from Kings College London with the University of London Gold Medal in 1995.

After spending several years in general practice in Kent Ellie commenced
Specialist orthodontic training at Kings College and Royal Surrey Hospitals in 2002 attaining Membership in Orthodontics, University of London and Master of Science, University of London in 2005.

Ellie moved to the South Coast to commence senior training for a further 2 years at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital gaining her Fellowship in Orthodontics in 2008 prior to being appointed Consultant in Orthodontics there.

Ellie specializes in the treatment of children and adults, using an extensive range of orthodontic appliances. From the more conventional fixed appliances to the most advanced cosmetic orthodontic appliances, including clear aligners, ceramic braces.

Being interested in all aspects of orthodontics, she undertakes many hours of postgraduate education each year to keep up to date with all the latest techniques.

Special interests are Growth problems of the facial complex, dento-facial orthopaedics and orthognathic (jaw) surgery, Hypodontia.

Examiner for the MJDF Royal College of Surgeons, London. and Regional Specialty Advisor for Wessex

What Our Patients Say?

I’ve enjoyed having braces done who would have thought that. I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the time and effort you’ve put into achieving such a fantastic result for me. Being able to smile confidently without feeling self-conscious has changed my life, and I am so thankful for what you’ve done!
Thank you Gemma
One of the best things I have ever done. I never imagined my teeth would look this great, my self-esteem has improved and I no longer feel people are staring at my teeth. It's not just orthodontics, it is life-changing. South Coast Dental and their team are excellent they make you feel so comfortable. Could not be happier and would recommend Orthodontics to everyone.
Thank you for everything. Coleen.

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