To ensure that we are able to provide a safe environment for all patients and staff we would like to request that unless you are exempt, all patients and carers still have to wear a face covering when they attend the practice for an appointment.

Bexleyheath Dental Clinic doors are now open

We wish to reassure all our patient that your and our staff safety is paramount and that we continue to follow guidance of the relevant authorities in particular Public Health England, NHS England and the Government.

There are no restrictions with regards to medical treatment and you are actively encouraged to keep your appointments. At The Sandford Clinic we have all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and will continue to follow our high standards in cross infection control.

What next?

Please continue to attend your appointments. We have excellent infection control procedures along with a robust triaging policy to ensure the safety of both patients and staff.

If you are worried about your attendance please contact us to discuss your concerns and we can always postpone your treatment till a later date.

We continue to recommend that patients in the high-risk category delay non-essential treatment until further guidance has been given by the relevant authorities.

When you arrive:

We advise that you wear a mask at all times while inside the dental practice and only remove your mask at the request of the dental professional. We will continue to check your temperature and if this is above 37.8C, you will be advised to rebook your treatment and to follow government guidelines. Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes early for an appointment due to social distancing guidelines.

As you enter the building you will need to use the alcohol disinfectant rub to disinfectant your hands.

The treatment rooms will be prepared prior to your appointment with all surfaces disinfected after each patient. The air purification/exchange units will continue to be used throughout the day in each surgery. We have sourced PPE and unlike the start of the Pandemic (March 2020 in the UK), there is no shortage. Please rest assured that we continue to maintain high standards of cross infection control to keep you safe.

Stay safe and please contact us if you have any questions.

Kind regards

The Bexleyheath Dental Team

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"Your smile is the most important thing you wear"

Very few of us are lucky enough to have perfectly straight teeth without the help of orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that involves moving teeth using a brace, which can be fixed to the teeth or removable.

An Orthodontist is a dentist who completes a further 3 years of postgraduate specialist training. In the UK, this title is awarded after a rigorous assessment process by the awarding university and The Royal College of Surgeons.

Orthodontic treatment is used to improve the appearance, position and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth. Rather than cover up crooked teeth with ceramic veneers that can be damaging, your own teeth can be cosmetically straightened. Modern orthodontic braces can be invisible, and the time taken to straighten the teeth can be a lot quicker than you think.

Our practice is one of a few referral centres in the South East that has all the latest state-of-the-art equipment and clinical expertise under one roof, making the patient journey efficient and effortless when it comes to managing a range of cases, from simple cosmetic alignment to complex cases requiring input from different specialities.

We pride ourselves in providing the highest standards of care in a friendly and relaxing environment, to give you the beautiful smile you have always dreamt of.

Introducing the new Iconix Braces!

Iconix braces are a sophisticated and elegant alternative to traditional metal braces. The stylish champagne light gold finish, blends beautifully with the teeth.

The Iconix brace truly offers the best of both worlds - the durability of stainless steel and the aesthetics of champagne gold.

Have a smile as good as gold!

Your Orthodontic Options

Lingual braces

Lingual Braces

Looking for a new smile but worried about wearing a brace that shows, then the lingual brace is the perfect option for you. Lingual braces are customised fixed braces, fitted on the inner surface of the teeth making them virtually impossible to notice. They are precision manufactured and custom made to fit only your teeth. They function much like traditional braces, with full control and movement of the teeth and are suitable for both adults and children. Now you can look forward to smiling with confidence throughout your treatment.


Invisalign ® aligners are almost invisible as they are made of thin transparent plastic and are discreet to wear. Each aligner is custom made as part of a series of aligners designed to move your teeth little by little, each tiny shift taking you a step closer to the final straightened position. The aligners are removed during eating and cleaning. Invisalign ® in certain cases might be the right option, particularly if you want to be more discreet about undergoing straightening treatment. However, for more complex tooth movements, fixed braces are a more suitable option.

Ceramic clear braces

Ceramic Braces (Clear Braces)

If you are looking for a discreet and effective option to straighten your teeth, then the ceramic brace is the ideal solution for you. Ceramic braces are fitted on the front surface of the teeth and function similarly to metal braces. They are made from a clear or tooth-coloured ceramic material which makes them significantly less visible than traditional braces and are suitable for both adults and children.

Iconix Aesthetic Braces

Iconix™ Aesthetic Braces

Iconix braces are a sophisticated and elegant alternative to traditional metal braces. The stylish champagne light gold finish, blends beautifully with the teeth. The Iconix brace truly offers the best of both worlds - the durability of stainless steel and the aesthetics of champagne gold. Have a smile as good as gold!

Metal braces

Metal Braces

These are traditional fixed braces made out of stainless steel and fitted on the front surface of the teeth. These are suitable for both adults and children. All orthodontic problems can be carried out using metal braces and their only disadvantage is that they are visible, however modern metal braces are designed to be much more discreet and comfortable than in the past. We find that the appearance does not concern most children and many adults, in fact many prefer to show them off by choosing to have coloured elastics.

Dentofacial Orthopaedic Specialist

Dentofacial Orthopaedics

Occasionally, the jaws do not develop properly, and this can result in functional problems with the bite, adult teeth not having enough room to grow straight, poor aesthetics of the face and smile. The lower jaw may be setback or protruding and the upper jaw sometimes too small. In adults, the options may often be limited to jaw surgery to correct the jaw discrepancy, however in growing children facial orthopaedics can be used to re-direct the growth of the jaws, putting them in harmony with each other and the rest of the face, minimising the need for jaw surgery later as an adult. Orthopaedic appliances are most effective around the age of 8-9 for correcting a prominent lower jaw/small upper jaw and age 9-11 for a setback lower jaw, although older patients can also benefit if facial growth is still taking place.

Snoring appliance

Anti-Snoring Device

If you suffer from snoring or sleep apnoea, a mandibular advancement splint may be the perfect solution for you. This removable custom-made appliance is fitted on your teeth and works by gently holding the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open and therefore helps relieve symptoms of sleep apnoea and snoring, giving you a more restful night of sleep and a rejuvenated self.

Our Orthodontic Team

Nina Shaffie Orthodontist

Nina Shaffie

Orthodontic Specialist

[GDC No. 74026]
BDS Honours (Lond) MJDF RCS (Eng), MSc Orth (Lond), MOrth RCS (Edin)

Dr Nina Shaffie, our award-winning orthodontist, prides herself in offering an extremely high standard of orthodontic treatment in a relaxed and friendly environment. She graduated with Honours from Barts and The London School of Dentistry in 2010. She continued her training completing a year as a dentist followed by a year as a Maxillofacial Senior House Officer at The Royal London Hospital and The Homerton Hospital, where she gained experience in head and neck, trauma and orthognathic surgery. Read More

Following this, she continued work in practice as a dentist and part time teacher at Barts and Then London dental school working as an Honorary Clinical Supervisor in Oral Surgery.

Nina undertook her three year Orthodontic Specialist postgraduate training course at King’s College Hospital, Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Wexham Park Hospital. She qualified top of her class with a distinction in her Master of Science in Orthodontics and was presented with the prestigious Philip Walther Prize for the most outstanding performance, awarded by King’s College London. She also attained the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Furthermore, she was awarded and selected for a short clinical attachment in the Orthodontic department in Sydney, Australia.

In 2018, Nina was awarded the ‘Best Young Dentist in the South East’ at the very prestigious private dentistry awards for her clinical excellence and commitment to her patients.

Nina has been heavily involved in orthodontic research and audits, and has presented her work at national and international conferences, as well as having papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She is an active member of a number of orthodontic societies both nationally and internationally.

Natasha Coyne

Natasha Coyne

Orthodontic Therapist

[GDC No. 135716]
Dip Orth Therapy (Warwick) NEBDN

Natasha has been involved in dentistry for over 20 years. She qualified as a dental nurse in 1998 since then Natasha has completed more dental nurse qualifications such as Oral Health in 2000, Dental Radiography in 2006 and Orthodontic Nursing 2009. Natasha started working in dentistry in 1994 and her previous experience involved working in a General dental practice, Harley street Periodontist & Implants and also work for Greenwich emergency dental service. Read More

In 2011, Natasha qualified as an orthodontic therapist at Warwick University. In 2012, Natasha volunteered for the dental department during the London Olympic games. Natasha is passionate about her work and dentistry, especially orthodontics where she is able to improve smiles and confidence.

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The Patient Journey


Your one-hour consultation with our Orthodontist, includes an X-ray and photographs. All options available will be discussed in detail, allowing you to make an informed decision.

Treatment Planning

Treatment is individually tailored to address your concerns and suit your lifestyle. Our aim is to give you a beautiful smile and facial harmony.

Brace Fitting

Once your brace is fitted, we will need to see you approximately every 4-6 weeks for adjustments.

After Care

Once your treatment is complete, your brace will be removed, and you will be supplied with retainers. These are designed to maintain your results and keep your teeth straight.

Some Examples Of What Can Be Achieved

Severe crowding treated by removal of four back teeth, to create space to align those severely displaced teeth using fixed braces over 18 months.

A buried tooth in the roof of the mouth was surgically uncovered and aligned using fixed braces over 18 months. Furthermore, composite bonding (white fillings) of her small upper lateral incisor teeth was carried out to give this patient a beautiful new smile.

Two buried teeth in the roof of the mouth were surgically uncovered and aligned using fixed braces over 18 months. The small peg shaped lateral incisor teeth (upper right 2 and left 2) were also built up using composite bonding (white fillings) to give this patient a lovely smile.

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Bexleyheath Dental Practice, 306 Broadway Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8AA

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