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Creating beautiful smiles for over 30 years

Liz advocates team development, and recognises it is integral to delivering high quality orthodontic care. The whole team look forward to attending courses throughout the year and also delivering education to other teams.

With over 30 years experience, Liz has continually reinvested in the business, including providing the latest technologies, equipment and materials, whilst at the same time fully devoting herself to becoming a leader in their use and delivery of orthodontic care.

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Welcome to Devon Square Orthodontics

  • Overview  
  • Purpose, vision, values  
  • Who we are  
  • What is a Specialist Orthodontist?  
  • Why choose us?  
  • What is orthodontic treatment?  
  • How we are regulated (GDC / CQC)  

Overview

We want you to feel as relaxed as possible, safe in the knowledge that you are in the hands of a highly skilled and experienced, specialist-led orthodontic team. Our friendly staff will welcome you into our splendid building!

Embarking on a course of orthodontic treatment with us can be a positive and life-changing journey. It is our passion to provide exceptional specialist orthodontic treatment to both adults and children. We use the best appliances to deliver healthy, efficient and effective treatment.

We understand you may be feeling anxious about treatment. It is not just the “brace” that counts; it’s the expertise of the Specialist Orthodontist to correctly assess your individual needs and to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment by utilising the best appliances to deliver healthy, efficient and effective treatment. Our friendly, highly trained and experienced team will carefully guide you through the process, to make your experience as stress free and positive as possible. We want to see you walk out with your self-esteem boosted, your confidence increased, and an incredible self-assured smile!

Purpose, vision, values

At DSO we’re all determined to provide the best level of Orthodontic care for our patients. We show a respect for all in a safe, welcoming, and friendly environment. Our patients benefit from our continual professional development of the skill set of our team. We believe in our team and value each other, and welcome any patient feedback. We take confidentiality extremely seriously and keep personal information confidential and secure at all times.

Who we are

DSO has evolved and grown to be a team of 25 people, based on a single site with 8 surgeries, which are fully computerised, including CBCT radiography, photography, intra-oral scanning to create models avoiding the need for impressions.

We have a surgery dedicated to oral hygiene instruction and are able to provide care to those with disabilities. We have approximately 150 referring dental practitioners and see patients from a significant area of the South West Peninsula and beyond.

The practice has achieved the BDA Good Practice Award, Investors in People and is one of only two University of Warwick accredited orthodontic centres.

With the benefit of improved techniques and technologies our practice can consistently deliver the outstanding smiles both we and our patients expect.

We have been recognised as leaders in the provision of Orthodontic care, and as a result frequently deliver seminars and lectures about Orthodontics both in the UK and overseas, have articles published in refereed scientific journals and orthodontic magazines and have been commissioned to write a new textbook on orthodontics. Due to our ongoing educational exposure we are constantly integrating the newest and best products in Orthodontics into our practice and using the latest Orthodontic techniques.

Our patients notice a difference in the care that our team delivers. It’s not just the “brace” that counts; it’s the expertise and experience of the Orthodontist to correctly assess your individual needs and to maximise the effectiveness of your treatment, plus the experienced team to support you throughout your treatment. Every member of our team is part of a quality assured continuing professional development programme. This enables us to be at the forefront of Orthodontic advances and patient care. Don’t just take our word for it- take a look at the testimonials from some of our patients.

What is a Specialist Orthodontist?

A Specialist Orthodontist has overall responsibility for the patients in their care. Their role is to assess the patient, diagnose any problems and suggest treatment options. They explain the risks and benefits, and then provide or supervise the care. To train successfully as a specialist Orthodontist usually takes at least ten years. The career pathway starts with a degree in dentistry, followed by at least two years vocational foundation training and higher postgraduate dental qualifications. A further three years of combined study and supervised clinical work on a university approved course leads to a specialist qualification and a listing on the General Dental Council’s specialist register.

Why choose us?

We understand how important it is to find the right practice. You will see the same cheerful faces each time you visit, to receive our specialist orthodontic expertise and experience. Liz Hopkins, specialist orthodontist, individually plans your treatment with you and our brilliant team.

We’re proud to say we’ve been presented with the BDA Good Practice Award in recognition of our commitment to exceptional patient care. We are also identified as a Damon system specialist practice. Liz lectures both in the UK and abroad on its exciting clinical advances. We are also an education centre for The University of Warwick, and educate other orthodontic teams (told you we’re good!)

Our secure online system means patients can log in to and keep track of their appointments and treatment. We also offer payment plans for private patients, making treatment affordable.

We have many state of the art facilities to boast about within our 8 welcoming and comfortable surgeries. All 3D scans, digital OPG and x-rays are processed within the practice in our Image Suite. We have a private consultation lounge and oral hygiene education facility. We use intra-oral scanning, meaning dental impressions can be avoided. We also have digital OPG and cephalometric radiography equipment.

We have access for patients with disability. If you have any disability that you think we need to know about please give us a call before your appointment and we will do our best to put suitable arrangements in place to accommodate your needs.

What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of dental irregularities, such as crooked, crowded, protruding teeth and poor jaw alignment. The aim of orthodontic treatment is to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile and provide a healthy, functional bite, which can contribute to improved mental and physical well-being.

How we are regulated (GDC / CQC)

All orthodontic practices in England are regulated by several organisations.

We are registered with The General Dental Council (GDC). All members of the orthodontic team are regulated by the GDC but non-registrants i.e. reception and management staff are accountable through their employing Orthodontist. The GDC’s main objective is to protect patients. For more information about the GDC and their work please click here.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) started regulating Dental Practices in April 2011. We have been inspected by the Care Quality Commission and meet their standards. For more information about the CQC and their work please click here.

NHS England: Our NHS contract is for the provision of orthodontic treatment, based on clinical need, for children and young people under the age of 18.

If you would like more information about any of the above please speak to any member of our team, who will be more than happy to help.

Welcome to Devon Square Orthodontics

  • Overview  

    Overview

    We want you to feel as relaxed as possible, safe in the knowledge that you are in the hands of a highly skilled and experienced, specialist-led orthodontic team. Our friendly staff will welcome you into our splendid building!

    Embarking on a course of orthodontic treatment with us can be a positive and life-changing journey. It is our passion to provide exceptional specialist orthodontic treatment to both adults and children. We use the best appliances to deliver healthy, efficient and effective treatment.

    We understand you may be feeling anxious about treatment. It is not just the “brace” that counts; it’s the expertise of the Specialist Orthodontist to correctly assess your individual needs and to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment by utilising the best appliances to deliver healthy, efficient and effective treatment. Our friendly, highly trained and experienced team will carefully guide you through the process, to make your experience as stress free and positive as possible. We want to see you walk out with your self-esteem boosted, your confidence increased, and an incredible self-assured smile!

  • Purpose, vision, values  

    Purpose, vision, values

    At DSO we’re all determined to provide the best level of Orthodontic care for our patients. We show a respect for all in a safe, welcoming, and friendly environment. Our patients benefit from our continual professional development of the skill set of our team. We believe in our team and value each other, and welcome any patient feedback. We take confidentiality extremely seriously and keep personal information confidential and secure at all times.

  • Who we are  

    Who we are

    DSO has evolved and grown to be a team of 25 people, based on a single site with 8 surgeries, which are fully computerised, including CBCT radiography, photography, intra-oral scanning to create models avoiding the need for impressions.

    We have a surgery dedicated to oral hygiene instruction and are able to provide care to those with disabilities. We have approximately 150 referring dental practitioners and see patients from a significant area of the South West Peninsula and beyond.

    The practice has achieved the BDA Good Practice Award, Investors in People and is one of only two University of Warwick accredited orthodontic centres.

    With the benefit of improved techniques and technologies our practice can consistently deliver the outstanding smiles both we and our patients expect.

    We have been recognised as leaders in the provision of Orthodontic care, and as a result frequently deliver seminars and lectures about Orthodontics both in the UK and overseas, have articles published in refereed scientific journals and orthodontic magazines and have been commissioned to write a new textbook on orthodontics. Due to our ongoing educational exposure we are constantly integrating the newest and best products in Orthodontics into our practice and using the latest Orthodontic techniques.

    Our patients notice a difference in the care that our team delivers. It’s not just the “brace” that counts; it’s the expertise and experience of the Orthodontist to correctly assess your individual needs and to maximise the effectiveness of your treatment, plus the experienced team to support you throughout your treatment. Every member of our team is part of a quality assured continuing professional development programme. This enables us to be at the forefront of Orthodontic advances and patient care. Don’t just take our word for it- take a look at the testimonials from some of our patients.

  • What is a Specialist Orthodontist?  

    What is a Specialist Orthodontist?

    A Specialist Orthodontist has overall responsibility for the patients in their care. Their role is to assess the patient, diagnose any problems and suggest treatment options. They explain the risks and benefits, and then provide or supervise the care. To train successfully as a specialist Orthodontist usually takes at least ten years. The career pathway starts with a degree in dentistry, followed by at least two years vocational foundation training and higher postgraduate dental qualifications. A further three years of combined study and supervised clinical work on a university approved course leads to a specialist qualification and a listing on the General Dental Council’s specialist register.

  • Why choose us?  

    Why choose us?

    We understand how important it is to find the right practice. You will see the same cheerful faces each time you visit, to receive our specialist orthodontic expertise and experience. Liz Hopkins, specialist orthodontist, individually plans your treatment with you and our brilliant team.

    We’re proud to say we’ve been presented with the BDA Good Practice Award in recognition of our commitment to exceptional patient care. We are also identified as a Damon system specialist practice. Liz lectures both in the UK and abroad on its exciting clinical advances. We are also an education centre for The University of Warwick, and educate other orthodontic teams (told you we’re good!)

    Our secure online system means patients can log in to and keep track of their appointments and treatment. We also offer payment plans for private patients, making treatment affordable.

    We have many state of the art facilities to boast about within our 8 welcoming and comfortable surgeries. All 3D scans, digital OPG and x-rays are processed within the practice in our Image Suite. We have a private consultation lounge and oral hygiene education facility. We use intra-oral scanning, meaning dental impressions can be avoided. We also have digital OPG and cephalometric radiography equipment.

    We have access for patients with disability. If you have any disability that you think we need to know about please give us a call before your appointment and we will do our best to put suitable arrangements in place to accommodate your needs.

  • What is orthodontic treatment?  

    What is orthodontic treatment?

    Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of dental irregularities, such as crooked, crowded, protruding teeth and poor jaw alignment. The aim of orthodontic treatment is to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile and provide a healthy, functional bite, which can contribute to improved mental and physical well-being.

  • How we are regulated (GDC / CQC)  

    How we are regulated (GDC / CQC)

    All orthodontic practices in England are regulated by several organisations.

    We are registered with The General Dental Council (GDC). All members of the orthodontic team are regulated by the GDC but non-registrants i.e. reception and management staff are accountable through their employing Orthodontist. The GDC’s main objective is to protect patients. For more information about the GDC and their work please click here.

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) started regulating Dental Practices in April 2011. We have been inspected by the Care Quality Commission and meet their standards. For more information about the CQC and their work please click here.

    NHS England: Our NHS contract is for the provision of orthodontic treatment, based on clinical need, for children and young people under the age of 18.

    If you would like more information about any of the above please speak to any member of our team, who will be more than happy to help.

Our history

1974

Liz Hopkins secured a place to study Dentistry at University of Birmingham.

1980

Liz qualified as a dentist at University of Birmingham

1981

Liz worked as House Officer Oral Surgery Birmingham Dental Hospital

1982

Liz worked as Senior House Officer Burton on Trent Maxillofacial and Orthodontic Dentistry

1983

Liz became a Registrar Birmingham Children’s Hospital Paediatric and Orthodontic Dentistry

1984

Liz joined the Birmingham Dental Hospital as a Registrar in Orthodontics

1986

Liz joined The Orthodontic Practice which was originally based at Devon Villa St Pauls Road Newton Abbot Devon

1992

Liz partnered with another Specialist Orthodontist and relocated The Orthodontic Practice to 9 St Pauls Road

2003

Specialist Orthodontist, Catherine Godden joined the team

2004

No 29 Devon Square premises was purchased

2005

Directors Richard Cure and Liz Hopkins set up Orthodontic Team Training

2006

The 1st Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing Programme was launched

2006

The 1st MSc in Orthodontics Programme University of Warwick was launched

2008

The 1st Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy University of Warwick was launched

2008

Kelly Brown qualified as an Orthodontic Therapist and was the 1st therapist to work at our practice

2009

Further Orthodontic Therapists were trained as part of the University of Warwick Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy programme.

2010

Liz was appointed Lecturer for Ormco on Damon System

2010

DSO team delivered training

2012

Liz was appointed Advisory Board Ormco European, Middle East and Africa

2013

No 30 Devon Square was purchased for further expansion

2015

Liz was invited to write an article about the The extended duty orthodontic team, to be publised in the ‘Orthodontic Pearls’ book.

2016

Happy Anniversary! Liz Hopkins celebrates 30 years of providing specialist orthodontic care as part of The Orthodontic Practice/Devon Square Orthodontics

2017

Liz continued working as the Devon representative of the South West Orthodontic Working Group (SWOWG).

2018

New website and branding launch

Our Specialist Led Team

Meet the team
Liz Hopkins

Registered Specialist in Orthodontics, Director Devon Square Orthodontics Ltd

  Liz on LinkedIn  
Catherine Godden

Associate Specialist Orthodontist

  Catherine on LinkedIn  
Adriana Vidal Ahis

Dentist with Special Interest in Orthodontics

  Adriana on LinkedIn  
Desislava Borisova

Dentist with Special Interest in Orthodontics

  Desislava on LinkedIn  
Kelly Brown

Orthodontic Therapist

  Kelly on LinkedIn  
Lorraine Burton

Orthodontic Therapist

  Lorraine on LinkedIn  
Leanne Clarke

Orthodontic Therapist

  Leanne on LinkedIn  
Natalie Pyne

Orthodontic Therapist

  Natalie on LinkedIn  
Carly Coombes

Practice Coordinator & Orthodontic Nurse

  Carly on LinkedIn  
Claire Holden

Practice Development Coordinator & Orthodontic Nurse

  Claire on LinkedIn  
Lauren Skornia

Dental Hygienist

  Lauren on LinkedIn  
Lisa Spargo

Lead Orthodontic Nurse

  Lisa on LinkedIn  
Gemma Ireland

Student Orthodontic Therapist

  Gemma on LinkedIn  
Zoe Brealy

Student Orthodontic Therapist

  Zoe on LinkedIn  
Sarah Thorpe

Lead Orthodontic Nurse

  Sarah on LinkedIn  
Victoria Ruston

Lead Orthodontic Nurse

  Victoria on LinkedIn  
Hannah Jeffery

Dental Nurse

  Hannah on LinkedIn  
Amanda Disley

Dental Nurse

  Amanda on LinkedIn  
Laura Berry

Dental Nurse

  Laura on LinkedIn  
Helen Bailey

Orthodontic Nurse

  Helen on LinkedIn  
Gemma Atkinson

Dental Nurse

  Gemma on LinkedIn  
Eleanor Evans

Orthodontic Nurse

  Eleanor on LinkedIn  
Vanessa Harvey

Customer Care & Accounts Coordinator

  Vanessa on LinkedIn  
Grace De Young

Customer Care Advisor

  Grace on LinkedIn  
Sarah Mallett

Lead Customer Care Advisor

  Sarah on LinkedIn  
Dee Kennard

Customer Care Advisor

  Dee on LinkedIn  
Ellie Hayman

Administrative Assistant

  Ellie on LinkedIn  
“The process was smooth, I was always told what was happening and clearly informed about the process each stage and everyone was always very friendly.”
“The staff at Devon Square have been fantastic on every visit. The care I have received has been exceptional and I am delighted with my new smile. Thank you.”
“Absolutely thrilled with the results after having my braces off, can’t thank the team enough all round great service! Would highly recommend.”
“Thank you to all of the team at Devon Square Orthodontics. Throughout my treatment all staff have been friendly, informative and put me at ease. My teeth look amazing!”
“Thank you for your care over the last 2 ½ years, and for providing me with, as one of my friends has said, a fabulous pair of gnashers!! My teeth look wonderful and feel great”

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