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South Wales Ebbw Vale

We’re dedicated to helping ensure everyone smiles better in Abergavenny, Merthyr, Cwmbran and the South Wales Gwent area. 

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About Orthodontics

 Orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry dedicated to preventing, managing and improving the alignment of your teeth, helping them to grow straight and even for the best appearance, function and to ensure everyone smiles better. We typically associate orthodontics with braces, and that’s often a big part of the process, but there’s more to it, and many people benefit from orthodontic treatment as it’s quite common for teeth to be misaligned.



Laura DaviesLaura Davies
11:23 24 Nov 22
Thank you to Clare the hygienist at Bethcar Dental practice for your amazing care today. Not only did Clare do an amazing job with my teeth (scrape and polish), she also provided excellent education and was genuinely interested in caring for my teeth and gum health. Clare was very warm and friendly but also extremely professional and put me at ease. The receptionists were also extremely welcoming. I would definitely recommend Bethcar Dental Practice
Andrew PittAndrew Pitt
15:49 23 Nov 22
Always had very good treatment at Bethcar Dental, as a team they have saved me from a gummy future.Claire the hygienist has done a great job of keeping my mouth, teeth and gums in tip top condition.I would highly recommend this practice, every member of the team welcome and treat you like you're a part of the family.Thank you.Keep up the good work.
R JenkinsR Jenkins
14:11 17 Nov 22
I would not hesitate in recommending Bethcar Dental Practice. The service my family and I have received has been outstanding. The ladies on reception are very helpful and friendly and go above and beyond to provide excellent customer service. Dr Laura Wedge and her assistant are very professional. They have provided excellent dental and aesthetic services. Laura’s calm and patient manner helped to calm my anxiety and gave me the confidence to ahead with procedures, and she always does a wonderful job. I was particularly impressed when I received a reply to a message sent on social media on a Sunday evening to arrange an emergency appointment for my daughter the following morning. Thank you Bethcar Dental!
Alan DaviesAlan Davies
15:25 18 Oct 22
I have been registered with this practice for a number of years and cannot praise them enough. The receptionists are always polite, helpful and informative and the staff are second to none. I have recently had some extensive work carried out by my Dentist (Laura Wedge) and I cannot fault my experience in any way. Both Laura and her dental nurse (Natalie) are highly competent at what they do and are also fun to be in the company of which actually makes going to the dentist a pleasure. I would highly recommend Bethcar Dental to anyone seeking a dentist as there are none better in my opinion
Amy De Havilland-hallAmy De Havilland-hall
20:13 11 Sep 22
We have just joined the practice after numerous let downs from our previous dentist. WOW! We were greeted by lovely,smiling receptionists and a friendly environment. When we saw our dentist (Laura Wedge),both her and the nurse were so kind to our children and letting them see everything and explaining it all. They were patient and made it all fun. My husband and I left feeling reassured we were receiving the best dental care and we both had a very clear understanding of what was what. I cannot recommend enough!

Treatment Benefits

Benefits Of Orthodontics

Often when we think about orthodontics, the main focus is on the appearance of your teeth, and certainly this is an important benefit of the process. However, orthodontics is also about keeping your long-term dental health in mind as well.


Benefits include:



Improved appearance

By straightening the teeth and reducing any gaps, orthodontics improves the appearance of your smile and can also help improve your confidence.

Improved function

Often orthodontics is used to correct the bite of the teeth, which is how they meet at the front and the back of the mouth. This can affect how you eat, speak and how comfortable your teeth are as well.

Long-term dental health

Aligning the teeth also makes teeth easier to clean and maintain, which in turn has a positive impact on helping to prevent tooth decay and gum disease  in the long-term.

Why Choose Us

Orthodontic Services

At Bethcar, we work with a range of brands that supply orthodontic products, and we will discuss the options with you depending on your requirements ensuring everyone smiles better. 


Spark Aligners

Spark is a clear alternative to metal braces suitable for children, teens and adults.  It uses clear, removable, custom fit trays that are designed to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day for an extended period of time. They are popular for their subtle appearance.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles is a fitted, invisible/clear brace designed for adults. It usually takes six to nine months to take effect and it’s popular because it is a white, ceramic application with a discreet appearance.

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a removable approach to orthodontics, designed to help reposition the teeth. It’s predominantly a solution for crowding or protrusion of the front teeth, and is an efficient, good value approach that’s effective for more minor adjustments to the teeth.


A few things you may like to know

Frequently Asked Questions

What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is where we look at the alignment of the teeth and jaw as they grow and develop and assess whether any intervention is needed. Typically, it involves a range of diagnostic, monitoring and treatment options, such as braces, retainers, and bands, to change the position of the teeth.

What is orthodontic treatment for?

Orthodontic treatment is partially about maximising the appearance of your teeth by making them straighter, closing gaps or aligning crooked or crowded teeth. However, it’s also about ensuring dental health. For example, overcrowding can cause problems with your bite, and improper alignment can affect speech.


What's involved with orthodontic treatment?

What your orthodontic treatment entails varies from person to person, depending on what you need. However, braces are a central part of the process. 


We will assess your teeth and take x-rays from a number of different angles, possibly taking a mould of your teeth to truly understand what’s needed. We will then discuss the suggested process with you in a consultation.


Once we decide to move forward with a treatment plan, we will do any preparatory treatment. Then we will use the mould to create your braces. In your next appointment we will clean your teeth and fit the braces. This involves using dental cement to place brackets on the teeth and then applying a wire through the brackets to help guide the teeth into the right place.


Once your braces are fitted, we will advise you on proper dental care, and set a schedule for follow up appointments to monitor the progress of your teeth. As your teeth move into place the braces will need to be adjusted. The length of time that you keep your braces varies, but patients usually keep them for between one and two years.


Is orthodontic treatment right for me?

If you have overcrowded, crooked or misaligned teeth, then orthodontic treatment may be right for you. Orthodontic treatment can begin at any age and at Bethcar Dental we will discuss it as an option with any client who we think would benefit from it. We would not recommend it unless you have a good standard of oral hygiene, or unless it is necessary, but if you think it might be an option for you we are always happy to talk through your options and our recommendations.  


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