The Practice

Welcome to Belmont Orthodontics. Since we began in 1999 we have treated over twenty-five thousand patients and gained a reputation as one of Northern Ireland’s leading orthodontic practices.

We offer a wide range of treatments that help adults and children overcome dental irregularities. The right treatment plan, coupled with our expertise can lead to an amazing aesthetic result, with clear evidence pointing to increased patient confidence and self-esteem.

Our practice has three fully qualified and experienced orthodontists. Paul, Grainne and John-Mark have trained extensively and passed the appropriate Royal College of Surgeons examinations. These higher qualifications set our orthodontists apart as registered specialists within dentistry.

Adrienne, our practice manager, has been with us for sixteen years and is key to the smooth running of Belmont Orthodontics. Adrienne looks after the administration and clinical staff, ensuring they work in tandem to deliver outstanding treatment, in a modern, friendly environment.

My teeth are perfect now. I can’t believe the change treatment has made to my appearance and overall confidence


Dr Paul Clifford, Orthodontist

Dr Paul Clifford



Dr Paul Clifford BDS MMed Sci MOrth (RCS Edin), is registered with the General Dental Council as a specialist in orthodontics. He has been an orthodontist since 1998. He qualified as a dentist in Belfast and has worked in general dental practice as well, so he has a keen understanding of that environment. Paul received his Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

Dr Grainne O'Regan, Orthodontist

Dr Grainne O’Regan



Dr Grainne O'Regan BDS MFDS MPhil MOrth (RCPS Glasg), obtained her Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2002. She qualified as a dentist in Belfast and has wide experience of general dental practice and hospital dental practice.

Dr John-Mark, Orthodontist

Dr John-Mark Chapman



Dr John-Mark Chapman BDS MFDS MSc (Res) MOrth (RCS Glasg), comes from a family of dentists, with his father and grand-father before him highly regarded in the realm of general practice. John-Mark is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. He joined the practice in 2015, having received his Membership qualification from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and he is a very welcome addition to our excellent clinical team.


Fixed Appliances

Fixed appliances, known more commonly as ‘train tracks’, consist of a series of brackets, (typically stainless steel), which are cemented on to the teeth. For this reason they are worn for the duration of the treatment, and must only be removed by your orthodontist. Treatment typically lasts anywhere from 9-24 months, depending on the severity of the case. Fixed appliances can be worn by all age groups.


Aesthetic Appliances

Aesthetic braces are an increasingly popular choice with adults and teenagers, as they are less visible than traditional fixed braces. Brackets on aesthetic appliances are generally clear or tooth coloured. White or tooth-coloured wires can also be used for an even more discrete, natural look. Aesthetic appliances are only available as a private treatment option.


Invisible Appliances

Belmont Orthodontics use the latest in invisible braces from Invisalign® which consists of a series of clear, removable and discrete custom-made aligners, which fit over the teeth. Invisalign® braces are a very popular choice with adult patients with treatment lasting on average between six to twenty four months.


Lingual Appliances

Lingual appliances are braces which are fitted to the inside surfaces of the front teeth, out of sight. They are a useful aesthetic appliance when traditional appliances or Invisalign are not appropriate. However, despite their usefulness, they are a very niche treatment with a high cost and while we offer this option, it is not one we would recommend in the majority of cases.


Removable Appliances

Removable braces are commonly used when minor corrections are required. They consist of a plastic plate with wires which allow the teeth to move gradually by applying gentle pressure. Unlike fixed braces, removable braces can be taken out of the mouth for eating, cleaning and for sport as necessary.


Functional Appliances

Functional appliances are most effective during the active stages of childhood growth. They work by positioning the lower jaw in a forward posture which stretches the muscles of the face and helps to correct protruding teeth. In some cases, these braces encourage favourable growth and help to improve the facial profile. Typical treatments can last from 6-12 months.

Grainne was very positive, friendly and helpful and made the whole process a lot less scary
Fantastic treatment from day one and a
wonderful end result. Paul has done a
great job
My smile has turned out perfect and the results have been truly life changing. Many, many thanks



  • Invisalign Full £3550
  • Invisalign Lite £2350
  • Invisalign Lite single arch £1700
  • Invisalign I7 £1550
  • Invisalign I7 single arch £1200
  • Invisalign Vivera retainers£400

Fixed Appliances

  • White upper + lower fixed £3200
  • White upper / lower fixed £1750

The above fees include:
Essix retainers
Fixed permanent retainers
Six months retainer supervision

Payment Plans

A deposit is required at the beginning of your treatment. After this an interest free balance is payable by standing order. Payment options of 6, 10 or 12 months are available.

Replacement Appliances

  • NHS single retainer £51.04
  • NHS two retainers £102.08
  • NHS twin-block £80.83
  • NHS upper removable £68.33
  • Private single retainer £55.00
  • Private two retainers £110.00

Private Mouth Guard

  • Single colour £60
  • Two colours £70

Private Consultation

  • Initial Orthodontic assessment £50

Fast Track Appliances

  • White upper + lower sectionals £800
  • Silver upper + lower sectionals £500
  • White upper / lower sectionals £600
  • Silver upper / lower sectionals £300

The above fees include:
Essix retainers
Six months retainer supervision

  • Additional:
  • Permanent retainers upper £200
  • Permanent retainers lower £200

Non NHS Approved Fees

  • White upper + lower fixed £1500
  • Silver upper + lower fixed £1300
  • White upper / lower fixed £1000
  • Silver upper / lower fixed £900

There are four repairs included in the above fees. Any more than four repairs will incur a £30 fee.

  • Additional:
  • Permanent retainers upper £200
  • Permanent retainers lower £200

Dentist Area

Waiting List and Timer
Belmont Orthodontics treats many National Health Service patients every month, so we can have a bit of a waiting list. Our website timer displays the practice waiting time in months and is updated on the first day of each month.

Online Patient Referral
To refer a National Health Service or Private Patient please click on the application form icon below.

Our current waiting list for health service patients is four months

Care Guides

We have created a series of Care Guides to help you care for your teeth and get the best from your treatment. The guides are available in PDF format for you to print out and keep for future reference. Please click on the appropriate link below for more information.

The final result is startling and you can put your trust in the whole team. I could not be happier
I never imagined it
was possible but now
I am smiling with
confidence. Thanks
so much

Removable Brace Care

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Fixed Appliances / Care Pack

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Caring For Your Retainers

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Final Retainer Review

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Bonded Retainers

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What happens at my first appointment?


During your first visit you will meet our team where we will learn why you would like to have orthodontic treatment and will give you advice on the most suitable options for you. We may also take photographs, and x-rays of your teeth. The orthodontist will discuss their findings with you during this appointment. No braces will be applied at this visit.

Does it hurt to get braces on my teeth?


No. As braces are fitted without the need for injections, it is a painless procedure. You may experience some discomfort for a few days afterwards but this is simply managed with painkillers. We also advise that you eat soft food for the first few days and avoid hard or sticky foods during the course of your treatment.

How long will my treatment take?


That really depends on the treatment proposed. Very simple treatments can take as little at 12 weeks. However, since most orthodontic treatment is more complicated, especially with fixed appliances, treatments of this nature can take up to 24 months and occasionally longer.

Will I be able to talk normally with my brace fitted?


As most braces are fitted to the outside surfaces of the teeth, speech will not be affected. If you wear a removable brace for a time before your fixed braces, you may notice a slight lisp for around 1 week as you get used to wearing your brace. After this, your speech will return to normal.

Are there foods or drinks that I cannot take with my brace in place?


We recommend that you avoid fizzy drinks and limit fruit juice to once per day. We also recommend that hard or sticky foods such as toffee, chewing gum, and hard apples are avoided. A balanced healthy diet is the best option.

Will I get marks on my teeth after treatment?


The vast majority of patients will have no marks on their teeth following treatment. However, a small number of patients may have faint marks if treatment guidelines are not followed. It is important to brush your teeth well, use fluoride mouthwash and avoid fizzy drinks.

Can I still play sport with my brace?


You can continue to play sports during treatment. We have a range of orthodontic mouth guards available to purchase at our practice. You will typically have the same mouth guard for the duration of your treatment. This can be replaced with a professional mouth guard after treatment. Please ask about this after treatment.

Can I play my musical instrument with my brace in place?


Yes. Orthodontic treatment should not stop you playing your instrument. However, during the first week of treatment your brace may rub the inside of your lip, causing mild discomfort. After this, you will be able to play your instrument as normal.

How long should I wear retainers for?


Retainers should be worn for life to keep teeth straight. Once you stop wearing retainers, teeth move. There are currently no predictors of who it will happen to and by how much you will be affected. Therefore, everyone is given the same advice.

Can I get a permanent retainer?


A permanent retainer can be fitted to the back of your front teeth. This consists of a fine wire glued to the teeth which can remain in place indefinitely. In many cases, under the Health Service, a permanent retainer can be placed free of charge. If it is not available under the Health Service, we can still offer one under a private arrangement.

What happens if I break my brace between appointments?


You should phone the practice immediately. We will then schedule an emergency appointment to have it fixed. We recommend that hard and sticky foods are avoided during treatment to prevent damage to your brace. Breaking the brace increases the overall treatment time.

Do I still need to visit my normal dentist during my treatment?


Yes. We recommend you remain registered with your normal dentist and attend routine dental check ups. If necessary your dentist will carry out any extractions orthodontic treatment may require. All orthodontic treatment will be undertaken at our specialist practice.


Belmont Orthodontics
98 Belmont Road, Belfast, BT4 2AP

T: 028 9065 6666
E: smile@belmontorthodontics.co.uk

Practice Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday 8am – 4pm
Friday 8am – 1pm
Closed for lunch 1 – 1.45pm

Belmont Orthodontics Entrance

Patient Referral
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