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Choosing an Orthodontist

6th September 2016

Ok so I’m biased. I trained for 5 years to qualify as a dentist and then a further 3 years to become a Specialist Orthodontist but bear with me!

Orthodontics is what I do every day, I don’t drill, do fillings, put implants in, advise on Gum disease fit veneers or anything else I’m not an expert in. Whether I’m working as a Consultant at the new London Dental hospital, training and lecturing the next generation of Orthodontists or working in Practice. I like straightening teeth and giving people the confident, happy and healthy smile they always wanted.

Any dentist can practice orthodontics but only those dentists who have undertaken a 3 year full time post-graduate study in Orthodontics are allowed to call themselves a Specialist Orthodontist and be registered with the General Dental Council. All Orthodontists are Dentists but only 3% of Dentists are qualified as specialist Orthodontists.

Visit more than one Orthodontist for a consultation, decide who you feel more comfortable with and who you think understands you and will deliver the smile you are hoping to achieve.

I try to make each of your visits a pleasant one, I will keep you informed of how long I think your treatment will take and we can go through your Orthodontic journey together.

Finally, you will receive my personal attention and professional service at all times. I do not employ an Orthodontic Therapist or treatment co-ordinator.

Dr Shirley Cox

Dr Shirley Cox

BDS(Hons), FDS RCS (Eng), MSc(Lond), M Orth RCS(Eng), FDS Orth RCS (Eng)
GDC: 68425

Shirley qualified in Dentistry from The Royal London Hospital in 1992, achieved her M Orth specialist qualification in orthodontics and registered on the specialist list in Orthodontics in 2000. Shirley was appointed as Consultant Orthodontist at Barts Dental Hospital in 2004 and now works as an Orthodontic Consultant at the new Royal London Hospital site.

As a Consultant Orthodontist with over 20 years training Dentists and Orthodontists and her additional training in children’s dentistry Shirley is equipped with the skills to provide the very highest standards of patient care. Having orthodontic treatment with her means that you will be in the best possible hands.

Shirley is able to offer the very latest treatments available, enabling her to treat adult and child patients who have simple, moderate and complex needs and to improve both the appearance and the function of their teeth.

Being an Invisalign Platinum provider, Invisalign Teen accredited and member of the Invisalign London Specialist Orthodontist group put Shirley in a unique position to offer Invisalign treatment for a very wide range of cases.

“Patients in my care receive my personal attention at all times and are treated solely by me. I love to treat patients and help them achieve and keep for life the beautiful, healthier and happier smiles they desire. I look forward to meeting you and helping however I can.”

Outside of orthodontics Shirley lives locally with her husband and two teenage children. For many years Shirley has been a Local School Governor and organises a local book club. Shirley enjoys active holidays whether its walking in Norfolk, skiing in the Alps or exploring further afield with her family.

Shirley Cox

Useful Travel Links

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  • Metro Orthodontics at Wapping Dental Centre is conveniently located on The Highway between the City and Canary Wharf.
  • Shadwell DLR is 200m and Wapping Station 500m away.
  • Bus numbers 100 and D3 stop within 50m.
  • Parking is available at Yellow Park multi storey Tobacco Dock Wapping Lane 70m away.
  • The practice is a short taxi ride from the City and Canary Wharf.
  • Royal Wharf Dental is conveniently located at Royal Wharf in the Royal Docks off North Woolwich Road by the Thames Barrier Park.
  • Just 10 mins from Canary Wharf and 5 mins from both The Excel Centre and City Airport
  • Pontoon Dock DLR is 200m and Canning Town Jubilee line is 10 mins away.
  • Bus number 474 stops within 50m.
  • The practice is on a busy short taxi route and Ubers are readily available.
  • Parking locally in Royal Wharf street bays, free for 30 mins then pay via Just Park.
  • Uber Thames Clipper River bus stops at Royal Wharf
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