We are the No. 1 Specialised Orthodontic Lab in the UK.

Ashford is not only the UK’s top orthodontic laboratory in terms of size* but also productivity with more than 10,000 retainers being sent out to our clients each month. We even have the biggest bank of Form 3D printers.

Our directors share 95 years of experience, bridging commercial and hospital-based lab work. As a result, we know what is important to our clients and have been able to develop our product around that.

We are proud to be a homegrown business offering affordable, high standard and tailored solutions.

*Based on our state-of-the-art 24,000 sq ft facility

Our Story

In 2001, director Sean Thompson created Ashford Orthodontics in pursuit of his long-standing desire to run a first-class specialised orthodontic laboratory.

Over 70 staff, four facilities and hundreds of clients later, Ashford has gone from strength to strength with consistent year-on-year growth, now servicing a majority of NHS contract holding practices.

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Our Team

Sean founded Ashford in 2001 after being in the industry since 1982, gaining valuable experience in both commercial and hospital labs. Academically, Sean has achieved distinctions in all areas of dental technology and further studied advanced qualifications in Prosthodontics, Orthodontics and Maxillofacial Technology. An OTA council representative, he has a love for three things; his family, orthodontics and Sunderland city – thus its unfortunate football club!

Sean Thompson

Managing Director

Craig joined Ashford as a director in 2005 and has over 25 years of experience working in laboratories. Craig has a vast amount of knowledge of the dental and orthodontic market, which has been a contributing factor in Ashford’s 18 year span of continuous growth. Craig makes the most of his free time with his wife and two children, playing golf and travelling.

Craig Stevens

Operations Director

Graeme joined Ashford as a director in 2005 having worked in dental technology since 1982. Graeme qualified as a dental technician in 1984 and further studied for his advanced orthodontics qualifications, working extensively within hospital laboratories. This ultimately led to him managing of the Orthodontic Laboratory at South Tyneside Hospital prior to joining Ashford. In his spare time, Graeme has a passion for music, walking and keeping fit in the gym.

Graeme Winyard

Technical Director

Rich came on board in 2018 and leads both the sales and marketing functions for the company. Previously, Rich completed a degree in Business Studies (BA Hons) and a Masters in Marketing (MSc), and was an account manager at Nike, where he worked for six years.

Rich Dodds

Business Development Manager

Dave has 31 years of experience, joining us in 2008. As part of the senior leadership team, he is responsible for production and quality control. Dave represented England at junior level in football and has been a keen cricketer for 20 years at Corbridge Cricket Club.

Dave Newton

Production Manager

With us since 2009, Paul has 33 years experience. As part of the senior leadership team, he is responsible for production and training. Out of hours, Paul enjoys playing cricket, golf and spending time with his family and dogs (two very energetic Springer Spaniels!).

Paul Newton

Production Manager

Layla joined Ashford in 2017 and oversees our Operations. Layla studied Environmental Biology (BSc Hons) and has a background in Resource Management and call centres. Keeping busy outside of work, Layla supports her son’s U15s football team and explores her hobby for fell walking.

Layla Marshall

Operations Manager

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