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. Sean retired in July 2021 but will always be at the heart of Ashford.

Sean Thompson


Craig joined Ashford as a director in 2005 and has over 25 years of experience working in laboratories. Craig makes the most of his free time with his partner, kids, French bulldog, playing golf, and travelling.

Craig Stevens

Managing 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. In his spare time, Graeme has a passion for music, walking and keeping fit in the gym.

Graeme Winyard

Technical Lead

Rich joined in 2018 and leads our commercial functions for the company. Previously, Rich completed a degree in Business Studies (BA Hons) and a Masters in Marketing (MSc), and spent six years at Nike. He is also studying for a PhD in marketing during his spare time!

Rich Dodds

Commercial Director

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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