A leading North East orthodontic practice is marking 10 years of serving patients by donating to ten charities that have played a part in its development.

To mark its 10 year anniversary in January, Queensway Orthodontics – the North’s leading specialist provider of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen – is donating to ten charities including Dementia Friends, Kidscape, Butterwick Hospice, Billingham Foodbank and Daisy Chain.

In 2009, Dr Guy Deeming launched Queensway Orthodontics in Billingham alongside the well-established Queensway Dental Clinic following the award of a new NHS contract. This was followed by the opening of its Jesmond based practice in 2016. The practice has since received several prestigious accolades and has become the only Diamond Invisalign specialist practice in the North East. Starting 2019 on a high, Queensway Orthodontics, which employs 24 members of staff, currently has more than 1,500 people in treatment at its Billingham-based practice.

Queensway Orthodontics has a long history of community engagement and has worked closely with charities, including Daisy Chain, to ensure that the team had adequate training in caring for people who live with autism. As an organisation with a duty of care, the team also worked with charity Kidscape to ensure it had measures in place to encourage good behaviour and prevent bullying in all its forms.

In addition, every three months Queensway Orthodontics visits Billingham Foodbank to deliver toothbrushes and toothpastes which are then used in packs to provide three days’ worth of emergency food and toiletries to people in crisis.

Dr Guy Deeming, specialist orthodontist and partner at Queensway Orthodontics said: “I am incredibly proud of what the team have achieved over the last decade. More than 12,000 patients have been seen and thousands of smiles created for the North East. It wouldn’t have been possible without the dedicated team and loyal support of our local community and patients.”

“It has been a huge privilege to serve and look after patients in Billingham and Teesside over the last decade. In todays’ world, being part of a community seems much less important than it used to be. For this reason, one of the most important things to me and the Queensway team is working with local charities to help support their essential work in the community for a variety of causes. After all, without the support, kind words and loyalty of the local community, we would certainly not be here. Doing something to help (and continuing to do it) is just a small way of saying thank you.”

Tracey Wright, event manager at Daisy Chain, said, “It’s brilliant when businesses and organisations offer us their support as well as taking advantage of our training services to help them understand autism. Getting a real overview of what people on the autism spectrum need to help them can really help a business with their clients. We rely on our local organisations and community to support us so we can continue offering services both to them and families affected by autism.”