A NEW under-18s teeth-straightening clinic has opened Oxfordshire.

Portman Smile Clinic opened its new branch in Bicester in April.

The company provides an NHS teeth-straightening service to children under 18.

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It is also open to patients who seek private straightening services.

Portman, which is based in Cheltenham, said it invested more than £760,000 in developing the 'state-of-the-art facility' in Pioneer Square.

It said the location was chosen 'to best meet local population demands for NHS orthodontics'.

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The service is led by 'specialist orthodontists providing advanced care'.

Portman added: "Dental specialists undergo additional study in their chosen field, in this case orthodontics, ensuring expert skills are developed in the movement of teeth, and providing patients with the best possible care."

A spokesperson from Portman Smile Clinic said: "We are absolutely delighted to be working with the NHS to ensure that local patients receive access to great orthodontic care.”

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"Portman Smile Clinic will provide increased access to both NHS and private straightening services for the local community, as we will be offering extended hours and Saturdays."

Pioneer Square has had troubles in recent months with antisocial behaviour.

Town councillor Nick Mawer raised concerns after a police notice was issued for the area, and Bicester Library increased its CCTV coverage.