Welcome to Acklam Smiles


The home of the Independent Dental Practice, here in Acklam, Middlesbrough.


To Patients and Friends of  The Independent Dental Practice,

As a Dental Practice, we work in an environment where the prevention of the spread of a whole range of infections is woven into everything we do.  Our team always work tirelessly in the background to achieve this safe environment for you. In addition to our usual scrupulous cross infection control measures, we have been paying particularly close attention to all government guidance and updates related more specifically to Coronavirus.

 Given the unprecedented situation in the UK regarding the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus, we feel we must use our own clinical judgement and act in the best interests of our patients and staff.

 We feel it is essential that we do our part to reduce the spread of this virus, and so, it is with very heavy hearts, that we have taken the decision to temporarily close the practice. We will follow government and our professional bodies’ guidance as to when we can safely re-open.  We will of course keep you updated with that latest information on our website.

Looking after the health of our patients is and has always been our absolute priority and so we will do our best to keep operating an Emergency Telephone Consultation service for our patients who have uncontrollable pain or swelling during this period of closure.  If you urgently need assistance, please call us on 01642 815016 and follow the instructions on the recorded message.

 As a team, we are doing everything we possibly can to remain fit, well and able to work so that we can continue our usual high standard of dental care for you when we return.

 Thank you for your anticipated support, and stay safe,

All The Team at The Independent Dental Practice.


The practice was founded in 1984 by the principal, Denis Stubley and grew rapidly. The first patients very quickly encouraged family and friends to visit our forward thinking surgery to experience the high standard of service on offer.

Our building is a local landmark because of its unusual shape. Originally the Acklam Post Office, then later a bridal boutique, we still have the evidence of the hole in the floor where Mr Sherret, the postmaster at the time, deflected the rifle shot of an armed gunman attempting a robbery. Mr Sherret was awarded the OBE for his bravery and both he and his wife became cherished patients at the practice. They did find having treatment in their old sitting room a little strange at first!

Paintings of the original 1930s building and the more recent metamorphosis into a dental practice, can be seen in the entrance to our building, painted by Mr Sherret himself.

The practice took the title of THE INDEPENDENT DENTAL PRACTICE in April 2006 and we now provide every aspect of treatment and care on a fully private basis, allowing our patients to have the very best treatments available throughout the world today, without any constraints or restrictions.


We welcome families, adults and children, in fact all those patients who simply want the very best for themselves and their loved ones.

Our aim is to provide high quality care at reasonable cost and the very best of treatments available, in a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment. Our clinicians are committed to continuing post graduate education and keeping abreast of advances in modern dentistry, in order to maintain the high standards our patients have come to expect from us.

Worldwide research shows that preventative dentistry, delivered on a regular basis, greatly reduces the risk of dental disease and provides a platform for a lifetime of improved oral health. We encourage such an approach and with this in mind we have designed our Dental Membership Plans to reward loyal patients, allowing us to plan their dental care more effectively, to provide the best chance of keeping them dentally fit and to reduce the need for future treatment.

Explore our website to find out everything you need to know about our Membership Plans for both adults and children, our treatments, our services and our team. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a real person, our receptionists are well informed and very friendly and will endeavour to answer all your questions by phone, or feel free to pop in at any time and we will show you around and give you all the information you need to take away with you and read at your leisure.