Orthodontic FAQ’s

“I don’t know why I didn’t get my teeth straightened years ago!”

This is a very common remark we hear from our patients. Making the decision to go for an orthodontic assessment can be difficult for many people so we like to ensure that once you pick up the phone to us, the most difficult part of the process is over! Our orthodontic assessment will leave you with a clear understanding of the problems that exist with your teeth and the options available to achieve the smile you always wished for. Going down the road of braces on the teeth is a big decision and the purpose of our assessment process is to provide you with all of the information to allow you to make a final decision that you are 100% happy with.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist in straightening teeth, correcting the bite and highly trained in all types of braces used to achieve this. They are skilled professionals who concentrate solely on orthodontics. Orthodontists are listed on the Irish Dental Council register: http://www.dentalcouncil.ie/registers.php 

Please click on the link above and search the Division of Orthodontics for an updated list of specialist orthodontists in Ireland. 

What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

 All orthodontists are dentists but not all dentists doing orthodontics are orthodontists.
This can be confusing for the public to know the difference between the two. The best way to check if your dentist is an orthodontist is to check the Irish Dental council register http://www.dentalcouncil.ie/registers.php.
To become an orthodontist, you must be a dentist first and then complete a 3 years of a full time training post-graduate qualification, known as a Masters in Orthodontics (different to a Diploma). You must also sit exams with the Royal College of Surgeons to become a Member of the Royal Colleges.
Dr Sinead did her post-graduate qualification in Trinity College Dublin and her membership exams with the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. Dr Christine did her post-graduate qualifications through King’s College London and her membership examinations though the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Both, Dr Christine Smith and Dr Sinead O’Hanrahan can be found on the Irish specialist register of Orthodontists (link above). 

What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment usually involves the wearing of braces, fixed or removable, which are used to straighten teeth and correct the bite. Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment.

How do braces straighten teeth?

Braces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions.

Can adults have braces?

Absolutely. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontics can improve the smile of practically anyone.

When should my child first see an orthodontist?

The ideal age for  your child to see an orthodontist is between the ages of 10 – 12 years.  We can see you earlier than that if you are worried about your child’s teeth or bite. We also treat teenagers and adults so you can come in for a consultation at any age. 

What are the different types of braces?

See our link on treatment options.

How to find us?

We are located on 1-2 Market Square, Navan beside the AIB bank.  See our location map on the bottom of every page for more details.

What happens at my first appointment?

See our page on what to expect