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Will Healy Orthodontics Patient

“I got braces here, which I’ve only had since February, so it’s early days, but I’m already seeing changes, it’s already working. My teeth are coming back already, which is great.”

Will Healy, Limerick

Dawn Quinn Orthodontics Patient

“My side teeth were all turned in and my canines were kind of prominent. They’re all as straight as they can be now at the moment and i’m only halfway through the treatment!”

Dawn Quinn, Limerick

Orthodontics Patient

“I’ve no problem smiling for photos or anything now. I’ve noticed a massive change already you know. They’ve completely transformed in the space of 4 months.”

Barry Kiely, Limerick


Orthodontic Treatments

It can be a challenge to choose the best Orthodontist in Limerick.  Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Limerick is certainly the centre of excellence for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of malpositioned teeth.

Poorly aligned teeth are also often the cause of jaw pain and we are experts in assessing and treating all types of issues like this.


Dr Nebil Boussetta

How we Assess Patients

As with all treatments available here, orthodontic treatments are devised following a full discussion with you, the patient. Furthermore, a detailed analysis determines the precise problems arising from misaligned teeth. Another name for misaligned teeth is a ‘malocclusion’. Specifically, ‘malocclusion’ is the imperfect positioning of the teeth when jaws are closed. Our Team will then plan a strategy for moving the teeth gradually into position. You will visit us regularly over the course of your treatment and be looked after very well.

Types of Braces Offered by Shields Dental Clinic Limerick

We offer a range of treatment options here at Shields in Limerick. The options are designed to suit different budgets and tastes and they include braces that are made from a range of different materials. The general options are:

Traditional metal braces remain a popular option for straightening teeth. The benefits are firstly that they are a long-standing treatment that has been around for over 100 years. However, they have continued to evolve over the years and are still used today. Secondly, the design is versatile. You can opt for coloured brackets – a particularly good incentive for young people who are anxious about having treatment. You can read more about the treatment here.

This type of brace uses square brackets that are clear or tooth-coloured, giving a discreet appearance. The benefits are firstly that they are comfortable because the hardware does not irritate the gums. Secondly, they have a high quality make-up. Ceramic braces do not generally break or chip unless they are poorly maintained. You can read more about the treatment here.

Invisalign Aligners describe a series of individual transparent aligners that slide over the teeth to gradually move them into the correct position over a period of time. The aligners are made using the orthodontist’s treatment plan and a computerised model of the patient’s teeth. Invisalign is popular for its minimal cosmetic impact and the ease with which it can be removed for cleaning. You can read more about Invisalign Aligners here.

Six Month Smiles is a cosmetic solution for straightening your teeth which takes just six months on average. Clear braces in tooth-coloured wires gently straighten your teeth and people will barely notice you’re even wearing braces. It only focuses on the front teeth and so the treatment time is much less than with traditional metal or ceramic braces. For the same reason, it is also typically cheaper than traditional braces. You can read more about the treatment here.

Children’s Orthodontics

Children’s Orthodontics constitutes a large part of our work. Some dental and orthodontic issues are best treated before a person’s mouth has even finished forming. Thus it is vital to bring your child to a dentist within six months of the first-ever tooth sighting and certainly no later than age one.

While many orthodontic problems are genetic, many others come from early childhood impacts, like thumb-sucking and poor nutrition.

Does my Child need a Brace?

child visiting the dentist for braces

The only way to decide if your child needs a brace is to visit your dentist, but there are a few signs you can look out for:

  • Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face

At what age should I get my Child evaluated?

Evaluation of ‘bite’ and other orthodontic issues may begin at any stage of dental development. Children as young as 5 may need to see an orthodontist and others can wait until the baby teeth have fallen out and the permanent teeth are on their way. This can happen anywhere between the ages of 10 and 13.

Factors which determine this are:

  • the specific problems (if any)
  • the growth of the child
  • risks and benefits of treatment or not treating

Your dentist will help you determine the best time for evaluation and treatment.