As well as improving the overall look of your teeth and making them easier to care for, braces can reverse unpleasant pain that might be related to the way your teeth sit together, or to the positioning of your jaw.
If you’ve been considering teeth straightening treatment, Shields Dental Clinics offer a variety of modern fixed braces, as well as the world-famous Invisalign clear removable aligner system.
We’ve been providing orthodontic treatment to the people of Limerick, Roscrea and Castletroy for many years now. We’re extremely proud to be a trusted dental practice offering orthodontic treatment in these areas and it’s always a great feeling when patients recommend their friends and family to us because of the high standard of treatment they’ve received.
So, if you’re looking for a dentist that performs orthodontic treatment to an extremely high standard, you’ve landed in the right place.
Here are a few of the brace types we offer – discover what they can do for your smile by reading on.
Metal braces: the reliable brace that’s stood the test of time
Conventional metal braces have always been a popular choice and their reliable mechanics are extremely effective at moving even the most misaligned teeth. Today, they’re much more appealing than in the past in terms of both comfort and aesthetic. As they now have smaller brackets, they’re more discreet and less likely to scratch the tissues in your mouth. Here at Shields Dental Clinics, you can even choose from a selection of colours if you’d like to jazz up the appearance of your brace – this is particularly popular with kids and can help to keep them feeling positive about their treatment journey.
The versatility of traditional metal braces means they’re able to deal with virtually any orthodontic problem, whether it’s mild or severe. Thanks to the amazing technology we have available to us in 2022, the treatment outcomes are extremely predictable.
Ceramic braces: the discreet alternative to fixed braces
Ceramic braces are a discreet style of metal brace that give patients a cosmetic alternative to traditional metal braces. They offer the same level of reliability as traditional metal braces and patients won’t need to keep track of how long they’re wearing them each day, as they’re fixed in place. So, if you think you may benefit from a treatment that doesn’t require you to employ a certain amount of discipline (such as Invisalign), fixed braces might be a good option for you.
Invisalign: discreet removable magic
If you’re put off by the idea of wearing a traditional brace, we offer the clear aligner system from the market leading brand, Invisalign. Using removable custom-made plastic aligners, the Invisalign system moves your teeth into position, just as a traditional brace would. As they’re made from transparent plastic, Invisalign aligners are hardly noticeable, so you can feel confident when you’re smiling around your friends, family and colleagues in person and on those Zoom calls!
Invisalign has drawn many adult patients to undergoing having orthodontic treatment, as it offers a fantastic degree of lifestyle flexibility. As you’re allowed to remove them for up to 2 hours each day, this enables you to eat and carry out your oral hygiene routine, just as you normally would.
Choose Shields for Invisalign in Limerick.
Excellence in Invisalign at Shields
We’re extremely proud to say that our very own Dr Robert Hardy has recently received a ‘Platinum’ award from Invisalign as well as an award for his ‘Exceptional Achievement’ as an Invisalign provider.
As an Invisalign provider, Rob is in the top 3 in the country and in the top 1% in the world, so you can expect amazing things from your Invisalign treatment with us here at Shields Dental Clinics. Rob provides treatment at our dental practices in Limerick, Roscrea, Castletroy and Blackrock, Dublin.
Six Month Smiles: 6 months and smiling
Several years ago, the idea that a brace could achieve results in 6 months would have seemed impossible. However, the Six Month Smiles can move your front teeth into position in an average time frame of 4-9 months. This is because they focus primarily on moving your front ‘social six’ teeth (the teeth visible when you smile) into a healthier and more aesthetic position.
Six Month Smiles braces are made from ceramic and have introduced the addition of tooth-coloured wires, so they’re more discreet than ever. This increasingly popular orthodontic treatment is ideal if you’re looking to make cosmetic adjustments to your front teeth, rather than to change how all your teeth sit together in your mouth.
Why choose to straighten your teeth?
Everyone knows that braces can produce amazing-looking teeth. However, there are many other benefits of getting your teeth straightened.
You’ll find that once your teeth are straight, they’re easier to clean. Crowded and misaligned teeth can obscure one another, which means you’re not able to reach all your tooth surfaces when you brush and floss. With well-aligned teeth, you’ll be less likely to develop tooth decay as a result of food particles and bacteria becoming stuck in between your teeth. This will also help to reduce yellowing between your teeth, which can affect their natural white gleam.
Some more complex bite problems can cause teeth grinding (known as bruxism) which has a couple of main negative downsides.
Reputable orthodontic dentists in Limerick, Castletroy & Roscrea
Here at Shields, dentistry and patient care is in our DNA. Our third-generation family dental practice is continuously evolving, so we can meet your needs with the most sophisticated digital planning software and methods available to us. Our dental practices in Limerick, Roscrea and Castletroy offer Invisalign clear aligners, as well as the fixed brace options outlined above.
Shields Dental & Orthodontic Clinic in Blackrock
We’re thrilled to announce that we’re opening a brand new dental practice in Blackrock this May. As well as orthodontic treatment, we’ll be offering general dentistry services, cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry and restorative dentistry. We can’t wait to open our doors to the people of Blackrock, Dublin.
We can’t wait to plan your path to a new and improved smile and for you to see the benefits this can bring. Use our easy online booking form to book your consultation, or give us a call if you prefer.