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Why have orthodontic treatment?

It lets you present the very best version of yourself to the world with enhanced self-esteem, better harmony of the mouth and jaws and healthier teeth and gums.

Why go to an orthodontist?

You trust your heart to a cardiologist and your skin to a dermatologist and like these specialists orthodontists devote additional years after graduating from dental school gaining extra accreditation and degrees from approved educational institutions. You can relax in the knowledge that we use our expertise and experience to get the very best results every time.

Do I need a referral from a general dentist before going to see an orthodontist?

No, you can contact us directly to set up an orthodontic consultation but many dentists do like to refer their own patients to us also. All are welcome!

At what age should a child first see an orthodontist?

Whenever an orthodontic problem is first detected by either a general dentist or medical doctor. In the absence of serious jaw growth problems we normally like to see children between the ages of 7 to 10 years of age. However most full brace treatments in children occur between the ages of 10 to 12 years of age.

Can adults have orthodontic treatment?

Once their dentists have given their gums and teeth a clean bill of health for orthodontic treatment then all adults can get the same wonderful benefits of having a great smile as kids do.

What options are there for adults who don’t want their braces to show?

Most of our adult patients want the most discreet and comfortable braces and we have equal expertise in them all from clear tooth-match ceramic braces, lingual braces on the inside of your teeth and Invisalign clear aligners. At your consultation appointment we can discuss what would be the perfect brace for you.

Do braces hurt and are they really hard to keep clean?

The latest generation braces cause little or no discomfort compared to those of even a couple of years ago. We will give you lots of excellent tips on how to manage those strange first few days with braces including discomfort avoidance and a kit to assist in your brushing and flossing.

Can I play sports with braces?

Yes but you have to wear a protective mouthguard which now is compulsory for children’s GAA and rugby. Adults can easily find comfortable mouthguards to protect them when playing high impact sports such as rugby or football.

Are braces worth all the effort and expense?

In our 18 years in practice we have never had one patient who was remotely disappointed with their orthodontic treatment! Between all our adult and child patients the reactions are always the same – delight at having a brand new smile. Personalities change from reserved to out-going, self-esteem increases and you are left with healthier teeth, gums and better facial balance. We at Galway Orthodontics are very proud of our practice and the quality of our treatment and we invite you come to come and see us.