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What Do Orthodontists Do?

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What Do Orthodontists Do?

Specialised Training and Expertise

Orthodontists are dental specialists who undergo extensive training beyond dental school. After completing a general dentistry degree, they spend an additional 2-3 years in an orthodontic residency program where they receive specialised training in diagnosing and treating dental and facial irregularities. This rigorous education equips orthodontists with the skills necessary to address complex orthodontic issues effectively.

Key Responsibilities of Orthodontists

  1. Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
    • Orthodontists use various diagnostic tools such as X-rays, photographs, and dental impressions to assess the alignment of teeth and jaws. Based on this comprehensive evaluation, they develop a customised treatment plan tailored to the patient’s specific needs.
  2. Braces and Appliances
    • One of the most common treatments provided by orthodontists is braces. They offer different types of braces, including:
      • Traditional Metal Braces: These are the most common and effective type of braces, made from high-grade stainless steel.
      • Ceramic Braces: These braces are less visible than metal braces as they are made of clear or tooth-coloured materials.
      • Lingual Braces: Placed on the inside of the teeth, making them invisible from the outside.
    • Additionally, orthodontists may use other appliances such as expanders, headgear, and retainers to correct specific issues.
  3. Invisalign and Clear Aligners
    • For patients seeking a more discreet option, orthodontists provide Invisalign treatment. This involves a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually shift teeth into their correct positions.
  4. Correcting Bite Issues
    • Orthodontists specialise in correcting various bite issues, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. Proper bite alignment is essential for overall oral health, preventing issues such as TMJ disorders, tooth wear, and difficulty in chewing and speaking.
  5. Early Interventions for Children
    • Orthodontists often work with children to address dental issues early on. Early intervention can guide the growth and development of the jaw and teeth, preventing more severe problems in the future. Learn more about Kids Braces and the importance of early evaluations.
  6. Jaw Alignment and Orthognathic Surgery
    • In some cases, severe jaw misalignments may require orthognathic surgery. Orthodontists work closely with oral surgeons to plan and execute these procedures, ensuring optimal results.

Why See an Orthodontist?

Seeing an orthodontist is essential for addressing specific dental issues that go beyond general dental care. Here are a few reasons why you might need to visit an orthodontist:

  • Improving Aesthetics: Achieving a straight, beautiful smile can significantly boost self-confidence and overall appearance.
  • Enhancing Oral Function: Proper alignment of teeth and jaws improves chewing, speaking, and overall oral function.
  • Preventing Future Dental Issues: Correcting misalignments early can prevent more severe dental problems later in life.
  • Specialised Care: Orthodontists have the expertise and tools to handle complex dental issues that general dentists may not be equipped to address.

Registration and Verification

Orthodontists are registered specialists with the Irish Dental Council, distinguishing them from general dentists. For verification, visit the Irish Dental Council's list of registered orthodontists. Dr. Joseph O'Connor is registered under the number 9DS23, and Dr. Condren under the number 11DS00.


Orthodontists are dedicated to improving oral health by correcting misalignments of the teeth and jaws. Whether you need traditional braces, Invisalign, or treatment for complex bite issues, an orthodontist has the specialised training and expertise to provide comprehensive care.

For expert orthodontic care, visit Terenure Orthodontics. Our experienced team, led by Dr. Joseph O'Connor, is dedicated to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams. Whether you need Adult Braces, Kids Braces, or Coloured Braces, we are here to guide you every step of the way. Book your consultation now and take the first step towards a healthier, brighter smile.

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