ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

Ideally, an Orthodontist likes to see a patient at the age of about 9 or 10. Sometimes early intervention may be required preventing the need for alternative or more invasive treatments later. A smile however, can always be improved upon, at any age, once dental health is well maintained.

Treatment for younger patients usually takes approximately 18-24 months. Some adult cases may take longer but this varies greatly, depending on each individual case and the severity of its nature.

Shorter treatments times in some adults can also be considered where suitable.

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one’s appearance.

The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.

A specialist in this field is called an orthodontist. Orthodontists receive at least three years of post graduate education beyond their five years attaining their primary dental degree .


Derek A. Sheils, B.D.S. N.U.I., F.D.S.R.C.S. Eng., MSc. Ulond., M. Orth. R.C.S.Edin.

23 O’Connell Street, Waterford
&
8 Summerhill, Tramore

T: 051 841 774

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14/1/2021 ORTHODONTIC AND DENTAL SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE DURING CURRENT LEVEL 5 RESTRICTIONS FOR COVID-19 PANDEMIC

If you have had any flu like symptoms, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or recently come into contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, please do not attend for appointment and contact reception.Please do not attend if you have have returned from abroad in the past 14 days.

We aim to reduce numbers of people moving through the practice and to observe social distancing within the premises.
The waiting room and toilets will be closed during this time and patients will enter when a member of staff opens inner door at the appointed time.
Parents should not accompany patient unless they feel there is an urgent matter they wish to discuss with Dr. Sheils or Suzanne the Orthodontic Therapist.
Please use hand sanitiser provided before entering. PLEASE WEAR A MASK UNTIL SEATED IN DENTAL CHAIR. We observe strict cross infection control protocols and adhere to Dental Council code of practice.
Appointment duration will be kept as short as possible but allowing patients treatment to progress.
Patients will be given their next appointment without deliberation but if this is extremely inconvenient then please phone reception to rebook.
We would be grateful if you could work with us on this one and appreciate your understanding.
Patients should attend with clean teeth as our bathroom will be closed until further notice.
Our receptionist is available as usual to deal with any specific queries and can receive payments preferably over the phone.
Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.