It can be a scary moment when you hear your dentist or hygienist utter the words ” you have some gum recession“, automatically you have visions of your teeth hanging on without supported gums or worse- visions of them all falling out! However, rest assured this is not the case- there are different stages of gum recession with most people falling into the “mild” category. Even if you have a more severe case, know that it can be treated and there are solutions for you.

What is gum recession? (Gingival Recession)

Gum recession is where the gum recedes below the tooth and pulls away from it leaving more of your tooth exposed at the root. When this happens, disease causing bacteria can start to build in the pockets of the gaps between the tooth and the gum line.

What causes gum recession?

  • Brushing your teeth too aggressively– you should always use a soft bristle toothbrush or an electric one and not be attempted to scrub your teeth!
  • Genetics – unfortunately the health of your gums can come down to genetics, if one or more of your parents suffered with gum recession there is a high likelihood that you will too.
  • Teeth grinding – grinding can cause undue stress on your teeth – a nigh guard can help with this. Teeth grinding can cause many dental issues so it is always worth investigating if you think you may suffer with it.
  • Not looking after your teeth– may be an obvious one, but not brushing your teeth at least twice a day, not flossing and not having regular dental checks all add greatly to the risk of developing gum recession.
  • Hormones – women have an increased risk of developing gum recession due to fluctuations in hormone levels seen in puberty, pregnancy and the menopause.

The treatment.

If you are diagnosed with mild gum recession catching it early and addressing it straight away will ensure you keep it under control. Your dentist can help identify the causes for it and instruct you on measures to address it and stop it developing it further. Your dentist will give you advice on what toothbrush you should use and how to use it properly, how to floss correctly and if needed as with teeth grinding, they can advise you on the different types of night guards. They will also recommend regular hygienists visits to keep the pockets free from bacteria.

If you are diagnosed with more developed stages of gum recession you may be referred to a periodontist (a gum specialist). A periodontist will do a deeper more intensive cleaning of your teeth and gums. How often this occurs will depend on the stage of the gum recession. Depending on the cause of your gum recession, your periodontist may advice you to have a surgical treatment also know as a gum draft. ( We will do a separate blog on gum drafting shortly!)

If you have any questions on gum recession or feel you may suffer with it you can call us on T: 01 4542022 or E: and we can advise you accordingly.



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Patient unhappy with overlapping on front teeth
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After ortho treatment – massive difference in only a few months
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Massive smile from this patient – just in time for her wedding too!


Patient: Female in her late 20’s and obviously wanted her teeth to look better for her forthcoming wedding… pressure then at all….?

Treatment: Short term Orthodontics wit Dr Helen Walsh

Duration of treatment: 7 months approx.

Cost of treatment : € 2995, which includes a hygienist visit  and full mouth whitening after orthodontic treatment complete, as well as upper and lower fixed and removable retainers.

No re-touching of photos has been done.



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Before ortho- patient unhappy with the gap in her front teeth


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After ortho – patient delighted with her new smile!



Patient : CK in her 20’s didn’t like the space between her 2 front teeth.

Treatment: Orthodontics done by Dr Helen Walsh.

Cost of treatment: € 2995 which included a hygienist appointment at the end of the orthodontic treatment, as well as upper and lower fixed and removable retainers.

No re-touching of photos has been done.

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Patient: Male in his mid 20’s wasn’t thrilled with the gaps in his front teeth and also with the front two teeth overlapping

Treatment: Fixed Bracket Orthodontics with Dr Helen Walsh at Portobello Dental Clinic.

Cost: € 2995 including upper and lower fixed and removable retainers, as well as professional tooth whitening.

No re-touching of photographs has been done.

For further information on the orthodontic treatment we provide see here. To book an appointment for an orthodontic assessment contact us on T: 01 4542022 or E:

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Patient: Male, in his 20’s was unhappy with the appearance of his teeth

Treatment: Fixed Bracket Orthodontics with Dr Helen Walsh

Duration of treatment: 5 months

Cost: € 2995 including upper and lower fixed and removable retainers, as well as professional tooth whitening.

No re-touching of photographs has been done.

For further information on our orthodontic treatments visit here. To book an appointment for an orthodontic assessment contact us on T: 01 4542022 or E:

It’s true, and is an excellent reason for choosing to have orthodontics in Dublin. Most people choose to have their teeth straightened purely for cosmetic purposes, and while this is also a good reason, possible improvements to your oral health are well worth taking into consideration, especially if you currently find it difficult to floss and brush properly. Not being able to floss properly increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, both of which could eventually lead to tooth loss.

Orthodontics DublinMisaligned teeth are more likely to bite together incorrectly, and this is something that can put stress on individual teeth, leading to them becoming worn or even fractured due to the fact that they will have to absorb more of the biting forces than your other teeth. In time this could mean that you require restorative treatment for these teeth, such as fillings or even crowns.

Choosing orthodontics in Dublin will mean you end up with a more cosmetically pleasing smile, but it could mean that your teeth and gums will remain healthier for longer. Of course some people will only need a few teeth repositioned, and in this case it may be possible to select one of the more cosmetically oriented braces such as Six Month Smiles or the Inman Aligner, both of which concentrates on only moving the teeth visible when smiling. Otherwise many will opt for Invisalign in Dublin, a system that is able to correct quite a few common bite problems, and which is renowned for providing very predictable results.

Clear Braces

One of the orthodontic treatments offered by Portobello Dental Clinic is Invisalign. This is an extremely popular orthodontic system, and one of the reasons why it’s so popular is due to its near invisibility. It uses clear acrylic aligners to gradually move the teeth into their new positions. Most people will be hard-pressed to notice these aligners unless they’re looking at your teeth rather closely. Your treatment is accurately planned in advance, using specialised computer technology that plots the movement of your teeth. One thing that is rather nice about this system is that you will be able to see this plan before you decide to go ahead with treatment, so you can see just how successful it will be.

Most people will need to wear these braces for approximately a year, but of course this can vary quite a lot. You’ll be given several sets of aligners to take home with you, and will need to change them every two weeks as your teeth begin to move. They are super easy to keep clean, as you can take them out whenever you eat or drink something, so all you have to do is brush your teeth before you replace them. Although the aligners can be left out for the occasional special event, you must wear them for approximately twenty two hours a day if you wish to see results predicted by your treatment plan.

Once you have completed treatment then you will need to wear a retainer. This can consist of a thin metal wire that is bonded onto the back of your teeth, and which will be invisible, or we can provide with a clear retainer that will need to be worn for specified periods of time, but these are all things that can be discussed during your initial free assessment.

If you want to straighten your teeth without people knowing about it, you may be aware that there are modern orthodontic solutions that can offer you discreet and quick treatment solutions.

The Six Month Smiles procedure, which uses clear braces with tooth-coloured wires, straightens your teeth in as little as six months on average. By using the latest dental technology, this system uses nickel titanium wires that enable rapid controlled movement of the teeth.

Six Month Smiles focuses on aligning only the top and bottom teeth that show when you smile, known as your ‘social six’. With constant low pressures, your teeth will gently move into place without causing pain or discomfort. This type of treatment is suitable for patients who do not require major bite correction, but rather alignment of crooked teeth.

In order to determine whether you are suitable for this type of treatment, you will need to be assessed by a dentist. After an initial consultation and examination, if you are deemed a suitable candidate for this system, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and your braces will be made accordingly. Once your braces in Dublin are fitted on your teeth, you will be given special instructions on how to keep your teeth and braces clean and free of plaque build-up during your treatment.

You will then be required to visit the dentist at regular intervals so the progress of your teeth straightening can be checked, and any minor adjustments made. Your dental hygiene will also be checked at these visits to make sure your mouth remains healthy while your teeth are being aligned. Dublin-based Dr Helen Walsh would be very happy to assess your suitability for orthodontic treatment, and will examine your bite. She is very experienced in the modern forms of orthodontic treatments and can assess your suitability for braces. Dublin’s Portobello Dental Clinic can ensure you feel confident showing off your smile and that any problems with your bite are corrected. Please call 01 454 2022 to book an appointment.

Our opening hours are 8am to 8pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8am to 6pm on Tuesdays and 8am to 5pm on Friday and 10am to 3pm on Saturdays. Visit our website: for more information. If you’re looking for Six Month Smiles in Dublin, Portobello Dental Clinic can enhance your smile using this discreet method!

Teeth which are crooked aren’t just cosmetically unattractive but they can also cause plenty of oral health problems too such as plaque and tartar build up, bleeding gums and even  create a predisposition to gum disease. If your smile is crowded or you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite or even widely spaced teeth, you may be considering braces in Dublin at Portobello Dental Clinic can get you smiling again thanks to the modern orthodontic solution of Six Month Smiles.

The treatment consists of clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires that are fitted onto your teeth. Using gentle constant pressure, the braces will gradually move your teeth into the desired position in an average of six months, hence the name.

One of the main advantages of Six Month Smiles is that it’s hardly visible – no one can tell you’re straightening your teeth unless you start telling people.

Would you like to find out more about other forms of orthodontics? Dublin-based, our practice can help you to find the best method of straightening your teeth which fits seamlessly into your lifestyle. The Six Month Smiles system is a great choice because it’s well hidden and very comfortable to wear.

If you’re looking for dentist who can provide this type of treatment, our Dublin-based dentist Dr Helen Walsh can give you an initial consultation to check if Six Month Smiles is the right procedure for you. By looking at the position of your teeth she can determine if your case is mild or severe. If you’re happy to go ahead with treatment, you can then have impressions taken of your teeth in order for your brackets and wires to be fitted to your teeth correctly.

You will be required to come to the practice for regular check-ups and adjustments during your treatment to ensure your teeth are moving correctly and that your dental hygiene is in optimal condition. It’s important to follow any instructions you are given to keep your teeth and braces clean during your treatment.

To learn more about Six Month Smiles, Get orthodontist in Dublin at Portobello Dental Clinic can assess your suitability for this treatment. Please call 01 454 2022 to book an appointment. Our opening hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 8pm. Tuesday from 8am to 6pm, Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.