Orthodontics in Dubai

American Dental Clinic - The Top Orthodontic Service Provider in Dubai

Dr. Tim Shaughnessy

D.D.S., M.S. (U.S.A.)
Specialist Orthodontist
Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics

Dr. Tim Shaughnessy
Professional Bio

Dr. Tim Shaughnessy received his DDS degree from the University of Michigan in 1983 and his Master of Science degree in Orthodontics from the University of North Carolina in 1986. At UNC, he was the recipient of a National Research Fellowship awarded by the National Institute of Dental Research. He earned an Award of Special Merit from the American Association of Orthodontists in 1987 for his research and Master’s thesis.

Dr. Shaughnessy was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthodontics, Emory University School of Postgraduate Dentistry from 1986 to 1992. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1990. He is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists.

Dr. Shaughnessy practiced orthodontics in suburban Atlanta, Georgia for 35 years. He currently practices in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, at the American Dental Clinic. Tim is a frequent speaker and has developed a reputation for his clinical photography and documentation of well-treated cases. He contributed numerous cases to the 6th edition of Contemporary Orthodontics by Drs. Proffit, Fields, Larson, and Sarver.

Early Intervention For
Straighter & Healthier Smile

Beautiful Smiles That Will
Last a Lifetime

American Dental Clinic is a progressive center for orthodontics that delivers the best care possible to all our patients. Are you looking for the best orthodontist in Dubai to get a perfect smile? Look no further than American Dental Clinic, your reliable source for superior orthodontic care. Our clinic is known for offering excellent orthodontic care to patients of all ages, resulting in beautiful smiles that last a lifetime. At American Dental Clinic, we recognise the value of a straight and healthy smile. Our professional orthodontists use cutting-edge technology to create personalised treatment regimens for your needs. Whether you have misaligned teeth, bite problems, or other orthodontic challenges, we offer the knowledge and tools to improve your smile and confidence. Our dedication to perfection and patient satisfaction distinguishes us as a good orthodontist in Dubai. We prioritise your comfort and well-being during your orthodontic treatment, offering a pleasant and stress-free experience from beginning to end. We provide a wide choice of orthodontic options to fit your preferences and lifestyle, including traditional braces and modern clear aligner systems such as Invisalign. With American Dental Clinic, the best orthodontist in Dubai, you can say goodbye to crooked teeth and hello to a brilliant smile. Schedule your consultation today and take the first step towards attaining the smile you desire.

  • Adult Orthodontics

    It is never too late for braces as an adult, thanks to the advancement of the technology and materials used in Orthodontics. Braces can do more than just improve the appearance of your teeth - they can also be used to alleviate jaw joint problems.

    If you're getting crowns, veneers, or other restorative treatments for cosmetic or functional reasons, braces may be advised to help you achieve the best results.

    Treatment time is no longer a concern with the SureSmile method, we can complete treatment in as little as one year, depending on the case type.

    The SureSmile technology is exclusively available at the American Dental Clinic in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

  • Child Orthodontics

    According to studies, both children and their parents believe that treating common dental disorders such as crowded teeth and overbite at a young age can better improve the child's self-image, oral function, and social life.

    Orthodontic treatments lead to teeth that are straighter and healthier in the long run.

    Give your child the best opportunity at having a healthy mouth to support their overall body and mental wellness.

  • Invisalign Clear Aligners

    Invisalign aligners are one of the most popular clear aligner brands in the world. Our specialists recommend Invisalign to the patients as they are highly durable and hypoallergenic. Invisalign clear aligners are designed and custom fitted for each patient throughout their entire treatment period.

    After obtaining digital impressions of your teeth, the invisalign aligner is designed to fit snugly on your teeth. Every one to two weeks, the next set of aligners have to be worn, which progressively brings the teeth to their new positions. The aligners have to be worn for at least 22 hours a day, but can be taken off during meals.

    Invisalign aligners gives the wearer the freedom to smile brightly even during the treatment period as it is very discreet unlike traditional braces. This makes Invisalign a much prefered orthodontic treatment option for adults and adolescents.

Metal & Ceramic Braces

The bracket and wire system used in traditional teeth straightening treatments are effective in guiding your teeth into proper alignment. Conventional braces are incredibly successful whether your smile is slightly crowded or has significant tooth misalignment.

You now have the choice of choosing between metal and ceramic braces. Traditional metal braces or a more aesthetic ceramic braces type are both options. Both work in a similar way, although one is a little more subtle and blends in with your natural smile. Which one you choose ultimately depends on your preferences.


Clear Aligners are now an option to subtly correct the alignment of your teeth as they don’t use wires or brackets, just strong and clear plastic. Clear aligners are shaped according to your teeth, and will slowly move your teeth into the correct alignment. You can remove your aligners whenever you like, however, they work best when they are worn for at least 20 hours a day.

Before & After

  • Before
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  • Before

“Thankful to Dr. Michael Zeigler and the ADC team for successfully administering my TMJ treatment! I highly recommend ADC to anyone suffering from jaw pain.”

- Willem St. Francis, TMJ patient

Significant Speaking Engagements 2011- Present

  • SAO Annual Meeting 2011

    Building a Practice

    Boca Raton, Florida

  • Joint AAO/AAPD, 2012

    Age-Appropriate Treatment of theDeveloping Occlusion, focusing on ‘Supernumerary Teeth’

    Marco Island, Florida

  • AAO, 2014

    Photobiomodulation in Clinical Orthodontic Practice

    New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, 2015

    Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment, Dental vs. Skeletal

    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation, 2017

    Orthodontic Camouflage Treatment

    St. Louis, Missouri

  • South Carolina Dental Association, 2017

    AThe Latest in Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment

    Charleston, South Carolina

  • AAO, 2017

    Inadvertent Tooth Movement With Fixed Retainers

    San Diego, California

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 2017

    Early Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment

    Washington, D.C.

  • Wade Memorial Orthodontic Lecture, 2018

    Class II and Class III Treatment

    The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

  • AAO, 2019

    More on Fixed Lingual Retainer Failures

    Los Angeles, California

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Frequently Asked Questions

What types of orthodontic treatments are available for adults?

American Dental Clinic provides a variety of orthodontic procedures tailored exclusively for adults. These include traditional braces, transparent aligner systems such as Invisalign, and lingual, and ceramic braces. Our skilled and good orthodontist in Dubai will evaluate your needs and recommend the best treatment option.

What are the benefits of adult orthodontics?

Adult orthodontics can provide advantages, including greater oral health, improved looks, confidence, and better bite alignment. Orthodontic treatment, which addresses misaligned teeth and bite difficulties, can also lower the incidence of dental problems like decay, gum disease, and jaw pain. Get dental braces in Abu Dhabi or Dubai to get that perfect aligned smile.

What is the age limit for adult orthodontic treatment?

There is no age limit for adult orthodontic treatment. American Dental Clinic believes that everyone deserves a beautiful and healthy smile regardless of age. Our professional orthodontists specialise in offering efficient orthodontic care to adults of all ages, assuring the best possible results and patient satisfaction.

Is it common for adults to seek orthodontic treatment?

Yes, adults are increasingly seeking orthodontic treatment. Many individuals choose orthodontic treatment to improve their dental health, appearance, and overall quality of life. Our clinic specialises in adult orthodontics and is committed to providing excellent care to people looking for a straighter smile.

Can I get orthodontic treatment if I have existing dental issues?

You can still get orthodontic treatment if you already have dental problems. Our best orthodontists in Dubai will assess your dental health and develop a treatment plan tailored to your unique requirements. Orthodontic treatment can sometimes be used in conjunction with other dental operations, such as restorative work or periodontal therapy.

How long does adult orthodontic treatment typically take?

Adult orthodontic treatment duration varies according to the intricacy of your case and treatment options. On average, treatment for teeth braces in Abu Dhabi can take 12 to 24 months or more. Our orthodontists will create a personalised treatment timeline for you during your appointment. So get the best dental braces in Dubai today at American Dental Clinic.

How often should I visit the orthodontic office throughout treatment?

During orthodontic treatment, you will need to return to our office every 4 to 6 weeks for adjustments and progress checks. These visits are critical for tracking your treatment progress, making modifications to your braces or aligners, and achieving the best results.

Can I still eat my favourite foods throughout orthodontic treatment?

While having orthodontic treatment, it is critical to avoid hard, sticky, and crunchy foods that can damage your braces or aligners. However, you can still eat orthodontic-friendly meals, including soft fruits, cooked vegetables, dairy products, and lean meats. Our orthodontists will give you dietary suggestions to help you get through your treatment.