About Cork Dental Smiles

About Cork Dental Smiles

Located in the heart of Cork’s vibrant Victorian Quarter, we provide general dentistry and orthodontics in a warm, caring and professional environment.

Our aim is to help all of our patients achieve optimum oral health and hygiene for life. We believe that a healthy smile is a beautiful smile.

Cork Dental Smiles Waiting Room

Meet the Team

Dr. Maria Byrne | Dentist

Dr. Maria Byrne BDS NUI MFDS RSCEd MSc Orth

Maria established Cork Dental Smiles in 2014. She qualified from UCC in 1997 and worked in the UK for 3 years until returning to Cork, where she has been working in private practices since. Maria has a particular interest in orthodontics for children and adults and sees the importance of looking after children’s developing dentition. She obtained membership from the Faculty of Dental Surgeons of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2012. Maria completed an Msc in Orthodontics with merit from the University of Warwick.

Dr. Raj Nair

Dr. Raj Nair is a practicing Endodontist in the Republic of Ireland with over 20 years’ experience as a dentist and 16 years as an Endodontist enjoying most of his time under the operating microscope. He has a special interest in oral surgery and performs a variety of microscope assisted endodontic surgery and general oral surgical procedures. Minimally invasive oral surgery is one of his major interests.

He’s got his Post Graduate degree from the University of Leeds in 1999 and holds Fellowships of both the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland.

He has a wealth of knowledge, presents and teaches all around the world on topics of Digital Dentistry, Dental Photography, Intra Oral Scanning, In house 3d printing and Cone Beam CT scanning.

He has got several awards to add to his repertoire- for landscape and travel photography , most recently from the Tourist Boards of Slovenia and Ireland. He is an active long distance kayaker and plays badminton and squash in his spare time.

Dr. Raj Nair | Endodontist
Mandy Ryan | Chief Dental Nurse

Mandy Ryan BSc RDN
Chief Dental Nurse

Mandy is the chief dental nurse at Cork Dental Smiles. She is responsible for the day to day running of the practice. She has been working in the clinic since 2011. She graduated from UCC with a BSc in Public Health & Health Promotion in 2010 and subsequently graduated first in Ireland from the 2012-2013 National Dental Nurse Training Programme. Mandy is qualified in CPR and First Aid.

Ava Grant
Dental Nurse

Ava is a 3rd year dentistry student in UCC. Having spent this past summer in New York working as dental assistant in a practice in Long Island for 12 weeks, she was keen to continue growing her knowledge and gaining experience in private practice. Ava has two years of prior experience as a dental assistant and is also the secretary of UCC’s Dental Society for 2023/2024.

Outside of dentistry, Ava enjoys heading home and spending time with family/friends out on walks and sea swims on the beautiful beaches in Wexford.

Ava Grant | Dental Nurse
Ayesha Waqar | Dental Assistant

Ayesha Waqar
Dental Assistant

Ayesha Waqar, a dedicated dentist graduated in the year 2021 from Pakistan. Ayesha brings her expertise from Pakistan to Ireland, where she eagerly awaits registration. With a commendable year of experience in Pakistan and a notable achievement as a silver medalist during her BDS, she now seeks to immerse herself in Irish dentistry. Currently gaining valuable experience at Cork Dental Smiles, Ayesha aspires to contribute her skills to the local dental community.

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