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About Us

Dr. Joseph Ainsworth III has practiced orthodontics exclusively for 40 years and invites you to come visit him and his professional caring staff for all your orthodontics needs. 


We are excited that you are considering our office to care for your orthodontic needs. We are a privately owned and operated practice specializing in adolescent orthodontic treatment.  Dr. Ainswoth has worked in the Irving area for more than 40 years.

Our office offers a warm and inviting atmosphere, where our primary focus is to address each patient’s treatment with the individualized care they deserve. In order to provide each patient with the beautiful smile they desire, Dr. Ainsworth tailors a treatment plan exclusive to each patient’s individual needs.

We offer a complimentary initial consultation to our prospective patients, as it is our philosophy that a personalized meeting is fundamental in establishing the Doctor-Patient rapport necessary for a successful orthodontic experience. 


Board Certification

Are All Orthodontists Board Certified?

No.  All orthodontists must be licensed to practice, but at this time only 1 in 3 orthodontists have continued on to complete Board Certification.  The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification process signifies a unique achievement—a significant step beyond the two to three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become a specialist in orthodontics.  The process requires the orthodontist to demonstrate actual accomplishments in patient care with detailed case reports on the treatment provided for a broad range of patient problems. Board certification is a voluntary achievement that all orthodontists do not choose to pursue.  In order to become board certified by the ABO, an individual orthodontist is thoroughly interviewed by a highly respected panel of examiners to demonstrate their orthodontic knowledge, clinical skills and judgment. 

How many certifying boards are recognized by the American Dental Association in the specialty of orthodontics?

One.  The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is the only certifying board in the specialty that is recognized by the American Dental Association.   The ABO was founded in 1929 and is the oldest specialty board in dentistry.  The board’s purpose is to elevate the quality of orthodontic care for the public by promoting excellence through certification, education and professional collaboration. 

Why would an orthodontist choose to complete this voluntary certification process? 

Successful completion of the examination process demonstrates the orthodontist’s highest commitment to excellence in orthodontics – to both the orthodontic profession and the general public. It represents a commitment by a licensed specialist that he/she has the necessary knowledge base and skills to treat patients to the highest of standards. It exemplifies a practitioner’s commitment to continue to keep abreast of the latest advances in patient care, and to continue to deliver these latest advances to patients.  Many orthodontists see it as a demonstration of their dedication to the specialty and the highest level of personal achievement. 

What steps are required to complete the ABO certification process?

Since the establishment of the ABO in 1929, the certification process requirements have continued to adjust to the demands of the specialty.  Today, the process involves a thorough Written Examination (240 questions) covering all areas of information which an orthodontist should be knowledgeable.  Successful completion of this “board exam” allows the orthodontist to proceed to the Clinical Examination where they present detailed case reports from their practice/residency, demonstrating a history of excellence in patient care. These cases are evaluated by a panel of examiners and later discussed during an oral examination where the applicant is tested on a wide variety of academic and clinical topics.  After successful completion of these examinations, the orthodontist has officially achieved Board Certification, for a time-limited period.  The orthodontist must go through Certification Renewal every 10 years to maintain their certification status by demonstrating this continued level of patient care.  

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About Us

Our Staff - We have more than 40 years of experience!


 Following undergraduate study at the Eastern New Mexico University, Dr. Ainsworth was admitted into Dental School at the Baylor College of Dentistry. Graduating amongst the top 10% of his class in 1966, he earned his degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery and was elected membership into the highly esteemed Baylor Odontological Honors Society Council. Realizing his true passion was in Orthodontics, Dr. Ainsworth returned to the Baylor College of Dentistry in 1972, where he completed his orthodontic residency graduating with a Master of Science in Dentistry degree in 1974. He was further recognized for his outstanding academic achievement, receiving the prestigious C.T. Rowland Award for Excellence in Orthodontics, in 1979. 

Dr. Ainsworth has owned and operated his private orthodontic practice since 1974. In addition to his private practice, for several years, he enjoyed teaching as an Advisory Associate Professor at the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Ainsworth is a Board-Certified diplomate of The American Board of Orthodontics and maintains active memberships with the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. In addition, he has been licensed in dentistry by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners since 1966. 

Dr. Ainsworth and his wife, Shirley


 Dr. Ainsworth and his wife Shirley have been happily married for 61 years and take pride in and adore spending time with their two children, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Aside from being an avid golfer, hunter, and fisherman, he and Shirley enjoy attending Mavericks basketball games and traveling when they have the opportunity. 

Fabulous Four


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Kathy has worked for Dr. Ainsworth for 27 years as his New Patient Coordinator.  Her favorite thing about her job is meeting new people every day.  Kathy is married and has one son and enjoys going to the movies, decorating and is a huge foodie.  

Sherri is Dr. Ainsworth's daughter who has worked for him off and on since she was in High School.  She returned to the office 3 years ago and is now his Office Manager.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends but especially her adorable pup Nugget.  She loves shopping, Netflix and cheetos. 

Rebekah has over 16 years in the orthodontic field.  She wears many hats in the office, including; financial coordinator, assistant and insurance billing.  She enjoys helping children and adults on their journey to achieving beautiful and healthy smiles.  When not working she enjoys spending time with family and friends.  

Margaret has worked for Dr. Ainsworth as his lead chair side assistant for 10 years.  She has been working in the orthodontic field for many years and enjoys both the science and the artistry of the field.  Her hobbies include song writing and pickle ball.   



​For most patients, straight teeth mean a terrific smile.  But did you know that properly aligned teeth are healthier?  Overlapped, crooked, or rotated teeth create a daily cleaning challenge.  Food and bacterial plaque accumulate slowly in the tiny spaces that your toothbrush and floss can't reach.  The acidic toxins that seep out of the bacterial sludge can lead to cavities and inflamed, diseased gums.  Helping even a couple straggling teeth find their proper place can leave you with a healthier mouth.  

Dr. Ainsworth utilizes high quality materials and state of the art techniques to be certain that you receive comfortable, health-centered, and time efficient treatment.  Our practice uses the American bracketing technology.  This bracketing technology offers a porcelain/clear option as well as the traditional stainless steel option.  In addition to the above technology, our practice offers many other growth stimulating appliances which may be required in conjunction with bracketing in some interceptive and adolescent treatments in order to obtain the desired result.

While orthodontics can solve nearly every possible tooth alignment problem, successful treatment relies on good patient compliance.  Wearing elastic bands consistently, keeping follow-up appointments for adjustments monthly, and practicing outstanding home care can lead to a positive outcome.  This commitment involves preventive visits with your hygienist as well, a strategy that helps avoid cavities around brackets.  Dr. Ainsworth and his team specializes in helping patients enjoy a successful outcome: a gorgeous, healthy smile.

American Bracketing System:​  The "American brackets" were invents by Dr. Wick Alexander and have been used in successfully treating patients for over 30 years.  Dr. Ainsworth personally studied under Dr. Alexander while in Orthodontic school and has been using this bracketing system since opening his practice in 1974.  The American brackets use the clear or colored elastic ties, or "O-rings" around each of the brackets to not only stabilize the wire but also can be used to add a personal touch to your smile.  Using his own unique prescription within this bracketing system, Dr. Ainsworth has full control of tooth movement to produce a beautiful occlusion and finish in minimal time. 


Accidents do happen so to help you we have an assistant who carries a pager.  If you have a "true" orthodontic emergency you may page her at  972-229-3666, key in your number and she will call you back as soon as possible.  (A "true" emergency would be something that is loose or broken and causing severe discomfort.)  Otherwise please wait until the next business day and contact us.  972-255-0544