Ileana L. Cavanagh, DMD

Meet Dr. Cavanagh

One of the most rewarding aspects of being an orthodontist is having the opportunity to help build our patients’ self-esteem and boost their confidence by improving their smiles. At a young age, when my own orthodontic treatment helped me overcome my shyness, I knew that I would be an orthodontist. Being able to help someone gain self-confidence is the main reason that I chose my career path.

I have been practicing orthodontics since 1997 and opened my office in Colts Neck in 1999. In 2016, I added a second office location in Shrewsbury. 

I grew up in Shrewsbury and graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School. My university education began at Villanova University where I earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. From there I went to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where I received my D.M.D. degree. I subsequently did my three-year Specialty Residency in Orthodontics and graduated from the School of Biomedical Sciences with a Masters of Science degree in Oral Biology.

I have served as a board member of the New Jersey Association of Orthodontics and regularly attend their Continuing Dental Education series. I also attend the American Association of Orthodontists conferences. By attending regular continuing education courses I am able to stay informed about the latest research and innovative treatments in orthodontics. It helps me to better treat my patients in an efficient manner and achieve treatment results that my patients and I can be proud of. My professional affiliations include the following:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • New Jersey Association of Orthodontics
  • New Jersey Dental Association
  • MidAtlantic Society of Orthodontists
  • Monmouth-Ocean County Dental Society

My husband Joe and I have two wonderful teens, our daughter Cassandra and son Owen. Most of our free time is spent cheering for them as they play their various sports: volleyball, basketball, football, and lacrosse. I also love to read great fiction novels, watch movies, and go on family hikes and bicycle rides.