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Ron Howard: Orthodontic Lessons From Hollywood

As you probably know, the crew at Swords Ortho is not just strongly committed to being good at what we do, we’re strongly committed to being better at it as we go on. So we go to various conferences and continue learning about dentistry in general and teeth in particular. This is called CPD - Continuing Professional Development.

I try to keep up to date with things – sometimes that is fundamental dental and oral health science, sometimes it’s clinical techniques, sometimes it’s new equipment and materials, sometimes it’s regulations and procedures, just developing a better way of doing things or a better outlook. Probably the best combination of all these ...

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Hello Yokohama! Getting ready for the 9th International Orthodontic Congress

The Orthodontic Society of Ireland (OSI) was invited to send a representative to an evening event hosted by the Japanese Orthodontic Society to promote the forthcoming 9th International Orthodontic Congress (IOC), which will be held from 4th to 7th of October 2020 in Yokohama, Japan. As I was president up until last November and neither our current or future president was able to attend, I was representing Irish Orthodontists at the event.

The IOC only takes place every 5 years, a bit like the Olympics of Orthodontics (without the competition, medals and boycotts), and indeed this one will be happening just after Japan has hosted the Olympics in nearby Tokyo. This ...

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Report on the 2019 Annual Meeting of National Presidents in the World Federation of Orthodontists

This year’s meeting took place on Sunday morning, 5th of May, 2019 at JW Marriott meeting rooms in Los Angeles. As usual, it’s organised to be part of the annual meeting of the American Association of Orthodontists, who appear to do a disproportionate amount of work in the WFO – not unlike NATO. The current WFO president, Allan Thom, welcomed the attending presidents. I’m no longer the president of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland, but I was representing Ireland at the event since neither the president or deputy president was able to attend.

Dr Thom invited all the attendees to introduce themselves. When the WFO was set up, 25 years ago, ...

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Late Afternoon

Late Afternoon

I was on the flight to the annual meeting of the American Association of Orthodontists. It’s probably the biggest event in the orthodontics world. This year it’s in Los Angeles California.

There was a selection of TV shows and Movies you could watch –which is good as I like to be distracted while flying – and flicking through them I saw a listing for an animated short film that was made in Galway City, about vampires.

I used to work in Galway and knew a few animators at the time. I probably knew some vampires as well, just wasn't aware of it. They’d even been nominated for the Oscars (the animators ...

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Famous Belgians and the Rock Stars of Orthodontics

I'm in the departure lounge at Dublin airport, headed out to the Annual Session of the American Association of Orthodontists. It's probably the biggest gathering of orthodontists in the world.

We'll be listening to speakers talking about their most up to date research, looking at new products made by companies from all over the world to do the best work for our patients, and finding out what will be shaping the future of orthodontics.

Two seats away from me is a Belgian orthodontic professor Hugo de Clerck. He's probably the world expert on using small metal plates attached the jawbone under the gum to treat really difficult orthodontic problems. I have been ...

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