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HSE Waiting List Update December 2018

From time to time I talk about Orthodontics waiting lists in the HSE. This was just put online at the very useful website kildarestreet.com, which reports questions and answers from Dáil Éireann. Recently the TD Charlie McConalogue asked about the orthodontic waiting list in Letterkenny Hospital in Donegal.

The current Minister for Health, Simon Harris, gave an answer which is very difficult to understand. I have cut and pasted directly from the website so that I don't misquote it, though to be honest, I don't know if I could make it any less easy to comprehend.

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Going on holiday this summer? Here are our top tips for a worry free holiday while wearing braces!

 

 

 

If you are wearing braces and are planning a holiday this summer (lucky you!), our team Swords Orthodontics would suggest that you be prepared. We put together a list of items that will be handy to have with you at all times while you are away. They include:

  • Interdental brushes (very important you a still using these once a day!)
  • Travel toothbrush and travel mirror
  • Orthodontic wax to help with discomfort from protruding wires or brackets rubbing against the cheek

 

Putting these items together in a special ‘braces bag’ would be a good idea.

If you happen to be away and experience any problems please don’t hesitate to call us and we can talk ...

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The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment has become extremely popular, with most of us experiencing treatment during our teenage years- nowadays adult orthodontics is just as popular. Everyone has a different reason for treatment, whether it be for the aesthetic view of their teeth or for functional purposes. One major part of orthodontic treatment which we, here at Swords Orthodontics strongly believe is so important is: oral hygiene. Although this is not consider as a physical part of ‘having braces’, it has an extremely important part in treatment.

Having any type of braces temporarily attached to your teeth is going to make brushing and flossing harder than it would be without braces. Once our patients ...

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Looking after Invisalign Teen Aligners

Looking after Invisalign Teen aligners

 

Your Invisalign Teen aligners have been delivered and now you’re on your way to a great smile. But you’re wondering: How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?

Proper cleaning essential for keeping your Invisalign aligners invisible and odour free.

Here’s Your Smile Specialist’s list of Do’s and Dont's to keep your aligners in great condition.

Do:

  1. Rinse your aligners every time you take them out. 
  2. Soak your aligners in denture cleaner every day.
  3. Brush and floss after every meal- you don’t want food trapped between your aligners and teeth.
  4. Use an anti-bacterial mouth wash.
  5. Brush your aligners gently to remove any food or plaque.

Don’t:

  1. Leave them in to eat and drink (apart from water)
  2. Clean them with toothpaste- that can ...

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Braces and your teenager: What are your options?

The teenage years can be a difficult time in the life of your child. Kids are pressured to take perfect selfies, have flawless skin, and maintain model-like figures.

Many children who have noticeably crooked or unevenly spaced teeth suffer from bullying and low self-esteem.

Parents have several options:

 

How does your smile make you feel?

Many teenagers feel self-conscious about their teeth and equally stressed about having treatment. Traditional braces can draw attention to that part of the body that teenagers most feel stressed about.

On top of that, brackets and wires can irritate mouths, further compounding stress levels.

If you decide traditional braces are the right choice for your ...

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HSE Orthodontics Waiting Lists in Ireland 2014

HSE orthodontic waiting lists have grown 19% longer.

Regular readers of my blog will know I occasionally give updates on HSE Orthodontics waiting lists. These figures are in the public domain, but not easily found unless you look for them, so that’s why I share them from time to time with a wider audience. I have recently found out new figures which I’ll present in today’s blog. These figures are the most up to date I can find and relate to the second quarter of 2014.

HSE Orthodontics Waiting Lists appear to have risen by 19%
HSE Orthodontics waiting list appear to have ...

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When you care about your patients...

This weekend, I am at an orthodontics conference in The Netherlands, where the main speaker is Gerry Samson, a very popular educator from the USA giving his first ever conference in The Netherlands and a relatively rare appearance in Europe. Samson is organiser of the Gnathos group (gnathos means "jaw" in Greek), and much respected due to his enthusiasm for teaching, his ability to explain orthodontic concepts that usually dry up the mind, and finding out the best way to treat patients. 

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