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The Orthodontic Dictionary

The Orthodontic Dictionary

 

"what's that" and "what does that mean" are words we hear alot of from patients and parents in the dental clinic. Here is a list of words we most frequently get asked about and their meaning.

 

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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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The National Oral Health Policy and the Irish Dental Association

The Department of Health released its new National Oral Health Policy a few weeks ago. Smileagusslainte is the hashtag they're using. There was an announcement, a public appearance from the Minister of Health, Simon Harris, some tweeting and then everyone went back to whatever they were doing beforehand. I made a few comments directed at the Department of Health and none of them were answered. If you go through the coverage on twitter, the social media often used for news and reportage there is very little obvious threading on it.

I know it's not a hot topic, but it does or it will actually involve practically all of the population in ...

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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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Reasons why you should take time off for holidays

Holidays can be at any time of the year - not necessarily just during the summer. We are all guilty of letting 'life' take over our time. Many people are juggling different day to day activities be it work, college, having a family, meeting up with friends and things can all get very busy!

There are many reasons why we need to take time away from work to unwind and relax - and here they are!

You will be healthier

By not giving yourself some "me" time you are not giving your body physically and mentally time to unwind and relax, you'll be putting yourself under more pressure and more at a risk ...

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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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