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Operation: European Orthodontic Congress 2025

At the start of the week it was announced that the Orthodontic Society of Ireland was successful in its bid to host the 2025 European Orthodontic Congress (EOC) in Dublin.

OSI will host EOC in 2025
Europe!
What?
Don't stop, give it all you got.

The EOC is the annual meeting of the European Orthodontic Society (EOS). It’s the setting for the memorial Lecture that commemorates the first orthodontics professor in Europe, Dublin’s Sheldon Friel.

This is a big deal.

It’s hard to explain how big a deal it actually is – for Irish Orthodontics, for Irish Dentistry and for Ireland. The OSI was set up a ...

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The Smiles of 2018

I am an android sort of guy.

I do own an iPod. It's apparently an iPod Classic, but when I got it, it was just called an iPod.

I love my iPod. But it isn't as good as the Creative Zen MP3 player it replaced.

But that's it for me and Apple for the time being.

 

I am an android sort of guy. I presume some of you are too

So imagine my surprise and concern when Google sends me a video called Smiles of 2018 and wants to know if I want to save it.

Smiles of 2018  is a compilation of the in-focus pictures I took on my phone that involve people smiling. I'm a dentist, ...

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Operation Mindcrime: Dublin Calling!

About thirty years ago, as dental student, my friend Terry introduced me to Operation:Mindcrime by Queensrÿche. It was the great heavy rock concept album of the 80s, and as well as the record (CD as well as vinyl back then!) there was a full length film to go along with it (on VHS of course) and the guys (not dental students) in my house watched it on a constant loop in between Neighbours and sleeping.

Kieran Robertson on guitar with Geoff Tate for Operation:Mindcrime

It’s a bit tenuous but the initial dental connection (there almost always is one) here is that one of the ...

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What is a Rapid Maxillary Expander?

As a dental nurse here at Swords Orthodontics, I've seen alot of young children come through our doors with their parents looking for an Orthodontic opinion about their teeth. Many of which present with a narrow upper jaw (maxilla) compared to their lower jaw (mandible). There is a orthodontic interceptive method to help correct this called a Rapid Maxillary Expander (RME). I get asked questions about it a lot by parents and patients so I decided to write a blog post about it.

 

Narrow arch before RME

Narrow arch with the RME in

Narrow arch after RME and fixed ...

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Stress and Oral health

We all go through experiences in life that make us stressed. Some of which can be the lead up to big exams, making a big life change or something as small as trying something new.

Stress can cause us to be tired, feel groggy and even miss out on sleep but what many people do not know is that it can have a major effect on our oral health too.

 

Keeping your oral health in check during these stressful times is very important, as it can prevent:

Swollen gingiva - which is when your gums can become very red, inflamed and sore. You might notice your gums tend to bleed while brushing. Most ...

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She danced with a man who danced with a girl that danced with the Prince of Wales: ortho connections

Edward Angle is pretty much universally considered to be the father of modern orthodontics. There have been a few changes in what we now believe about how teeth move best, but he’d still recognise the appliances that he developed, even in their modern form - most of the materials and equipment we use would have changed considerably though. As would the practices we have on things like cross-infection control, photography, digital record keeping, intra oral scanning (all stuff that routinely happens at Swords Orthodontics).

OSI presidents past and present with the current council
OSI Presidents Past and Present and the current council. Left to ...

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Dental Photography in Dublin: The Cameras of Swords Orthodontics Part 2

Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ 70

This is the third Lumix DMC TZ (the TZ stands for Travel Zoom) that we’ve had in the practice. Although not an obvious choice for dental photography, its predecessor was very handy when we needed to shoot video and we didn’t have an SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera with video. It’s also handy for blogging situations like events when the camera on a phone isn’t suitable.

The later models have a feature macro zoom which enables a limited capacity for dental photography but the flash is built into the body of the camera and not ideal for illuminating both sides of the mouth at the same time ...

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