Swords Orthodontics
17 Main St, Swords, Co Dublin, Ireland


International Talk Like A Pirate Day in Dublin, at Swords Orthodontics

Aaaargh! Well shiver me timbers, yesterday was the day we could say "today be International Talk Like A Pirate Day, aar". Sadly, we didn't get to observe it fully at Swords Orthodontics, apart from a bit of pirate talk from me.  

Yo, ho, ho? Well, no. This was quickly discouraged by everyone else, so I knew I'd be back to talking like an orthodontist or I'd be walking the plank or getting keel-hauled.

So, me hearties, it'll be another year before I get to talk like a pirate again, and maybe I'll have a wooden leg for the day, a parrot on my shoulder and adjust the braces with a hook ...

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Mouth Cancer - What Can You Do?

Mouth Cancer - Prevent, Reduce, Survive: What can you do?

As Irish National Mouth Cancer Awareness Day approaches, I am finishing my series of articles on Mouth Cancer with a discussion on risk factors for the disease and some things you can do to reduce your chances of having mouth cancer or reduce its effects if you.

In the first article, I described how it was the sixth most common cancer in the world, and in the UK it's one of the 20 most common cancers generally - more than cervical cancer and thyroid cancer combined.


In the second article, I explained what cancer is, and why it's a serious disease generally, ...

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SALUTE 2013 - Irish Military Enthusiasts Show in Swords

Not much to do with teeth with this blog post, but I thought I'd share a couple of photos from a big event that was on in Swords a couple of weeks ago - "Salute", the Irish Association of Military Enthusiasts' big display of military vehicles and equipment that has been collected and restored by people from all over the country. At Swords Orthodontics, MBT stands for McLaughlin Bennett Trevisi (which is a bracket system that orthodontists use to straighten teeth), but at the National Show Centre in Swords a fortnight ago it meant Main Battle Tank.

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Just when you thought your braces were coming off…Spaces! Gaps!

Why are there still gaps between my teeth?
I have been wearing braces for ages, I thought I was getting them off soon?

Well, this was sort of the question I was asked by one of my orthodontic patients from Balbriggan two weeks ago, and it's a great opportunity for a short article to explain a common reason that you might still have space between teeth towards the end of orthodontic treatment and the basic options for solving it.

I have another article on this topic with a list of reasons, but this one is about a specific problem that generally manifests itself towards the end of treatment - a problem with the ...

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8 Reasons Why Orthodontic Twin Blocks Might Not Work

When Twin Blocks Don’t Work

Twin Blocks are probably the most widely used functional orthodontic appliance in the world, if not the most popular (which they probably are). A functional appliance is one that modifies the way that the mouth works (functions), and uses the muscles around the mouth to achieve a particular orthodontic effect.

Orthodontists like twin blocks because they can correct big overjets (where the top teeth stick out beyond the lower ones more than normal) and they do it fast! They also can be used to widen out the top jaw at the same time, and they can hold the space for erupting teeth.

Twin blocks wouldn’t have got to ...

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Mouth Cancer – Dr Stephen Murray explains the problems

Mouth Cancer: How serious is the problem?

AS we approach Ireland’s National Mouth Cancer Awareness Day, we’re blogging with a series of articles about mouth cancer. In this one, I’m going to outline what the disease involves and some of the problems that can arise from mouth cancer.

What is mouth cancer?

Cancer is a general term for diseases where some of the body’s tissue loses the regulation of its growth and it grows uncontrollably. It can invade the local area and damage tissues nearby or be spread through blood vessels to other parts of the body. If it involves some area of the body that is vital to life, then it becomes ...

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