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


HSE Orthodontics Waiting Lists in Ireland

waiting for orthodontics treatment with the HSE

I had an email in a while back asking about HSE waiting lists for orthodontic treatment. I wanted to give an honest and thorough answer, and my reply got longer and longer, so I decided to turn it into a blog entry.

As I understand it, receiving state-provided orthodontic treatment from the HSE (Health Service Executive, previously known as the Health Board) in Ireland does ...

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Dentistry in the movies 2013

Orthodontics in the movies:

I see that everyone's favourite one-eyed, green furry monster, Mike Wazowski is wearing orthodontic braces in the new Monsters University movie! Two things to note here:

  1. modern orthodontic braces can be a lot less noticeable than Mike's - at Swords Orthodontics we'd offer coloured, or tooth coloured, or invisible (including ones where the teeth have the braces on the inside of your mouth) orthodontics
  2. when we meet up with Mike again in Monsters Inc, he doesn't appear to be weaing a retainer. Now, maybe technology in Monster-land has improved, and retainers aren't visible anymore, or maybe he's just wearing them when he's not appearing in any of the scenes ...

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Swords Orthodontics WiFi to the rescue

Just a short blog today. I had a patient in yesterday evening (Swords Orthodontics opens late night on Mondays) from Donabate who arrived about an hour early for their appointment, but as luck would have it, all the patients ahead of her turned up on time and I wasn't able to call her in any earlier than her scheduled appointment.

I acknowledged her early arrival, and apologised that we weren't able to see her any earlier than planned. "No problem," she said. "I've been watching a TV show on my smart phone and putting your wifi to use".

We were delighted - we'd only got the wifi installed a few weeks ago, but ...

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Dentistry in the movies

dentistry and movies

Do you know any TV shows or movies that feature dentists or orthodontists?

Do you know any movies where they talk about teeth or dentistry or braces?

Tell us which ones you remember and whether you’d like to go to a dentist like that!

Who do you think is the most famous dentist in the movies? There’s one sort-of-famous real life dentist that has been played by many different actors in different movies…can you guess who I am thinking about?

Dentistry in the movies

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What's the difference between Overbite and Overjet?

At Swords Orthodontics, lots of patients come in and tell us they aren’t happy with their overbite. This still surprises me – I had never heard the word “overbite” until I had been in Dental School for nearly two years.

I can still remember the first time I heard the word used by someone that wasn’t a dentist – it was Wednesday Addams in the Addams Family movie (or maybe the sequel, Addams Family Values). It still isn’t a word I hear too often outside of work, but I know that many of my patients have heard it. Most times though, when someone comes to visit us for the first time ...

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Second hand braces? No thanks - not even Niall Horan's!

Single Use Only Symbol for Medical and Dental materials

The Single Use Only Symbol for medical and dental materials - including most braces


From Skerries to Swords and Donabate to Drogheda, and everywhere in North County Dublin in between, as an orthodontist that looks after the smiles of hundreds of teenage girls, even I (unrepentant Thin Lizzy fan that I am) have heard of One Direction. So a while back, I came across a story that Niall Horan of this One Direction group has had his braces removed, and recently I heard someone joke “well, I hope his orthodontist had the ...

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Why do I have gaps between my teeth? 10 reasons why!

Space between teeth in treatment isn't unusual, but why would there be spaces between teeth to begin with?

At Swords Orthodontics, this is a question we get asked a lot, but after an enquiry from a Balgriggan orthodontic patient, I figured I'd put a blog post up about common reasons why you might have gaps between the teeth. In an ideal situation, there usually aren’t any spaces between teeth in the same jaw. That said, not everybody’s teeth are ideal - that's why you might want to see an orthodontist - and there are loads of reasons where you can get spaces between teeth, and ...

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