Swords Orthodontics
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HSE investigate orthodontic treatment damaging children's teeth

They say a week is a long time in politics – I’m sure if you’re Theresa May or Leo Varadkar trying to sort out Brexit, it’s a very, very long time. In a way, I’m lucky that I get to work in the more mundane environment of orthodontics that the public is usually a lot happier about. But if not a week, then at least a fortnight can be a long time in orthodontics - at least this fortnight was. Ten days ago, we were getting all sorts of congratulations for winning at the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards and this morning before I was out of bed my phone already ...

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Never too late to change: a walk in the mountains

A couple of weekends ago, I met up with some friends I used to share a house with the year after I graduated. At the time, I used to head off at the weekends and go scuba diving or walking in the mountains or cycling and my friends got up late, had BLT sandwiches and watched the Grand Prix on TV. 

I watched the Grand Prix once and concluded that I needn’t ever do that again. I had watched some cars go round in a circle, very, very fast. At one stage, one of them overtook another, and one of them broke down, but Sunday afternoon had disappeared and I didn’t ...

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Conversations: Week 12, March 2019

Stephen Murray has never tickled a sleeping dragon

Michelle: Now, that’s your braces all off. Does it feel different?

Patient: Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God. It feels so weird. That’s so weird, that’s so weird. Oh my God.

Michelle: I’ll show you your teeth now, here’s a mirror.

Patient: Oh my God, they’re so straight. They’re straight, they’re amazing, that’s amazing. Ah. May. Zing. Oh my God, thank you , thank you, that’s amazing. Thank you. Do you have a picture of what they used to look like at the start?

Michelle: Yes, here’s a picture of what your teeth looked like at ...

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We won three awards at the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards 2019!

It has been a great week here at Swords Orthodontics. We won three awards at the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards 2019 in London! This took place on the Friday 22nd of March. The categories that we won in are: Interdisciplinary Team Orthodontic Surgical, Orthodontics child/teenager fixed and Best Aesthetic Practice Ireland. This is a massive win for us as we have entered twice before and have only won highly recommended and have never won the overall category that we’ve entered. We are delighted to win these awards as we were up against many British practices where the standard is always high.

I was very excited as this was the first time I ...

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6 tips for getting back on track

6 tips for getting back on track after a bank holiday weekend

The dreaded Tuesday after a bank holiday weekend is one we all struggle with. Getting back into the routine of our work week can be hard after that extra day of relaxation so here are some tips on how to motivate yourself.

1: Do a spring clean. Being in a clean tidy environment can help clear your mind and help you get your mind back in shape for the work week ahead.

2: Eat good food. After all the treats from the weekend that we allow ourselves it is good to fill our body’s with fruit and veggies while also naturally ...

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Tips for an amateur MUA

In September 2016 I did a part-time makeup course with Vanity X makeup academy in Swords which lasted for 12 weeks. I attended on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30-9.30pm, I had written exams and practical exams - my overall result was marked on these and my attendance to each class.  We all had to do a portfolio and take before and after photos of all of our makeup applications on our family and friends. we got homework every evening and this was everything that we had to put into our portfolio and also went towards our overall result. The first day I started the course I received a makeup ...

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Training Day

This week we had a training day with Ashley Latter provided by Invisalign. We learnt all about how to create a memorable first impression with new patients and also creating good relationships with our existing patients. Here at Swords Ortho we feel we try our best to create a calm welcoming atmosphere to all our patients. 

Ashley’s first step that he finds most important is building a rapport with potential patients. Our front of house team member Emma has the most important role in the practice, Emma welcomes each patient to the practice and she is also the first line of communication when patients call the practice. 

On Tuesday we learnt all ...

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