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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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Dental Photography in Dublin: The Cameras of Swords Orthodontics Part 1

CANON EOS 450D

The first digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera I bought, and still the one Michelle or I pick up every day at Swords Ortho to take intra-oral and extra-oral photos of a new patient or someone we’ve just finished ortho treatment for.

Dozens of photos.

Every day.

Every week.

Every month.

Every year.

Since 2010.

Remarkable service. It’s outlasted the lens I bought with it.

You can’t buy this new.

The camera I bought to replace it in emergencies is still in the cupboard, waiting for the emergency to happen. It’s not unused (it’s our main camera for high quality video) but it’s also no longer in production by CANON and - you guessed it – it’s ...

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5 In A Row - Is It Possible?

Swords Orthodontics has a few connections to Gaelic Football - we support Fingallians and Clann Mhuire, and make plenty of mouthguards for our patients (Stephen Murray thinks that the GAA policy on mouthguard wear was one of the great national dental health measures in history). But specialist orthodontist Donnchadh O Morain is our man in the arena, out every week training and playing and here's his analysis of what's coming up.

This weekend marked the return of the Allianz Football League with Dublin hoping to continue with their winning run and retain the New Ireland ...

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Conversations Week 4, January

rapid maxillary expander appliance orthodontic brace

Me: So that’s how you work the Rapid Maxillary Expander appliance

Patient Dad: Fair enough. And how often do I have to do that?

Me: One turn every day, and I’ll check it again in 2 weeks

PD: But how’s that going to work?

Me: Well just turn it once a day, last thing at night is best.

PD: But he’s in boarding school.

Me: Oh.

Patient: Here, I’ll do it myself.

Me: Err, ok, you can have a go, but it can be diffic- oh. Fair play. You’re only the third person I’ve seen be able to do that for themselves.

There’s a phrase that comes up in training in medicine– I don’t know said it originally, or ...

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