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


What Drives Us Onward, and What Drives U2 Onward.

Last week, I went to see U2 in Belfast.

U2 on their Experience Tour - why does a band like that still make an effort to make great albums?

First time seeing them at my home arena, but my umpteenth U2 concert. It was decades since the 17 year-old me saw them in Croke Park, as they assumed the position of world's most significant rock band.

The Edge from U2: making music to be played in lifts in decades to come

They have had a few ups and downs since then (as has most of their audience) and as usual, I was ...

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A Career in Dentistry? Part 2

Last week, I wrote an article about a career in dentistry as a result of being asked to take part in a careers evening at Ardgillan Community College. That article was mainly a collection of reflections and thoughts from over a dozen colleagues who had spent many years in dentistry, but they were all dentists. I will write an article later about my own thoughts on a career in dentistry, but today I thought I’d explain that there are many other careers to be had in dentistry other than specifically as a dentist.

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A Career In Dentistry?

Although I’m not originally from Dublin, since I took over at Swords Orthodontics it has been important for me to be part of what’s going on locally when the opportunity arises.

Stephen Murray from Swords Orthodontics discusses a career in dentistry
Stephen Murray from Swords Orthodontics discusses a career in dentistry

I was recently asked to take part in a “Careers Evening” at Ardgillan Community College- thanks again for that, it was quite an honour. Although there would be careers advice at school and various universities and further education providers could advise students what grades they’d need if they had to go through third level ...

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Gemma's Study Tips!

I recently started studying for my dental nursing diploma in the Dublin Dental University Hospital.  I decided to do a blog about my top tips for busy college students. Many college students may also be working full time and have many more obligations that make it difficult juggling work and study. To successfully manage your college work here are some handy tips:


1 – Always be prepared;

Always be prepared for tomorrow! Prepare all of your notes for the following day, pack your bag the night before with your change of clothes, extra lunches for a quick bite to eat before college, always have coins for the bus/cark parking, have your pens ...

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Brace Care for the New School Year!

It’s that time of the year again- all the kids go back to school!! If you’re going back to school with braces, here are some tips and reminders to help you keep on track of taking care of your braces and improve your smile.

Eat Braces Friendly Food

When you wear braces, there are certain types of food you’ll need to avoid. These include sticky, chewy and hard foods. Also, drink lots and lots of water! Drinking water is not only important for your overall health, it also benefits your dental health. We recommend students take a water bottle with them to school so they can drink water throughout the ...

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Getting the Most out of your Invisalign Treatment

When you are getting Invisalign at Swords Orthodontics, we view your treatment as an investment in a new smile and better oral health. Like any investment, Invisalign takes time and care to get the best result. While you are going through your Invisalign treatment, it is important to not only keep your teeth really clean, but you should also carefully clean your Invisalign aligners as well. To help our Invisalign patients get the most out of Invisalign treatment, here are a few tips.

Wear them for at Least 22 Hours a Day

Invisalign works by constantly keeping pressure on your teeth to gently move them to their desired ...

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Address to the Dental Graduates of 2018, Trinity College Dublin

As current president of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland, I have been asked to present prizes at Dublin Dental University Hospital twice - 2017 and 2018. This year, I presented an award to Sarah O'Connor, who graduated with the best orthodontic performance in Dental Technology, and Caoimhe McKenna, who graduated with the best orthodontic marks in Dental Science.

This is my 2018 address to the graduating class, although it could apply to almost any year and any profession.

Be sure to wear sunscreen.

I still do.

Congratulations. Well done.

I’m Stephen Murray, the president of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland. At the moment, there are only two recognised dental specialties, orthodontics and oral surgery. I ...

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