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17 Main St, Swords, Co Dublin, Ireland

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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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New Year, new me....

Swords Orthodontics goes to Run A Muck

The fitness industry seems to keep growing and growing. More and more people seem to want to ‘get into shape’ – especially in January after the Christmas period. Personal trainers are all over your feeds on Facebook, Instagram and gym gear is everywhere in site! Every individual person has their own way of doing this, be it going to the gym with a friend, paying for a PT or cleaning up your diet and exercising a bit more. I am no personal trainer nor do I work in the fitness industry but here are a few quick tips I would do that might help with your fitness journey;

 

  • Prepare your meals

Preparation ...

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Dentistry, Suicide and the Stephen Hawking of Shred

This week Swords Orthodontics interrupted its usual activities on Friday, with a full day of training for all the team, except Brenda (who’d been on a similar day’s course last year) who stayed back at base to look after patient enquiries and get all the work done that can’t happen when the practice is in its normal busy mode.

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Stephen Murray and the team from Swords Orthodontics with dental business trainer Chris Barrow at a Your Smile Specialist event at the Carlton Hotel near Dublin Airport

 

When I parked the car, I saw a message in on my phone and checked it before ...

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