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My Brace Journey

Almost 2 years to the day I finally got my braces taken off. I am here today to fill you in about my experience with braces. So if you are thinking about getting braces or just curious about them this blog should answer your questions.

As you can tell from my before picture my teeth were overcrowded so the first thing I had to do was to get 2 upper teeth taken out. I was a bit nervous about this part to be honest but it was over so fast and I didn’t feel any pain. Then a week later I was back to get my braces on which took about ...

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What does an Ideal Bite look like?

Many patients are referred to an orthodontist by their family dentist because of issues with their bite. We instinctively know a good smile but what does an ideal bite really look like? The best way to describe a healthy bite it is by looking at it from three different views.

Front on

The front view is what you'll see first when you look in the mirror.

The edges of the upper front teeth should run parallel the top of the lower lip.

If the upper teeth are too long, you'll show too much gum tissue when you smile and make you look 'gummy'.

If they're too short, you won't show enough tooth and that ...

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The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment has become extremely popular, with most of us experiencing treatment during our teenage years- nowadays adult orthodontics is just as popular. Everyone has a different reason for treatment, whether it be for the aesthetic view of their teeth or for functional purposes. One major part of orthodontic treatment which we, here at Swords Orthodontics strongly believe is so important is: oral hygiene. Although this is not consider as a physical part of ‘having braces’, it has an extremely important part in treatment.

Having any type of braces temporarily attached to your teeth is going to make brushing and flossing harder than it would be without braces. Once our patients ...

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Looking after Invisalign Teen Aligners

Looking after Invisalign Teen aligners

 

Your Invisalign Teen aligners have been delivered and now you’re on your way to a great smile. But you’re wondering: How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?

Proper cleaning essential for keeping your Invisalign aligners invisible and odour free.

Here’s Your Smile Specialist’s list of Do’s and Dont's to keep your aligners in great condition.

Do:

  1. Rinse your aligners every time you take them out. 
  2. Soak your aligners in denture cleaner every day.
  3. Brush and floss after every meal- you don’t want food trapped between your aligners and teeth.
  4. Use an anti-bacterial mouth wash.
  5. Brush your aligners gently to remove any food or plaque.

Don’t:

  1. Leave them in to eat and drink (apart from water)
  2. Clean them with toothpaste- that can ...

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Swords Ortho Lab Technician

My name is Bogdan Tsukanov and I'm in charge of the lab here at swords orthodontics. For those that aren't too familiar my job involves making all of the appliances (retainers, expanders, mouthguards etc) for our patients. I work behind the scenes where all the magic happens!

Day to day, it's a great job, fortunate enough to say I love to do what I do! The vibe is pretty relaxed here which sets up for a nice atmosphere to work!

My day starts off at 8:30, I time have a little routine in the mornings where I check what work is coming for the ...

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Braces and your teenager: What are your options?

The teenage years can be a difficult time in the life of your child. Kids are pressured to take perfect selfies, have flawless skin, and maintain model-like figures.

Many children who have noticeably crooked or unevenly spaced teeth suffer from bullying and low self-esteem.

Parents have several options:

 

How does your smile make you feel?

Many teenagers feel self-conscious about their teeth and equally stressed about having treatment. Traditional braces can draw attention to that part of the body that teenagers most feel stressed about.

On top of that, brackets and wires can irritate mouths, further compounding stress levels.

If you decide traditional braces are the right choice for your ...

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A Dozen Dos and Don'ts - 12 Tips for successful orthodontic retainer wear

12 Do's and Don'ts for successful retainer wear

Here are 12 Tips for Orthodontic Retainer Success (plus a bonus tip, so it's  not just bakers that have 13 in a dozen)

1

DO wear your retainers as your orthodontist directs.

The rest of what follows is what we tell our own patients. At Swords Orthodontics, for most removable retainers, I advise full time wear for the first 3 days and then it’s night time wear after that.

For Ever.

Really.

If you still want straight teeth in 10 years’ time, you’re still wearing a retainer in 10 years’ time.

2

DON’T have your retainer anywhere other than one of these two places:

  1. Your Mouth
  2. Your Retainer Box

Anywhere else and it’s likely to get lost, broken, damaged, stolen, eaten ...

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