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The Last Normal Photo

There was a phrase trending on twitter recently: #lastnormalphoto. The idea was that you’d share the last picture you took before lock down. At first I thought they meant any photo not dealing with teeth, because it’s not normal to take photos of teeth…..is it? But they meant photos taken before lockdown all kicked off.

Strangely, my last “normal” photo was teeth related. By coincidence it was taken on February 29th, an unusual day at the best of times, and on this particular February 29th, the first Covid case was reported in Ireland. I was unaware of that at the time, as I’d spent the day at an Invisalign course and ...

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Swords Orthodontics is Reopening Part III: You

Hi there

First of all, a big thanks from me and everyone here at Swords Ortho for your patience and understanding at what’s been going on over the last 9 weeks....and more importantly, what wasn’t going on – specifically regular orthodontic treatments.

Two weeks after the first recorded coronavirus case in Ireland, on the day before St Patrick’s Day, I made the decision that it was the safest thing for our patients to stop performing routine orthodontics at the practice. We’ve been seeing patients every week since if they had ortho emergencies and problems that couldn’t wait until we reopen and we couldn’t manage with phone advice, but by and large it ...

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An Eighth Orthodontic Toast: Our Friends At Sea

I have completed a series of orthodontic reflections on the seven traditional naval toasts.

But I was a bit curious about the traditions. This started because of a memory of a Russell Crowe movie, Master and Commander, where he was the captain of HMS Surprise in the middle of a war between the UK and France. When I looked into it, the USA, Australia, India, Canada use a similar system of toasts. All former parts of the British Empire at some stage, but even when they left that organisation, they kept on some of these obscure traditions.

In Ireland we have some institutions that still keep titles that pre-date independence like The ...

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Swords Orthodontics Getting Ready to Re-Open Part II: The Virus and the Nation

It’s over a month since the government brought in the serious lockdown measures and last Friday, it announced its plan to gradually lift the restrictions in 5 phases. For our part, Swords Orthodontics has been seeing patients in pain or distress  but we haven’t been conducting regular orthodontics. We’re looking forward to getting back to treating people and we’ve been spending the time getting ready for it. 

We don’t have the information from the government as to when and how dentistry resumes but that will be one of the last bits of the jigsaw to go in. I can imagine that everyone is looking forward to the restrictions easing - at ...

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Swords Orthodontics Getting Ready to Re-Open Part 1: Us

It’s about 6 weeks since I took the decision to postpone seeing patients for routine orthodontic treatment at Swords Orthodontics. I did this because I felt it was the safest thing to do for my patients and my team, given that Ireland was heading into its coronavirus challenge.

We didn’t really close but it’s certainly not normal service at the practice. My team are busy working from home, still staying in touch with patients, helping and advising patients with their enquiries and directing others to me for specific clinical advice. We have arranged to see a few patients with serious problems that can’t be sorted out over the phone.

It’s strange when ...

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As part of Phase One of the National Reopening, Swords Orthodontics resumed routine orthodontic treatment in May 2020.
There are a few differences in how we do this specifically to deal with coronavirus, but you'll still get great orthodontic treatment.
Please don't attend without an appointment - just give us a call and we'll organise things.
New patients are welcome, there's never been a better time to sort out that smile