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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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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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The Seventh Orthodontic Toast : Absent Friends

In many navies around the world, the seventh toast of the week is to “Absent Friends”.

This is usually the first toast my own family observes on Christmas Day. We’re not big drinkers, it’s usually the only toast.

It’s an important one. Given the career paths of an orthodontist (there was a bit about this in the previous few toasts) you often end up being immersed in work and if you get on well with the people you work with, it’s likely you’ll become good friends as there is a lot of selection involved in you being in those positions in various hospitals or universities and it’s likely you’ll have a ...

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The Sixth Orthodontic Toast: Our Families

The traditional sixth toast of the week in many navies was “To Wives and Sweethearts”.

Classically, although unofficially, this is met with a reply of “May they never meet”. When Russell Crowe makes the toast in “Master and Commander” he adds that himself after the toast. The officers laugh at the joke, so I’m not certain if this is the first time he’s make the toast or it’s been given every week they’ve been on a ship since they joined the navy and they are very, very polite. Like the toast to “Our Men” this has been modified a bit over the years and - though I presume the original ...

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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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The Fourth Orthodontic Toast: Orthodontics

The Fourth Orthodontic Toast: Orthodontics

In various navies, the fourth toast of the week is “Our Navy” specifically the service they are in.

As in yesterday’s blog I talked about “ourselves” as the profession we’re in: dentistry. I will consider today’s theme as the specialties we choose to work in.

And off the bat, I say specialty which is an area of special expertise within a profession, not speciality which is something a restaurant is good at.

This naval toast has been modified a bit over the years –it was classically “a bloody war or a sickly season”. This made absolutely no sense to me until I found an explanation: It was only the officers making these toasts ...

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Seven Orthodontic Toasts #3 Ourselves

The Third Orthodontic Toast: Ourselves

In various navies, the classic third toast of the week is “Ourselves”.

This is traditionally met with the response “for no one else will concern themselves with our well-being” in the Royal Navy in the UK. Two centuries on from when the movie “Master and Commander” is set, Russell Crowe’s toasts to his officers still have some clout to teach us. For this toast, I think of "ourselves" as the profession of dentistry in general. Dentistry is a strange profession, a unique vocation or calling. I always reckoned you could have made a surreal comedy show like Father Ted using dentists instead of priests. It’s a ...

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As part of Phase One of the National Reopening, Swords Orthodontics is now resuming routine orthodontic treatment.
There will be a few differences in how we do this specifically to deal with coronavirus, but you'll still be getting great orthodontic treatment.
We'll be in touch to reorganise your appointments, please don't attend without an appointment.