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Different types of Invisalign treatment

There are 3 different types of Invisalign treatment, so obviously this would depend on the age of the patient, the patient types are as follows Adult, Teen and Child. Once we have chosen the patient type, we can then choose what package you are suitable for depending on the dentition and complexity of the treatment. 

-Invisalign comprehensive package is 5 years unlimited additional aligners

-Invisalign lite package is up to 14 aligners and 2 sets of additional aligners

-Invisalign express package is up to 7 aligners and 1 set of additional aligners

The orthodontist will assess your teeth and then they will decide on which option is suitable for you. Each package has a ...

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Conversations: week 36 Information Technology. And parsley sauce

Steve: This computer isn’t working well, can we call iPing for some IT help?

Later…

Team member:  Can you work on the other computer? The guys at iPing are going to look into the slow computer.

Steve: Excellent

Later...

Team member: Stephen, did you record Masterchef on this computer?

Steve: huh?

Team member: Well, it turns out that the computer wasn’t working well because it was full of old episodes of Masterchef, and that was filling up the memory and slowing it down.

Steve: and the obvious suspect was….me? How old? When did this happen?

Team member: 2011

Not guilty (though I did have a meal at a wedding in 2007 at a restaurant run by a Masterchef finalist), but ...

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Orthodontics Conversations Fortnite 17: When a dentist realises he's older than he thought

Stephen: Did you see that kid’s T-shirt?

Nurse: No

Stephen: It said “Floss like a boss”

Nurse: Oh. OK

Stephen: I think it’s great that they have T-shirts for 10 year olds with oral hygiene slogans. I think they wore that in specially because they were coming to orthodontist.

Nurse: Oh Steve. Steve, Steve, Steve, Steve, Steve. You are so not with it, aren’t you?

Stephen: So this had nothing to do with teeth, never mind interproximal, subgingival plaque removal?

Nurse: Steve, Steve, Steve. There are no words.

That’s how old I am. Plus I can remember Smokey and the Bandit on VHS.

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The Honest Dentist - Advertising in Dentistry in Ireland

Yesterday, I was talking about advertising salads and today I thought I'd briefly compare that to Advertising in Dentistry, in Ireland at least.

I guess both sets of adverts are subject to the regulation by Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland, but dentists are also regulated by The Dental Council of Ireland for most aspects of what they do - even extending beyond dentistry.

Up until fairly recently, advertising wasn't done by dentists. It was only starting to be permitted in the UK around the time I qualified, and I think in Ireland it was more recent than that. This is generally traced back to a report by the competition authority which recommended ...

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Technology and orthodontics, where does it go? And when?

I had some blogs about technology for the last couple of days, I think I'll stay on topic for this one.

It seemed like something I should be keen on, I've seen enough sci-fi movies, but I have no specific interest in techie things and gadgets. It took me a while and a Palm Pilot to realise this, but knowledge of self is always handy even when it comes late.

There's a classic description called the Rogers Curve, where people get used to new technologies or progress in general. Some are really at the start of it  - innovators. They love the new stuff as long as it's new. As soon as ...

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What is the Best Age to Bring Your Child to the Orthodontist?

People often think of making an appointment to see a specialist orthodontist after all the permanent teeth have come through (around age 12-13) but actually The American Association of Orthodontists recommend all children have an initial assessment with an orthodontist by the age of 7.

The reason is, at this age all possible treatment options are available- if we seen a child much older than this we may have, for example, missed an opportunity to influence jaw growth or to make more space for the teeth as they grow into the mouth.

At this early age, enough permanent adult teeth have come in to detect many common bite problems. If orthodontic treatment ...

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What is a Rapid Maxillary Expander?

As a dental nurse here at Swords Orthodontics, I've seen alot of young children come through our doors with their parents looking for an Orthodontic opinion about their teeth. Many of which present with a narrow upper jaw (maxilla) compared to their lower jaw (mandible). There is a orthodontic interceptive method to help correct this called a Rapid Maxillary Expander (RME). I get asked questions about it a lot by parents and patients so I decided to write a blog post about it.

 

Narrow arch before RME

Narrow arch with the RME in

Narrow arch after RME and fixed ...

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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