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Orthodontics and the Beautiful Face

I often get asked what does an ideal bite look like, how should teeth meet together, that sort of thing. That’s very important, because working to achieve that is what we do at Swords Orthodontics day in, day out. But there’s a bit more to it than that – you have to think about the teeth in the context of the jaws and the jaws in the context of the face and the jaw joint and muscle systems (and don’t forget the tongue is a big muscle too). Sooooo, the question is......

What makes a great face?

 

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The Fifth Orthodontic Toast: Our Patients

In various navies, the fifth toast of the week is to The Nation.

Classically, this toast was “to a willing foe and plenty of sea room”. I’m still not sure exactly what that means, but I presume it means that your adversary is taking responsibility for the consequences of the engagement and it’s not on your conscience if you win. Sea room is the space required to move a vessel about, either due to sufficient depth of water or an absence of obstacles around it. In other words, the means to have a fair fight.

 

What happens when neither of these is the case? ...

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Thoughts on Dracula and the corona virus

This week I am reading Dracula by Bram Stoker.

I loved the movie by Francis Coppola (anything that involves Winona Ryder assuming the surname Murray gets my attention without delay) - and bought the book shortly afterwards, but never got around to reading it. Surprisingly (to me) for something written in 1897, it has very readable language and structure.

Obviously, it has to involve some of the most famous teeth in fiction but although I’m early into it, one line stuck in my mind – when the hero, Jonathan Harker sees Count Dracula stick his head out the wind he realises

“I was at first interested and somewhat amused, for it is ...

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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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You can't out-train a bad diet

You can't out train a bad diet

It's a phrase I picked up on an exercise video on YouTube, but I imagine the idea has been there for a long time before the internet was with us.

A few weeks ago I bought some airport-sized Toblerone bars for the team at Swords Ortho (don't tell the dentistry police). The ladies of Swords Orthodontics are particularly fond of white Toblerone, but for a bit of variety I got a mild chocolate/coconut one as well. It's a practice rule that I am forbidden to tell anyone what the calorie count is for a single triangle of this Swiss marvel.

I can tell the blog readers ...

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The march of technology - orthodontics waits for no man or woman

Yesterday, I was talking about compatibility of technology, today I thought I'd look at the change in technology in an area that is special to me....music.

I'm old enough to remember vinyl records not merely before  they made a come back for hipsters, but before they went away in the first place. In fact, I remember record players that had settings 33/45/78 - that is, they could play vinyl records (and probably acetates) that were made in the 1920s or before. Singles were at 45 rpm, and the LP was at 33. My dad was never keen on the idea of my brother or me buying singles because they were bad value. An ...

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The new conventions, corporate indifference or protectionism

Yesterday I bought some blue tooth headphones.

Sony.

I normally have a caution about mega brands, because I think the price reflects the cost of making them a mega-brand, and telling everyone about them, as well as simply building a good product, but I had a series of other brands that had let me down, and I use Sony noise cancelling headphones for plane journeys, so I took a punt. The thing for me isn't the sound quality, it's how well they fit my ears and how long the battery lasts. Sony does very well on both counts. But when I went to plug in my charger....it didn't fit. I had to ...

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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.