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HSE investigate orthodontic treatment damaging children's teeth

They say a week is a long time in politics – I’m sure if you’re Theresa May or Leo Varadkar trying to sort out Brexit, it’s a very, very long time. In a way, I’m lucky that I get to work in the more mundane environment of orthodontics that the public is usually a lot happier about. But if not a week, then at least a fortnight can be a long time in orthodontics - at least this fortnight was. Ten days ago, we were getting all sorts of congratulations for winning at the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards and this morning before I was out of bed my phone already ...

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Training Day

This week we had a training day with Ashley Latter provided by Invisalign. We learnt all about how to create a memorable first impression with new patients and also creating good relationships with our existing patients. Here at Swords Ortho we feel we try our best to create a calm welcoming atmosphere to all our patients. 

Ashley’s first step that he finds most important is building a rapport with potential patients. Our front of house team member Emma has the most important role in the practice, Emma welcomes each patient to the practice and she is also the first line of communication when patients call the practice. 

On Tuesday we learnt all ...

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Conversations: Week 10, March 2019

Parent: "My son's brace is broken again. I am not happy with this, that's the third time and the braces are only on 3 weeks. I don't think you've done a very good job here"

Swords Orthodontist: "What happened when the bracket came off?"

Patient: "Well I was eating a (insert well known brand name here) mint and it got stuck between my tooth and the wire of the brace so I tried to push it out of the way with the tooth brush and the bracket came off".

Parent: "He didn't tell me that."

Swords Orthodontist: "Do you remember when you got the braces on, and we gave you a list of foods that ...

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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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Top 10 Tips about your Invisalign aligners

Top 10 Tips about your Invisalign aligners

  1. The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in cold water, you can also use the Retainer brite cleaning tablets. It’s important that you brush your teeth after each meal before re-inserting your aligners to maintain good oral hygiene.

 

  1. You should wear your aligners all the time during treatment, except when eating, drinking, playing sports, brushing or flossing teeth. Recommended wear is 22 hours a day.

 

  1. The vast majority of patients report no effect on speech. However, as with traditional orthodontic appliances, there is an initial adjustment period associated with having something new in the mouth.

 

  1. The orthodontist ...

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