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17 Main St, Swords, Co Dublin, Ireland

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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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Progressions of Power: European Orthodontic Congress, the OSI and more from Operation:Mindcrime

Recently I posted about Geoff Tate touring last year on the 30th anniversary of Operation:Mindcrime, the landmark album he made with Queensrÿche. He’s still touring and was back in Dublin, just over 12 months since starting his tour here last January. It was just after the announcement that the Orthodontic Society of Ireland (OSI) was successful in its bid to have Dublin host the European Orthodontic Congress in 2025. There were a few connections running through my mind.

Geoff Tate and Operation Mindcrime Dublin 2019

Operation:Mindcrime was released about 30 years ago – its older than the  OSI!

That said, as a distinct specialty within ...

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Operation: European Orthodontic Congress 2025

At the start of the week it was announced that the Orthodontic Society of Ireland was successful in its bid to host the 2025 European Orthodontic Congress (EOC) in Dublin.

OSI will host EOC in 2025
Europe!
What?
Don't stop, give it all you got.

The EOC is the annual meeting of the European Orthodontic Society (EOS). It’s the setting for the memorial Lecture that commemorates the first orthodontics professor in Europe, Dublin’s Sheldon Friel.

This is a big deal.

It’s hard to explain how big a deal it actually is – for Irish Orthodontics, for Irish Dentistry and for Ireland. The OSI was set up a ...

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The Smiles of 2018

I am an android sort of guy.

I do own an iPod. It's apparently an iPod Classic, but when I got it, it was just called an iPod.

I love my iPod. But it isn't as good as the Creative Zen MP3 player it replaced.

But that's it for me and Apple for the time being.

 

I am an android sort of guy. I presume some of you are too

So imagine my surprise and concern when Google sends me a video called Smiles of 2018 and wants to know if I want to save it.

Smiles of 2018  is a compilation of the in-focus pictures I took on my phone that involve people smiling. I'm a dentist, ...

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Operation Mindcrime: Dublin Calling!

About thirty years ago, as dental student, my friend Terry introduced me to Operation:Mindcrime by Queensrÿche. It was the great heavy rock concept album of the 80s, and as well as the record (CD as well as vinyl back then!) there was a full length film to go along with it (on VHS of course) and the guys (not dental students) in my house watched it on a constant loop in between Neighbours and sleeping.

Kieran Robertson on guitar with Geoff Tate for Operation:Mindcrime

It’s a bit tenuous but the initial dental connection (there almost always is one) here is that one of the ...

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