Siobhan’s Blog: Top Products For Your Skin This Winter

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Siobhán's Blog

Top Product’s For Your Skin

This Winter.

This time of the year, skin care is very important. As temperatures drop and the heat turns on, moisture is drawn out of the skin causing dryness.

Recently, I am seeing a lot of my clients suffering from flaky, dry and dehydrated skin. You must take extra care to protect your skin and prevent any further damage by using the proper products. My recommended products and treatments are meant to be added in addition to your normal skin care routine (and not used replacements or one-for-all cures).

Vitamin A Retinol

I recommend using Vitamin A Retinol at night-time. Retinol works on a deep cellular level to help your skin heal from the inside out. This powerful product promotes healthy skin cell turnover, decreases collagen breakdown therefore thickening the skin and improving hydration. It also delivers nutrients and oxygen to the skin cells by regulating blood flow.

Barrier Creams

During the day, it is crucial to protect skin from cold temperatures and harsh winds.

Epionce’s Medical Barrier Cream soothes and rebuilds skin by using active ingredients. I personally use this product every day and find it extremely handy when the winter months come around. This cream contains essential fatty acids that are vital for building strong and healthy skin. The EpiB complex contains avocado, rose hip and safflower extracts to hydrate skin to create a soft and smooth texture. This is a great cream for sensitive skin because it is fragrance and paraben free.

Epionce products are available for purchase at our clinic.


The biggest difference between a serum and a cream/lotion is the formulation. Serums leave out airtight, moisturising ingredients (such as petrolatum or mineral oils) that keeps water from evaporating. They also contain fewer lubricating and thickening agents, like nut or seed oils. So, it is a very thin product that absorbs easily into the skin to provide hydrating and renewing effects.

I recommend Epionce’s Intense Defense Serum as a great night-time serum. This is a highly advanced anti-aging serum using botanical sources of Vitamins A, B, C, D and E for healthier-looking skin.


Microdermabrasion treatments leave the face smooth and refreshed, alleviating any dry/flaky skin.

Our medical grade microdermabrasion treatments go above and beyond a regular facial. It uses medical crystals to gently exfoliate the outermost layer of skin. It is suitable for all skin types and all ages. I carry out all the aesthetic treatments at Newpark Clinic. A microdermabrasion treatment takes about 45 minutes and I recommend getting one done every 6-8 weeks. I also include a mask after the exfoliation for extra hydration.

To reserve a free consultation to see what I would recommend for your particular skin, you can message or call the clinic.

Halloween Sweets & Teeth

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A Sticky Situation This Halloween?

There’s nothing like the childhood joy of dumping a night’s worth of Halloween sweets on the carpet to see all your takings! Immediately popping your favourite chocolate bar into your mouth while pawing through the rest and trading the worst with your friends. It’s an exciting time for children, but as adults we need to consider the impact of this excess amount of sweets.

Sugar and Health

Sugar is damaging to our health overall. More specifically, it can lead to weight gain, heart disease a decrease in immune system, loss of nutrients, poor digestion and tooth decay. While all these health issues are important, we would like to highlight the specific risk sugar has on teeth.

Tooth Decay

Normally, there is natural bacteria that lives in the mouth which creates acid. This bacteria also thrives off sugar! When consuming sugary foods and drinks, this bacteria can multiply and can become even more acidic than usual. This can dissolve teeth, creating holes aka “dental caries”. To help prevent this, we recommend to brush 3 times daily, floss regularly and to have a well balanced diet. Also visiting a dental hygienist twice a year for a deep clean will help remove plaque and tartar build-up. Worst case scenario, a dentist can treat tooth decay with fillings, crowns or root canals.

Halloween Sweets

When left to binge eat sugary treats, children are more at risk for tooth decay and plaque. See our diagram below with the most popular Halloween sweets and their sugar content!

Health care agencies recommend that children consume no more than 7 teaspoons of sugar daily. This is difficult to control at Halloween when one mini-size Skittles has approximately 3 teaspoons of sugar, a mini Twix has 3 teaspoons and a mini Crunchie has 3 teaspoons. So, two small sweets and that’s the limit for the entire day (not including the other sugars within regular meals).

What To Do?

  • Replace sweets with some healthy alternatives (check out these fun recipes)
  • Brush immediately after meals and floss regularly (try using a soft brush on the gums as well)
  • Use a fluoride mouth wash regularly
  • Visit a dental Hygienist
  • Reduce snacking
  • Set limits or specific times for sweets (after dinner only or as a reward for daily chores)
  • Try the “Switch Witch”

Why It’s The Right Time To Get Braces

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Why It’s The Right Time To Get Braces

It seems that just about everyone today wears braces for teeth straightening. From Instagram bloggers, to your co-workers, Katie Holmes on her Ray Donovan show, even your neighbour’s granny probably is looking into braces now! At our orthodontic clinic in Dublin, we are getting more enquiries than ever from people who are now deciding to straighten their teeth.

Over the last 10 years, Google searches for braces in Ireland increased over 300% in popularity (source: Google Trends). And to be honest, there is no time like the present to begin a journey towards a new smile. As technology advances across the globe, so has the technology and science behind dental braces:

Invisalign Clear Braces

The days of limited orthodontic options (head gear or train tracks only) are now behind us. Now, Invisalign clear braces are taking the world by storm with over 5 million cases across the globe. While these Invisalign is popular for its virtually invisible appearance, it also packs a powerful punch. Now it can treat mild, moderate and severe cases.

Invisalign (one of the most popular clear brace providers in the US & Ireland) started in 1997 and they “..are the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, constantly imagining and developing new technologies to help people move forward with their lives” (

They even have the world’s largest 3D printing technology (as all their aligners are 3D printed). Plus, Invisalign providers now use a 3D scanner to start every patient’s treatment and to show their expected finish smile.

See more about Invisalign’s technologies:

Braces For All Ages

People always ask us: “is my child too young for a braces?” and “am I too old to have my teeth straightened?” Nearly every time, the answer to both is no! As more research and more advanced braces are available on the market, the larger age range for orthodontic treatment.

The Orthodontic Association of Ireland recommends parents bring their child to their first orthodontic assessment at age 7 ( There are certain types of bite issues that can only be addressed as children (before or during their growth-spurt and while the jaw/bones are still growing). We even have children as young as 8 in treatment at our clinic. Older children and teens are also treatable, as these are the most common age-groups to have braces.

Adults can be seen at any age; whether it’s for the first time, or if they had braces previously and their teeth have now started to move. About 50% of our patients are adults and we commonly treat patients in their 60’s as well. No matter what age, we recommend to visit an Orthodontist for a quick consultation to receive their expert opinion.

Orthodontists’ Expertise

With all the providers of dental braces available today, it’s now easier than ever to select a brace specialist, aka an Orthodontist. Orthodontists first obtain a 5 year degree in Dentistry and then achieve a speciality in Orthodontics after another 3 year course. With their previous education, training and engagement with the growing technologies behind straightening teeth, Orthodontists are now capable of delivering the most effective and smoothest treatments possible.

Our Orthodontist, Dr. Máirlín O’Donnell has over 20 years of experience and specialises in the Invisalign. She attends conferences and lectures worldwide to expand her skills and had her cases highlighted at these events.

It’s always a good time to start your braces journey, but now, the technology behind orthodontics is flourishing. Seize this moment in time and join us for a complimentary consultation today!

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Patient Ambassador Contest

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Win €100 Dundrum Gift Card

Become a Newpark Clinic Ambassador

Enter our patient referral contest!

Become a Newpark Clinic ambassador for your chance to win! Recommend our clinic to your friends, family & colleagues to come in for a free consultation for braces. The ambassador with the most referrals by December 12th will win the grand prize. Don’t forget to tell your friends/family to use YOUR NAME at their consultation.*





*Open to our patients only, referrals must attend a braces consultation and mention the ambassador’s name to be counted.

5 Ways To Whiten Teeth At Home

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Why is Teeth Whitening Needed?

Have you ever caught your smile in a mirror and thought, “oh, my teeth are a bit yellow!”

Teeth discolouration occurs for many reasons overtime. Staining can form from coloured foods and drinks (like tea, coffee and wine) and smoking. Tartar and plaque can build up if oral hygiene is poor, which can discoloured teeth. Also, your enamel (the outermost layer of a tooth) can wear down over time, revealing the dentin (a yellow tissue) below.

Thankfully, most discolourations can be remedied with our at-home whitening methods:

  1. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a common ingredient in most toothpastes and has natural whitening properties. Brushing your teeth with baking soda and water works a mild abrasive that gently scrubs the surface of teeth over time. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water, brush 1-2 times per week. However, if done too frequently or for a long time, this can be too abrasive to teeth.

  1. At Home Teeth Whitening Kits From a Qualified Professional

At home teeth whitening kits consists of a tray that is shaped to your specific teeth and tubes of whitening solution. The whitening process lasts from 1-3 weeks depending on the shade of the teeth. Unlike some whitening treatments that use a bright light or laser directly to the teeth, the at home kit allows people to feel in control of the treatment. Patients have the ability to stop whitening when they are happy with the shade or if they feel any sensitivity. There is also the option to top up later on in the year.

Always visit a qualified dental professional to whiten your teeth as they have the proper training to recognise any complications with your teeth. Our advanced at home teeth whitening kits are available at our clinic to individuals aged 18+.

  1. Coconut Oil Pulling

While coconut oil pulling or other forms of oil pulling have not been scientifically proven to whiten teeth, it does seem to have positive effects on oral hygiene. Oil pulling is the process of taking a small amount of oil and swishing it around in the mouth for 10 minutes or so. This is not to be used as a replacement for brushing or flossing, but it can be used in addition. Taking a teaspoon full of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth as you would with mouthwash (start with just a few minutes and work your way up to 10).

  1. Brushing After Meals & Attending Regular Hygiene Cleanings

Daily oral hygiene upkeep is critical to keeping plaque and tartar at a minimum. Brushing your teeth promptly after each meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 2 minutes and flossing every day is ideal. Everyone should visit a dental hygienist for a cleaning twice a year. These visits are known as a “scale and polish” where the hygienist scales away plaque and tartar (from the teeth and the under the gum line) and polishes the teeth to take away any superficial staining. Some individuals may notice their teeth are a shade whiter leaving the hygienist!

Our hygienist, Kieva, is available for cleanings at our clinic for just €60!

  1. A Good Diet With Fruits & Vegetables

A good diet is beneficial to your entire body, including your teeth. Various, rough fruits and vegetables can also aid in scrubbing away plaque as you eat them. Some examples of good foods for your teeth are: strawberries, apples and celery.

Pop-Up Event: Gumshields & Free Braces Assessments (past event)

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We are partnering with our friends at Impact Gumshields for a Back to School Pop-Up Shop! Get your family ready for school with custom gumshields and free orthodontic assessments.


Where: Blackrock Shopping Centre

When: Thursday August 23 – Sunday August 26

Thursday  2pm – 6pm

Friday  9am – 7pm

Saturday  9am – 6pm

Sunday 11am – 6pm


To register your spot, go to:

Please note, custom gumshields are priced at €50 (normally €60) and all orthodontic assessments are complimentary. Register ahead of time or walk-in on the day! For more information, see our Facebook Event.


Braces or Invisalign: Which is More Comfortable?

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One of the main reasons why many adults and teenagers choose Invisalign braces is the perception that metal braces are painful. But is that true? Does Invisalign really hurt less than traditional metal braces?


What to expect?

There are a couple of studies looking into comfort of braces. In the first study, Orthodontists asked 145 patients to grade their comfort on a day-to-day basis using a scale.

Half the patients were being treated with Invisalign, half with traditional braces. The study showed that patients- with Invisalign reported more comfort and less pain than the patients being treated with traditional braces.


Quality of life

A second study asked 60 patients to grade pain and the impact treatment had on their ‘quality of life’. Again, half the patient were treated with Invisalign, half with traditional braces. The study found that the Invisalign patients experienced more comfort and treatment had little or no effect on the quality of their lives.


Right choice

If you have concerns about braces pain, then Invisalign could be the right choice for you. The majority of patients find them comfortable to wear and report little or no impact on their day to day lives.


How to Choose the Right Orthodontist

If you are thinking about straightening your teeth and would like to discuss your treatment options you should consult with a Specialist Orthodontist. For the best results, selecting an experienced Orthodontist can make all the difference.

Dr O’Donnell is an expert in Invisalign and all types of orthodontic treatment. She will always talk to you about all your options. We will evaluate your specific issues on your initial consultation. Creating beautiful smiles no matter how challenging is what we do!


Schedule a Complimentary Consultation Today

As a new patient, you can take advantage of a FREE consultation. The friendly team at Newpark Clinic will make you feel comfortable as we discuss you or your child’s smile, explain your treatment options and provide the information you need to make a wise decision about your oral health.

Call us today on (01) 210 4588 or message us!


Dr O’Donnell is proud to be part of the Your Smile Specialist group of leading Specialist Orthodontist.

Enter To Win Our Teeth Whitening Kit (past contest)

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Fancy whiter teeth? We are selecting 2 lucky people to win our at home teeth whitening kits!

Our teeth whitening kits brighten the shade of your teeth with just one hour/day. The prize includes 2 custom bleaching trays, 3 tubes of whitening solution, a small safety box to keep your trays in and gentle toothpaste for any sensitivity.

To Enter:

  • Head on over to our Facebook page
  • Find the below picture
  • Follow the easy instructions on the post and you’re ready to go!
*Contestants must 18+ years of age to enter and must be able to visit our clinic in Blackrock, Co. Dublin during opening hours to claim the kit. Contest ends 20/04/2018.*

Do Young Children Need Braces?

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When it comes to braces for children, it’s hard to know all the right steps to take as a parent. When do I bring my child to their first dental check-up? What is an Orthodontist and why is important to see them in addition to my dentist? How young is too young for braces?

Orthodontists and Dentists

First, it’s important to know the difference between and Orthodontist and a Dentist. Dentistry is a branch of medicine that consists of the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the teeth (i.e. cavities, fillings, crowns, veneers, etc.). Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry which specialises in the treatment of alignment in teeth and jaws. These alignment problems are treated with braces fro children, teens and adults.

The First Assessment

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends bringing children in for their first orthodontic assessment at age 7 (but it can be sooner if there are particular concerns over the alignment of teeth). Some bite issues are hard to see to the untrained eye, so it is important to bring your child in to be assessed when they are young. Since the teeth and jaws are still developing at this stage, we have a better opportunity to correct any problems before growth is complete with particular braces for children. With kids, Orthodontists mainly use “phase 1” or “early orthodontic treatment” to correct bite or jaw issues with specialty braces/devices. This treatment starts between 6-10 years of age (when the adult teeth are coming in) and about 1 in 5 children need it.

Early Braces For Children

We offer 3 types of early orthodontic treatment at our clinic:

  1. Functional braces
  2. URA “upper removable appliance” braces
  3. Invisalign clear braces with wings

Recently, Invisalign has released a new, innovative brace specifically for early orthodontic treatment in children. At the moment, we are the only practice in the country to use this modern technology!

Is Your Child Ready?

While some children are ready for early treatment, some may not be. If so, the Orthodontist will keep your details in their system to review your child in the future (when more of the adult teeth are in). We advise parents to be proactive with their children’s teeth and bring to see both a Dentist and Orthodontist to check the overall health and alignment of their teeth.

Want to bring your child in for an orthodontic assessment? We are offering complimentary consultations to children during the Easter School Holidays at our clinic in Blackrock, Dublin!


Can I Have Invisalign Clear Braces?

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When most people think of orthodontics, they imagine unsightly and painful metal braces. However, recent advances in orthodontic care allow patients to straighten their teeth without metal wires and brackets. If you’re looking for a discreet teeth straightening option, you should strongly consider Invisalign.

Invisalign technology uses clear plastic aligner trays to slowly move your teeth into their correct positions.

What Problems Does Invisalign Fix?

Gaps: Gaps can leave your teeth vulnerable to decay and your gums vulnerable to infection. Invisalign can easily bring teeth together and close considerable gaps.

Crowding: Crowding occurs when the teeth grow too close together and displace each other. Crowding makes it difficult to floss and brush properly and can increase one’s risk of gum disease or tooth decay.

Improper Bite: The misalignment of teeth can lead to an improper bite, which can in turn cause a number of jaw complications. Common bite problems include an overbite, underbite, and crossbite. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is one condition associated with bite issues.


The Benefits of Invisalign

Though many people recognise the aesthetic and medical drawbacks that can come with an un-straightened smile, many still have been unconvinced to pursue orthodontic treatment due to the many drawbacks that come with traditional braces. After all, who wants uncomfortable and unsightly metal braces? Now, you don’t have to settle for metal braces when straightening your teeth. Invisalign can straighten almost any set of teeth in a matter of months. Here are just a few benefits you can expect when straightening your teeth with Invisalign.

Discreet Straightening: Thanks to Invisalign’s clear plastic trays, no one will know that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment unless you tell them. Since the trays are removable, you can clean your teeth and eat as you normally would.

Boosted Confidence: Frequent smiling is an important indicator of confidence. Invisalign can give you a straight, good-looking smile that you aren’t afraid to show off. This can drastically improve others’ perceptions of you.

Improved Oral Health: If malocclusion is making it difficult for you to clean your teeth or chew your food properly, it’s only a matter of time before you start noticing considerable health problems. A straight set of teeth is important for your appearance and your overall wellbeing.


How to Choose the Right Orthodontist

If you have crooked teeth and would like to discuss your treatment options you should consult with a specialist orthodontist.

For the best results, selecting an experienced Orthodontist can make all the difference.

Dr O’Donnell is an expert in Invisalign and all types of orthodontic treatment. She will always talk to you about all your options. We will evaluate your specific issues on your initial consultation. Creating beautiful smiles no matter how challenging is what we do!


Schedule a Complimentary Consultation Today

As a new patient, you can take advantage of a FREE initial consultation. The friendly team at (INSERT) Orthodontics will make you feel comfortable and pampered as we discuss you or your child’s smile, explain your treatment options and provide the information you need to make a wise decision about your oral health.

Call us today on (01) 210 4588 or fill out a contact us form.


Dr O’Donnell Is proud to be part of the Your Smile Specialist group of leading Specialist Orthodontist.