If someone said to you, ‘You only have to put up with this for half a year’, most people could get through almost anything. What about straighter teeth in 6 months in Glasgow? Could you put up with delicate brackets and wires on your teeth for half a year if it meant a lifetime of beautifully straight smiles? At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we’re willing to bet you could. And you can, if you have only mild to moderate alignment issues affecting your front six to eight teeth.
Known as the social teeth because they are the teeth other people see the most when you are talking and laughing, these teeth are that bit easier to move than the molars because they have only one root to anchor them in place.
How teeth move
Getting the teeth to move in the jawbone can be done at any age, so even if you are 99 and have a yen for straighter teeth, we can help you. Shifting the teeth requires sustained pressure. They won’t even start to move in the jawbone until that pressure has been going for 72 hours (three days). Then the bone cells kick into action to relieve the pressure, and they dissolve bone cells on the side of the tooth that is being pushed against and build it up on the side that it is being pushed away from. If the pressure stops for a few hours, so does the bone rebuilding and dissolution process and then you have to start all over again with the 72-hour beginning period.
This is why for a lot of people, wearing bracket and wire braces makes a lot of sense. The wires create a pulling pressure and this is kept up 24 hours a day, so the process does not stop. The wires are adjusted every few weeks by your dentist to keep up the pressure too.
After braces, the retainer
Once your teeth reach alignment, they need to go through a settling in period of several months. You will need to wear a retainer, either bonded to the back of your teeth, or a removable one overnight, to keep them in alignment.
People have this idea that getting their teeth straightened is a long process that takes a good couple of years, if not more. This is true for those who have very complex alignment issues that may involve realigning the jaws so that they meet together properly as well as realigning their teeth. However, for the majority of our patients here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, treatment times are much shorter.
If you would like to have straighter teeth but are put off by the idea of having to wear braces for ages and ages, it is worth coming in for a consultation. You may be happily surprised to find out that you could have straighter teeth in 6 months. In Glasgow, we have been straightening teeth for many years and have brought together an excellent range of devices to cover all alignment issues and also offer some real lifestyle pluses.
As well as being able to give some of our patients’ straighter teeth in six months in Glasgow, we also know that for many of you, comfort, discretion and being able to eat what you like are also key.
What takes the time
Teeth are moved by having a constant pressure exerted on them in a particular direction. In order to relieve the pressure, the bone breaks down in front of this direction and builds up again behind the tooth. All braces and aligners work to exert gentle pressure to initiate and keep up this process. This is why you have to wear them constantly. Removable devices still have to be worn for at least 20 hours a day, otherwise the bone break-down and build-up process stops and has to start all over again, which takes three days.
The length of time it takes to move your teeth will very much depend on your alignment issues. If your teeth are mildly to moderately misaligned, we may well be able to move them in six months, but we will need to carry out a consultation to make sure. This type of treatment is most often possible when dealing with the front six to eight teeth.
Losing for a possession you think you have lost is a frustrating feeling, especially when you tell yourself that it cannot be found. You can trace your steps, wondering if you left it behind at café or the supermarket. Unfortunately, with a missing tooth, it leaves a gap in your smile that is not as easy to replace as a pair of specs of a set of keys.
At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we can help you forget about the teeth you once lost. By giving you natural-looking replacements for one tooth or many. You don’t have to any longer mourn the missing tooth that stole away your smile and self-confidence. If you are looking to fill in the gaps left behind, then why not consider dental implants in Glasgow?
Happy and healthy replacements
If you have a missing tooth, it can have a negative impact on both your self-esteem and your oral health. It is not uncommon for missing teeth to affect your face, giving your cheeks a sunken appearance if the bone structure is not retained. It may be that you are limited to soft foods and you are no longer able to eat the food you love.
By receiving dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you can smile with true confidence, eat what you like and reduce the risk of future complications like tooth decay and gum disease. In other words, dental implants give you a smile to last you many years, so long as you look after them the way you would your natural teeth.
To give you an idea of how the treatment works, dental implants are small titanium screws which are fitted into the jaw where the tooth is missing. Over time, the screw will heal and integrate with the jawbone and act as the root. From there, the artificial root can secure a number of new teeth. These replacements are made especially for your mouth, designed to match the exact colour of your remaining teeth.
Although the treatment causes some temporary discomfort, it is certainly worth it to know that you will be equipped with a full and healthy smile to last you a long, long time.
Losing a tooth can do some damage to your confidence, let alone losing several of them. While it may seem simple to leave the gaps as they are, this will only give you more issues to deal with in the future. The gaps left behind will affect the remaining teeth as they try to fill in the gaps, shifting naturally at an angle over time. It is important to look after yourself and the teeth that are left behind, and by considering dental implants in Glasgow, you are also seeking the smile that was taken away by your missing teeth.
Your smile is like a puzzle, it is only complete once it holds all of the pieces. At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we want to help you find those pieces by filling in those frustrating gaps to your smiley picture.
Getting to know you
If you are considering dental implants, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible with your chosen treatment. Before the treatment can begin, we ask that you arrange a consultation. That way, your dentist can examine your mouth and review your medial history. Before or after your mouth has been examined, you can ask us any questions or voice any concerns you might have so that we can put your mind at rest. If you are feeling particularly nervous, you can discuss your preferences for sedation. This pre-treatment consultation is for you to feel at ease, and for your dentist to form a care plan suited to you.
Secure and reliable replacements
Understanding the treatment can often alleviate the fear of receiving dental implants. This treatment can fill the gaps of a single tooth or several teeth. Your dentist will fix a small titanium screw into the jawbone, acting as a replacement root for the tooth lost. Once this screw has integrated with the jawbone, it is then ready to secure a single replacement tooth or as many as you need. These are natural-looking replacements, customised to match your remaining teeth in both appearance and feeling.
Now the fear of the unknown is no more and you are already on your way to a beautiful and confident smile!
In the interest of maintaining healthy teeth and gums, regular hygiene visits are a must. Bacteria build up on our teeth and gums can lead to serious oral conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. Both these conditions are dangerous for your oral and overall health and can cause major complications such as jawbone deterioration, gum tissue collapse, and tooth loss.
Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we are committed to keeping your teeth strong and healthy through regular hygiene visits. Our dentists and dental hygienists collaborate closely to ensure that they provide thorough oral care to all of our patients. Always remember that prevention is better than cure and visiting the dentist at least once every six months will save your from costly and extensive treatment in the future.
So, what does a dental hygienist do?
Dental hygienists are specially trained to keep teeth clean and healthy. A hygienist’s role is two-fold: they are responsible for providing dental hygiene information to patients, and they offer preventive care to support dental health and fight gum disease and tooth decay.
After inspecting your teeth and gums closely for any signs of decay or inflammation, a hygienist will use a special tool to remove hardened plaque from your teeth and gums. Some patients may require a deep root cleaning, which may require different tools and local anaesthesia to prevent sensitivity. After the cleaning procedure is over, they will polish the surface of your teeth by applying a special paste taking care not to disturb any existing dental work, such as fillings and crowns. In some cases, fluoride treatment may be administered just after a cleaning in order to protect your teeth and gums for longer.
The importance of dental care
Dental hygiene visits are vital for many reasons as they:
- Reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease
- Keep plaque and bacteria build-up controlled
- Prevent bad breath
- Prevent tooth loss.
Moreover, your hygienist will offer information on the benefits of maintaining your dental hygiene and will take the time to educate you on proper oral techniques, diet habits and smoking cessation.
Here at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we offer a huge range of treatments. Everything from teeth straightening to dental implants, from root canal therapy to teeth whitening, from dermal fillers to dentures; if it concerns the face, teeth and gums, we’ve got it covered.
However, there’s nothing so important to the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums as regular hygiene visits. When it comes down it to, it’s the most simple and vital work we do.
In tune with most other modern dental clinicians, we believe in prevention rather than cure. While we offer tooth restorations for those that need them, we hope that you don’t. Our aim is to keep your teeth so healthy that you keep your whole set for life. Strange as it sounds coming from a dental practice, we’d rather you didn’t need expensive and extensive dental work. We would far rather you came in for regular check-ups so we can spot issues before they became problems.
What happens at a dental hygiene appointment?
First the hygienist will examine your mouth. They will use a mirror to check for signs of gingivitis (the early stages of gum disease) and any other warning signs. If they detect a problem, they may call in a dentist to make sure it’s okay to go ahead with treatment. If all’s well, they will carry out the hygiene procedure known as a scale and polish.
Phase one is the scale. This is where the dental hygienist uses a scaler to get rid of the build-up of plaque and tartar around your gum line and between your teeth. You will hear and feel scraping and poking sensations. And while it’s not much fun, it is vital to maintaining your oral health. However well you brush, floss and mouth wash, you can’t remove plaque and tartar; only the hygienist’s tools can do this.
The polish part is where the hygienist will brush your teeth with a high-powered brush and gritty toothpaste, to give them a really deep clean. The grinding noise may sound unpleasant but be rest assured that it’s doing great work.
Removable dentures have been used by people who have lost most of their teeth for hundreds of years. However, they do not offer a pleasant experience for everyone. Some patients find that their dentures become loose and painful over time and cannot be secured in place. Such dentures can make it difficult to eat, speak properly or even socialise.
At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we appreciate that many people prefer dentures over dental implants because they are much more affordable. But what if we told you that you can now take advantage of both treatments at the fraction of the cost? Denture stabilisation with dental implants may be the solution that you have been looking for.
What are implant-retained dentures in Glasgow?
As its name suggests, an implant-retained denture is supported by and attached to dental implants, unlike a regular denture that rests on the gums. Implant-supported dentures have special attachments that fasten onto attachments on the dental implants. For this procedure, a few dental implants are required, all of which are strategically placed into the jawbone for maximum stability.
These implants are smaller than regular dental implants and have a special attachment to their surface for keeping the denture in place. This attachment allows the patient to easily bite and chew and prevents dentures from becoming loose.
Implant-retained dentures can be made for both the upper and lower jaw and can be either fixed or removable. If removable, they need to be removed every night to be cleaned properly.
Benefits of implant-retained dentures
Implant-retained dentures are more secure than traditional dentures. Removable dentures must be held in place by an adhesive and are known for coming loose due to the deterioration of the jawbone. Dental implants are embedded into the jawbone and act as replacement tooth roots, keeping the dentures stabilised at all times.
Moreover, implant-retained dentures are more comfortable and you may forget that you are wearing false teeth over time. And these dentures are less likely to cause sore spots or pressure points in your mouth, both of which are traditionally associated with removable dentures.
Here it comes, that day when all eyes are on you. Are you up for that? After the breakfast in bed, you will have to put on your glad rags and the family will be taking you out to lunch. You will have to smile a lot. Pictures will be taken, lots of them. Do you relish the thought or do you dread seeing your picture because you are looking tired and a bit wrinkly these days?
If you feel like your face is not up for Mother’s Day, why not get some facial aesthetics treatments to give it a smooth out and your confidence a bit of a lift? Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we offer a range of treatments to bring back the lovely face you think you have lost.
Using fine needles, we can inject your facial muscles with a purified protein. This protein will relax the muscles that hold wrinkles in place. You can smooth out frown lines, crow’s feet and worry lines. Treatments only take a few minutes to carry out. They take effect over several days and last for a few months.
This is a clear gel which we inject into wrinkles to plump them out, thereby smoothing them out. Fillers are made of ingredients that the body natural produces, such as hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin. The natural production of these starts to diminish after about the age of 30 and that is why we start to lose that dewy glow and end up with thin, papery skin. Dermal fillers treatment takes about 30 minutes and give almost instant effects. Because the fillers are made of natural substances, they slowly get absorbed over the next few months.
Lips tend to become flatter as we age, but you can breathe new life into yours with our natural-looking lip augmentation treatment.
Fractional thermal contraction
This is a great way to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the deep layers of your skin. It’s great for sagging skin on the face and neck, as well as for jowls and smile lines.
As we grow old, our teeth tend to darken and become yellow and dull. Tooth discolouration is difficult to avoid as everyday activities such as eating and drinking will cause our teeth to darken over time. Luckily, professional teeth whitening can rapidly restore your teeth to their original colour or even make them brighter.
At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, teeth whitening has become a very popular dental treatment for patients of all ages. Our customised bleaching treatments are far more effective than over-the-counter treatments, which have a one size fits all gel tray, which may lead to whitening gel falling out and harming your teeth and gums.
Why do teeth become yellow and stained?
The consumption of certain foods and beverages can cause discolouration. Caffeine, dark-coloured foods, berries and tomato sauce are only a few food items that can stain your teeth. Medications can also stain your enamel, while some people are genetically predisposed to have more yellow teeth than others. However, the prevalent causes of yellow and stained teeth are bad hygiene and ageing. Luckily, most of these stains can be removed with professional teeth whitening in Glasgow.
If you are looking to get your teeth whitened in a fast, safe and effective manner then power teeth whitening in Glasgow is for you. This whitening treatment involves the use of a special light that helps activate the bleaching solution that is placed on your teeth by your dentist. This way you can have white teeth in an hour or less.
Home whitening is an equally popular treatment that involves the use of customised trays. Your dentist will show you how to wear them along with bleaching gel for a few hours. This method is not as quick as power whitening, but results can be seen in two weeks or so.
But safety first
Before commencing any teeth whitening treatment, it is important to have a thorough dental check-up to ensure any cavities, disease or exposed roots are taken care of prior to the treatment. To learn more about your teeth whitening options in Glasgow, contact us today.
Unless of course, you do a really good Billy Connolly or Sean Connery. But, as far as impressions of your mouth made with gooey silicone, sorry, we’ve moved on.
Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we are really pleased to be offering the new technology of impression-free dentistry in Glasgow.
Up until recently, if we, or any dentist, wanted to make you a mouth guard, get measurements for braces, or fit veneers or crowns or implants, we’d have to take impressions of your teeth.
The old school way of taking impressions
In the past That meant we’d have to mix up a pot of silicone putty, which may be pretty colours now but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still silicone putty. Then we’d have to get you to lie back with your mouth open while we carefully stuffed it full of putty, pressing down on your jaw to make sure the putty had good contact, while trying not to suffocate you with it. Then, you’d have to lie still and breathe through your nose while the putty hardened and ignore the rising sense of panic.
A modern alternative
You can imagine how delighted we are to no longer have to totally rely on silicone putty for measuring your mouth. Instead now, we have this brilliant piece of kit called a TRIOS® in-the-mouth scanner. This is a hand-held scanner that looks a bit like a gun. We move it around the inside of your mouth while it captures a 3D image. About 100 times faster than a video, the scanner takes 3000 2D images per second, which are built up into a 3D image. This is displayed on the screen as white teeth in pink gums, and you can see for yourself what your teeth, gums and jawbone look like.
This highly accurate representation of your teeth allows our dental technicians to produce more accurately fitting crowns and more quickly too. We can’t wait to try the TRIOS® 3D shape scanner on you, we think you will be pleased we invested in it.