Is it really possible to have same day teeth with all on 4 implants?

You may have heard of the phrase, ‘same-day teeth’, detailing a process in all on 4 implants in Glasgow that allow you to walk out of our dental practice on the same day with a completely functional, beautiful and natural new set of teeth.

All on 4 Implants in GlasgowNot only that, but your smile will no longer restrict you from laughing, chatting, smiling and eating the foods that you love. We understand that dentures can be restrictive at times and over time can cause you to lose the confidence that is critical to your social life.

There is no need for you to feel trapped by your smile that isn’t functioning as it should, with all on 4 implants in Glasgow, you can have your cake and eat it too!

How does it work?

Have you ever heard of a dental implant? They are widely used to replace missing teeth to create a long lasting and very effective tooth replacement. Dentists place a titanium rod directly into the jawbone and a crown or bridge is hung from this, leaving the patient with a natural and permanent alternative to false teeth.

Titanium is a material that bonds to the bone in the jaw as well as surrounding soft tissues. This unique trait makes it the perfect material to use for dentists who are looking to create permanent fixtures in the mouth, that they can rely on.

We only use the best materials available for any of our treatments so that you can rest assured knowing that you are given the best possible chance in having the healthiest smile that you deserve.

When it comes to denture stabilisation, we use four dental implants placed strategically around your mouth in order to create secure dentures that will not fail you. Your new teeth are attached using special mechanisms that mean that they will never slip or fall out of your mouth, but are easy to remove for cleaning when you want to.

What are the benefits of this treatment?

Alongside feeling a lot more confident with a smile that works for you, allowing you to eat the foods you love and laugh and talk with confidence, you can also benefit from a strengthened jawbone due to the nature of the materials that we use.

For patients who are nervous about the entire procedure, know that we understand your fears and can provide sedative options to help ease you through the entire process. You don’t have to be afraid of the dentist and these modern sedatives can ensure that you breeze through the procedure without even knowing you have been in surgery.

This minor surgical procedure can be done in the comfort of our dental practice, so you do not need to be transferred to a hospital or a different site in order to undergo the treatment process. It should be known that after care is immensely important to us for a swift recovery and we are always available to guide you through appropriate care and answer any questions that you may have regarding your own recovery.

What are the most important parts of orthodontics? By Dr Imran Shafi

In the first of this series we talked about the difference between specialist orthodontist and a dentist that does orthodontics. The second part was about age not being a barrier for orthodontics and the different types of brace appliances available to achieve that wonderful smile. This final part will be about the most important parts of orthodontics. The answers to this are very easy: healthy mouth of patient before, during and after any orthodontics, followed by wearing your retainer.

All teeth move during our lives, very slowly and subtle. Orthodontics can produce lovely smiles with all the benefits of straight teeth. However, if we do not manage the post orthodontic treatment phase well, then teeth can shift back to previous position and this is very disappointing. Hence all patients at SCED are provided with a retainer to wear at night times. This is very thin, clear trays made to fit over your teeth and worn at just after brushing your teeth prior to bedtime. In some cases we provide a fully customised bonded (thin wire) retainer to the back of your front teeth. This holds the front teeth well, but not the back teeth and you would still need your thin clear retainer trays over the wire retainers.

There have been numerous expensive and high-profile campaigns by the British Orthodontic Society and the American Orthodontic Society about the importance of retainer wear. Sadly, the message is still not well known…so we are going to say it simply here at SCED. Wearing your orthodontic retainer to maintain your lovely smile is a lifelong commitment. Just like getting hair styled, healthy eating and living a     good lifestyle, then the night time routine of wearing your retainer to keep your teeth from moving is imperative.

One of the commonest questions Dr Imran Shafi get is “how long do I wear retainers for?” and his answer is “for as long as you want straight teeth”

A full consultation with our specialist orthodontic will give you all the information you require to make an informed decision about retention. Here at SCED we provide removable night time retainers that fit over all your teeth, and bonded (wire) retainers discreetly on the back of your front teeth.


Please contact us via our website or by telephoning our reception team on 0141 427 4530 to make your orthodontic assessment consultation today.

All on 4 implants can revolutionise your smile

For those of you who have found your dentures have become uncomfortable over the years,  leading you to miss out on opportunities (as you are concerned about potentially embarrassing yourself by losing your teeth whilst you laugh, smile or eat certain foods), you may be enthralled to discover the potential that all on 4 implants in Glasgow could have for you.

All on 4 Implants in GlasgowBy ensuring that dentures are stabilised in your mouth, you can rest assured knowing that they will not come out of your mouth until you want them to. This treatment is an efficient, fast and comfortable option that leaves you feeling like you have a full set of teeth again.

We are excited to be able to offer our patients this treatment, as we truly believe that it is a beneficial experience that can improve a patient’s life dramatically. There are a great number of ways in which we can achieve success together with all on 4 implants in Glasgow, depending on your personal situation.

What we can do for you

By coming in to see us, we can take a look at your individual case and discuss with you the many options that are available to you. It doesn’t matter whether you have recently decided that you are uncomfortable with your current situation or you have been suffering for years, we are confident that we can set you up with a treatment plan that will meet your needs in an ideal way.

Due to years of wearing dentures, or when a person has missing teeth, the jawbone naturally recedes, causing the face to prematurely age and appear sunken. This is because there is no longer the right kind of stimulation to activate cell regrowth in the jawbone. Only natural teeth and dental implants that mimic the tooth root can provide this stimulation and retain a strong and healthy jawbone.

As the jawbone recedes, patients find that their dentures no longer fit as comfortably as they once did. You may find that if your jawbone has receded that your dentures are slipping out when you speak or chew, or are rubbing uncomfortably in your mouth.

When we look at your current situation, we can determine whether you are immediately viable for the implant treatment or whether it is necessary for you to have prior treatment to prepare you for successful denture stabilisation.

By adding natural bone or synthetic tissue directly into your jaw, we can build up bone density to an appropriate amount in order for the replacement tooth root to be secure and for it to be able to securely hold your dentures.

It may take several months for the completion of the entire treatment should this prior course of action needs to take place, but the final results feel and look natural for our patients. Like with all things in life, good things take time and we ensure that we work through any obstacles that you may be facing precisely and accurately to ensure that you get the most out of your time with us.

Is there an age limit to orthodontics?


We are so used to seeing braces on school children that the majority of people think orthodontics is only for young people. Looking after your health and wellbeing is important throughout our lives and orthodontics is no exception. There is no age limit to correcting your smile and being attentive to your dental health is vital. It is true that many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean that a patient can avoid surgery and more serious complications. This is why at Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry (SCED) we are delighted to see children for orthodontics, and we want all our young patients to have the best possible dental health.

Our age is not a barrier to getting straight teeth, and sadly crooked teeth can be hard to clean, and this can result in serious tooth decay. Advanced, discreet and often invisible braces can move teeth to help you achieve that great smile. It is never too late that you cannot achieve a beautiful smile. Age allow us to pursue our own interests and passions. Take this advantage to invest in your smile and enjoy the beneficial effects it has on your life, with 65% of our patients having orthodontic treatment at SCED are adults.

There are many orthodontic treatments available at SCED to straighten your teeth. Perhaps the most recognised option is traditional metal braces, often seen worn by school children with multi coloured bands to hold the wires in place. A much more discreet and adult friendly version is ceramic (white) fixed braces which are almost clear. Then there are aligners which are thin, clear trays made to fit your teeth. Unlike metal braces, aligners are removable. The patient is responsible for putting them in and taking them out. Patients receive sets of aligners designed to move their teeth using the same method as braces: constant, gentle pressure. Dr Imran Shafi is our fully accredited specialist Invisalign orthodontist which is the world leading clear aligner system.

A full consultation with our specialist orthodontic will give you all the information you require to make an informed decision about what type of brace system is best for you.

Please contact us via our website or by telephoning our reception team on 0141 427 4530 to make your orthodontic assessment consultation today.

Why choose us for Orthodontics? By Dr Imran Shafi

Often we are asked what is the difference between a specialist orthodontist and a dentist that does orthodontics?Crown and Bridge Work in Glasgow


Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that is concerned with the development and management of irregularities and abnormalities in the teeth and jaws. The field of orthodontics largely focuses on treatments such as tooth straightening using orthodontic braces or aligners, as well as problems pertaining to the jaw. The aim of orthodontics is to produce a healthy, functioning bite, creating higher resistance to disease processes and improving your personal appearance. Patients find that orthodontic treatment contributes to both their mental and physical wellbeing


All specialist orthodontists in the UK have undertaken several years of further training after completing their dental degree. Hence they have a strong and broad foundation in general and hospital dentistry. The specialist training programmes are competitively entered and concurrently the orthodontist will have undertaken postgraduate university research to Masters or Doctorate level. The orthodontist Dr Imran Shafi is on the specialist list for orthodontics General Dental Council (GDC number 79325).




Some general dentists have completed shorter and much less detailed courses in orthodontics and have an interest in the subject. They would have varying levels of expertise and ability in orthodontics. The decision as to whether to have treatment with a specialist orthodontist or non-specialist is ultimately up to the individual. Cost wise, dentists and orthodontists generally charge the same amount for similar orthodontic treatment. As a patient you get the added benefit of being treated by a specialist when you see a qualified orthodontist.


At Scottish Centre of Excellence in Dentistry we all work closely together with our professional colleagues to provide our patients integrated treatments of the highest standard. It is imperative that this is undertaken seamlessly and easily for our patients to maintain our practice ethos of excellence in dentistry.


If you have any questions about this post or would like to learn more about the treatments and services we offer at our dental clinic then please contact us via this website or by telephoning our reception team on 0141 427 4530.


Replacing lost teeth

Losing teeth can be a traumatic experience, so we want to make sure that you are cared for, and that you have all the information that you need. If you are looking for crown and bridge work in Glasgow, and you are in need of a dentist, then The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry will be able to advise you on the best course of action, and supply you with an experienced dentist.

Crown and Bridge Work in GlasgowWhat is the best way to replace a tooth?

There is no best way to replace a tooth, as it all depends on the specifics of the loss. If the root of the tooth remains, then a crown may be appropriate, as a replacement can be built up from the remaining part of the tooth, therefore making it a faster and more effective treatment. However, if the root of the tooth is also lost or infected, then other treatments will need to be implemented. Also, if the tooth has been lost for years, or very recently damaged, then other replacements may be needed.

Is it important to replace lost teeth?

Missing teeth can cause a list of unseen problems. The obvious downsides to a missing tooth are cosmetic, as there will be a noticeable gap in your teeth, which can make some people self-conscious about their smile. However, a missing tooth can also make your jaw misaligned, which can be perilous for your other teeth. This is because your jaw can put more strain on other teeth, as your bite will not be even. This is not an immediate problem, but over time it can erode your teeth, and cause a great deal of pain, and tooth erosion, can in turn put you more at risk of cavities. Therefore, if you are missing any teeth at any time, it is important to replace them, and if you are looking for crown and bridge work in Glasgow then we will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

Dental implants

Dental implants may be an option for lost teeth, it involves replacing the entire root with a titanium screw. Once the screw has been inserted, it is left for a period to allow the bone to grow into the implant. Dental implants are a relatively new treatment, and can be expensive. However, they are extremely sturdy and effective, and should last for a lifetime.


Crowns are an efficient way to replace a tooth that has been eroded, often due to decay. A crown will be fitted over your existing tooth, whether that be an existing tooth, or the root of the tooth where the natural crown has been damaged. If you are looking for crown and bridge work in Glasgow, then we have a fantastic team that are willing to help. The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry has an experienced, sympathetic team, all of whom are committed to dental quality. Excellence in dentistry also includes patient service, which we believe is a key component of any dental treatment.

Restorative Dentistry

Dentistry can sometimes be about rebuilding a lost smile, as opposed to fixing your current one. In some cases, teeth can be beyond repair and may need to be removed, and sometimes teeth may be broken or knocked out, and might need a replacement. It is important to remember that teeth should be replaced as soon as possible, as the jaw can be affected if there are teeth missing. If you are looking for crown and bridge work in Glasgow, then The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry is only too happy to restore your smile for you.

Crown and Bridge Work in GlasgowCrowns

A crown is necessary when replacing a single tooth and can be used on a variety of damaged teeth. A crown is effective when the tooth has been damaged due to decay, to the point where the tooth has been disfigured and can no longer be used effectively, but the root is still healthy. Often a part of the tooth will be drilled away to accommodate the crown, which is fitted over the healthy part of the enamel. The enamel is also drilled away slightly to provide a better surface for the adhesive to bond to. Crown and bridge work in Glasgow are available at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, so make sure to book in for a consultation, and we will be able to advise you on which is the best treatment for you. We pride ourselves in putting the patient’s priorities above all else, so we want to be as transparent as possible with our treatments, and make sure you have the best experience possible, as well as the most effective treatment.


Due to the nature of tooth decay, and poor dental health, if problems are not addressed immediately then several teeth can end up needing replacement. If you have multiple teeth that are missing or need a replacement in a row, then a bridge can be the best option for you. A bridge works in a similar way to a denture, however, is fixed like a crown, so you will not need to remove or maintain the bridge. Therefore, it is an extremely effective, and affordable way to replace several teeth at once, without having to undergo a specific treatment for each gap. The bridge will be anchored to existing teeth, or quite often a crown or dental implant on either side, to ensure that the bridge is secure.


Like bridges, dentures work to replace several teeth at once, without using multiple treatments. Dentures work to replace an entire row or set of teeth in one treatment. Dentures can also be secured with dental implants, so that they do not slip in your mouth, which can prove more effective than some adhesives. If you are looking for dentures, or crown and bridge work in Glasgow, then we will be able to offer you a wide range of treatments, and a team of qualified staff that will be able to assist you in any way that they can.

How do traditional and cosmetic braces in Glasgow differ?

If you are looking to straighten your teeth and improve your smile, you will soon find out that there is no shortage of solutions. Different types of braces can be used to achieve a beautifully aligned smile. However, they accomplish this in different ways.

braces-in-glasgowAt the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we use traditional braces as well as cosmetic braces in Glasgow in order to meet our patient’s needs. Both types of braces are effective and can fix quite a few teeth straightening problems; however, they look different and are suited to different types of dental problems. Our experienced dentists will examine your teeth carefully, evaluate the extent of your alignment issues and help you decide which type of braces in Glasgow is ideal for your individual needs.

What are traditional fixed braces?

Traditional metal braces are fixed to the teeth and use brackets and wires to align the teeth. Metal braces are very effective and can correct a wide variety of alignment issues by applying constant pressure to the teeth and their roots.

Metal braces can fix problems with the position and alignment of your teeth as well as problems with the way your bite comes together. These conventional braces can also solve problems with malocclusion and can create a harmonious smile.

What are cosmetic braces?

Cosmetic braces are generally more aesthetically appealing than regular braces. For instance, Quick Straight Teeth’s Q Removable aligners help move the teeth into their correct position through using a series of transparent, removable, plastic aligners. Quick Straight Teeth also offer a fixed braces system that is tooth-coloured for discretion and is designed to produce faster results by focusing only your front teeth.

Making the right choice

There are lots of different braces in Glasgow that can be used to give you a beautifully straight set of teeth. The best way to find out which is right for you is to book a consultation with one of our dentists at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry. We are here to answer all of your questions and ensure that you make the best choice possible.

Braces in Glasgow to suit anyone

When it comes to misaligned teeth, these days it’s not a case of one device fits all. Back in the day, people had a choice between clunky metal bracket and wire braces, or a removable aligner that worked on the front teeth only. But, over the past couple of decades there has been an explosion in the number of teeth straightening devices on the market.

Braces in GlasgowNow today, here at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we offer a range of different braces in Glasgow. Some are designed to deal with complex alignment issues but with an added twist, others for mild to moderate alignment issues. Some are made of metal, others of clear ceramic, still more from clear plastic.

Whatever your alignment issue, lifestyle and budget, there is bound to be a device to suit you.

The first thing to do if you want braces in Glasgow is to come into the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry for an initial consultation with one of our dentists. They can work out what needs to be done and then suggest a range of devices that are best suited to your needs.

Fixed versus removable braces in Glasgow

Basically, there are 2 types of braces: fixed and removable. If you are very disciplined in general then you can go for removable braces. These allow you to eat whatever you like because you take them out for eating and cleaning. Removable braces may not be such a good idea if you are a bit haphazard and liable to lose things. Not wearing your braces for at least 22 hours a day can result in the straightening process being interrupted. It takes 72 hours (3 days) for it to kick back into action, so every time you stop it, you add 3 days to your treatment time.

Discreet braces

Most people want braces that don’t totally take over their mouths. Today there is a wide range of discreet braces available, both fixed and removable.


Whatever braces you choose, you can expect to have to wear a retainer at the end of your treatment to keep your teeth in place.

Interesting facts about braces

Braces have been around for a long time, but they have changed a lot over the years. There are many different types of braces available now, each with their own advantages. If you are  considering getting braces in Glasgow, at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry we can talk you through the different types and advise which we think will work best for you.

braces-in-glasgowYou may think you know all about braces in Glasgow, but here are some interesting facts you may not be aware of.

Braces are older than you think

Modern braces have been around for almost 300 years, but evidence of orthodontic treatments have been found on ancient Egyptian mummies. The traditional braces that we know today were invented in 1928, by Dr Edward Angle.

Braces used to be made from gold

Early braces were made from gold, because it is a soft metal that is easy to mould and adjust. Unfortunately, it proved to be too soft, meaning patients were constantly returning to the dentist to have adjustments made. There is also the small matter of expense – can you imagine how much it would cost to have a mouthful of gold? With the invention of stainless steel, braces became much more affordable and accessible.

Braces are not magnetic

Don’t worry – if you get braces in Glasgow, your so-called friends won’t be able to attach magnets to your mouth. In a similar vein, braces won’t increase your likelihood of being struck by lightning, nor will they set off metal detectors or pick up radio signals.

You are never too old to have braces in Glasgow

Some people think that braces will only work on young people, but as long as your teeth are healthy, it is never too late for braces. Often people who wore braces as teenagers find that their teeth have shifted again over the years, and decide to have a second go at correcting them. It is important to look after your teeth once they have been treated, and a retainer can help make sure your adjustments aren’t compromised.

Invisible braces in Glasgow mean discreet alignment

Invisible braces may not seem possible, but there are a couple of different types of braces and aligners that are practically unnoticeable.