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.

Retainers

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.

 

Dental procedures that will give you straighter teeth in six months in Glasgow

What was once considered impossible in dentistry is now a reality; if you are looking to get straighter teeth in six months in Glasgow, this is now achievable.

Straighter Teeth in Six Months in GlasgowHaving straighter teeth does not necessarily mean that your teeth are no longer misaligned. If your teeth are severely crooked or you have prominent gaps, then resolving these common dental occurrences will also give you a straighter looking smile too.

However, if you need straighter teeth in a bit of a hurry, there is now the option to have the straightening process accelerated, meaning you will feel happier and more confident in no time at all.

Why would I need my teeth straightened quickly?

Traditionally, misaligned or crooked teeth could take up to or exceed, 5 years to correct with the standard, metal braces. This had an enormous impact on the wearer’s life and could cause issues with confidence, dental hygiene and could be painful.

Today, dentists have the technology and skills to be able to create straighter teeth in a shorter time period using a range of different techniques that do not waste time.

Often, patients require straighter teeth in six months in Glasgow if they are getting married, graduating from university, attending a landmark event or simply because they just want the work completed quicker.

How is it achieved?

The idea of having a straighter smile in six months may be too good to be true, so many patients are wary that there is an awful catch in the treatment somewhere. This is not the case however, and at our dental surgery to get straighter teeth in six months in Glasgow, we typically use two methods to give you your dream smile in 6 months or less.

 

QuickStraightTeeth™ 

Quick Straight Teeth’s Q Removable Braces can straighten your teeth in as little as 4-24 weeks using, discreet, clear, removable braces. Unlike traditional metal braces, Q Removable Braces are able to be removed and so, your dental hygiene or food consumption will not be affected during the process of your treatment.

With these treatment options, our patients have reported incredible results to us and have achieved that straighter smile just in time for that wedding or party.

If you want a straighter smile in six months, contact us today.

Now that you need dental implants

You may be wondering what you may be letting yourself in for, in terms of what the treatment actually entails.

Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we take our dental implant patients through a treatment journey that usually takes a few months, and, depending on their oral and jawbone health, can take a bit longer. But don’t worry, as millions of people around the world can testify, dental implants are well worth the wait.

Dental Implants in GlasgowThe consultation

Every dental implant journey starts with an in-depth examination of your mouth and your jawbone. We need to carefully plan your treatment and make sure that your jawbone can cope with the implants. If it has lost size and density, it won’t be able to withstand the insertion process or cope with the multidirectional forces that chewing entails.

If we think that your jawbone has deteriorated, then we will recommend a bone graft or sinus lift to augment the bone. This preparatory treatment needs time to bed in and can add on a few months to your treatment journey.

If everything else is ok, we will then use x-rays and scans to plan where to site the implants, avoiding nerves and blood vessels.

The procedure

All that careful planning makes for easier insertion. This is a procedure that takes place under local anaesthetic. People are often pretty daunted at the idea of implant surgery, but you shouldn’t be. We are happy to offer you sedation so that you can completely relax, maybe even doze off, while we put in your implants.

Healing

Implants take a few months to integrate with your jawbone. During this time, the bone will be growing new tissue all over the implant. This will hold the implant firmly in place.

The crown

Unless you are having same day teeth, we will fit the hand-crafted crowns on after the integration process. You will now be able to eat and drink whatever you like.

Check-ups

It’s important to have regular implant check-ups. Plaque can affect implants and we need to make sure you don’t fall victim to implant-related gum disease.

Reap the benefits of regular hygiene visits

Just as you can never expect the dust in your house to suddenly stop appearing, so you can also never expect your mouth to stop producing plaque.

Your mouth is home to billions of bacteria. Some are good, some are harmless. Very occasionally you will get some that are downright harmful. But one thing is for sure, even though you will swallow billions of them every day in your saliva, and even though you will brush away billions of them too, they will be back.

Benefits of Regular Hygiene VisitsIt’s what bacteria do. They feed and they reproduce. Some of them, like Streptococcus mutans, love to feed on the sugars and starches that remain in your saliva. They are part of the digestive process that starts with using saliva to break down your food in your mouth before swallowing it.

However, as well as feeding and reproducing, Strep. mutans also gives off acids. And the more there is for it to feast on, the more acids it will produce.

As part of the sticky film of plaque on your teeth, what this means is that the film is gently oozing acids directly onto your tooth enamel and your gums. If you leave plaque for more than 3 days, it hardens into a chalky material we call tartar. You can’t brush that away. It sits there, oozing acids. These acids corrode your tooth enamel to create the right conditions for decay. They also attack and inflame the gums, starting the long, slow process of gum disease.

This is why, at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we are so keen that you keep up good oral hygiene at home and also why we can’t stress enough how important it is to have regular dental hygiene visits. The hygienist has the right tools to remove that chalky tartar and plaque, generally in places you can’t get to so well with a brush or floss. The hygienist can also give you great brushing tips and make sure you are using the best tools for the job.

Please don’t skip the hygiene visits, they are the foundation of good dental health.

The benefits of regular hygiene visits

If you want to have strong, healthy teeth for your lifetime, then you need to be disciplined about your oral health routine.

There are several parts to having good oral health. Some parts of that routine happen every day, twice a day. You brush your teeth for 2 minutes using fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush. Once a day you floss around your teeth to remove trapped food and also plaque from under the gumline.

Dental Hygiene in GlasgowThere are other parts to your oral health routine that don’t happen so often. The check-up and deep clean are more likely to be a twice-yearly occurrence, unless your dentist at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow has told you to come more often.

It can be tempting to decide not to bother with regular hygiene visits. They take time and effort and cost money. And for what? Well, let’s take a look at the benefits of regular hygiene visits.

Removing the build-up of plaque and tartar

Even though you brush your teeth really carefully, you are bound to miss some areas of plaque, mostly because you can’t get at them with your brush. After about 3 days, the plaque hardens into tartar, and this cannot be removed with a toothbrush. It needs to be scraped over with the hygienist’s special tools.

Removing all the areas of tartar that you have missed means that you no longer have patches that are giving off acids. If you leave these undisturbed, they will be leaching acids straight onto your tooth enamel and gums, and will do so until the hygienist removes them.

Removing staining

When the hygienist gets to have a go at your teeth, you will get any residual staining removed too. You emerge with cleaner, brighter teeth and will feel better about your smile.

Education

The hygienist can also help spot areas where you can brush up on your cleaning techniques and give you tips on what brushes and flosses to use.

Regular hygiene visits mean cleaner, brighter teeth and an improved cleaning technique. Put like that, it makes sense to have regular visits.

Dentures that don’t have a life of their own

One big problem with dentures is that they start out fitting well, but over time, they become loose and start to slide back and forth on the gums. This can make eating hard, and it can also stop people being spontaneous in how they express themselves.

May be this is where you are with your dentures. Are you finding that messy dental adhesives are not actually helping to keep your dentures stable? Are you being very careful about how you laugh or eat? That’s not a great way to have to live.

Implant Retained Dentures in GlasgowRock solid dentures

There is a way that we can make sure your dentures stay put, and that is by stabilising them on top of dental implants. Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we regularly transform people’s lives by fitting them with implant-retained dentures.

Here’s how they work:

We can either take your existing dentures and customise them with a bar so that they can fit onto dental implants, or we can make you a new set that are designed to fit on dental implants.

Often, when we make new implant-retained dentures, we are able to use cobalt chromium to put the crowns onto. We can use very thin strips of this metal, so your dentures will take up less room in your mouth. The metal also conducts heat, so you get back the sensations of heat and cold, which are such an important part of enjoying food and drinks.

The dentures fit onto attachments on your dental implants. You still take them out at night to clean, and to rest your gums. Because your dentures are now firmly anchored to your jawbone, you get so much more chewing power than when they were resting on your gums.

The procedure

We can carry out the procedure in one day under a local anaesthetic. We use special dental implants for this purpose and it is often possible to put them into your jawbone right through your gum, instead of having to cut a flap and lift it up. This is much better as far as healing is concerned.

Why not give us a call to find out how we can help you.

Wave goodbye to wobbly dentures

Modern dentures are so much more comfortable and realistic looking than those our grandparents had to wear. Whether you have full or partial dentures, they can really be a godsend if you have lost teeth.

Implant Retained Dentures in GlasgowHowever, no matter how great they look or feel, after a while your dentures are probably not going to fit as well as they did when they were first made. It’s not that your dentures have been badly made, it’s the natural process of shrinking that happens to your jawbone and gums when you no longer have tooth roots.

Tooth roots and the jawbone

Tooth roots no only stabilise the teeth, they also act as transmitters. Every time the teeth come together, the impact sends vibrations down into the surrounding jawbone. This tells the bone cells that the teeth are still in action and the jawbone needs to be strong and dense to support them. Take away the tooth roots and the bone cells no longer receive that message.

The cells interpret that lack of vibration to mean that there’s no more chewing going on and they can dissolve themselves. The bone melts away, losing up to 25% of its size and density in the first year alone after tooth loss.

This is why your dentures no longer fit, but there is a way to stabilise them and to look after your jawbone and that’s by getting implant-retained dentures.

What are implant-retained dentures?

These are dentures that have special attachments on their undersides. They go onto mini implants that are inserted through your gums into your jawbones in a procedure that typically takes less time than normal dental implants because there is no need to lift the gum to put them in.

Implant-retained dentures still come out at night, so you can rest your gums and give your dentures a good clean and a soak. But during the day, you will find you have way more chewing power. You will be able to eat foods that have been off limits since you got dentures.

Plus, you will relax in your daily interactions, knowing that your dentures won’t let you down. Come on in to find out more.

Feel confident this Mother’s Day

It’s great being a mum, but no one is ever going to tell you that it’s not extremely tiring at times. You don’t get enough sleep for many years and during the day, you never stop rushing around getting things done. No wonder if all that activity and lack of sleep is starting to show on your face.

And in today’s society, looking worn out has never been so easy to solve, with a variety of facial aesthetics treatments available.

Feel Confident this Mothers DayFacial aesthetics treatments are different from cosmetic surgery or face creams. The various treatments can make a visible difference in just a few days, but the changes don’t last forever. This means that if you don’t like what you see, you just have to wait a few months and the treatment will wear off.

So, why not give facial aesthetics a go this year in time for Mother’s Day? Facial aesthetics could make you feel and look great for the rest of the spring and summer, unlike a box of chocolates and a bunch of flowers, which will be all gone in just a week or two.

Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we offer facial aesthetics treatments alongside our cosmetic dental treatments.

If you want to try facial aesthetics for the first time, it’s worth coming in for a consultation with our cosmetic doctor Sameena Rashid. Sameena is a general surgeon, who has been working in facial aesthetics since 2010.

As well as Botox to soften lines and dermal fillers to plump out wrinkles and fill in hollows, we also offer various treatments to enhance your skin quality.

We have treatments that use radio waves to stimulate the production of collagen deep in your skin. It will tighten loose and sagging skin and is particularly useful in tightening up loose jowls and the neck.

We also offer TiteFx, a treatment to reshape the contours of your body by tightening them up. It’s great for the abdomen, arms, buttocks, knees and thighs.

Why not come on in and see what we can do to boost your confidence for Mother’s Day?