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.


Feel confident this Mother’s Day in Glasgow

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.

Mother’s Day in GlasgowFacial softening

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.

Dermal fillers

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.

Lip augmentation

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.

No need to do impressions with us!

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.

Impression Free Dentistry in GlasgowThe 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.

Cosmetics vs Orthodontics

Looking to improve your smile?

For most dental problems there is usually a solution, the most common complaint we hear every day from patients is they want straighter more cosmetically attractive teeth, if you have done your research you will find that there are two main ways to straighten teeth: Veneers and braces, each have their own advantages and disadvantages.


Veneers are designed to cover up unsightly teeth and reshape them creating that “perfect“ smile. This can be a quick fix and improved within as little as two appointments.
One large drawback to veneers is that they are irreversible the tooth has to be prepped to create a canvas for the veneers to fit well and to look natural. Over time the gum may recede creating a gap between the veneer and the gum line which will require further work.


Why choose braces over the quick and easy veneer option?
Yes you are looking for a cosmetic improvement and braces may take months even years unlike the veneer option, don’t let that put you off there are many different types of braces, lingual which are behind your teeth, metal which are silver brackets glued to the front of the teeth or there is clear brackets, these are still glued to the front of the teeth but are not as cosmetically challenging to the eye.
So why choose braces? Braces do more than just cosmetically change your teeth, they can align your teeth and jaws which functionally make eating better; they can also move teeth so you have easier access to clean the surface of the teeth which in turn reduces the anxiety of decay forming in those hard to reach areas. With such advantages there are disadvantage which is to maintain you new lovely straight teeth you would need the aid of a retainer which would need to be worn for the foreseeable future to maintain the teeth’s straightness.

Patient Testimonial

Orthodontic braces- Yannis and Ashley put me completely at ease throughout my 7 months of orthodontic treatment. The staff on reception always greeted me with a smile, and couldn’t be more helpful (even when I was late for every appointment!). I am absolutely delighted with the results. I can’t wait to show off my new smile!

Regular hygiene visits: essential to your dental health

Having good dental health doesn’t just mean regular visits to the dentist. The dental hygienist also plays a vital role in ensuring your teeth and gums stay in excellent condition. Generally speaking, it is recommended you visit the hygienist at least every six months, although some people will need to come in more frequently – for example if you have a condition that needs monitoring – and you should always abide by what your dentist or hygienist says.

dental-hygieneThink “hygienist” and most people think of a scale and polish, a professional tooth-cleaning procedure designed to remove any plaque or tartar from your teeth. This can also help to remove tooth staining without the need for whitening treatment.

However, in actual fact the hygienist does a lot more than just cleaning your teeth. Regular hygiene visits are important in the fight against gum disease (which your hygienist can also help to treat), which is one of the most common causes of tooth loss in adults in the UK.

A dental hygienist will also furnish you with customised advice on your home cleaning regime. This can include the right type of toothbrush for your needs, the correct brushing technique, and use of specialist devices such as interdental brushes to clean between your teeth effectively.

Dental hygiene appointments are important for patients of all ages. Your hygienist can give dietary advice to help you to eat a healthy diet that benefits your overall wellbeing as well as your dental health. For young patients, dietary and brushing advice will be presented in an engaging and age-appropriate manner, which can help your children to enjoy good oral health for life.

They hygienist can also help with common dental problems such as bad breath, which are frequently caused by gum disease, plaque and tartar build-up. To get your dental health back into prime condition, book a hygiene visit at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry today.

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