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.