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.

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.


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!

How invisible orthodontics is helping adults improve their smiles

When they hear the word orthodontics, many people automatically think of traditional metal and wire braces that children and teenagers often wear. While we find these appliances are very popular with younger people, who enjoy being able to customise their braces with a wide selection of coloured wires for an individual look, at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we also appreciate that many adults who want straighter teeth don’t want to wear obvious metal braces.

invisible-orthodonticsInvisible orthodontics takes the well-established principles of traditional orthodontic treatment and revitalises them for the modern age. At our Glasgow dental practice, our team of dentists and orthodontists have many discreet devices at their disposal, enabling them to provide treatment that is invisible or near-invisible for maximum discretion.

Fixed or removable appliances

The best treatment option for you will depend on the type and amount of correction needed. At the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, our dentists will carefully assess your needs before recommending the best fixed or removable appliances.

Fixed appliances

Braces remain the most common treatment in orthodontics. They are effective at treating mild, moderate and more severe orthodontic conditions.

Patients at our Glasgow practice who are interested in discreet braces have several options to choose from.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces work the same way as standard braces, but are attached to the rear surfaces of the teeth, so nobody will be able to see them. These are a good option for patients who need a higher degree of correction, as they can treat even severe orthodontic issues invisibly.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces use clear or tooth-coloured wires and brackets, attached to the front of the teeth. They are highly discreet and nearly invisible.

Removable appliances

Clear aligners are one of the most popular treatments in modern orthodontics. They have the added benefit of being removable, so you can take them out to eat and to clean.

The many advantages of orthodontics – more than just a beautiful smile

When most people think about orthodontics, they think about traditional metal and wire braces commonly worn by teenagers. However, at the Scottish Centre for Dentistry in Glasgow, we are keen to point out that orthodontic treatment can benefit patients of all ages. What’s more, it has several advantages on top of the most obvious one – a beautiful smile. Our orthodontist has undertaken advanced training and is a registered specialist with the General Dental Council.

orthodonticsOrthodontics deals with the alignment of teeth and with how the jaws meet together. The specialist orthodontist at our Glasgow dental practice can correct a huge number of issues with dental and facial irregularities, using braces or aligners.

What are the health benefits of orthodontics?

There are several additional health benefits gained from orthodontic treatment. A beautiful smile can have a huge impact on your self-confidence, improving interactions in your personal and professional life.

Orthodontics can also fix problems with alignment, making it easier for you to bite and chew food and so to enjoy a healthy diet.

Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, as food particles can often get trapped between crooked teeth, allowing plaque bacteria to build up. It is this bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease. Because straighter teeth are easier to keep clean, regular brushing and flossing combined with regular dentist and hygienist appointments helps to prevent this.

What are the treatment options?

The specialist orthodontist at our Glasgow dental practice offers a wide range of treatment options. The best one for you will depend on the amount and type of correction needed, and on your personal preference.

Teenagers often opt for metal braces, which come with a selection of coloured wires for the ultimate personalisation. Adults and those looking for more discreet treatment may choose ceramic braces, which use tooth-coloured or clear brackets and wires.

Invisible orthodontics includes lingual braces, attached to the back of your teeth, and clear aligners, which fit over your teeth.

Straighten your teeth discreetly with invisible orthodontics

Orthodontics is the specialist branch of dentistry that deals with the alignment of the teeth and with the bite – the way the jaws meet together. Orthodontists are dentists who have undergone further advanced training in this area. At our Glasgow dental practice our orthodontist diagnoses, prevents and treats a range of dental and facial irregularities to improve your teeth in terms of appearance and function.

orthodonticsAt the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we know that many adults would like straighter teeth, but do not want to wear conventional metal braces for an extended period of time. That’s why we offer discreet orthodontics – devices that have been specifically designed to improve the appearance and/or function of your teeth without being immediately obvious.

Invisible orthodontics

Our orthodontist has several discreet or invisible options available. If you are interested in orthodontics but don’t want to wear a metal brace, our orthodontist will carefully examine your teeth and will run through the pros and cons of all the available options to you, enabling you to make an informed choice about your treatment.

Ceramic braces

Braces, comprising wires and brackets, are the core of orthodontics and can correct a wide range of aesthetic and functional problems. Ceramic braces use clear or tooth-coloured brackets and wires to gently move your teeth into a more desirable position. They are highly discreet because they are not immediately obvious. They are popular with adults and teenagers at our Glasgow dental practice.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces work in the same way as conventional braces, but are attached to the back or lingual side of your teeth. Nobody will be able to see them, so your treatment is truly invisible.

Clear aligners

Clear aligners are removable devices that fit snugly over your teeth to move them into a new position. They are best for mild to moderate corrections.