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.