What is tooth whitening in Glasgow and why may I choose to undergo tooth whitening in Glasgow?

Tooth whitening is essentially a form of cosmetic dentistry that offers a relief from both extrinsic and intrinsic staining of the teeth. Tooth whitening can be done in a wide variety of  ways, including treatments at home. Within our dental clinic we offer the choice of both laser treatment whitening, as well as power bleaching. Power whitening is good in the way that it achieves almost sixty to seventy per cent of the final result within as little time as sixty to ninety minutes. This form of treatment means that the patient has to deal with less of the treatment themselves at home. We also offer home bleaching options which can be a huge advantage to patients who have a busy schedule, and hectic lifestyle.

Tooth Whitening in Glasgow

At our dental clinic we offer a wide range of  forms of tooth whitening in Glasgow Individuals who may choose to undergo this particular form of dental treatment may wish to increase their overall aesthetic appearance, along with their self-confidence. Some young individuals may particularly suffer from a low level of self-esteem and they may believe that having whiter teeth will increase their feelings of self-worth.

What causes teeth to become stained, and how can it be avoided?

Individuals who could be suffering from both extrinsic and intrinsic staining may wish to alter their lifestyle factors. Consuming highly pigmented foods such as curries, and red wine may increase their risk of suffering from discoloration of the teeth. An individual who smokes may also suffer from a low to high level of yellowing of the teeth, which can be resolved through a wide array of forms of teeth whitening.

What forms of teeth whitening do you offer at your dental clinic in Glasgow?

At our clinic we offer home whitening kits and we also offer tray whitening. If you wish to undergo whitening at our clinic we can offer a form of laser treatment whitening, as well as power bleaching.

How does home whitening work?

This process works by using fitted mouthguards at home, these contain a solution of ten per cent hydrogen peroxide which are then worn for around sixty to ninety minutes every single day.

How long does the home whitening process take?

The length of your dental treatment time all depends on whether you have completed one or both forms of treatments. If you have not completed the power whitening aspect then this form of treatment may take ten to fourteen days to complete. However, if you are an individual who has completed both power whitening in the dental office and at home whitening, then this process may take as little as five to seven days to complete.

How much does teeth whitening cost?

The price of teeth whitening can vary greatly between each individual surgery,and each individual case. At our surgery we offer finance plans in order to allow our patients to avoid a hefty and unwanted upfront cost.

What is teeth whitening and why may I choose to undergo teeth whitening in Glasgow?

Teeth whitening is essentially a form of cosmetic dentistry, which means it is unfortunately not available on the National Health Service. Cosmetic dentistry differs greatly from other forms (such as family or general dentistry) as it focusses solely and primarily on improving the aesthetic appearance of an individual’s smile. Some key examples which may come to mind when ‘cosmetic dentistry’ is heard may be teeth whitening, as well as veneers (wafer thin caps which are placed onto the teeth to improve the appearance of a person’s overall smile). An individual who may choose to undergo this form of cosmetic dentistry may wish to remove some discolouration of the teeth. Discolouration of the teeth can be caused by a variety of lifestyle factors. It may be common knowledge to you, but smoking can severely yellow teeth, therefore quitting smoking may reduce this staining. Consuming food and drink that is highly pigmented may also increase the chances of an individual experiencing discolouration of the teeth. Some examples of food and drinks that are highly pigmented include coffee, red wine, and curries.. An individual may not necessarily have discoloration or yellowing of the teeth if they choose to undergo teeth whitening, an individual may simply wish to improve their appearance, as well as their self-confidence.


Why choose us to undergo your teeth whitening in Glasgow?

Undergoing a form of dental or orthodontic treatment can be a large mental and financial investment for any individual. Every dental surgery or clinic can offer different benefits. All clinics have a varying price range, this is subject to the location and the severity of each individual case. We are proud to say we boast a wide array of dentistry awards and specialise in many dental fields. We have over one hundred years of experience, and over fifty years of specialised experience in dental implants. We have fitted over eight thousand dental implants for patients, and we are proud to say we are one of just fifty eight leading dental clinics in the world.

Are you easy to access?

As a dental surgery, we are able to offer free parking for anyone who chooses to undergo their dental treatment with us. We also offer easy access for disabled patients, so we make ourselves available to everyone when undergoing treatment with us. We are located less than five minutes away from the M8 which can be very convenient for a lot of our patients.

How expensive is tooth whitening in Glasgow, and is it available on the National Health Service?

All dental treatments differ greatly at each dental clinic, as does every individual’s case. This treatment is not normally covered by the NHS.

Do I have to pay for my teeth whitening dental treatment in one sum, or can I pay for my dental treatment monthly?

We offer a monthly payment plan, which means our patients can avoid a large initial payment, but instead have payments distributed into manageable instalments.

Why choose us?

With a dedicated team of dental experts with over 100 years of combined experience between us, it’s little wonder why over 800 dentists throughout the UK refer patients to us!


What’s in a name? Well, in our case, everything! The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry is one of Europe’s largest private centres for dentistry and one of only 58 leading dental centres in the world. We are proud to offer an unparalleled level of dental expertise, from comprehensive oral examinations, along with mouth cancer screening, we believe preventative dentistry is at the heart of good oral health. We specialise in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics, and our team strives to deliver the very best in patient care in their field of dental expertise.

There are many reasons why people might put off a visit to the dentist. Perhaps you are anxious about seeing a dentist or maybe you have just been too busy. However, good oral health is a vital part of our well-being. Regular check ups, along with mouth cancer screening, is an important part of maintaining optimum oral health. Mouth cancer is on the rise, and if it is detected, it is essential to treat it early or get a referral if necessary. It can be easily detected during an examination including mouth cancer screening, so if you have not been for a check up in a while, now would be the best time to get checked!

Here, at The Scottish Centre for Dental Excellence, we are a private practice and strive to deliver a first class dental service. Our team of dedicated and highly trained specialists are on hand to offer an unrivalled expertise in restorative dentistry, prosthodontics, implantology and orthodontics. We operate from a state-of-the-art facility in Glasgow and most of our patients are referred to us, but we also accept direct contact from patients looking to access specialised treatments, alongside mouth cancer screening. Most of our patients will have already received and completed a health questionnaire by the time they visit our facility. Upon entering our practice, you will discover that our staff are welcoming and are fully trained and experienced in putting you at ease. You will be given a thorough examination and mouth cancer screening by one of our team of specialists and given x-rays if required, however often we have already been sent x-rays by your referring dentist and if so we will review them with you. We will then advise you of the best treatment options available to you, along with the costs involved in getting you the smile you deserve. A detailed treatment plan will then be drawn up along with a predicted time scale. Your journey with us will be overseen by our treatment coordinator. We offer a range of easy payment options which are affordable and will allow you to spread the cost of treatment over months.

Why wait? There is no better time than today to get on the road to optimising your dental health and giving yourself that perfect smile you have always wanted.

Looking for a dentist in Scoltand who will exceed your expectations?

We are a dental practice, located in Glasgow, offering a high level of dental excellence. Our team are all experts in their field and are able to offer high quality service. From preventative dentistry, including mouth cancer screening, to implants and cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics; we have you covered.


 Why choose us?

In today’s hectic modern world, where so much emphasis is put on appearance and getting the whitest teeth possible, it is easy to overlook that healthy teeth and gums actually starts with good oral hygiene and visiting a well established dental practice. We all know that regular check ups at the dentist are essential for our oral health and here, at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we routinely give all of our patients a comprehensive oral examination, along with mouth cancer screening. Unfortunately, mouth cancer is on the increase, and regular mouth cancer screening is essential in detecting cancer early, so you can be treated or referred as soon as possible. Smoking and dental problems are linked to cancer, so if you are a smoker or have not been to the dentist for a while, then smoking cessation and a thorough dental examination, along with mouth cancer screening would be a sensible place to start.

Choose The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry if you are looking for a dentist who offers an unparalleled level of dental expertise. Our team of consultants, specialists and dentists, along with a dedicated team of support staff, place patient care at the very forefront of the practice. We offer a comprehensive range of treatments and over 800 dentists refer to us throughout the UK. Our specialist team provides cosmetic dentistry, including specialised whitening techniques, along with porcelain veneers. We also offer specialised implant dentistry, revolving around titanium implants, which anchor bridges crowns and dentures, and act pretty much act like our natural teeth . We also provide oral and facial surgery and orthodontic treatment.

If you do suffer from anxiety, or are particularly phobic about visiting the dentist, please let us know as we are experienced in treating patients who, for whatever reason, have become anxious about visiting the dentist. Upon entering our facility, you will be greeted by one of our friendly, experienced staff, who are experienced in making you feel relaxed and comfortable. In most cases you will have already filled out a health questionnaire so you will then be seen by one of our specialists for a thorough examination. Following this, we can discuss with you the treatment options available and, along with our specialist treatment coordinator, we will plan your journey with us. We are a private practice and offer a wide range of easy payment options which will allow you to spread the cost of your treatment, making the acquisition of that knock out smile more affordable than you could ever imagine!

Is it really possible to have same day teeth with all on 4 implants?

You may have heard of the phrase, ‘same-day teeth’, detailing a process in all on 4 implants in Glasgow that allow you to walk out of our dental practice on the same day with a completely functional, beautiful and natural new set of teeth.

All on 4 Implants in GlasgowNot only that, but your smile will no longer restrict you from laughing, chatting, smiling and eating the foods that you love. We understand that dentures can be restrictive at times and over time can cause you to lose the confidence that is critical to your social life.

There is no need for you to feel trapped by your smile that isn’t functioning as it should, with all on 4 implants in Glasgow, you can have your cake and eat it too!

How does it work?

Have you ever heard of a dental implant? They are widely used to replace missing teeth to create a long lasting and very effective tooth replacement. Dentists place a titanium rod directly into the jawbone and a crown or bridge is hung from this, leaving the patient with a natural and permanent alternative to false teeth.

Titanium is a material that bonds to the bone in the jaw as well as surrounding soft tissues. This unique trait makes it the perfect material to use for dentists who are looking to create permanent fixtures in the mouth, that they can rely on.

We only use the best materials available for any of our treatments so that you can rest assured knowing that you are given the best possible chance in having the healthiest smile that you deserve.

When it comes to denture stabilisation, we use four dental implants placed strategically around your mouth in order to create secure dentures that will not fail you. Your new teeth are attached using special mechanisms that mean that they will never slip or fall out of your mouth, but are easy to remove for cleaning when you want to.

What are the benefits of this treatment?

Alongside feeling a lot more confident with a smile that works for you, allowing you to eat the foods you love and laugh and talk with confidence, you can also benefit from a strengthened jawbone due to the nature of the materials that we use.

For patients who are nervous about the entire procedure, know that we understand your fears and can provide sedative options to help ease you through the entire process. You don’t have to be afraid of the dentist and these modern sedatives can ensure that you breeze through the procedure without even knowing you have been in surgery.

This minor surgical procedure can be done in the comfort of our dental practice, so you do not need to be transferred to a hospital or a different site in order to undergo the treatment process. It should be known that after care is immensely important to us for a swift recovery and we are always available to guide you through appropriate care and answer any questions that you may have regarding your own recovery.

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.

All on 4 implants can revolutionise your smile

For those of you who have found your dentures have become uncomfortable over the years,  leading you to miss out on opportunities (as you are concerned about potentially embarrassing yourself by losing your teeth whilst you laugh, smile or eat certain foods), you may be enthralled to discover the potential that all on 4 implants in Glasgow could have for you.

All on 4 Implants in GlasgowBy ensuring that dentures are stabilised in your mouth, you can rest assured knowing that they will not come out of your mouth until you want them to. This treatment is an efficient, fast and comfortable option that leaves you feeling like you have a full set of teeth again.

We are excited to be able to offer our patients this treatment, as we truly believe that it is a beneficial experience that can improve a patient’s life dramatically. There are a great number of ways in which we can achieve success together with all on 4 implants in Glasgow, depending on your personal situation.

What we can do for you

By coming in to see us, we can take a look at your individual case and discuss with you the many options that are available to you. It doesn’t matter whether you have recently decided that you are uncomfortable with your current situation or you have been suffering for years, we are confident that we can set you up with a treatment plan that will meet your needs in an ideal way.

Due to years of wearing dentures, or when a person has missing teeth, the jawbone naturally recedes, causing the face to prematurely age and appear sunken. This is because there is no longer the right kind of stimulation to activate cell regrowth in the jawbone. Only natural teeth and dental implants that mimic the tooth root can provide this stimulation and retain a strong and healthy jawbone.

As the jawbone recedes, patients find that their dentures no longer fit as comfortably as they once did. You may find that if your jawbone has receded that your dentures are slipping out when you speak or chew, or are rubbing uncomfortably in your mouth.

When we look at your current situation, we can determine whether you are immediately viable for the implant treatment or whether it is necessary for you to have prior treatment to prepare you for successful denture stabilisation.

By adding natural bone or synthetic tissue directly into your jaw, we can build up bone density to an appropriate amount in order for the replacement tooth root to be secure and for it to be able to securely hold your dentures.

It may take several months for the completion of the entire treatment should this prior course of action needs to take place, but the final results feel and look natural for our patients. Like with all things in life, good things take time and we ensure that we work through any obstacles that you may be facing precisely and accurately to ensure that you get the most out of your time with us.

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.


Replacing lost teeth

Losing teeth can be a traumatic experience, so we want to make sure that you are cared for, and that you have all the information that you need. If you are looking for crown and bridge work in Glasgow, and you are in need of a dentist, then The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry will be able to advise you on the best course of action, and supply you with an experienced dentist.

Crown and Bridge Work in GlasgowWhat is the best way to replace a tooth?

There is no best way to replace a tooth, as it all depends on the specifics of the loss. If the root of the tooth remains, then a crown may be appropriate, as a replacement can be built up from the remaining part of the tooth, therefore making it a faster and more effective treatment. However, if the root of the tooth is also lost or infected, then other treatments will need to be implemented. Also, if the tooth has been lost for years, or very recently damaged, then other replacements may be needed.

Is it important to replace lost teeth?

Missing teeth can cause a list of unseen problems. The obvious downsides to a missing tooth are cosmetic, as there will be a noticeable gap in your teeth, which can make some people self-conscious about their smile. However, a missing tooth can also make your jaw misaligned, which can be perilous for your other teeth. This is because your jaw can put more strain on other teeth, as your bite will not be even. This is not an immediate problem, but over time it can erode your teeth, and cause a great deal of pain, and tooth erosion, can in turn put you more at risk of cavities. Therefore, if you are missing any teeth at any time, it is important to replace them, and if you are looking for crown and bridge work in Glasgow then we will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

Dental implants

Dental implants may be an option for lost teeth, it involves replacing the entire root with a titanium screw. Once the screw has been inserted, it is left for a period to allow the bone to grow into the implant. Dental implants are a relatively new treatment, and can be expensive. However, they are extremely sturdy and effective, and should last for a lifetime.


Crowns are an efficient way to replace a tooth that has been eroded, often due to decay. A crown will be fitted over your existing tooth, whether that be an existing tooth, or the root of the tooth where the natural crown has been damaged. If you are looking for crown and bridge work in Glasgow, then we have a fantastic team that are willing to help. The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry has an experienced, sympathetic team, all of whom are committed to dental quality. Excellence in dentistry also includes patient service, which we believe is a key component of any dental treatment.