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.

The advantages of dental implants to replace missing teeth

More and more patients who have lost their natural teeth are choosing dental implants to replace them. Here at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, our skilled implant dentists have helped people of all ages to restore their smile with implants.

dental implants1As well as providing a natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing result, there are several other advantages gained from treatment with dental implants. Here, we look at how implants can have a positive impact on your health.

The closest thing to natural teeth

Many patients visiting our Glasgow dental practice are distressed about losing their natural teeth and are looking for a solution that restores function as well as appearance.

Dental implants do both. They are the closest thing to natural teeth and, with proper care and regular visits to your dentist and hygienist, will last you upwards of 25 years. They integrate directly with your jaw bone, acting like the roots of your natural teeth. This means that they provide a firm support for replacement teeth – dentures, crowns or bridges – enabling you to bite and chew a full and healthy diet.

This is a particular benefit for patients who have been wearing traditional unsecured dentures for some time, who find that their diet may be restricted to soft foods.

Preventing bone loss and facial sagging

Another advantage of dental implants is that, because they integrate with your jaw bone, they help to prevent the problems of bone loss and associated skin sagging that plague patients wearing unsecured dentures.

At our Glasgow centre we can help patients who have already suffered bone loss and facial sagging with a combination of bone grafts, dental implants and facial rejuvenation treatments, to give you back a more youthful appearance.

Please contact us for more information or to book a consultation appointment.

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.

Prosthodontics: how crown and bridge-work can restore your smile

A prosthodontist is a dentist who performs crown and bridge work, as well as dentures, to replace patients’ missing teeth. At our Glasgow dental practice, the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, our team of prosthodontists are highly skilled at creating restorations for patients of all ages who have lost or damaged their natural teeth.

crownsDenture, crown and bridge-work is carried out here at our Glasgow practice (the bases of some of our all-ceramic crowns are sometimes made in a specialist lab in Sweden before being shipped back to us to be finished to our exacting standards). Our prosthodontists create traditional crowns, bridges and dentures along with those that are supported by dental implants.

What crown and bridge-work can do for you

Crowns are sometimes described as caps placed over the top of weakened or damaged teeth. When a single tooth is replaced with a dental implant, a crown will be used to complete the restoration, resulting in an entirely natural-looking, natural-looking false tooth.

They can be used to restore front or back teeth. Your dentist will ensure that your crown looks just like a real tooth, so nobody will notice the restoration. Crowns may be used for aesthetic reasons during smile makeovers, but are most commonly used to add strength to a weakened or worn tooth – particularly teeth with large fillings and those that have had root canal treatment.

At our Glasgow dental practice we use porcelain, porcelain fused to precious metal, and gold to create our crowns. Your dentist will help you to choose the best option for your needs.

Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Conventional bridges use crowns on adjacent teeth for support, whilst adhesive bridges use wings attached to adjacent teeth. It is also possible to fix a bridge with a dental implant when two or more adjacent teeth are missing.

The benefits of dental implants

Many people know that dental implants are a great solution for replacing teeth – but did you know that they also come with health benefits? At the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, based in Glasgow, our skilled implant dentists have helped many patients to restore their smiles.

Dental implants: an overview

Dental implantsdental-implants are titanium screws that your dentist places in your jaw bone. In essence, they are replacements for the root part of a missing tooth. New teeth can then be attached on top in the form of dentures, bridges or crowns, depending on how many teeth you are missing and on your personal preference.

At the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, our implant dentists can use dental implants to restore one, several or all of your teeth. They can even treat complex cases, such as patients who have suffered bone loss and require a bone graft or sinus lift.

What are the benefits of implants?

Dental implants are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth; with a good dental hygiene regime and regular check-ups, they will last you for many years, maybe even a lifetime.

Implants are made of titanium, which is highly compatible with the human body. It supports bone growth, so helps to prevent the common problem of bone loss that often occurs when teeth have been missing for some time. In addition, this helps to prevent the skin around the jaws from sagging, which can give a prematurely aged appearance to the face.

New teeth will not become loose the way that unsecured dentures can, meaning you can enjoy a full, healthy diet. There is also no need for work on any remaining teeth, unlike with traditional bridges.

To book an implant consultation at our Glasgow practice, get in touch today.

Options for using dental implants to replace all your teeth

If you have lost all of your natural teeth, dental implants are an ideal option to replace them. At the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry our implant dentists have helped many patients just like you to replace their missing teeth. Our centre is based in Glasgow but we welcome patients from across Scotland.

Why dental implants?

Dental implantsdental implants are the only permanent solution to missing teeth. They are small titanium screws that your dentist places directly in your jaw bone. There they integrate with the bone and provide a firm, permanent base on to which your new teeth are attached.

Unlike other options, such as unsecured dentures, implants promote bone growth and help to prevent the problems of bone loss and gum shrinkage. This means that the restorations (new teeth) attached to them will not become loose and unwieldy in the way that traditional dentures often do.

Options for patients missing all their natural teeth

At the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow our implant dentists offer two forms of artificial teeth for patients who need all their natural teeth replaced: a fixed bridge or fixed dentures.

Fixed bridge

Fixed bridges are a common option for patients with several or all of their teeth missing. Your dentist will place multiple dental implants and will attach a fixed bridge on to them.

One implant can support a small number of new teeth in bridge form. The exact number of implants required will vary from patient to patient, and your dentist will be able to advise you how many you will need when you come for a consultation at our Glasgow practice.

Fixed dentures

With fixed dentures your dentist will place two to four dental implants in your jaw and will attach your dentures using bar or socket and ball fixings. You will still be able to remove your dentures to clean them.