Life beyond crooked teeth

We would all love a beautiful smile but, for so many people, the day starts badly because they are disappointed with what they see in the mirror. Having straighter teeth can make social interactions feel more enjoyable and you may even love having your photograph taken, rather than shying away from it. Maybe your smile could do with a bit of help, but you have always thought that corrective treatments are time consuming, costly, obtrusive or uncomfortable. At Park Orthodontics, we use a great technique called Six Month Smiles in Glasgow, which works very quickly. While the visible benefits of a beautiful smile will be hard to miss, for our patients in Glasgow, Six Month Smiles has also improved their oral health and saved them money due to shorter treatment times.

Treatment for modern lifestyles

Many people are interested in Six Month Smiles in Glasgow because they need to have their teeth straightened rapidly. With this technique, the whole process takes between four and nine months, but most of our patients who have chosen to have this technique have achieved the results they want in around half a year. The brackets are virtually invisible and the wires are tooth-coloured, so you do not need to worry about ugly braces.

How does Six Months Smiles in Glasgow work?

The treatment works on just the front teeth, which are visible when you smile, and this is why you can have your new look so quickly. The first step is a consultation with our dentists to see if Six Month Smiles in Glasgow can help you. When we start treatment, we check your teeth thoroughly, taking impressions and photographs to ensure that your teeth and gums are sound. We also use this information to make braces that will fit your mouth properly and move your teeth in the correct way. During the treatment, we check progress every month and adjust if necessary. When your teeth are in the correct position and you are happy with the results, a night-time retainer keeps them where they need to be.

To find out more about Six Month Smiles in Glasgow, do get in touch with our friendly team today.

Getting the right treatment for you

The thing about braces is that we can easily be led to believe that teeth straightening is somehow easier and quicker than it used to be, that research and technological advances have made teeth move faster. But that’s not actually the case, despite the claims of some braces manufacturers.

Teeth straightening is still a complex process that can only happen at one speed, and it is a good idea to see an orthodontist in Glasgow if you are thinking of having treatment.

An orthodontist in Glasgow, such as at Park Orthodontics, has been completed at least 3 years extra training to be able to deal with complex alignment issues, either in the teeth or the bite, or both. Our practice was set up in 1972 to deal only with orthodontics, so we really know our stuff when it comes to teeth straightening.

Unlike a general dentist, we know all the pros and cons of the various alignment systems on the market, and when you come to us for a consultation, we can advise you on the best system for you, and make sure you get good value for money.

For example, if you’ve had teeth extracted, then aligners won’t be the best system to control the remaining teeth and get them exactly where you want them. Also, clear ceramic brackets are great, but they can discolour over time, and can break. These are the kind of things that it is our job to know and tell you about when you are making your choice.

Your journey with us

When you come to see a Glasgow orthodontist at Park Orthodontics, you can expect a detailed consultation, where your teeth and jaw will be examined and your treatment options, including risks and benefits, outlined. We will explain the different types of braces to you and give you estimates of how long treatment will take. We will also talk to you about retainers, and whether you will need to wear them for the rest of your life to keep the teeth in their new positions. We will give you a written treatment plan, including costs, and will never hurry you into a decision.

Say goodbye to traditional braces

It wasn’t very long ago that the reality of braces meant a mouthful of wires and elastic as well as discomfort whenever it was time for a regular adjustment at the dentist. Back then, brace treatments also often included pulling out teeth and using expanders to widen the palate. But times have changed, and there is now a variety of options available for your braces in Glasgow, including the Damon System at Park Orthodontics.

How are Damon braces in Glasgow different from traditional braces?

Unlike traditional fixed braces, Damon braces use a passive self-tightening system. The wires are held in place by a sliding mechanism. This will allow for more freedom of movement and eliminates the need for tightening by your dentist which many of our patients dread.

The wires used in Damon braces in Glasgow are also lighter than traditional wires. As your teeth gradually glide into place, successively thicker wires made of stainless steel are used. This means that the teeth can move faster and fewer adjustments will be necessary.

As well as this, with traditional braces, elastics tend to be a gathering place for plaque. Even with careful oral brushing, flossing and using interdental brushes, this can result in the erosion of the enamel around the bracket. Erosion can leave permanent marks on the teeth when the brackets come off. Damon braces are easier to keep clean, resulting in less hassle for our patients.

The Damon System is also appropriate for both children and adults alike. Increasingly, our adult patients are choosing to have these modern braces in Glasgow to order to improve their appearance.

The material used for your Damon braces is also highly resistant to the staining caused by certain foods and drinks, such as coffee or wine.

As if this wasn’t enough, we can even offer clear Damon brackets for our patients who are concerned about presenting a professional image to the world. No longer will you need to worry about the physical look of fixed braces, as this can be a thing of the past with the help of Park Orthodontics. Why not give us a call today?

A whole new way to realign teeth

If you have been thinking about getting your teeth straightened but have never liked the idea of months and months of brackets and wires cemented to your teeth, making it hard to eat what you like and to keep your teeth clean, then you will be glad to know there is now another way to get your teeth straightened. It’s called Invisalign. In Glasgow, Invisalign is available from us at Park Orthodontics.

A little bit of history

There’s nothing like an innovator. The name who brought teeth straightening into the 21st century is Zia Christie. In 1997, he was a Stanford University student who’d just gotten his teeth straightened. He was at the retainer stage, wearing a mouth guard-shaped retainer at night, when he realised that if a mouth guard could keep his teeth in place over night, it could probably straighten them as well.

He got together with some other Stanford students, to create the system that uses computer aided design programmes and 3D printing to make incremental aligners that push the teeth into position. That system: Invisalign.

Why Invisalign is so popular

In Glasgow, Invisalign is popular for reasons beyond the way it is made. People like Invisalign because the aligners are so thin, at 0.3 millimetres, that they are more or less invisible when they are snapped into place over the teeth. This is great for adults who do not want the fact that they are having their teeth straightened to become a talking point — such as people in public-facing jobs, who don’t want to have the braces conversation with hundreds of customers every week.

Invisalign is also popular because the aligners are removable. They don’t get in the way during meals, or when cleaning your teeth. You only keep them in to drink water, so that the plastic does not become discoloured. A pleasing side-effect of this is that many users find they lose weight with Invisalign because the aligners cut out mindless snacking and coffee drinking.

On average in Glasgow, Invisalign takes about a year to realign the teeth. Each aligner is worn for about 2 weeks and the number of them used during treatment is usually between 12 and 48.

Definitely one of our most popular brands

When adults decide to bite the proverbial bullet and get their teeth straightened, they usually have a few provisos. Top of the list of must-have requirements from their teeth straightening system is speed, closely followed by discretion. No one wants to spend years with a mouth dominated by so much metal that they look as if they have a railway junction in their mouth.

At Park Orthodontics in Glasgow, Six Month Smiles are definitely one of our most popular teeth straightening products. This is because they are both fast — the name’s a bit of a give-away in that respect — and discreet.

Six Month Smiles explained

In Glasgow, Six Month Smiles takes, on average, just 6 months to realign your teeth with Park Orthodontics, but it could be as little as 4 months, or as many as 9. It all depends on your particular issues. The reason it is so much faster than traditional braces is that Six Month Smiles in Glasgow is designed to realign the teeth only, and not the jaw. It’s the jaw realignment that can take years. Six Month Smiles are also aimed at the front 6 social teeth, which have fewer roots than the molars, and so are easier to move about in the jawbone.

As the forces needed to move just the teeth are much gentler, it means that the braces themselves are much smaller. The brackets are smaller and are made of clear ceramic, helping them to blend into your teeth. They are strung together with tooth-coloured wire, which also blends in.

If you are interested in using Six Month Smiles in Glasgow to realign your teeth, then the first thing to do is book an appointment with us at Park Orthodontics. We have been realigning teeth in Glasgow for decades now, and so will only recommend Six Month Smiles if we think it is the right treatment that will do the best job of realigning your teeth.

At the end of your treatment with Six Month Smiles in Glasgow, you will need to wear a retainer. This can be a fixed retainer that is bonded to the backs of your teeth, or a removable retainer, which you wear at night.

Dedicated to straighter teeth

If you are worried about crooked teeth and how they affect your appearance, you may have considered seeing an orthodontist in Glasgow. Park Orthodontics has been established since 1972 and we are proud to have been the first Glasgow orthodontist. Our experienced team is still just as dedicated today in helping you achieve straighter teeth, whether you are an NHS or private patient. We have such a good reputation and track record that we take referrals from other practices. You can rest assured that we will spend time with you to find out exactly what you want to achieve and that, whatever you choose, the work will be carried out to the highest standard.

Do braces have to be metal?

Many people who missed out on corrective treatment as a child are put off as an adult due to a misconception that braces are ugly, uncomfortable, time-consuming or hard to get used to. New techniques mean that this is no longer true and there are a range of braces to suit every requirement. Patients who use us as their orthodontist in Glasgow have benefitted from new braces which are faster, more comfortable and less obtrusive than ever before. Fixed appliances suit some people while others prefer a removeable option. Your choice will also need to take account of the severity of your misalignment and what your lifestyle is. Many people with professional and social engagements prefer a very discreet approach and there are a range of clear plastic aligners or ceramic tooth-coloured brackets that make braces less visible.

Why have straighter teeth?

Correcting the position of your teeth not only enhances your smile, it also contributes to excellent oral health by making them easier to clean. This is because there are fewer gaps in which plaque can accumulate. Properly aligned teeth are also more stable as they do not allow your other teeth to drift into the gaps. Investing in treatment from a skilled Glasgow orthodontist in our team is a gift to yourself as you can enjoy an attractive smile and a healthy future.

Join the hundreds of people who trust us as their orthodontist in Glasgow and make an appointment to see how we can help you.

A centre dedicated to braces in Glasgow

People who don’t know much about dentistry might imagine that teeth straightening is a simple job. Nothing could be further from the truth, which is why we set up Park Orthodontics. We want people to be able to get the best possible braces in Glasgow, the braces that work best for them.

A multitude of misalignments

Teeth misalignments come in a wide variety of forms. Some are to do with the jaws not biting together properly, one or other of them is too far forward or back. Sometimes the arch of the jaw is too narrow and needs to be widened in order to make room for all the teeth. It is also to do with the teeth not being where they should be, independent of what is going on with the jaws. Sometimes they jut out. Sometimes they lean in. Sometimes they are twisted. Sometimes the teeth have not quite come down as far as they should. Sometimes they are doing more than one of these things. Diagnosing these issues is a skill all of its own. Putting them right is a whole different ball game.

That’s why the dentists who fit braces in Glasgow at Park Orthodontics have been specially trained in treating misaligned teeth and jaws. Our 2 dentists are Andrew McGregor and Edward McLaughlin. They formulate and carry out treatments tailor-made for each patient who comes to Park Orthodontics needing braces in Glasgow.

We offer brands that people have come to rely on, such as Damon, Six Month Smiles, the Inman Aligner, and Invisalign, but we recognise that some brands have been developed for general dentists to use as a ‘one size fits all’ way of dealing with simple misalignments. We know that some brands market themselves as being faster, when, in fact, it is because they only have to make small simple movements to align the teeth so that treatment can take a few months only. Teeth move at the same speed no matter what system is used. However, some braces in Glasgow are more attractive for reasons of aesthetics, comfort, or budget, which are all valid reasons that need to be taken into account, when possible, when deciding which system to use to straighten teeth.

Life beyond crooked teeth

Do you wish that you had straighter teeth? Maybe you find social interactions difficult because you are unhappy with how you look? Maybe your smile could do with a bit of help, but you have always thought that corrective treatments are time consuming, costly, obtrusive or uncomfortable. At Park Orthodontics, we use a great technique called Six Month Smiles in Glasgow and have helped hundreds of patients get the smile they dream of. While the visible benefits of a beautiful smile will be hard to miss, for our patients in Glasgow, Six Month Smiles have improved their oral health and saved them money due to shorter treatment time.

I have an important engagement in six months

Many people interested in Six Months Smiles in Glasgow because they have a party, wedding or significant event coming up. Others simply do not want to spend a long time wearing a brace. With this technique, the whole process takes between four and nine months, but most of our patients who have experienced Six Month Smiles in Glasgow have the smile they want in less than half a year. The treatment works on just the front teeth, which are visible when you smile, and this is why we can achieve results quickly. The brackets are virtually invisible and the wires are tooth-coloured, so you do not need to worry about ugly braces.

How does it work?

The first step is a consultation with our dentists to see if Six Month Smiles in Glasgow can help you. If another treatment is more suitable, we will always suggest it. If Six Month Smiles is appropriate, we check your teeth thoroughly, taking impressions and photographs to ensure that your teeth and gums are sound. We also use this information to make braces that will fit your mouth properly and move your teeth in the correct way. During the treatment, we check progress every month and adjust if necessary. When your teeth are in the correct position and you are happy with the results, a night-time retainer keeps them where they need to be.

To find out more about Six Month Smiles in Glasgow, do get in touch with our friendly team today.

A wide array of orthodontic options

When you come to Park Orthodontics to get your teeth straightened, we can offer you a wide range of ways to get your teeth in alignment.

In the past decade or so, braces treatments have advanced considerably with the advent of new materials and techniques for straightening teeth. These advances mean that your orthodontist in Glasgow no longer needs to use a hammer to crack a nut.

This was the case when only heavy duty metal braces, designed for correcting bite issues as well as moving teeth, were available. They had to be used no matter how mild the alignment issues. Now the use of such braces by your orthodontist in Glasgow is confined to patients who have serious bite issues.

Most patients who seek out an orthodontist in Glasgow are looking only for corrections to issues with overcrowding, crooked teeth, or teeth that have not descended properly. Most of these can be corrected with one or more of the many systems now available. These include:

Lingual braces

These bracket and wire braces are hidden from view because they are fixed to the tongue (lingual) side of the teeth. The braces are created using detailed impressions and information about the teeth, ensuring that the gold alloy brackets perfectly fit the contours of the inside of the teeth. This is an ideal way to get straight teeth if your work requires you to maintain a perfect appearance or sustain an air of authority and gravitas.

Damon Clear Braces

Damon clear braces are like traditional bracket and wire braces. They are fitted to the fronts of the teeth, but the brackets and wires are transparent. Unlike some other systems, Damon Clear Braces can straighten all the teeth. The brackets are also smaller in design. The wires are tooth-coloured, making them hard to see. Because the braces are fixed to the teeth, they deliver fast and accurate results.

Invisalign clear aligners

This teeth straightening system uses aligners, rather like mouth guards, that snap on snugly over the teeth. The pressure from the rigid plastic nudges teeth along. At just 0.3 millimetres thick and completely transparent, Invisalign aligners are almost invisible. They can also be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.

Only half a year to the straight teeth you’ve always wanted

We are all driven by the need for change, for improving our lives, usually in a bid to make everything flow more smoothly. One of the best, and most underrated tools for smoothing that path through life is our smile.

If you are one of the many adults who wish they had straighter teeth, investing in Six Month Smiles in Glasgow with us at Park Orthodontics could iron out the kinks and twists in your path. Here’s how:

Feel happier

When you smile, your body releases natural feel-good chemicals called serotonin and beta-endorphin. These chemicals fit into receptor cells throughout the body and, when they lock into place, they tell you to feel happy and connected. Of course, when you feel happy, you tend to smile more, and so a positive feedback loop of ‘smile, feel happy, smile, feel happy’, begins to take place. You may find yourself smiling more than you ever thought possible when you use Six Month Smiles in Glasgow.

Improve your social connections

People notice and respond to all this new smiling you are now doing. We are hardwired to respond to genuine smiles with feelings of warmth towards the smiler, and a desire to connect and be of service to them. So, you will probably discover that your days pass more smoothly as you smile at everyone from the bus driver to the bank clerk to your boss and that gorgeous person across the room. Difficult situations could become easier, work challenges resolve themselves more easily, new friends could start appearing in your life.

Feel healthier

It’s easier to clean straighter teeth, giving you a healthier mouth, and, in the long-run, helping you to avoid other health issues such as heart disease, which can be exacerbated by poor oral health.

In Glasgow, Six Month Smiles is a discreet braces system that focusses on straightening the front 6 social teeth. In 4 to 9 months, the gentle forces of this system will move your teeth into alignment. It uses the traditional mechanics of the bracket and wire braces systems, but takes a lot less time because it moves both the tooth and the root at the same time, rather than one and then the other.