It’s amazing to think that in only half a year, maybe even less, your wonky teeth could be a thing of the past. That’s how short a time it can take to transform some misalignments with Six Month Smiles in Glasgow from us at Park Orthodontics.
The skinny on Six Month Smiles in Glasgow
Six Month Smiles is the brand name for a kind of bracket and wire braces that are designed to correct mild to moderate misalignments on the front 6-8 teeth only. These teeth are known as the social six because they are the ones that are most on view when we talk and smile. Get those ones straight and people will probably never notice if any others are out of alignment.
There are two features that make Six Month Smiles in Glasgow so popular.
These braces are designed to blend in with the teeth rather than dominate them. The brackets are smaller than on old-fashioned metal braces, and they are made of clear ceramic. The wire that runs between the brackets is finer and has been coated in a tooth-coloured material. While they are not invisible, these braces are not going to be the first thing people see about you, and when they do get up close, they are going to be able to see your teeth as well as your braces.
Quick treatment times
Six Month Smiles in Glasgow do not move your teeth any faster than any other braces, but they do take only between 4-9 months to do their work. There are two reasons for this speed. The first is that they only work on mild to moderate alignment issues, so the teeth have less distance to move to get aligned. Secondly, the teeth they are working on only have one root, so they are easier to move than back teeth, which have three roots.
Why come to Park Orthodontics?
While your general dentist might well offer Six Month Smiles in Glasgow, at Park Orthodontics, braces are what we do. Because we don’t have start up costs, we can often offer these braces at a lower cost than a general dentist can.
We know a thing or two about braces. Having helped people with their teeth alignment issues since 1972, we’ve seen all the problems that can occur with the alignment of the teeth. We have also witnessed the amazing effect teeth straightening treatment can have on our patients lives. Our modern teeth straightening techniques win smiles every time here at Park Orthodontics in Glasgow. Braces really do change the lives of our patients for the better. We’ve even won awards for our teeth straightening with braces in Glasgow
What are braces in Glasgow?
Braces are the devices we use to align and straighten your teeth. They can be fixed or removable, metal or plastic, clear or tooth-coloured. There is a whole world of choices.
Braces can straighten out crooked, crowded or gappy teeth, improving their look and functionality. They can even improve the health of your teeth. When you think about it, it’s easy to understand why straight teeth are better for your oral health than wonky ones. Why? Straight teeth are easier to keep clean of course. When you have straight teeth you’ll be able to more easily reach all those nooks and crannies where bacteria lurk. You will also be able to get your dental floss in between every tooth. This means there will be fewer places for plaque or bits of old food to hide.
Which alignment issues can be fixed with braces?
You can fix pretty much any alignment issue with dental braces. Whether you have gaps in your teeth, rotated teeth, crowded teeth, an underbite, overbite, or crossbite, braces can more often than not resolve them. There are however some severe cases in which patients will need work done to their jawbone before wearing braces. Whether you have mild, moderate or severe alignment issues, we will be able to help you.
Here at Park Orthodontics in Glasgow, braces come in different shapes and sizes. We even have invisible braces. Our range of braces can help you achieve a great-looking smile you can feel confident about. Call us today to get started on the road to a great smile.
If you are thinking about getting your teeth straightened and you are an adult in a profession that involves dealing with the public, you might not be so keen on the idea of having brackets and wires fixed to your teeth for a year or two, however discreet they may be. But don’t let that put you off exploring other options. There are ways to get teeth aligned that are more or less invisible, and these include Invisalign in Glasgow from us at Park Orthodontics.
Instead of brackets and wires there are clear aligners that look like very thin mouth guards. You wear them over your teeth, and once they are in place, they are very hard to spot by the casual observer.
How Invisalign works
Once you have had your consultation and we have sent your detailed measurements off to Invisalign, you will receive a series of aligners. You start with the first set and put the aligners over your teeth. You snap the aligners into place and go about your daily routine.
Each aligner has built-in pressure points that press on your teeth to nudge them gently along the path to their correct alignment.
Every time you need to eat or drink anything other than plain water, you remove your aligners. You brush your teeth before putting the aligners back in place.
You work your way through the series of aligners, wearing each one for 7-10 days before replacing it with the next.
There are some things to bear in mind with Invisalign in Glasgow. These include:
You may need some attachments to help them stay in place. The attachments are also clear.
Sticking to the schedule
You must wear your aligners for at least 20 hours every day if you are going to keep up enough sustained pressure for your teeth to move.
At the end of treatment, you will need to wear a retainer in order to settle your teeth in the right place and stop them drifting.
Invisalign works best on mild to moderate alignment issues. Invisible lingual braces are a good alternative for more complex issues.
It can be very tempting to believe the hype that dentists have found a way to get teeth to move more quickly in the jawbone than they used to. After all, we can do everything more quickly these days with digital technology. That may be so, but moving teeth is a physical process and bodies don’t do things anymore quickly now than they did 500 years ago.
The physical process
Teeth straightening involves the removal and rebuilding of bone in the jaw, and this takes as long as it takes. Manufacturers might claim that certain braces can make things quicker, but this is not necessarily true. Ask an orthodontist in Glasgow, such as us at Park Orthodontics.
An orthodontist is specially trained in the processes of tooth and jaw alignment. We spent a good few extra years learning all about alignment issues, diagnosing and treating them, after we have spent five years training to be a general dentist.
Park Orthodontics was set up in 1972. We have been dealing solely with teeth and jaw alignment for not far off 50 years, and we really do know almost all there is to know on this subject. And of course, we make it our business to keep abreast of all the latest developments.
Why see an orthodontist in Glasgow
You may see that your general dentist is now accredited in one or two braces systems. These have been designed by manufacturers so that they work out the angles at which the teeth need to move, instead of this being done by a trained orthodontist in Glasgow. Your general dentist will want to make money out of these and may press you to use them rather than referring you to a more qualified orthodontist, who has access to more devices and more knowledge to compare systems and also to diagnose you. General dentists may tell you that using an orthodontist in Glasgow is going to be more expensive than their accredited systems, but this is not necessarily true. We can even offer the same systems as them at lower prices because we do not have to pay the set-up costs. We are already set up.
No one particularly likes having wonky teeth. Even if they are only mildly out of line, they can seem like a beacon of imperfection in your mouth. So, it’s no wonder that there’s been a big trend in family dentists offering treatment for mildly wonky teeth with such devices as Six Month Smiles in Glasgow. But are they really right for you?
Ask your accredited family dentist, who will have invested quite a bit of money in offering Six Month Smiles in Glasgow, maybe alongside another device designed to be offered by dentists who have not completed intensive postgraduate training in the alignment of the teeth and jaws, and they are bound to say yes.
They will also tell you that Six Month Smiles, and several other devices designed for family dentistry, move teeth faster than old-fashioned braces. This is not true. Teeth move as fast as the bone can resorb and rebuild itself around a tooth that is being put under sustained pressure. Mild alignment issues take less time to correct because the teeth have less distance to move in order to become aligned.
Here at Park Orthodontics, we won’t twist the truth in order to untwist your teeth. We have been working with misaligned teeth and jaws, and the devices that realign them, since 1972. We were the first dental practice in the city that concentrated solely on alignment, and we have built up an intimate corporate knowledge of this area, on top of the in-depth training our dentists have received in their postgraduate studies in this area of dentistry.
If you want to know if Six Month Smiles is really the right braces for you, you might be better off coming to a practice that has a wider overview of the devices available and can offer you the device that is best suited to your issues. This might well be Six Month Smiles, but if there is something that will do a better job and fit with your lifestyle, we will tell you about it.
We might also be cheaper than your family dentist. Why not book a consultation with us and find out?
If you are thinking about getting braces in Glasgow, either for yourself or a child, it is worth getting advice and treatment from dentists who have undergone extensive postgraduate training and work solely in the field of braces and alignment.
There’s been a recent trend for family dentists to get accreditation in braces in Glasgow, such as Invisalign or Six Month Smiles. The dentists attend courses that take a few days at most before they can start offering these devices. A trained braces dentist, such as us at Park Orthodontics, has been through several years of postgraduate training in this area of dentistry. At our clinic, which is devoted solely to alignment dentistry, our two dentists, Andrew McGregor, Edward McLaughlin, have nearly 30 years of experience in the field of dentistry. And Nathan Harrison is a dentist who has much experience in working with anxious children and children with extra needs.
Having these great dentists to help you with your braces in Glasgow, was a large part of why we have been shortlisted for Practice of the Year 2018, Dentist of the Year 2017/18 (Andrew McGregor), and Innovation of the Year 2018 in the dental industry awards.
Private and NHS
We offer private treatment as well as NHS treatment. This means that you can bring your child to us for braces in Glasgow, and if their alignment issues are not severe enough to qualify for NHS treatment, or if the waiting lists are too long for your convenience, you won’t have to begin your search for a braces dentist all over again.
Our braces in Glasgow
We offer the full range of up-to-date braces that you may see on friends’ and colleagues’ teeth. These include:
- Six Month Smiles fixed clear braces
- Invisalign removable clear aligners
- Damon braces for faster, more accurate results
- Lingual braces, which go behind the teeth
- Inman Aligner, which moves the very front teeth.
When your teeth are finally in alignment, you will need to wear a retainer to keep them in position while the bone settles down around them. This may take some time.
A handy psychological trick for motivating you towards your goals is to imagine what it will look like when you have achieved it. You can then reverse engineer your vision to show you the steps that will lead you there. The brain reacts in the same way whether you are imagining a positive experience or living through one if you can create a strong enough vision. This kind of mental work helps you to build momentum and achieve the things that you want to.
When you work with Park Orthodontics, we can help you leverage positive information about potential treatments such as Invisalign® in Glasgow to improve your treatment experience.
As a bonus, when you are imaging a dental treatment like Invisalign in Glasgow, it can also help you to accept and understand any challenges that you perceive when you are getting information about your treatment. Rather than viewing them as negatives, you can see them as worthwhile steps on the way to a better smile.
What’s great about Invisalign in Glasgow?
When working with Invisalign, there aren’t that many challenges when it comes to treatment. However, some things that you need to be aware of when you choose this treatment method are:
- Discipline – you need to follow our instructions carefully to achieve the results you want. The body needs a certain amount of gentle, consistent pressure before it is willing to let your teeth move. To achieve this with Invisalign, you need to wear the aligners we give you for the required amount of time each day;
- Discomfort – all teeth-straightening techniques come with a certain level of discomfort. Even gentle pressure on your teeth is still pressure and this can feel a bit sore at first. Once you get used to the process, however, it should be relatively easy to handle;
- Diligent hygiene – everyone knows that it’s normally important to keep your teeth clean. However, the level of importance goes up when you have Invisalign in Glasgow. This is because the aligners sit snugly against your teeth. The last thing that you want is something trapped between your aligner and your teeth that the natural bacteria in your mouth can feed on. This will cause damage to your teeth.
An orthodontist in Glasgow is a highly experience dental practitioner. They train for a long time. First, they become qualified dentists which requires years of study. After that, they go on to specialise in the field of orthodontics which takes another couple of years. At the end of all that, they know an awful lot about straightening teeth and addressing the issues that manifest in the presence of a misaligned bite or other problems related to misalignment. That’s before they go on to get extra training in various teeth-straightening methods so that they can work with dental brands like Invisalign®, Six Month Smiles® and Damon.
At Park Orthodontics, we want you to know all this about your orthodontist in Glasgow, so you know that you can trust their advice and talk to them about any issues you are having with the look and feel of your teeth. They will understand and be able to guide you towards the treatment that will give you the look and feel you have always wanted from your smile.
One of the things that the orthodontist in Glasgow can offer advice about is how to have a better experience while wearing braces or any other equipment when you are having your teeth straightened. Below are some of the top tips that lots of patients find useful.
Pick the method that’s right for you
With so many options when it comes to teeth straightening these days, you can often choose between methods. If you think you will be self-conscious about wearing braces, you can talk to the orthodontist about this and they can recommend a method that is described as ‘invisible’. These are low-impact when it comes to the affect they have on the smile.
Carry a toothbrush and toothpaste
Get a small wash kit bag or a travel toothbrush and carry it around with you. This will help if you get any food stuck in your braces. After a while, you will get used to choosing foods that are less likely to do this. You can also cut up soft or sticky food so that you can chew them with your molars rather than having to press your braces against it.
There is plenty of chatter that goes on in people’s minds if they are considering a dental treatment. Some of it is questions, some might be excitement, but often there is a fair bit of concern in there too. That’s only natural when approaching something unfamiliar that will adjust the body. There is a lot of information out there about teeth straightening – some of it is positive but much of it paints the experience in a bad light. While you can get information from your dentist about the facts, we get a lot of our information from other, less accurate and more emotive sources such as friends or the media.
At Park Orthodontics, we want to hear as much of your chatter as you want to share when you come to visit us for Six Month Smiles in Glasgow. The more we know about how you feel, the better we can make your experience.
One of the concerns that many patients have is how long their treatment will last. Traditional treatments typically last anywhere from a year to two or more. This is a long time to be wearing braces. During this time, everyone must visit the dentist every six weeks or so for check-ups. That’s more than 15 dental appointments for some people.
Advances in dental technology have primarily focused on the effectiveness of any procedure, the length of time it takes and how the patient looks and feels during the treatment. Part of this has been a shift in the perspective about what patients, especially adult patients, really want from their treatment. If they only want their smile to look better, that means there is a way to focus on that goal alone and shorten treatment times for many patients.
This is where Six Month Smiles in Glasgow comes in. This is a method that uses precisely-focused treatment plans. They are designed to make the teeth that are visible when a patient smiles the best that they can be. This means ensuring that these six teeth are perfectly aligned and that no gaps are showing. All of this can is achievable in six months or less in some cases.
Using the latest technology is a great way for us to improve the journey that patients take with us when they choose to have a lengthy treatment like teeth straightening. As we will be working together for some time, it’s important that you feel like each step of the journey is as efficient as it could be. iTero helps us to achieve that during the information-gathering phase when you get braces in Glasgow with Park Orthodontics.
What is iTero?
iTero is a scanner that gathers information that can be used to create a treatment plan for teeth straightening. It works particularly well with the Invisalign method. It creates a 3D digital model of your teeth and this is used for treatment planning and execution.
How does iTero improve your experience of braces in Glasgow?
iTero completely negates the need for taking impressions. For many people, this is a difficult dental process. It used to be necessary for realignment, but the iTero scanner means that this is no longer the case.
iTero creates a much more accurate representation of the teeth than that of the models used previously. This means it’s possible to create better fitting aligners to straighten the teeth. The better they fitter, the more comfortable and efficient they are.
When a member of the team at Park Orthodontics has gathered all the information they need using iTero, they will show you what your teeth will look like at the end of treatment. It can improve your experience of braces in Glasgow when you know where you are headed and that you will be pleased with the outcome.
Finally, iTero gives us all the digital information that we need to send to Invisalign, so they can make your series of aligners. This can be sent in an instant, which speeds up treatment time and improves the level of communication we have with this excellent dental equipment provider.
If you want to know more about what iTero can do for your treatment experience and even get a look at the machine itself, contact Park Orthodontics today to make your first appointment.