Author: Park Orthodontics

Invisalign braces and 3D scanning technology

Have you heard of Invisalign? It’s an invisible brace system that we offer here at Park Orthodontics in Glasgow. Invisalign is a brace that will not compromise your smile during treatment. It’s clear and fits over your teeth perfectly. Nobody will be able to tell that you have braces in when you’re using Invisalign. The brace is removable and easy to manage. You’ll take the brace out while you’re eating, or when you’re brushing your teeth. You can even take them out for some situations day-to-day. Our patients have fantastic results with Invisalign in Glasgow.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign in Glasgow is a modern brace that straightens your teeth with a series of clear aligners. Each aligner is custom-made to fit your teeth. You’ll wear each set of aligners from your Invisalign aligner series for 1-2 weeks. Invisalign works quickly when compared to traditional metal style braces. Average treatment times are 9-18 months.

3D scanning technology with iTero for Invisalign

The Invisalign iTero Element Scanner takes away the need for annoying putty moulds of your mouth when you’re being fitted for Invisalign in Glasgow. The scanner digitally captures a 3D model of your teeth and gums. It’s quick, easy, and there’s no mess to worry about afterwards. A full mouth scan with our iTero scanner takes just a couple of minutes. As soon as the scan has finished, you’ll be able to see a 3D image of your teeth on the iTero scanner screen. Then comes the fun part – we’ll show you a simulation of how your smile could look at the end of your treatment with Invisalign.

Is the scan uncomfortable?

No, the scan isn’t uncomfortable. During the scan, you’ll be able to breathe and swallow as normal. You can even signal to pause the scan if you’d like to ask a question or take a break.

Fancy trying Invisalign?

If you have crooked teeth that you don’t like, we may be able to help you with Invisalign in Glasgow. Invisalign works for a range of tooth straightening needs. Call us today to find out how Invisalign in Glasgow could help you to get the smile you’ve been dreaming of.

Do you need braces?

You only get one set of adult teeth. That makes them worth looking after. We can help you to have a great-looking, healthy set of teeth with braces. As an orthodontist in Glasgow, Park Orthodontics has treated many people who’ve wanted to change their teeth for the better. The knowledge and experience of our team means they’ll be able to deal with any tooth straightening needs you may have. Braces are a great way to make sure your teeth look great and stay healthy for life. Straight teeth are easier to clean after all, so you can look forward to improved oral health after treatment with braces.

Do I need braces?

If you’re reading about tooth straightening, you’re probably not happy with your teeth. Perhaps they’re crowded or twisted? Tooth straightening is for people who want to improve the appearance of their wonky teeth. Braces can improve your bite if your teeth don’t meet properly when you’re chewing your food. Our orthodontist in Glasgow wants you to feel great about your smile. We have a number of modern braces that can make this happen.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist in Glasgow is a dentist with postgraduate training on how teeth and jaws work. They know how to manipulate jaws and teeth to align them and make your smile look beautiful. They straighten teeth using braces with oral health and looks in mind. An orthodontist may use x-rays, scans, impressions and examinations to figure out the best treatment for straightening your teeth.

How do I know which type of brace to get?

Don’t worry, your orthodontist in Glasgow will help you with this. They’ll be able to see which type of brace will work best of you. You’ll usually have a number of options to choose from. Your orthodontist will be able to talk you through each treatment and give your estimated treatment times and costs so you can make an informed decision about your treatment.

What should I do next?

Give us a call at Park Orthodontics in Glasgow to book a consultation appointment. This will be your first step towards a straighter smile for the future.

Lovely teeth could be only half a year away

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.

Clear braces

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.

Braces, if you need them, we can help you

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.

Come to us for Invisalign in Glasgow

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.

Proper treatment for alignment 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.

About us

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.

Do you want Six Month Smiles in Glasgow?

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?

Where to go for braces in Glasgow

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.

Industry awards

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.

What does success look like with Invisalign in Glasgow?

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.

Top tips from the orthodontist in Glasgow

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.