Category: Orthodontics

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.

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.

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.

Nervous patients and the orthodontist in Glasgow

At Park Orthodontics, we believe that nothing should stand in the way of someone seeing the orthodontist in Glasgow if they want to. There are some common barriers to treatment, which we support patients in overcoming all the time. One of these is general anxiety around visiting the dentist.

Modern orthodontic treatment is often faster and more comfortable than methods used in the past. If you are particularly concerned about a fitting appointment, you might be able to consider using a method like Invisalign, which may not require any equipment to be attached to the teeth.

What happens if you need to attend a fitting appointment?

Removeable aligners are not suitable for everyone. If you do need to have fixed braces fitted, you will have this done during a single appointment. Whatever your concerns about this, you can talk to the orthodontist in Glasgow at Park Orthodontics. We are happy to change the environment or our methods as much as possible to accommodate you and make you more comfortable.

Getting braces fitted is not a painful procedure. It’s non-invasive and the most you will feel is some unusual stretching of your mouth at various points.

For some people, the issue is that they do not like the feeling of not knowing what is going on during their appointment. They worry about what is going to happen next. If this applies to you, we can talk you through the whole procedure beforehand, so you know what to expect. We can also give you a running commentary during your fitting. Some patients benefit from having a signal worked out so that they can clearly demonstrate when they want a break, or they have a question.

How can braces benefit nervous patients?

When you have your teeth straightened, you need to visit the dentist every six weeks or so. If this is something you are not looking forward to, we want to reassure you that we make every appointment as fast and comfortable as possible. As you experience more positive appointments, we hope that this will reduce your concerns about visiting the dentist. This may make it easier for you to visit and attend to your dental health in the future.

How can an orthodontist in Glasgow help you?

The main reason to visit an orthodontist in Glasgow is to treat what we call malocclusion. This basically means a bad bite, or wonky teeth. Straightening crooked teeth is an orthodontist’s key goal. We achieve this with different types of braces. Depending on the severity of the bite problem, fixed or removable devices may required. Essentially, we can straighten teeth and correct the way jawbones line up. This in turn will create a great smile and plays a role in keeping teeth in good condition.

We want to make the best of the teeth you have. Improving the placement of your teeth can bring harmony to your smile not only visually but also physically. When your bite is lined up correctly, you are able to eat comfortably and look after your teeth and gums easily. In the long term your smile will benefit in many ways.

Why straight teeth are healthier teeth

A great reason to visit an orthodontist in Glasgow is to improve the longevity and health of your teeth. When teeth are crooked, crowded or too far apart, it is common for people to have problems cleaning between their teeth or keeping their gums in good condition. This means gum disease symptoms or decay can occur more easily. Taking action to straighten your teeth is a great defense against these problems. Aside from that, having a wonky bite can lead to pain when you eat, make chewing and speaking difficult, and sometimes lead to painful dental disorders. Having a well aligned set of teeth plays a major role in achieving optimal oral hygiene.

Braces for all ages

It is common for teenagers to have braces to correct more serious bite issues and tooth misalignment. However, braces are not limited to use in your teens. For those adults who missed out on this type of treatment, or who have had an alignment change later in life, hope is not lost. Healthy human teeth are able to move at any age. It can be a slower process for some, but it is not impossible. We have many adults seeking help from an orthodontist in Glasgow.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, give us a call.

Your teeth, take care of them

Your teeth play an important role in your health, on several levels. They are your food mashers for turning delicious meals into a paste that you can swallow and your digestive tract can extract the nutrients from. They are part of your charm, creating that winning smile that lands you great jobs, lovely partners and help from all sorts of unexpected places. They are part of the team that help you enunciate your words clearly. You only get one set of teeth; take good care of them. And if they are not straight, bring them to see an orthodontist in Glasgow.

At Park Orthodontics, you can see a trained orthodontist in Glasgow, either through a referral from your general dentist or by booking an appointment yourself. We have been straightening teeth in this lovely city for more than 40 years. We really know as much as anyone can know about teeth straightening: the crowded, leaning, gappy, twisted, undescended, protruding teeth; the cross, over and under bites; and, the jaws that are too narrow to accommodate all your teeth.

We also know all there is to know about the various devices on the dental market for straightening teeth and sorting out misaligned jaws or jaws that are not broad enough.

We are not wedded to any brand and can offer you impartial advice about which device is best for your needs. We can tell you if this or that device really is as invisible as the adverts says it is, whether it really is that comfortable, and easy to remove, or whether it can straighten teeth faster than other devices on the market.

If you come to us hell bent on using such and such a device even though there is one that will suit you as well or better but will cost less, we will tell you about it. You may even find that certain brands are cheaper with us than a general dentist.

In short, when you come to this orthodontist in Glasgow, we will put you at the top of the list of our priorities, because we want you to leave our care with the lovely straight teeth you have always wanted.

The importance of the orthodontist in Glasgow

Everyone knows the importance of paying regular visits to the general dentist. Six-monthly check-ups play a vital role in the prevention of gum disease and dental decay. Equally important for young children is at least one visit to the orthodontist in Glasgow.

The orthodontist in Glasgow is someone who has qualified as a general dentist and has then gone on to complete two or three more years of postgraduate training that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of alignment issues of the teeth and jaws.

The perfect time to bring your child to see the orthodontist in Glasgow here at Park Orthodontics is when their adult teeth are just starting to come through, around the age of seven years old.

We can make a detailed examination of your child’s teeth and will be able to predict how they will come through. If we diagnose that there will be problems with the teeth not lining up correctly, or coming through twisted, or not descending properly, we can formulate a treatment plan to make sure they do. Your child can start braces treatment before their adult teeth have descended and have them guided into the correct alignment rather than having to have them repositioned once they have already descended. They could be finishing their treatment with the orthodontist in Glasgow just as other kids are starting theirs.

If your child has issues with their jaws not meeting together properly, we can start to treat this at an early age too. It is very important that this treatment is done early, because after about the age of 18, the bones set hard and are no longer able to be manipulated. Teeth can be realigned at any age but jaws must be dealt with early on.

Sorting out these problems means that you are giving your child a much better chance of being able to hang onto their natural teeth for their entire life. Teeth that are well aligned are much easier to keep clean and therefore less susceptible to decay and gum disease. Teeth that line up properly share equally the forces of chewing and are less likely to crumble in later life.

The history of orthodontics

The history of orthodontics goes back more than 2000 years. Archaeologists have even discovered mummified ancients with metal bands wrapped around individual teeth, which are likely to be a primitive form of orthodontics.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist has been trained in the field in dentistry that deals primarily with aligning teeth and jawbones. This includes diagnoses, treatment and eventual correction of any alignment issues. An orthodontist will undergo two or three years more training in a dental school or college after they have graduated in dentistry. Here at Park Orthodontics, an orthodontist in Glasgow can help with any tooth alignment needs you may have. The technical term for misaligned teeth is malocclusion. If you have malocclusion, it means that you have an abnormal alignment of your teeth or in the way your upper and lower teeth fit together.

How can an orthodontist help me?

If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, an orthodontist can help you attain a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Treatments range from cosmetic to deep bone and jaw alignment including palate widening. This can all be done with a range of different braces. Each person is different of course. Why not drop in to see one of our orthodontists in Glasgow? We can discuss the best treatment option for you.

Making sure you get the best possible treatment

Your Glasgow orthodontist will provide you with all the information you need to make a clear decision on the best treatment method for your alignment needs. This could be removable or fixed braces and it is possible that you may have to have one or more teeth removed to create your final desired outcome. No matter which treatment option works for you, the process can take many months before you achieve your desired smile. Complex realignment treatments will understandably take longer than simple ones. The good new is that the time and money you invest will reduce oral health complications for a long time to come.

Find out more

Give our friendly team a call to book an assessment in and get on the road to a straighter smile.

We love restoring your smile

Here at Park Orthodontics in Glasgow’s West End, our prime objective is to straighten teeth and restore a smile worth smiling about. If you are tired of hiding behind your hand when you laugh or talk, then contact our orthodontist in Glasgow and we can help you on the way to laughing without worry or being the first to smile for the camera.

What is orthodontics

Orthodontics is a form of dentistry which focuses on the appearance and correcting the alignment of your teeth. It is an effective and long-lasting solution which requires a period of wearing one of the many kinds of braces that will re-set your teeth into the desired position. At Park Orthodontics, our orthodontist in Glasgow focuses on a range of orthodontic treatments which can transform your smile or allow you to eat comfortably again.

Why orthodontics

Not only will our orthodontist in Glasgow focus on transforming your smile, but the health and practical benefits from orthodontic procedures are second to none. Crooked or misaligned teeth can making eating difficult, cause unnecessary muscle strain or just make you feel self-conscious about smiling or public speaking. Orthodontic procedures will be able to remedy this. After an initial consultation with our orthodontist in Glasgow, they will be able to ascertain and advise which orthodontic procedure will be most suited to you. Photos, X-rays and digital imagery will be used to map out how your teeth lie, how they can be moved into a new position, and to ascertain which type of braces will be most suitable.

Due to advances in design and technology, braces can now be offered in many forms. From the traditional metal braces, more often to children, to discreet invisible braces, which are more favourable to adults who do not want to advertise they are having treatment. At Park Orthodontics we offer Lingual braces, which are braces that attach to the back of your teeth so are completely hidden from view, or we offer Invisalign which is a removable aligner made of clear plastic, rendering it close to invisible. These are a couple of examples of the more discreet options.

Finding an orthodontist in Glasgow

You’ve been to see your general dentist for your six-monthly check-up. They’ve told you your teeth are a little out of alignment and that you could benefit from having them straightened – a treatment they aren’t qualified to carry out.

What’s your next step? You dentist may have an orthodontist in Glasgow that they work with whom they can refer you to. Or they may give you a list of clinicians in your area for you to contact.

Even if your dentist does refer you, you are still entitled to pick your own orthodontist in Glasgow. But how do you decide who’s best for you?

At Park Orthodontics, we’ve been straightening teeth in Glasgow’s West End for more than 45 years. We were the first orthodontist in Glasgow and because this is all we focus on, we use the latest technology and materials to offer you discreet and quick treatments.

Our adult patients don’t want to wear unsightly metal braces for months or even years on end, which is why we offer a range of hidden braces.

Invisalign is a system of clear aligners – these aren’t even braces as you may think of them. It doesn’t use brackets and wires but rather sets of clear, thermoplastic resin trays that fit over the teeth and gums like thin mouth guards. Because the trays are transparent, they can only be seen very close up. We use Invisalign to treat minor or moderate misalignments of the teeth, which takes 9-18 months depending on the severity of your case.

Invisible lingual braces are traditional metal braces but with one key difference – they fit to the back of the teeth and so can’t be seen. They are custom-made to fit the unique profile of the underside of your teeth and they can fix almost any misalignment issue in 9-24 months.

Six Month Smiles use the traditional bracket and wire braces system but as they are made from ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured wires, they blend into the teeth rather than standing out from them. They work on the front 6-8 teeth only, which is why they can be effective in such a short space of time –treatment takes 4-9 months, six months on average.