Category: Orthodontics

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 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.

Focussing on straighter teeth

If you have crooked teeth and worry about how this affects your appearance or your health, you may have considered seeing an orthodontist in Glasgow. At Park Orthodontics, our experienced team is committed to helping you achieve straighter teeth. An attractive smile is a great boost to your confidence and also contributes to excellent oral health by stabilising your teeth and making them easier to clean. Investing in treatment from a skilled Glasgow orthodontist in our team has long-term benefits, giving you a smile to be proud of and a healthy future.

I am not keen on the idea of braces

Many adults who have missed out on corrective treatment as a child are put off from straightening their teeth as an adult. This is often due to an idea 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. Damon clear braces have very discreet brackets and are attached using a small clip rather than elastics. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays which are very discreet and, for totally invisible treatment, we offer lingual braces, which are completely obscured behind your teeth.

What to expect

When you visit us as your orthodontist in Glasgow, we will spend time with you to understand your needs and discuss your options with you. Fixed appliances suit some people better, while others prefer a removeable option. Your choice will also need to take account of whether you are seeking treatment on the NHS, the severity of your misalignment and what your lifestyle is. We will guide you in your decisions but, whatever you choose, you can rest assured that the work will be carried out to the highest standard and you will be given great aftercare.

We want you to love your smile so get in touch with us today and find out how choosing us as your Glasgow orthodontist can help you achieve your dream smile.

Straighter teeth for a brighter smile

Straight teeth are about more than just cosmetics. Of course a beautifully aligned set of teeth may have you smiling more confidently but they also improve your dental health. Straighter teeth are easier to clean and so less likely to build up plaque and tartar. This ultimately reduces your chances of developing dental diseases, such as tooth decay and gum disease. At Park Orthodontics our orthodontist in Glasgow can help you resolve issues with crowded, crooked or gappy teeth.

Specialist care

While a dentist has the skills to take care of your general dental health, an orthodontist has undergone years of additional training in specifically tackling problems with the alignment of your teeth and jaws. When you come to see our orthodontist in Glasgow, you can therefore rest assured that your teeth are in safe hands.

A multitude of options

Not everyone had the chance to straighten their teeth as a child or teenager. Sometimes, even after teeth straightening in childhood, relapse can occur. This means that as an adult you can be left with a set of crooked teeth that affect your dental health and your confidence. Our Glasgow orthodontist is proud to be able to offer you a range of braces options that go beyond traditional fixed metal braces. Here are just a few of the options we can explore with you:

  • Clear fixed braces, these fixed braces mean you don’t need to sport the ‘train track’ look as the brackets are completely clear;
  • Invisalign; this innovative removable braces system uses a series of clear plastic aligners that snugly fit over your teeth. They provide the freedom to simply take them off when you eat, brush or floss;
  • Lingual braces, these fixed braces fit to the backs of your teeth, where they are completely hidden from view. Each bracket is therefore custom-made to the contours of your teeth.

There are even more options for braces that we can offer you. So to find out which of these treatments will work best in your case, simply get in touch with Park Orthodontics today. Our orthodontist in Glasgow will thoroughly examine your teeth, discuss your options with you and get you well on your way to a smile full of straighter teeth.

Referral to the orthodontist in Glasgow

If your dentist thinks that you need special attention to correct the position of your teeth or jawbone, they may refer you to an orthodontist in Glasgow at Park Orthodontics.

The orthodontist focuses on correcting your issues in order to improve the appearance, functionality or health of your teeth – sometimes all three at once. This very often involves some form of fixed or removable braces, headgear or aligner. More rarely, it can involve extractions or jawbone surgery.

What happens next?

At your first appointment with the orthodontist in Glasgow at Park Orthodontics, they will examine your teeth and possibly take x-rays in order to check the deeper circumstances in your gums and jawbone. This is a good time to ask any questions.

Based on this consultation, the orthodontist makes a treatment plan. They often use digital technology to track the predicted course of your teeth during your procedure. They should be able to give you an estimate of how long your teeth straightening treatment will take at this point. If you need any preparatory work such as extractions or other dental work like fillings, this will be planned prior to your treatment.

If you are ready to go ahead and your orthodontist gives you the go-ahead, you can make an appointment to have braces fitted as soon as you want. Teeth straightening takes anything from a few months to a couple of years or more, so it is best to get started sooner rather than later.

How often do I need to see the orthodontist?

This depends on the treatment you are having and varies from patient to patient.

All dentists are trained in some orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists generally only work within their specialist area and often have waiting lists. For these reasons, your care may be shared between your regular dentist and the orthodontist. Your dentist can keep an eye on your progress and make adjustments when necessary. It depends on the nature of your issue and your progress.

If you have any issues with your treatment at any point such as persistent pain or discomfort, talk to either one of your dental care providers and they will do what they can to help you.

Once your orthodontic treatment is finished, you will go back to seeing your regular dentist for check-ups as normal.