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Jane Stein Retires

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After 15 years at the practice, Jane Stein has retired.  Jane has been a fantastic orthodontist over the years, transforming literally thousands of smiles.  She has always been hugely popular both with patients and staff and will be missed.

Whilst she managed to finish off most of her patients Mr McLaughlin and Mr McGregor will look after those that are left so don’t worry.

We wish Jane a long and happy retirement.

How do we remove your braces?

This is a question we are often asked. Removing braces is the most exciting appointment for patients and orthodontists. The results of all those months of hard work are about to be revealed!

Getting the braces off usually takes no more than 5 minutes and then you can enjoy your new smile. We found this excellent website that answers all the questions about removal and has loads more information about living with braces.

http://www.oralb.com/embraceit/your-final-appointment

Any more questions? Ask our friendly staff!

We visited the leading practitioner of Harmony Lingual Braces

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Mr McGregor is just back from Luxembourg where he spent some time in Dr Cuzin’s practice.

He is one of the the leading practitioners in the Harmony Lingual Brace which are attached to the back of the teeth making them virtually invisible!

There were lots of valuable hints and tips in the use of these amazing appliances which are becoming increasingly popular here in the UK.

Find out more on our treatments page and on the Harmony website: www.myharmonysmile.com

New opening hours for 2015

After talking with referring dentists and patients, we have extended our opening hours to give everyone more choice with their appointments.

We are now open until 7pm on a Tuesday, or if you’re an early riser, clinics start at 8am on Wednesdays and 8:30am on Thursdays!

These appointments are proving very popular so get in there fast!

Christmas at Park Orthodontics

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The tree is up and the waiting room smells of Christmas again (it really does)!

After a busy 2014 we’re delighted to announce that the practice will be donating an amazing £350 to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation. This money is raised through sales of tooth and brace cleaning materials (£1 donation per item) at our front desk. So we’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to this worthwhile cause.

We’re open over the holidays so if you have any problems please get in touch.

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy 2015!

What Are Retainers and Relapse?

Most of us know that braces straighten your teeth. What comes as a surprise to some, is that once the braces come off your teeth will attempt to move back to their original position! This is called ‘relapse’. What’s worse is that everyone’s teeth are slowly moving throughout life; whether you have had braces or not. This is where retainers come in.

All of our patients are fitted with a retainer within days of their brace being removed. Retainers come in different forms but the two most popular and effective are removable ‘Essix’ retainers and fixed ‘bonded’ retainers. Each retainer works best in certain situations and this is explained to everyone before starting brace treatment.
It is now recommended that a retainer should be worn ‘for life’ to prevent relapse, so bare this on mind if you are considering a smile makeover!

Free Consultation with our Treatment Co-ordinator

If you would like to learn more about the types of orthodontic appliances we provide, please contact us to arrange a free consultation with one of our treatment co-ordinators.  They will be happy to answer your questions and discuss treatment costs including our interest-free payment plans.

Please note: this is not an orthodontic assessment, simply an opportunity to learn more about our services.  A full orthodontic assessment is required before any treatment can begin and this may incur a cost.  The treatment co-ordinator will advise you accordingly.

Mr Taylor has retired!

Mr Taylor has retired this week.  After over 20 years of straightening teeth in the practice he has hung up the pliers and wires to concentrate on the golf handicap!  We wish him a long and happy retirement and thank him for all his years of service.

If you are one of Mr Taylor’s patients, don’t worry!  You will allocated to another orthodontist to complete you orthodontic care.

We have a team ‘Champion’!

Not quite a Commonwealth Champion, but congratulations to nurse Irene who studied tirelessly to obtain her ‘Cleanliness Champion’ certificate from the NHS.  The hours of study and assessment have updated Irene in all areas of healthcare cleanliness including staff hygiene, sterilision of dental instruments and surgery decontamination.  All this helps us ensure that the practice is a clean, safe environment for all patients and staff.

Irene’s says her next champion challenge is Commonwealth Gold in 2018.  We’re not sure they hand out medals for cleanliness but we’ll not let that put her off.

Broken Braces, and how to prevent them

Nearly all brace breakages are avoidable if you follow the instructions we give you when your brace is fitted.  Most of the breakages occur when a patient has been fiddling with the brace or eating chewy, crunchy or sticky food.

A breakage is not an ’emergency’ unless you are suffering pain from the broken piece but please call or e-mail us to let us know: our experienced team are happy to give advice over the phone and plan your next visit to get you back on track.

Remember: Your brace is designed to be taken off one day – they are fragile!

Click Here to download this leaflet that gives advice of foods to avoid to keep your teeth, gums and brace healthy.

The video below details what to do with braces problems: pain, sore teeth, loose braces, broken bands, protruding wires, or other problems with your braces and how to handle them.