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.

The practice is delighted to welcome our latest recruit: Mrs Claire Hunter

Claire is an orthodontic therapist which is a relatively new profession that provides clinical support to orthodontists. To become an orthodontic therapist firstly involves qualifying as an orthodontic nurse then completing a year of full-time therapy training (and passing a load of exams in the meantime!).

Claire will be in the practice two days a week treating patients under the supervision of Mr McLaughlin and Mr McGregor so say ‘hello’ if you’re lucky enough to be booked in with her!

Christmas at Park Orthodontics


At Park Orthodontics the festive season is in full flow. If you are in for any dental treatment over the coming weeks you’ll be able to see our amazing big Christmas Tree in all it’s glory. The office staff took great pride in decorating it so hopefully you like it and agree it makes the waiting room feel very festive.

We were delighted to be able to announce this week that the practice had raised £200 for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.
We just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has bought a toothbrush, floss, retainer box or mouthguard in the last year: each purchase has included a £1 donation and made this possible.

Finally, we are open as normal during the festive season, excluding the public holidays: Christmas, Box Day, New Years Day and 2nd January. Other than that, if you have any problems with your braces then give us a call and we’ll be delighted to help.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and don’t forget; too many sweets will rot your teeth 😉

Download the iBraces Dental Help App


We love the iBracesHelp app here at Park Orthodontics and we are advising all of our braces patients to download it if they have a smart phone. From home care tips, to emegency care advise and even dental terminology guides it is a great help for anyone going through a period of othrodontic treatment including braces.

“iBracesHelp is an informative application for people wearing braces or those who are interested in getting orthodontic work done. The application is full of useful information, pictures and videos on caring for your braces and what to do if you have problems with your braces.”

Download iBracesHelp from iTunes

The perfect bridal smile

We had bride to be Fiona Campbell in for orthodontic treatments ahead of her wedding and she had this to say:

“I am so pleased with the results of my orthodontic treatment, I’ve now got my dream smile for my wedding photos.  I’m so happy and cannot recommend the team at Park Orthodontics highly enough”

The photo below shows a happy Fiona with a cast of her teeth before treatment, and as you can see the results are fantastic and she now has a stunning smile.