Braces

An Imperfect Bite Can Cause So Many Problems

When a person’s mouth is closed their top teeth should touch their bottom teeth in an even manner – that is at the same time and with the same amount of pressure. The top teeth should slightly fit over the top teeth. However, if some teeth aren’t properly aligned or some touch harder than others, then you may have what is termed as an ‘imperfect bite’ or malocclusion. If this isn’t corrected by Glasgow orthodontics then it can cause serious and life-long problems. By correcting the bite and improving the patient’s ability to bite and chew normally, it prevents a whole host of dental disorders.

Disorders

Glasgow orthodonticsIf a malocclusion isn’t treated by your dentist in Glasgow then it can lead to many serious problems, including

  • Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold
  • Crowded, cracked teeth
  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Ever worsening periodontal disease
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Mild toothache which may become more severe and result in a need for root canal therapy
  • Jaw joint problems
  • Clicking noise when jaw is opened and closed
  • Teeth grinding especially at night
  • Damage to dentures or dental implants
  • Trauma
  • Nerve or muscle disorders

As well symptoms related directly to your mouth, gums, and teeth, you could also experience the following:

  • Headaches (even as severe as migraines), neck aches, and shoulder pains
  • Muscle spasms in your face or neck
  • Jaws which feel constantly tired
  • Face may feel sensitive to touch
  • You may not feel like smiling because you’re ashamed about the appearance of your teeth

The specific occlusal treatment to correct the bite depends on the cause and symptoms of the problem. Treatment may involve your Glasgow dentist reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth with drilling and filling of uneven surfaces, so that they come together when you bite down. Alternatively reconstruction may be needed, possibly with one or more crowns. The aim is to restore the teeth and bite to a far healthier one. You may even need to wear guards or splints at night to align them and prevent teeth grinding. Finally Glasgow orthodontics treatment with braces and retainers may be necessary to realign and reposition your teeth.

No matter what treatment you receive you will need to pay regular visits to your dentist to ensure that no further treatment is needed. Teeth continue to move as a person ages, although they’re unlikely to notice this, but your dentist will be able to monitor your bite and make sure it doesn’t worsen.

If you’re suffering with an imperfect bite then it really does make sense to have it corrected. Should you need to wear braces, then thanks to modern dental technology such as clear braces in Glasgow and transparent aligners, straightening your teeth is more discreet than ever. Why not book a consultation with Dr. Colin Gardner at Botanics Dental Care and he can examine your teeth and discuss all of your dental options. Call today on 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

Do I Need Braces Or Veneers?

With more information readily available on the internet it’s not unusual for dental patients to get a little confused over the different types of treatments available and what is necessary for them. For example, with the growing use of instant Glasgow orthodontics some patients may think that veneers is a preferred option to braces and vice versa. Although it’s true that both treatments can produce a similar appearance, they are two totally different procedures.

clear braces in GlasgowOne of the best ways to distinguish between the two treatments is to think of them in simple terms of structure and cosmetics. Braces are typically used in Glasgow orthodontics to address and restore such conditions as crooked, misaligned, crowded, and gapped teeth as well as under, over, and cross-bites. Veneers, on the other hand, deal more with cosmetic issues such as teeth that are chipped, stained, or slightly gapped.

No Need To Fear Orthodontics

Many adults are affected by crooked or misaligned teeth which if not treated can place undue pressure on the teeth and jaw which in turn can lead to premature wear, cracks, chips, and periodontal disease. This pressure can over time also lead to pain in the jaw, ear, face, and neck as well as cause gums to recede and teeth to loosen and eventually fall out. Crooked teeth can also affect your levels of oral hygiene because it’s difficult to remove particles of food and bacteria from awkward gaps and tight spots.

If you’re suffering from some of the above symptoms then our qualified and trained team can diagnose and effectively correct these orthodontic dysfunctions. Thanks to modern advancements in dental technology, patients can benefit from a variety of clear braces in Glasgow which are far more discreet than traditional metal braces. Other options include Invisalign which uses transparent aligners to gently move the teeth, as well as lingual braces which fit behind the teeth so they are totally invisible to others. We can also move your teeth faster with treatments such as Six Month Smiles which concentrates on the teeth that are visible when you smile. With so many choices wearing braces really is nothing to fear.

To determine whether you need braces or veneers, why not make an appointment with Botanics Dental Care by calling us on 0141 334 3408 or booking online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk. Dr. Colin Gardner will discuss all your options and put together a treatment plan, so you know just what to expect.

Bruxism – What Is It And How Can It Be Treated?

Bruxism or teeth grinding is a fairly common occurrence and often the person grinding their teeth isn’t aware of it until their partner, who is kept awake by it, informs them. It refers to a person putting their teeth together and literally clenching and moving them in a grinding movement. This is also combined with an excessive movement of the lower jaw and together these practices damage the teeth and can put strain on the jaw joint. In fact bruxism is one of the main causes of TMJ disorders. If bruxism isn’t treated by your dentist in Glasgow then it can lead to a variety of other problems including receding gums, headaches, and earaches.

Why do people grind their teeth?

clear braces in GlasgowExcessive stress is thought to be one of the most common reasons for teeth grinding and indeed stress can cause all sorts of problems for people when they’re asleep. Other causes are dental misalignment and crooked teeth, or a combination of all three things. When teeth are crooked it’s very hard for a person to find a comfortable position to sleep.

What’s the solution?

One of the most common treatments that your Glasgow dentist may suggest is to wear a mouth guard which is often referred to as a bite guard or a night guard. A bit like sportsmen wear, it’s worn over the upper and lower dental arch so that teeth are prevented from coming into contact. Not only does this reduce the level of damage done to the teeth but it also limits the amount of stress that is placed on the jaw joint.

Glasgow orthodontics for a long term solution

Since dental misalignment is one of the causes of bruxism then it’s hardly surprising that part of a patient’s treatment is likely to include orthodontics. Clear braces in Glasgow, which are the preferred choice of most adults, can be used to ease the teeth into a better position. This means a patient will be able to find a comfortable position in which to sleep at night and this reduces the likelihood of grinding their teeth as well as leading to better long-term dental health.

Stress management and relaxation techniques

Many patients find they can reduce their teeth grinding by learning to manage their stress. This often includes taking more exercise, focusing on things which aren’t stressful, and breathing techniques. Alternative medicines such as acupuncture and aromatherapy are also helpful in relaxing a person, removing stress, decreasing teeth grinding tendencies, and generally promoting a feeling of wellness.

Teeth grinding varies in its severity from one person to another which is why treatments need to be customised to each individual. It’s not unusual for a combination of therapies to be used to get to the root of what’s causing the bruxism.

If you’d like more information about treating bruxism and improving your overall dental health too, then why not get in touch with Botanics Dental Care today. You can make an appointment with Dr. Colin Gardner by calling us direct on 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

Know Your Braces

When it comes to your Glasgow orthodontics treatment one of the most important decisions is choosing the best type of braces for your situation. Your age and the cost may well influence your decision but as orthodontics is constantly evolving your options are without doubt improving. Long gone are the days when a metal brace was the only solution today you can choose from ceramic braces, braces that fit behind the teeth, braces that work really quickly, invisible braces, removable braces and clear braces. In Glasgow, you really are spoiled for choice.

Glasgow orthodonticsBefore deciding on your choice it’s important to know just what’s available and gain a little more information about the various types of braces. Let’s take a look:

Metal braces – This is by far the most common and cheapest style of braces and is one which most people are familiar with. They are the most visible of braces with wires that go around the teeth, and treatment time can take up to two years. They’re generally associated with kids below the age of 18 and the wires can be coloured to make them more fun.

Ceramic braces – These are similar to traditional metal braces with the main difference being that the brackets and wires are tooth coloured, making them less visible. They’re a popular choice with adults who don’t want to wear braces that are highly noticeable but the downside is that they can stain easily, which can impact on the overall appearance of your smile.

Invisible aligners – These involve a series of clear plastic trays which are worn over your teeth and changed every two weeks as treatment progresses. They’re virtually invisible, if cared for properly, and can be removed for eating and cleaning your teeth. They don’t work for serious dental issues but are ideal if you only have one or two teeth that are misaligned. They’re the perfect choice for adults looking for discreet Glasgow orthodontics.

Lingual braces – These are braces which are fitted to the inside of the upper teeth as opposed to the outside. They’re more discreet than other types of braces but can feel uncomfortable until you get used to them and when the wires are tightened, which needs to be done on a frequent basis. They can also be difficult to maintain as cleaning behind the wires is quite difficult. Although they cost a lot, they’re popular because they really are invisible.

Six Month Smiles – This is another type of brace which is really popular here at Botanics Dental Care. It consists of clear brackets and tooth coloured wires which makes them quite hard to see. As the name suggests, the treatment is usually completed in six months or less but it should be noted that the system only concentrates on visible teeth which show when you smile and isn’t suitable for anyone with major bite issues.

The very first step to finding the right orthodontic treatment for you is to arrange an appointment with your Glasgow dentist and orthodontic team. We can discuss how you want your smile to look and recommend the best orthodontic treatment for you. Call today on 0141 334 3408 to book an appointment with Dr. Colin Gardner and the team or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

How To Care For Your Teeth After Braces

Glasgow orthodontics offers a wide variety of treatments to straighten misaligned teeth and correct the bite. From metal braces to ceramic, from braces behind the teeth to removable and clear braces, in Glasgow there’s a type of brace to suit every lifestyle and budget. However, no matter what type of brace you choose and whether your treatment lasts for 6 months or 3 years, there’s still a lot of upkeep involved once they’re taken off. Whether you like it or not, that maintenance has to be a life commitment if you want your smile to remain looking gorgeous.

Glasgow orthodonticsHere are some tips on caring for your braces once you’re done with them so that you can smile for many years to come.

  • Pay attention to your gums – If you’ve worn wire braces then it’s likely that your gums are in need of a little TLC. Wearing wire in the mouth often makes it difficult for patients to floss effectively and as a result their gums may feel a little sore and puffy. If this is the case then rinse them with hot salt water two or three times a day until they feel firmer to the touch and continue with flossing too.
  • Schedule an appointment with your Glasgow dentist – For the same reason as above, patients often find it difficult to clean their teeth thoroughly and as a result there may be signs of decay where plaque has been allowed to build up. It’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist and/or hygienist for cleaning and possible X-rays (especially if you wore metal braces) to check for any tooth decay.
  • Get your teeth whitened – Once your braces have been removed and your dentist has removed all traces of cement, your teeth may look a little dingy or you may see tracks where the wires were in place. Professional teeth whitening can eradicate this problem and give you a gleaming healthy straight smile to be proud of.
  • Keep on wearing your retainers – Your Glasgow dentist will tell you to keep on wearing your retainers and this advice really needs to be heeded. It’s taken a lot of time to get your teeth straight and it would be a shame to see all of that hard work undone simply because you couldn’t be bothered to wear a retainer. If you don’t wear a retainer then without doubt your teeth will start to move back to where they were. There are various types of custom made retainers and we’ll recommend the best ones for your situation and tell you when and for how long to wear them.

If you’re in need of Glasgow orthodontics then why not come and speak with Botanics Dental Care. We’ve got a great team of experienced orthodontists who can discuss your orthodontic needs and put together a treatment plan. For more information call us on 0141 334 3408 to book an appointment with Dr Colin Gardner or contact us online at www.bontanicsdentalcare.co.uk. We look forward to meeting you.

Top Tips On Living With Braces

If you’re about to be fitted with fixed braces then you’re probably excited because at last you’re on the way to getting the straight attractive smile that you’ve been longing for. However, a small part of you is probably questioning your decision to go ahead with braces since you’re not totally sure what to expect.

Glasgow orthodonticsAdjusting to braces can certainly be interesting and if you’re new to braces then you’re probably not that sure on how to care for them. As a dentist who deals with Glasgow orthodontics and fits braces on a regular basis, we thought we’d take this opportunity to post some tips about living with braces, which we hope you’ll find helpful.

How to eat

Whatever type of braces that you’re wearing it’s best to avoid

  • Sticky, sugary, and chewy foods
  • Hard or crunchy foods such as crusty rolls, French bread, whole apples, carrots

Foods that are brace friendly

  • Dairy food like cream cheese and milk
  • Soft bread, pancakes, and muffins
  • Soft grains like rice;       pasta
  • Soft meat and seafood like salmon, tuna, chicken, corned beef, ham, luncheon meat
  • Vegetables and fruit cooked until they are soft and tender
  • Mashed potato, baked beans, bananas
  • Soft plain vanilla ice cream

Discomfort

Your mouth is likely to feel a little sore at first, but it will ease after a few days. To manage any pain rinse your mouth with salt water using it like a mouthwash, but don’t swallow it.

Loose teeth

Your Glasgow dentist should warn you that your teeth may feel loose. Don’t worry, this is the braces doing their job and gently loosening your teeth in order to align them. Once they have been moved to their correct position they’ll stop feeling loose.

Loose wires or bands on your braces

If you feel as if your braces are about to fall off then get in touch with your dentist right away. It’s likely that some adjustments will need to be made to your appliance to repair it. If anything has fallen off your braces, then keep it safe and bring it with you to the dental clinic.

Sports

The good news is that you can continue to play sports while undergoing Glasgow orthodontics. We would, however, recommend that you wear a mouth guard at all times to protect your braces and your teeth.

If you’re in need of orthodontic treatment then why not get in touch with Botanics Dental Care. Call us today on 0141 334 3408 to book an appointment with Dr Colin Gardner. We offer a wide variety of braces for children and adults, including aligners and clear braces in Glasgow. For more information, feel free to visit our website at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

5 Things You Should Know Before Getting Braces

Advances in dental technology have seen a huge change in dental braces from the highly visible metal ones of old through to discreet, lightweight clear braces. In Glasgow, most dentists offer a wide variety of braces to suit all needs and budgets. However before committing to wearing a brace for what could be a couple of years minimum, here are a few things you should know.

  • You’re never too old for a brace

Glasgow orthodonticsMany people get an image of lanky teenagers in their head when they thing of orthodontic braces but you may be surprised to know that a lot of adults are getting braces too. Provided your gums and teeth are healthy then there’s no reason why you can’t get your teeth straightened.

  • A good bite is as important as aesthetics

Most people regard braces as being a means of simply straightening their teeth to make their smile look more attractive but in fact they do far more than that. When you attend a Glasgow orthodontics consultation the orthodontist will be looking at several factors. Things such as whether your jaw hurts or clicks, if your teeth meet together properly, whether you have large gaps or crowding, and if your gums and teeth are healthy. An orthodontist is just as concerned about functionality as they are with making your teeth look good, and your bite in particular is of great importance to them.

  • An orthodontist has received more training than your family dentist

As much as you may love your family dentist, and even if they have told you that they can fit you with a brace for less cost than an orthodontist, going down this route can be a gamble. Orthodontists are dentists who have gone on to train full time for a further 3 years to become a specialist orthodontist. Once qualified, that is practically all that they do so they’re extremely well versed in all aspects of orthodontics.

  • Consultations are usually free

Most dentists in Glasgow with an expert team of orthodontists offer a free consultation so take advantage of this. Book as many consultations as you need so that you can choose an orthodontist that you trust and feel comfortable with.

  • Brace types are not as important as you may think

Finally don’t go to a consultation expecting to be a perfect candidate for a specific type of brace such as Invisalign or other “clear braces”. In Glasgow, any orthodontist worth his salt will tell you that not all treatments work as well with these type of braces as they do with traditional braces. When we refer to ‘traditional braces’ we don’t mean ones that are all metal. Many have tooth coloured brackets which make then less conspicuous than the old style braces and they work just as well. Trust what your orthodontist tells you and why he recommends a particular type of brace. Orthodontists have to be trained the companies that make certain braces such as Damon and Invisalign and if they don’t have that additional training then they can’t offer them to you. If you’re still not happy with what he tells you then go elsewhere. Besides, it’s always best to get 2 or 3 opinions before committing to a particular type of brace.

If you’re unhappy with your crooked smile then why not get in touch with Botanics Dental Care. We’re a Glasgow dentist with a team of experienced orthodontists led by Dr. Colin Gardner who can advise you on your best orthodontic options. Call us today on 0141 334 3408 to book a free consultation or visit our website at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk for more information.

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear About Braces

As a dentist in Glasgow we’re kept pretty busy with orthodontic treatments as our patients strive to achieve that perfect smile. Braces have changed dramatically in recent years thanks to advances in dental technology, but it seems that there are still some misconceptions which we thought we’d clear up once and for all in this blog post.

  1. Glasgow orthodonticsBraces are the preserve of teenagers and children – It’s true that for a long time metal train track braces have been associated with gawky teenagers and although NHS orthodontic treatment is only available to the under 18’s, we offer affordable private orthodontic treatment for all ages. Here at Botanics Dental we’ve treated patients as young as 8 and well into their 70’s and in fact we’ve seen a large rise in the number of adults being fitted with braces thanks to the availability of clear braces in Glasgow and elsewhere in the UK.
  1. Braces have to be worn for years – This isn’t necessarily the case. Typically orthodontic treatment can take a couple of years to complete but minor issues such as crowding can often be treated in a matter of months using treatments such as Six Month Smiles and Invisalign.
  1. A dentist has the same qualifications as an orthodontistThis is one very popular misconception. A dentist and an orthodontist will both have undergone the same training to become qualified dentists but in order for a dentist to specialise in Glasgow orthodontics, he will have had to undergo another period of 3 years full-time study to become an orthodontist. Following that he will usually just deal with orthodontics and quickly become extremely well versed in that area of dentistry.
  1. Braces are unsightly and uncomfortable – Every year improvements in braces make them that bit more comfortable and more discreet. It stands to reason that a brace will feel a little uncomfortable to begin with since the mouth is a sensitive place, but it only takes a few days before you barely notice that you’re wearing one. As for being unsightly, we have a whole host of braces to choose from including braces which fit behind your teeth, clear removable aligners, and tooth coloured or clear braces. Just don’t expect anyone to comment on your new brace since in most cases it won’t be noticed.
  1. Veneers are a quicker alternative to braces – Veneers require removing some of the natural enamel from your teeth in order for them to be fitted and although they are great for disguising discoloured or cracked teeth, we wouldn’t recommend them as an alternative to braces which gently guide crooked teeth into the correct position.
  1. Once straight teeth will remain straight forever – Unfortunately this isn’t the case and your teeth will gradually revert back to their previous position which is why it’s so important to wear a retainer for the results to last. After all, we wouldn’t to see all that hard work undone.

So, hopefully we’ve sorted out fact from fiction and now you know a little more about braces. If you’re interested in finding out more or getting any of your questions answered, then come at speak to Dr. Colin Gardner. We offer a free consultation which you can book by calling 0141 334 3408 or take a look at our website at www.botanticsdentalcare.co.uk. For more information on all the treatments we provide.