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.


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.

How to Transform Your Smile With Instant Glasgow Orthodontics

If you’re unhappy with your smile because of crooked or misshaped teeth then instant orthodontics using porcelain veneers can transform it without needing to wear a brace. Patients opting for instant Glasgow orthodontics receive many benefits over traditional orthodontics.

What exactly are instant orthodontics?

Glasgow orthodonticsInstant orthodontics can correct teeth that are mildly misaligned and close gaps between teeth by using porcelain veneers. These are wafer thin shells of porcelain which are bonded to the front surface of the teeth to conceal any flaws and create a beautiful looking smile. Custom-crafted porcelain veneers are shaped and coloured to match your surrounding teeth to create the desired appearance.

Procedure for instant orthodontics

Treatment begins with a consultation with your dentist in Glasgow and a thorough dental examination. During this time your gums and teeth will be checked to ensure that they are in good health and suitable for treating with veneers. Once it’s determined that you are a suitable candidate then you’ll discuss how you’d like your teeth to look and treatment can begin. The process requires at least two dental visits. The first to clean and prepare the teeth and the second to fit the porcelain veneers. Preparation involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel to make room for the veneers. An impression is then taken so that each veneer can be made to exacting dental specifications by the dental laboratory and temporary veneers placed. At your second visit the temporary veneers will be removed and your permanent veneers bonded to the teeth to complete your instant Glasgow orthodontics treatment.

Benefits of instant orthodontics

  • Fast treatment which can often be completed in just two dental visits as opposed to traditional orthodontics which requires regular dental visits and can take anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
  • As the name suggests you’re rewarded with a new smile instantly – well within just 2 dental visits, anyway.
  • Porcelain veneers are easy to care for and simply require brushing and flossing as you do your natural teeth.
  • Treatment for instant orthodontics is totally painless which has its advantages over traditional braces. Metal braces can irritate the inner skin of your mouth and lips and result in pain whenever they are tightened. Veneers feel like natural teeth allowing you to enjoy a great looking smile without any pain.

Porcelain veneers aren’t suitable for everyone so if you’re considering them as an option then why not schedule a consultation with Dr. Colin Gardner who can talk you through all your options. Call Botanics Dental Care today on 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk. We look forward to meeting you.

Speaking Properly: Orthodontics to Promote Sound Speech Eloquence

Speech impediments, or orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD) in professional circles, stem from a number of things. Vocal cord damage, muscle and respiratory weaknesses, and brain damage all could distort a person’s talking abilities. We reckon that at times, crooked teeth play a role in limiting proper speech among children and adults.

orthodonticsChildren have an easier time of it because they normally have lisps and are still young speakers. Furthermore, they have more time to sort their infant dental situation, such as turning their ‘sh’ to normal ‘s’ and their ‘th’ to ‘j’.

It can be quite damaging to adults, however, for a number of ways. It may harm new and existing social and professional relationships. You know how astute people are when it comes to physical flaws, and a weakness in elocution is something they would pick up easily.

Crooked Speech

OMD is more than lisps. As embarrassing as that already is, it does gets worse for other people. Misalignment can cause whispering, problems in elocution and stuttering. The former would develop as people age and recognise their speech imperfections. These things are not much on paper but in social situations, it is devastating. It can even go as bad as hearing loss, facial injuries and other neurological disorders.

If your tongue did not move back as it should as you age, then you should consult with a GP as soon as possible. Do not settle with a talking dysfunction because it is not bad now, but tomorrow, it could plague your interpersonal relationships.

Straightening the Problem

We can help you, as dentists, in liberating you from this socially debilitating indisposition. Your teeth may be blocking your capacity to speak properly, and we will be more than accommodating to help you with this problem.

Contact us today for quality orthodontics. We would also like to inform you that we offer a full range of preventative, general and cosmetic dentistry.

When’s The Best Time To Consider Orthodontics?

Although Glasgow orthodontics can enhance a smile at any age many parents wonder at what age their child should be considered for orthodontic treatment. We recommend that the initial orthodontic evaluation takes place at the first sign of orthodontic problems and certainly no later than the age of 7. It may not be necessary to carry out any orthodontic treatment at this early age but a thorough examination can indicate at which time it would be best to begin treatment.

Optimal time for screening

Glasgow orthodonticsBy the time a child has reached the age of 7 their first adult molars should have erupted to establish a back bite. At this time an orthodontist can examine the relationship between side-to-side and front-to-back teeth. Erupting incisors at this time may be an indication of crowding, a possible overbite, an openbite, or a gummy smile. However, by carrying out a screening at this age, the chances of an attractive smile are increased.

Benefits of early Glasgow orthodontics

  • The earlier a problem is spotted the quicker it can be treated and resolved
  • Careful intervention can help guide growth and development, preventing more serious problems later on in life
  • Even if orthodontic intervention isn’t necessary at such time, the orthodontist is able to monitor development and growth and start treatment at the very best time

Why carry out interceptive treatment?

There are numerous advantages to carrying out interceptive treatment, namely

  • Preserves space for teeth that have yet to erupt
  • Reduces treatment time for braces
  • Reduces the risk of trauma to front teeth that are protruding
  • Creates room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Reduces the need for tooth removal
  • Creates facial symmetry by influencing the growth of the jaw

Glasgow orthodontics isn’t just about improving the appearance of a smile but is also about improving and correcting a bad bite or malocclusion. A malocclusion occurs when the jaw or teeth are misaligned and can affect the way you chew, clean your teeth, and smile. Malocclusions that aren’t treated can result in a number of dental problems, such as

  • Protruding teeth which are very susceptible to chipping
  • Open bites which can lead to speech impediments due to tongue thrusting habits
  • Cross bites which can result in uneven wear and tear of the teeth and unfavourable growth
  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to brush and floss which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease

As you can see Glasgow orthodontics doesn’t just create a nice looking smile, ultimately it creates a healthier you. If your child hasn’t had an orthodontic examination then we can help. Remember prevention is always better than cure so call today to make an appointment on 0141 334 3408 or book online via our website at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

Too Much of a Good Thing: The Case of Hyperdontia (Supernumerary Teeth)

Most people already know the standard ‘blueprint’ for teeth eruption: during childhood, a person has 20 teeth, then one by one, they hand these over to the tooth fairy in return for a penny, or 32 adult teeth.

This standard blueprint, however, deviates from the norm every now and again.

orthodontic treatmentThe Case of Hyperdontia

Some people develop more than 20 primary teeth—or more than 32 permanent teeth. This condition is called hyperdontia, and the additional teeth after the standard number are called supernumerary teeth. The presence of supernumerary teeth is actually more common than most people think, with reports varying from 1 to 2.5 percent of the world’s population receiving an extra chomper (or two—or more).

The Common Locations of Supernumerary Teeth

The most common location of a supernumerary tooth is in the maxillary region (upper jaw)—particularly between the two front teeth. This type of supernumerary tooth is called the mesiodent, and it needs to be extracted so that the proper teeth have space to grow. Another common type of supernumerary tooth is called the distodent, which is the extra premolar on the mandible (lower jaw).

Theories, Theories, Theories

It has not yet been established why these extra teeth develop, but there are many theories that attempt to explain the occurrence.

One theory is that it is hereditary, that a patient’s genetics are related to the development of hyperdontia. A second theory proposes that these extra teeth develop because of an unnatural division of the tooth bud.

Finally, a third theory suggests that the extra teeth are the result of hyperactivity within the dental lamina (a band of cells that spur the growth of new teeth).

The Consequences

Left untreated, hyperdontia can cause a range of dental problems. For one, they cause the failure of eruption in adjacent teeth. Second, they can displace other permanent teeth and can lead to the development of tumours. The most common issue is that once the supernumerary teeth erupt, crowding occurs in the mouth.

Studies show that patients suffering from the condition often have problems like Gardner’s syndrome, Ehler-Danlos syndrome, and cleidocranial dysplasia.

Treatment Options

Depending on the form and position of the supernumerary tooth, there are several options when it comes to dealing with the condition. Orthodontic treatment often helps, and extraction may also be necessary.

Children should typically receive a dental evaluation by the age of 7 as well, as this helps uncover potential complications due to hyperdontia.

At Botanics Dental Care, we can help you determine what to do in the rare case of a supernumerary tooth. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Glasgow Orthodontics Treatment – Understanding The Different Types Of Braces

When choosing braces for Glasgow orthodontics treatment there are several factors to consider. A patient’s age and cost, is likely to influence the decision, but thanks to continued advancements in orthodontic treatments, there is a far wider choice available to patients than ever before. From short term treatments such as Six Month Smiles, to aligners, and clear braces, Glasgow patients can benefit from some great options for achieving straight teeth and a perfect smile.

glasgow orthodonticsBefore you come to choose your particular type of braces, you need to understand just what is available and how they work.

Types of braces

  • Metal – These are the most common type of braces which most people are familiar with. Consisting of metal brackets and wires they can take up to 2 years to achieve the desired results. Most commonly used for children and teens, they can be jazzed up with coloured brackets.
  • Ceramic – These are similar to traditional metal braces with the difference being that the wires and brackets are tooth coloured so that they aren’t so visible. This makes them more popular with adults requiring Glasgow orthodontics treatment.
    • Invisible aligners – These use a system of clear plastic trays which fit over the teeth so that they’re extremely discreet and virtually invisible. The trays are changed every 2 weeks as the teeth slowly move into their correct positions. They can also be removed for eating and cleaning the teeth. Again, these are very popular with adults who don’t want to be seen wearing braces. They are more costly than most other types of braces, however.
  • Lingual braces – These braces use metal wires which sit behind the top teeth rather than across the front which makes them less obvious. They can be uncomfortable at the start and when the wires are adjusted during treatment. They also involve regular visits to the dental clinic. Maintenance is also more tricky with this type of brace. However, despite the high cost, they’re a popular choice because they’re invisible.

Settling on the right orthodontics treatment for you

The first step is to arrange a consultation Dr Colin Gardner at Botanics Dental Care. He’ll do a thorough examination of your mouth, take some X-rays and discuss your best options. Call today on 0141 334 3408 or book an appointment online at our website www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

Why Are More Adults Seeking Glasgow Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry which deals with the growth of teeth, jaws, and the face and is very much in demand. In particular, as a Glasgow dentist, we’re seeing a big increase in the number of adults seeking private orthodontic care. So why is this?

Glasgow orthodonticsOrthodontics is all about making the most of what you’ve got with regards to the appearance and function of your teeth. Although many patients seek Glasgow orthodontics as a means of improving their smile, for us it’s more important that their mouth and jaws work in harmony. Once a bite has been corrected then it’s easier to eat and it’s also easier to clean your teeth and gums properly.

A smile can open up new doors

A smile is more than just a facial expression and many adults are finding that an attractive smile opens up new doors for them. Rightly or wrongly, people are often judged by their appearance and an attractive healthy smile sends out the signal that this person cares and looks after themselves. A ready smile also indicates that a person is friendly and easy to communicate with and has the ability to put others at ease. This can lead to promotions in the workplace or a person landing their dream job. It’s not just about the working environment either. An attractive smile can apparently work wonders for your love life too. The majority of people on dating sites are first attracted to a person with a nice smile, so you can see that there’s plenty of reasons why adults are seeking orthodontic care in Glasgow.

Benefits of Glasgow orthodontics

  • Corrects alignment of upper and lower arches
  • Removal of dental crowding
  • Correction of the bite
  • Less likelihood of damaging prominent teeth
  • Reversal of drifting teeth, especially in older people who have suffered advanced gum disease
  • Improved facial aesthetics
  • Preparation for advanced treatments such as dental implants, crowns and bridges

Some of the most common reasons that patients consider orthodontics in Glasgow are protruding front teeth; crowding or gaps perhaps due to a narrow jaw; asymmetry – when the central lines of upper and lower teeth don’t match; and impacted teeth where the secondary teeth have come through in the wrong position or have failed to erupt at all.

If you’re unhappy with your smile then we can help. Thanks to advances in dental technology clear braces in Glasgow are readily available and more discreet than ever before. Other types can be removed for cleaning, and some offer results in as little as 6 months. Whatever your dental problems, just come and have a chat with Dr. Colin Gardner and together you can discuss your options. Call Botanics Dental Care today on 0141 334 3408 to book a consultation or get in touch via our website at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

How To Brush With Braces

As a dentist in Glasgow we can’t emphasis enough the importance of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. A clean mouth is a happy mouth and it’s one that also puts a smile on our faces.

Glasgow orthodonticsKeeping up a good level of oral hygiene is especially important when you wear a brace and that’s because braces have tiny spaces where small particles of food can easily get trapped. Not cleaning your teeth and gums thoroughly when wearing braces can cause the enamel on your teeth to get stained and for tooth decay to form around the brackets.

Glasgow orthodontics is all about straightening crooked teeth and correcting a bad bite and after a few years of treatment, it’s always very sad if a patient finishes their orthodontic treatment and then has to undergo further restorative work because they haven’t kept their teeth and gums healthy while wearing their brace. We understand that brushing, particularly if you have a fixed brace can be difficult, so we thought we’d give you 5 tips to keep your mouth (and us) happy.

  1. Get the angle right – Brushing is a bit like geometry in that it’s all about angles. With that said, you need to angle your brush downwards to brush the top surfaces of your teeth and the wires of your braces. To brush the bottom of your teeth then angle your brush upwards. Ask your dentist about interdental brushes which are useful for reaching those small fiddly areas around the brackets, helping to remove plaque.
  1. Clean each tooth individually for about 10 seconds, applying gentle pressure as you use move your brush in a small circular motion. Repeat this action on all the outer and inner surfaces, tilting your brush as necessary.
  1. Brush after every meal and snack, since the longer sugars and acids contained in food are in contact with your tooth enamel, the more chance there is of plaque forming. If you can’t brush right away then rinse your mouth with water.
  1. Fluoride is very effective at fighting tooth decay so make sure that your toothpaste contains this.
  1. Finally, there’s no excuse for not flossing just because you’re wearing braces. In fact it’s more important than ever at this time to floss. We recommend that you use waxed floss or dental tape which is easier to use with braces. Take care when threading it under the main wire to prevent damaging your brace.

Be prepared to spend about three times as long as normal cleaning your teeth and gums when wearing a brace. Sure, it might seem a drag but the results are more than worth it.

If you’d like to learn more about cleaning your mouth properly when wearing a brace then please feel free to make an appointment with our hygienist. We’re also happy to offer a free consultation if you’re considering braces and need some advice on your options. Why not call Botanics Dental Care on 0141 334 3408 or check out our website at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk for more information on all the services we provide. Dr. Colin Gardner and the team look forward to welcoming you to the clinic.