FAQ

Who is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a specialist dentist who has undergone an additional full time postgraduate course of dental training and experience. This additional training specifically in orthodontics enables a specialist to provide treatment and care to a much higher level than a general dentist. All orthodontists are dentists but less than 10% of dentists are orthodontists, making it a very specialist field in dentistry. An orthodontist can help straighten your teeth, correct your bite, and improve the appearance of your smile.
How do braces work?
Braces apply gentle, constant pressure to your teeth, gradually moving them to allow new
bone to grow which holds them in place to achieve the desired results.
Do braces hurt?
Fitting the brace shouldn’t hurt, however, your teeth and gums may ache and feel a little uncomfortable for a few days afterwards. This discomfort varies from person to person and may occur each time your brace is adjusted. Taking pain relief medication for a day or two following having your brace fitted will help with this.
Will braces damage my teeth?
Wearing braces won’t damage your teeth. However, you must look after your teeth by brushing them regularly and avoiding sugary food and drinks between meals. If you don’t take care of your teeth, with or without braces, you will cause damage.
How long does it take to have braces fitted?
There are many different types of brace and the time to fit them varies. On average, removable braces take as little as 10 minutes to fit. Fixed braces can take around 30 to 40 minutes to fit.
How long will I need to wear braces?
Length of treatment varies from person to person but, on average, treatment time is often around 18 months. We are specialists and will recommend the treatment that will give you the best result in the shortest amount of time.
Can I still eat when I am wearing braces?
Of course! You can still have a normal diet, however, some foods and drinks should be avoided as eating them could result in breaking or damaging your brace which can prolong your treatment. Fizzy drinks are best avoided and you’ll need to be cautious when eating hard food. Foods which could break your brace include chewy sweets, crusty bread and apples. We advise that you chop up fruit and veg and chew with your back teeth.
Will the NHS pay for my treatment?
NHS treatment is available for everyone, both adults and children, as long as they meet the criteria set by the NHS. Further information about the costs of NHS dental treatment in Scotland can be found by clicking here.
How do I know if I qualify for NHS treatment?
During your initial consultation with one of our specialist orthodontists, it is usually possible to tell if the NHS will fund your treatment. For borderline cases, it may be necessary to make a submission to the Health Board before we can answer this for you. This may take a few months. For those who do not meet the Health Board criteria and are under 18, we offer a self funded package using NHS style braces.
What are the advantages of private treatment?
The main benefits of having private treatment are:

  • There are no waiting lists.  To see an orthodontist on the NHS, waiting lists can be very lengthy, sometimes over 1 year long.  When you choose to have private treatment, there is no waiting list and you can select an appointment time to suit you.
  • A wider choice of braces are available.  NHS braces are stainless steel.  If you would rather have a more discreet, cosmetic brace, we have options which are virtually invisible.
Do I need to visit my dentist if I need to get braces?
Yes, looking after your teeth and gums is very important, before, during and after treatment. We recommend you visit your dentist every six months.
My dentist offers a Six Month Smile, why should I come to you?
Dentists who offer Six Month Smiles take a course to carry out a very simple orthodontic treatment. The course can be taken online and can be completed in as little as 3 hours. This basic brace only straightens your front teeth and may not give you the full smile correction you are looking for. This type of brace does not move teeth any quicker.

As specialist orthodontists, we have undergone an additional 6 years training. We have both the experience and the knowledge to give a wider range of treatment options which are no more expensive than the Six Month Smiles appliances.

Can I phone to make an appointment?
For private treatment, you can call us on 0141 763 2164 to make an appointment. For NHS treatment, your dentist will need to process a referral before an appointment can be made. We also offer free video consultations to discuss your options with one of our treatment coordinators.
What will my first visit be like?
Firstly, we will make you feel at ease by introducing you to our friendly team. The main aim of your first appointment is to work out if you need orthodontic treatment and, if so, what treatment is right for you.

One of our Specialist Orthodontists will examine your teeth, mouth and jaws. 3D scans may need to be taken. These will give us measurements which will help to determine whether you require treatment, and if you do, which appliance would be the best one for you. We tailor your treatment plan to best suit your individual needs.

Your first appointment will typically last between 15 – 30 minutes, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Once we’ve had a look at your 3D scan results and checked your dental records, we will get in touch with you to arrange a follow up appointment. If you require treatment, we’ll discuss treatment plans, cost estimations and will go into more detail about the appliances suited for you.

What happens after my braces have been fitted?

We provide different levels of aftercare depending on your treatment.

For patients who have been referred for NHS treatment, once your braces have been removed, we will provide 3 follow-up appointments during that year to supervise your retainers. Please note that if you partially fund your NHS treatment, there is a charge for supervision of retention.

Private patients are provided with a Starter Care Kit once their braces have been fitted. As a private patient, you will also receive your retainer alongside 1 year supervision.

All patients receive their retainers with a carry case.

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