Guest blog: Newest team member Imran shares his view on specialist orthodontics

We’re delighted to welcome our newest team member specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi to our Glasgow dental clinic. Imran has penned our August Guest Blog…

“Often we are asked what is the difference between a specialist orthodontist and a dentist that does orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that is concerned with the development and management of irregularities and abnormalities in the teeth and jaws.

The field of orthodontics largely focuses on treatments such as tooth straightening using orthodontic braces or aligners, as well as problems pertaining to the jaw. The aim of orthodontics is to produce a healthy, functioning bite, creating higher resistance to disease processes and improving your personal appearance. Patients find that orthodontic treatment contributes to both their mental and physical wellbeing.

specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi joins our team at Glasgow dental clinic

Specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi

All specialist orthodontists in the UK have undertaken several years of further training after completing their dental degree. Hence they have a strong and broad foundation in general and hospital dentistry. The specialist training programmes are competitively entered and concurrently the orthodontist will have undertaken postgraduate university research to Masters or Doctorate level.

Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry’s orthodontists – I’ve joined Andrew McGregor who’s also based here – are registered on the General Dental Council as specialists.

BEST OPTIONS AND TREATMENTS

Therefore orthodontists have the full training to advise the best options and treatments for their patients. This ranges from simple and swift to complex and gold standard complete correction. As specialists, they know what’s appropriate for you, with current, evidence based knowledge and techniques.

Some general dentists have completed shorter and much less detailed courses in orthodontics and have an interest in the subject. They would have varying levels of expertise and ability in orthodontics.

The decision as to whether to have treatment with a specialist orthodontist or non-specialist is ultimately up to the individual. Cost wise, dentists and orthodontists generally charge the same amount for similar orthodontic treatment. As a patient you get the added benefit of being treated by a specialist when you see a qualified orthodontist.

INTEGRATED TREATMENTS OF THE HIGHEST STANDARD

At Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry we all work closely together with our professional colleagues to provide our patients integrated treatments of the highest standard. This can involve many disciplines from: root treatment; sedation; cosmetic dentistry and dental implants and all supported by our hygienists and dental nurses.

The specialist orthodontists are able to liaise with the team intricately at every stage, which is especially important when our patients are being transferred to or from our orthodontic care. It is imperative that this is undertaken seamlessly and easily for our patients to maintain our practice ethos of advanced dentistry.”

If you have any questions about Imran’s guest post or would like to learn more about the treatments and services we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic then please contact us via this website of by telephoning our reception team on 0141 339 7579.