By Royal Appointment

With the embossed “official” invitations in our hands along with our photo ID’s we headed to Holyrood Palace for the Queen’s annual garden party in Edinburgh yesterday.
Thankfully the weather improved and for the most part the sun shone – and the rain stayed away.
We joined several hundred other invited guests in the shadow of the impressive Holyrood palace and watched Her Majesty and the rest of her royal group emerge from her Scottish residence.
As well as some superb sandwiches and cakes, pomp and circumstance were the orders of the day and the afternoon was all highly entertaining and enjoyable.
We secured good vantage points to see the Queen performing her duties during the afternoon.
Aside from the Queen, we bumped into some other people we knew – several dentists and a couple of my patients.

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Meeting with the master

One of the most important people I work with on a regular basis is a ceramist – the person charged with the task of “creating” teeth for use in crown, bridge and implant work.
Last night the man I call my “master ceramist” was in Glasgow for a meeting as part of my plans for the new clinic.
He’s based in Manchester but thanks to the wonders of technology and high-speed delivery services he offers me – and my patients – a bespoke service in creating what I consider to be some of the best work I’ve seen.
We had a chance to show him around the new clinic – albeit that it’s still a building site – but at least he could see my vision emerging.

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A jumbo task

I don’t think I’ve had to make so many decisions and consider so many choices in my life as I’m currently experiencing in the refurbishment project for the new clinic.
Everything from wallcoverings to sophisticated new dental equipment and accessories seem to come with endless options.
But choice is good – and it’s important that I get the clinic looking and feeling exactly as my vision intends it to be when it’s complete later this year.
One decision I made brought a smile to my face today.
I was in discussion with the interior designer and considering paint colours for some of the areas.
I opted for a particular shade and we both burst out laughing when we saw the colour title – “Elephant’s Breath”!

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In the heart of Hyndland

I’m guessing now that work’s underway many of the neighbouring residents and locals in Hyndland will be watching with interest the transformation gets underway.
Yesterday Ruth, one of the team from the Hyndland Heart magazine, came to visit and interview me about my plans. They also recorded our chat and will post as a podcast on the magazine’s website in the future.

Belfast beckons

We were off for a whistle-stop visit to Belfast for the wedding of a dentist friend. It was great to catch up with former university colleagues and share experiences of our lives out in the real world. We were blessed with great weather so all in all a good day.  Best wishes for a bright and happy future to the newlyweds.

New clinic work moves up a gear

With planning permission approved we’re ‘all systems go’ with the transformation of the building that will house our new clinic later this year.
A lot of the work at this stage is stripping out existing flooring, temporary walls, old lighting systems and years of what can only be described as “old DIY”.
Our team of craftsmen are working hard to return some of the former glory to this wonderful old building.
It’s early days but we’re already seeing positives in the development work.
We’ll keep you posted!

Dallas date makes me 1st in Scotland

I was delighted to take up the offer of a scholarship from Biohorizons to attend the Centre for Advanced Dental Education in Dallas.

This renowned clinic is run by Edward Patrick Allen. The course focuses on advanced intraoral plastic surgery techniques with the use of an alloderm which is a special tissue graft material.  These techniques will allow recreation of a more natural result in oral restorations by increasing available tissue volume and quality.

The alloderm can be used in aesthetic applications to decrease or restore areas of gum recession.  I am the first clinician from Scotland to have been trained in this technique and am very excited about using it with my patients.

New technique offers great benefits

I’ve just come back from a three country educational tour – visiting Sweden, the USA and Canada.

The final part of the trip involved two days of surgery with Steve Bonguard in Toronto.  Steve uses an All-on-4 technique to great effect in restoring both function and aesthetics to individuals with missing teeth.

This technique allows the possible avoidance of invasive grafting procedures and also allows the immediate loading of the implants for same day teeth.

I look forward to utilising this advanced technique to benefit the patients under my care.

Steve will be working with me in Scotland this coming summer where we will carry out some surgery together in the new clinic.

Straight talking benefits

I’m working with the team from Inman Aligners – a method of aligning and straightening patient’s teeth in as little as 4-16 weeks with remarkable results.
It’s a removable appliance and the benefits are great….indeed it’s been hailed as  “the biggest breakthrough in dentistry of the millennium.”
Currently many patients opt to have porcelain veneers placed to get that perfect smile. But why do they choose this method in their quest for perfection? In some cases where there has been structural damage, deep staining, caries and old poor restorations beautiful porcelain veneers can provide aesthetic and functional benefits. However, in cases where the teeth are just crowded and out of position veneers often seem attractive. This is because until recently, the orthodontic alternative has been either unattractive fixed brackets which often will take months if not years, or invisible braces which also take time and the costs can be high. Many adults just will not wait that long. So what if there was a way of aligning their teeth in a much shorter time at less cost? How many patients would still choose to have veneers if they knew they might be able to align their teeth in as little as 4-16 weeks? In cases where veneers are the preferred solution, wouldn’t most patients prefer to align their teeth first before veneer preparation to avoid any future problems? This is where the Inman Aligner comes in and it can change everything.

*If you or a member of your family has an interest in the above treatment then please contact our clinic on 0141 339 7579. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services including dental implants and veneers.

A princely sum

We supported The Prince’s Trust Scotland recently when we donated a prize of teeth whitening session to a charity lunch organised by Glasgow’s Lady Provost Sheena M. Duncan Winter.

I’ve just had a letter from the Lady Provost to say the event at the City Chambers raised a fantastic £35,000.

She described the sum as “truly magnificent” and I agree 100%.
I look forward to welcome the person who received the prize and doing my bit to enhance their smile.