Specialist orthodontist Imran makes keynote speech at 60th anniversary event

Our Glasgow dental clinic team’s most recent recruit is specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi.

He bring his orthodontic expertise to our clinic after years of study, training and experience in this area of dentistry.

He recently had the honour of addressing the British Society for Oral and Dental Research to mark this prestigious organisation’s 60th anniversary.

Specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi at Glasgow dental clinic Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry receiving top award

Our Glasgow dental clinic’s specialist orthodontist Imran receives his award from Professor Watson


Here Imran tells us what the event was about and the focus of his keynote speech…

“I had been previously awarded the TC White Lecture Award by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and was invited by the British Society for Oral and Dental Research to present my winning lecture earlier this month.

This was the society’s 60th annual meeting hosted by the University of Bristol in the unique town of Bath.

My presentation was called “Computer prediction systems for planning the surgical correction of facial deformities.”

It was about my research undertaken at the University of Glasgow and involves using advanced cone beam CT and surgical predictions to help patient with dento-facial deformities.

We have a similar cone beam CT machine in the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic, which we use for all our dental implant, cosmetic, orthodontic and endodontic work.


These highly specific and specialised machines capture radiographic images in detailed 3D, which allow the dental team at the Glasgow dental clinic to provide advanced dentistry.

I received my certificate and award from Professor Tim Watson who is the President of the British Society for Oral and Dental Research, and from the feedback I’ve had, the lecture was well received.”

If you have any questions about this blog post or would like to find out more about the orthodontic services we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic then please contact us via the website by clicking here or calling 0141 339 7579.

What’s in a name? The story behind our Glasgow dental clinic

Exterior of the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic which offers bespoke general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and life enhancing dental implants

Exterior shot of our clinic – with our name displayed.

We’re often asked about our Glasgow dental clinic’s name – Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry at Hyndland Dental Clinic – and why we selected that name to be proudly displayed on our premises here in the West End of Glasgow.

As the founder of the clinic I was more than happy to have my name ‘above the door’ but I also wanted a clinic title that sums up exactly what we offer in terms of treatments and services for our patients.

The title’s key word is “advanced” which, in our view, covers a myriad aspects of our patient care package…

Here are just three advanced aspects that we feel sum up exactly what we’re about –

Advanced care – this is key to everything we do at the clinic. From the moment our reception team receive your initial call or welcome you for the first visit patient care is our number one priority. Our dental care professionals are well qualified and experienced in their fields to deliver the right treatment plans for each patient, whether it’s for bespoke general dentistry, maintenance and hygiene services to more complex services such as cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, specialist orthodontic work or dental implant surgery which is one of our Glasgow clinic’s particular focuses.

Advanced technology – when we were setting up our clinic we scoured the world for the best in cutting-edge equipment to ensure that with our professional skills we were able to offer the patients 21st century advanced treatment. We continue to upgrade/renew our equipment and technology and are constantly researching the latest advances in the dental care world.

Advanced dentistry – we work hard every day to ensure our ‘patient journey’ is right. We consider that our standards of care/treatment are such that we believe our patients are assured of the very best at all times. We consider that our ‘package’ of care/treatment along with our high levels of professionalism, supported by our clinic’s technology and equipment more than earns the label ‘advanced dentistry’.

We are also happy that the name we selected for our Glasgow clinic – Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry at Hyndland Dental Clinic – was approved by the General Dental Council before we went ahead with the official naming back in 2010.

Summing up we believe we offer ‘dentistry with a difference’ and are happy to discuss your dental care/needs.

Should you have any questions about this blog post or would like to discover more about the treatments/services we can offer our patients at our Glasgow clinic then please get in touch with us on 0141 339 7579 or via the contact section of the website.

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.


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.


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.

New team member: specialist orthodontist Imran joins us

specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi joins our team at Glasgow dental clinic

Specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi

It’s a warm welcome to our newest team member who joins us today…

We’re delighted to welcome Imran Shafi, specialist orthodontist, to the Glasgow dental clinic team of clinical professionals.

Imran joins fellow specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor in the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry staff line-up.

Orthodontics can play a vital part in a patient’s aesthetic and functional rehabilitation treatment plan and it’s great having Imran on board to complement and enhance our existing team.

Imran is a graduate from Glasgow University and after completing his vocational training in Newcastle headed to Australia where he worked for two years.

On returning to these shores he completed his specialist orthodontist training, being awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics) at Glasgow in 2011.

His research won two extremely important and prestigious prizes – the Royal College TC White Lecturer Award and the Royal Society of Medicine Odontology President’s Prize Award.

I know from speaking with Imran as he prepared to join the team how much he is looking forward to seeing patients here at the clinic.

As with all our dental professionals here, Imran Shafi is registered with the General Dental Council and his registration number is 79325.

Should you have any questions about this post or would like to know more about orthodontic treatment and the other services/treatments we offer here please contact us via the website or by calling our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Orthodontic patient gives feedback on treatment: “most impressive”

Regular followers of our Glasgow dental clinic blog will know that we often post testimonials from patients who are happy to share their feedback on the experience of treatment and services we offer here.

Today’s testimonial comes from a lady in her early 20s who opted to see our specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor (pictured below) for treatment.

Adult orthodontics are more common than many people think and that’s one of the reasons we’re delighted to have a specialist orthodontist on board in our team.

Specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor based at our Glasgow dental clinic

Our specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor

The patient wrote the following:

“Many thanks to Andrew and the team at Philip Friel’s clinic. Despite being generally happy with my teeth, I wanted to discretely fix the few lower teeth that were crossing at the front.

I am so pleased with my decision to use a lingual brace to do so – it did the job very quickly and painlessly!


Andrew was confident in his abilities which were reassuring throughout the treatment and the same can be said for the nurses who were all lovely.

The few times I needed something fixed on my brace, Philip was able to stand in for Andrew so I was seen as soon as possible. The ability to be so accommodating was most impressive considering how busy the practice is.

All in all, my experience at Philip Friel dentistry can only be described as a pleasure. The stylish practice and the pleasant receptionists only added to the friendly and professional service.


I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the practice to anybody.”

We’re really grateful to the patient for sharing this feedback.

If you would like to find out more about the orthodontic treatments we offer patients or about our services in general please feel free to contact the clinic on 0141 339 7579.

We will be delighted to help you with any enquiries.

Caring for your teeth if you have fixed orthodontic appliances

For patients with Fixed Orthodontic Appliances it’s vital to ensure your teeth are well cared for during treatment.

We’ve asked the clinic’s specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor to give us some guidance on how best to achieve maximum dental hygiene when you’re wearing a fixed appliance.

These are general guidelines for patients being treated with fixed orthodontics treatments.

If you have any queries please ask, Andrew and our team here at our Glasgow dental clinic are on hand to help with any questions.

Fixed appliances consist of metal or ceramic brackets glued to the front or back of teeth. These components are connected by a horseshoe-shaped archwire.

The brackets and bands are not removed until the end of treatment, however, certain components of the appliance (such as the archwire) may be changed during treatment.

You may experience a small amount of discomfort when the appliance is first fitted and after each adjustment appointment. This will normally settle after a few days, but mild pain killers such as paracetamol may be helpful.

The metal attachments themselves can irritate the inside of the lips and cheeks and are particularly noticeable when first fitted. You may need to apply some soft wax over the surface of the brackets or bands to prevent discomfort. Please don’t hesitate to ask any of the team for a supply of this soft wax – in case it’s required.

It is essential that you keep your appliance and teeth clean. If plaque and food debris are allowed to collect around the appliance staining and discolouration of the enamel and tooth decay can occur. A diet high in sugar is likely to make this worse, therefore sweets and sugary drinks (such as cola and lemonade) should be avoided as much as possible.

Your appliance is very delicate and easily damaged. Hard or sticky food such as toffees and chewing gum must be avoided altogether. Any other foods which are part of your normal diet but which would require hard chewing should be cut into small, manageable pieces.

Breakages are less likely to happen if you follow the instructions above. If you break your appliance please telephone us during normal working hours so that arrangements can be made to repair it. When you attend for routine appointments, please tell us immediately if you suspect that part of your appliance has become loose or damaged.

In the later stages of treatment elastic bands may be placed on your appliances (usually connecting the upper and lower braces) to help move your teeth into the correct position. You will be shown how to place these yourself.

Elastics are an essential part of treatment and must be worn as instructed. Normally this should be full time, although they must be taken off when cleaning your teeth. Once you have been given elastics to wear, assume that you will need to wear them until the end of treatment, or until you are instructed otherwise.

Normal sports mouthguards cannot be worn with fixed appliances, however, special mouthguards can be provided if you need them. Please ask for further details of cost.

Thinking about braces? Key information about orthodontic work at our Glasgow dental clinic

Here at our clinic in Glasgow we’re fortunate to have a team of well qualified and experienced dental care professionals on hand for our patients.

Among the team is Andrew McGregor (pictured) who is our orthodontic specialist who has trained specifically in the field of orthodontic work.

Here Andrew writes about the treatments involved in orthodontics work and hopefully answers some questions you may have. Should you require any other information we’re happy to take your questions via the website, by phone or in person if you pop into the clinic.

Specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor based at our Glasgow dental clinic

Our specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor

There are many reasons people seek orthodontic (brace) treatment which range from personal concerns about the appearance of teeth to the family dentist observing problems with a bite or facial profile.

Corrections of crowded, squint or spaced teeth to improve smile appearance are perhaps the most common motivators for people to enquire about braces in my experience. There are a range of appliances available that can do this depending on the severity of the problem and the patient’s wishes. Although the principal goal is to correct the dental aesthetics in such cases, every effort is made to maintain or enhance facial appearance in conjunction.

Dentists tend to send patients to orthodontists for more complex reasons such as; concerns about poor biting relationships of the teeth and jaws, situations where there is an increased risk of trauma to teeth, treatment of impacted, missing and displaced teeth and reversal of the drifting of teeth seen in adults who have previously experienced gum disease. Dentists carrying out advanced procedures such as implants, crowns or bridges also find orthodontic ‘preparation’ of teeth invaluable in allowing them to achieve the best result possible.

This requires high levels of communication between the advanced dentist and orthodontist to be successful which is why having an orthodontist based at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry helps to deliver optimal care.

However big or small the perceived problem, a consultation with an orthodontic specialist is a good place to start exploring the options.

The assessment is usually divided into two visits. The first involves a bit of ‘getting to know you’, where, following discussion about what the patient is looking to gain from orthodontics, a full assessment and necessary records (X-rays, photos, moulds of teeth) are taken.

The follow-up appointment will be to discuss, in detail, the treatment options available and also gives the opportunity to ask any questions. If a treatment plan is agreed at this stage then arrangements can then be made to get started!

Overall, orthodontics represents a range of relatively low-risk treatments that can help many people improve their dental health and appearance for life if they are willing to make the commitment.

This blog was written by Andrew McGregor
Specialist Orthodontist
GDC No. 80505

Orthodontics – could they help you?

Our clinic’s specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor (pictured below) tells us that, according to the British Orthodontist Society, almost 1 MILLION people started orthodontic treatment last year.

Andrew who is based at our Glasgow dental clinic sums why more people opt for the treatment: “Orthodontic treatment is about making the best of your teeth and improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws. Once you are able to bite together correctly, you can eat more comfortably and look after your teeth and gums more easily. And one of the best results of all is that your smile will benefit immensely!”

To achieve the status of specialist Andrew undertook six years of full time post graduate training and was required to pass professional examinations. Like most orthodontic specialists, he treats only orthodontic patients and is therefore best placed to give optimal care and treatment. For more information see the orthodontics section under Our Treatments section of this website. Click here for more.


Specialist orthodontist joins our Glasgow dental clinic

Andrew McGregor: Specialist orthodontist

Specialist orthodontist joins our ranks: welcome Andrew!

Meet Andrew McGregor, latest team member at the clinic. Andrew is a specialist orthodontist.
He’ll be offering adult orthodontics at our Glasgow clinic.

He graduated from Glasgow University in 2002 with degrees in Pathology and Dentistry and attained Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2004.
In 2005 he began a two year stint lecturing in Oral Surgery at Sydney University.
Once back in the UK he commenced three year training in orthodontics at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, passing his Masters degree and Membership in Orthodontics exam in 2010.

Specialist orthodontist joins our Glasgow dental clinic

Andrew McGregor: Specialist orthodontist

Now as well as the full range of general, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry and dental implant surgery, we can offer range of orthodontic treatments and braces including aligners, lingual and ceramic appliances.
Welcome Andrew!