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Orthodontic Treatment: What is Involved & How it Can Help

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

Orthodontic treatment is a phrase you have probably heard banded around by dentists, friends or colleagues, but you may have been left wondering what exactly is involved in orthodontic treatment?  

Well, don’t worry, as you’re not alone. 

Orthodontics has a wide scope and can involve many different forms of treatment. The basis of orthodontic treatment is improving the appearance of teeth, straightening tooth alignment, improving speech, correcting bite issues and protecting teeth from damage and disruption further down the line.  

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What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics focuses on straightening teeth and improving the look of smiles by using teeth straightening appliances. These can include:

  • Fixed dental braces – the most well-known orthodontic appliance, usually used for teens. Also known as traditional metal braces or train track braces
  • Dental retainers – dental retainers are removable, plastic plates made bespoke to your mouth. Patients who wear dental braces will usually be asked to wear retainers for months, or even years, after their treatment to keep their teeth in place.
  • Teeth aligners – teeth aligners are perfect for making small corrections in the teeth and jaw. This orthodontic treatment option has become increasingly popular and more advanced in recent years.

Orthodontic treatment as an adult

For many of us, we think of orthodontic treatment as something that is only provided to teenagers. Perhaps we even had orthodontic treatment as teens ourselves. 

However, in recent years adult orthodontics has grown in popularity. This is due to modern advancements in dental technology and the many new adult teeth straightening solutions that have been designed to correct teeth alignment quickly, discreetly, and in the most convenient way possible.  

Common reasons for choosing adult orthodontics are: 

  • Patients feeling unhappy with the current position of their teeth 
  • Eager to achieve a straighter, more symmetrical smile  
  • Teeth have slowly misaligned over time since having orthodontic treatment as a teen 
  • Undergoing a full smile makeover  
  • Hoping to correct bite and minimise gaps between teeth 
  • Looking to straighten teeth quickly for a big life event, such as a wedding 

Whatever the reason may be, orthodontic treatment is an ideal solution for improving the aesthetic look of your smile.  

Many patients who straighten their smile through adult orthodontic options then go on to further improve the appearance of their smiles through other cosmetic dental treatments, such as teeth whitening or composite bonding.  

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How orthodontic treatment works

Orthodontic treatment works by using teeth straightening appliances to gradually move teeth into their desired position, creating beautiful, straight smiles for adults and teens.   

When visiting The Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow, the first step in your orthodontic journey will be to speak with your orthodontist and decide on the type of teeth straightening appliance that will be best suited for your mouth and circumstance.  

For teens and young adults, traditional metal braces are the most popular option. For adults, clear teeth aligners have become a popular tooth straightening option. 

With either type of appliance, your orthodontist will gradually progress your treatment to gradually move your teeth into their desired position. With traditional fixed braces, this will involve the orthodontist tightening the braces every 3-4 months. For clear aligners, you will simply progress through the sets of aligners as your teeth shift in position.  

Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

When it comes to any type of dental treatment, patients tend to fret over the potential pain and discomfort that it will cause. Orthodontics is no exception, with many patients, both young and old, asking us “Does orthodontic treatment hurt?”.  

The answer is both yes and no. Having braces or aligners fitted will not hurt, although you may feel some discomfort during the procedures  

As your teeth start to move in position, you will notice heightened sensitivity and mild pain. This pain is particularly noticeable whenever patients have their braces tightened or move on to the next set of aligners, as the teeth are being given a gentle but firm push in their alignment. 

With this being said, pain and discomfort tend to only last a few days after tightening and is rarely severe. To help you through the pain, try to see it as a sure sign that the teeth are straightening and your dream smile is slowly but surely becoming a reality.

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The advancement of clear orthodontics

One of the main reasons for orthodontic treatment becoming more popular in adults is due to the revelation of clear orthodontics.  

Clear orthodontics provides a discreet tooth straightening option so that adults can go about their daily professional lives without any of their friends or colleagues noticing that they are undergoing teeth straightening treatment. 

In addition to clear aligners, which have led the way in clear adult orthodontics, orthodontists can now offer clear traditional dental braces as an additional option when it comes to clear orthodontics for adults.

Clear orthodontic treatment options 

There are two main options when it comes to clear orthodontics for adults, these being:  

  • Clear adult braces  
  • Clear teeth aligners  

Clear adult braces  

Clear adult braces are traditional metal braces made to be as invisible and discreet as possible when in the mouth. They are highly effective and will correct alignment in 6-24 months, depending on the current state of the patient’s mouth.  

Clear teeth aligners  

Clear teeth aligners are arguably the most attractive orthodontic option for adults due to them being fully removeable, discreet and comfortable in the mouth and highly effective in correcting misaligned or gapped teeth.  

The two leading clear aligners solutions on the market today are: 

Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect work in similar ways.  

Your orthodontist will start by taking impressions of your mouth in order to construct your bespoke, custom-made teeth aligners.  

Your orthodontist will inform you of how to properly wear the clear teeth aligners, outlining important points such as: 

  • The number of hours they should be worn for each day 
  • How to keep the aligners clean 
  • When to come back into the surgery for checks-ups and consolations  
  • When to move on to the next aligner  

The number of aligners you will be provided with will depend on the plan that you choose. The treatment plan can be decided on with your orthodontist, with cost and the amount of work that needs to be done being the two key deciding factors for most patients. 

As you progress through your treatment and your teeth gradually move in position, you will swap out the old aligners for new ones until the plan is finished, leaving you with a perfectly straight smile that will last for years to come.  

If you are unsure of whether Invisalign or ClearCorrect treatment is best for you, The Berkeley Clinic has a helpful breakdown on this issue, found via the link above.  

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Orthodontic treatment costs

Orthodontic treatment is a necessary treatment option for many patients across the UK.  

In Scotland, legislation has recently changed so that NHS dental treatment is free for all patients under the age of 26. This means you can benefit from adult braces for free if you fall into this age bracket.  

However, anyone over the age of 26 or interested in private orthodontic treatment options, such as clear aligner treatment from Invisalign or ClearCorrect, will need to pay for their treatment.  

The cost of orthodontic treatment will vary depending on the type of treatment you choose and the exact plan you and your orthodontist decide on. To make the most more manageable for our patients, The Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow offers a helpful dental finance plan so you can spread the cost of your advanced orthodontic treatment.  

To get an accurate quote on your teeth straightening treatment, contact The Berkeley Clinic today on 0141 564 1900. 

Benefit from world leading orthodontics at The Berkeley Clinic

If you are interested in straightening your teeth, correcting alignment, closing gaps and correcting bite issues, then orthodontic treatment is the perfect solution for you. 

The Berkeley Clinc has a team of world-class orthodontists at-hand to guide you every step of the way in your teeth straightening journey. We’ll offer our honest advice on the orthodontic treatment that is best suited for your needs and assist you throughout the treatment to ensure the end result is exactly what you envisioned.  

To find out more about the orthodontic treatment offered at The Berkeley Clinic, or to book your initial consultation with one of our Glasgow orthodontists, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.

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Why Clear Aligners? 

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Have you heard of clear aligners? They might just have been referred to by their brand names, especially big names like Invisalign and ClearCorrect. 

Clear Aligners vs. Traditional Braces 

If you have memories as a child of dealing with dental braces or if you have a friend who did, you probably know that most users feel some frustration with them, especially at mealtimes.  

Maybe the most important difference between clear aligners and traditional metal braces is that they’re fully removable, allowing patients to eat, brush, or floss without them – though you do still have to wear them for at least the recommended amount of time each day to get results

A second benefit is, as the name suggests, they’re clear, and for many dental patients (especially adults) this is much more attractive. Like it or not, there is still a stigma against dental braces, and clear aligners are mostly used in adult orthodontic treatment (though some teens use them). 

Lastly, clear aligners are comfortable to wear, partly because they have some flexibility. 

They’re best used with multiple different aligners over the course of the treatment, as this allows the dentist to reduce any discomfort by changing aligners as the teeth approach the correct positions. 

Clear aligners might be for you if you weren’t able to treat misaligned teeth in your youth, or if your teeth have reverted following a younger treatment. 

Clear aligners can give you the straight, perfect smile of your dreams without disrupting your daily life. Your set will be custom-made to fit your mouth to reduce discomfort. 

At the Berkeley Clinic we only work with ClearCorrect and Invisalign aligners, these being the most reliable, high-quality options available. We do also offer clear adult braces as an alternative tooth straightening option for adult orthodontic patients. 

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What You Can Expect from Clear Aligners 

Both clear aligner treatment options, Invisalign and ClearCorrect, use the same fundamental principles to straighten your teeth.  

Once you’ve agreed to the treatment, your dentist will begin by taking impressions of your teeth, which allows the creation of custom aligner trays specifically fitted to your mouth. You’ll exchange trays as your treatment progresses, each one bringing you closer to the perfect smile that is our end goal. 

Invisalign trays should be worn between 20 and 22 hours a day, with breaks for eating and dental hygiene – and possibly for important business calls or meetings. Depending on which Invisalign service is recommended, the process will take fewer or more aligner trays, and more or less time. It breaks down like this: 

  • Invisalign Express: 5-10 aligners switched every two weeks for an overall shorter treatment time 
  • Invisalign Lite: Anywhere between 10-20 aligners over a longer period of time, often 3-5 months 
  • Invisalign Moderate: 20-25 aligners depending on the patient’s needs. Can take anywhere between 3-12 months. 
  • Invisalign Severe: 25+ aligners to take your smile from zero to hero in as much time as is required. These plans are for severely misaligned teeth.  

ClearCorrect treatment has only three options, and your dentist will be able to tell you which to expect based on your situation. These break down as follows: 

  • Limited 6: Six clear aligners to straighten your smile in a short time-frame 
  • Limited 12: 12 clear teeth aligners to move your teeth into position over a longer period of time 
  • Unlimited: The necessary number of aligners recommended by your dentist to achieve a perfectly straight smile 

With ClearCorrect, how frequently you switch aligners varies more. It depends on the speed of your progress, the state of your teeth, and how many aligners are used in the plan. 

The shortest clear aligner treatments are around three months; more severe alignments may take six to twelve. It’s very rare, though, for clear aligner treatment to last more than a year. 

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Clear Aligner Costs 

There’s no one flat cost for clear aligners in the UK. It all comes down to your plan and the expected treatment time. 

The cost of ClearCorrect treatment tends to be slightly cheaper than Invisalign, with prices starting as low as £1200 and rising to around £4500.  

Invisalign can cost anywhere between £1500 and £5000. At The Berkeley Clinic, our Invisalign treatment plans are priced at: 

  • Invisalign Lite – From £2300 
  • Invisalign Moderate – From £3800 
  • Invisalign Severe – From £4990 

Please bear in mind that prices can and do vary from patient to patient. The best way to receive an accurate estimate for the cost of your clear aligner treatment is to book in a free, no-obligation appointment with one of our dentists.  

We also offer helpful dental finance plans to allow our patients to spread the cost of their clear orthodontic treatment.  

We use advanced dental technology, working with the world-leading brands in teeth straightening, making our clinic the best place for Glaswegian patients looking to improve their smile. Our welcoming dentists will be more than happy to provide you with more information on all our orthodontic solutions and will give you an honest recommendation on the best clear aligner treatment for you based on your dental health and individual requirements.  

Please get in touch today if you are interested in any of the clear teeth aligner options we offer, and together we can create the beautiful, straight smile you’ve always dreamed of. 

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Top 3 Reasons For Professional Anti-Wrinkle Injection

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Customer Care Comes First At Berkeley Clinic

The growth in anti-wrinkle injections has been overwhelming in the last 20-30 years with more people wanting to look and feel younger.

When planning on getting anti-wrinkle injections, it is vital to seek out a professional administrator first. Here are 3 reasons why…

  1. Registered Medical Professionals Duty

With the growth and popularity of anti-wrinkle treatments in the UK, there are more surgeries, cosmetic clinics and now department stores offering these procedures. It is much easier now to receive these treatments from anyone and everyone disguising as a trained professional.

However, the reality is that the solution injected to relax the facial muscles is a medical prescription that can only be administered by doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists. These medical professionals can then assess the client and the trained professional to deliver the treatment correctly. You can check that the prescription was authorised by a registered medical professional through the General Medial Council (GMC).

  1. Care for the Clients

Getting anti-wrinkle injections can be a daunting procedure for many clients. The trained professional delivering the treatment should first get the green light from the registered medical professional to ensure the patient is safe to go ahead with the injection. It is vital that the client visits the prescriber face to face for a consultation to ensure there are no underlying issues that may result in a botched injection, such as pregnancy or allergies.

  1. Prevent Botched Results

By visiting a highly trained professional when receiving your anti-wrinkle injection, you do not risk a botched end result.  

The cosmetic clinic or treatment area should be clean and sanitised to prevent infection. If the person delivering the injection is not highly trained or has not done the treatment properly then this could result in impaired vision, breathing difficulties and drooping facial features.

To ensure your clinic is well trusted and established then look for reviews on social media from previous clients. Checking the prices of the treatment is also a good indicator on legitimacy. If the treatment looks extra cheap this may mean the solution has been diluted or the person giving you the injection hasn’t been trained or isn’t authorised to go ahead with the treatment.

The Berkeley Clinic have been delivering excellence in aesthetic procedures for over 20 years with highly trained, experienced professionals. They were one of the first cosmetic clinics to offer anti-wrinkle treatments in Scotland and now have a reputation of excellent customer care and unbeatable results.

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Anti-Wrinkle Injections & Lip Fillers In Glasgow

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Something Else To Smile About

Once you have perfected your smile at our award-winning clinic, why not complement your smile with our bespoke aesthetic treatments?

At the Berkeley Clinic, we have recently expanded our facial aesthetics team. Whether you are looking to plump up the volume with lip fillers or reduce your frown lines and crow’s feet with our specialist anti-wrinkle treatments, we have a wide range of treatments available at our award-winning clinic in Glasgow.

What causes wrinkles?

Over time, we develop wrinkles due to a variety of factors including ageing, sun exposure, poor diet choices, daily stresses and smoking. Even changing our facial expressions to smile or laugh can create lines and wrinkles.

If you feel your face is ageing faster than you would like, non-surgical facial aesthetic treatments may be ideal for you.

Reverse the signs of ageing with Anti- wrinkle injections

Muscle relaxant injections are becoming increasingly popular for several reasons.

This non- surgical and non-invasive treatment is a great way to reduce any visible signs of ageing. Our treatments are performed by our highly-experienced practitioners using the best technology and tried and tested techniques. The gentle injections temporarily reduce and eliminate your fine lines and wrinkles by blocking the nerve impulses to the muscles that cause wrinkles and creases. This process takes no more than 30 minutes and your face will look rejuvenated right away!

Dermal Lip Fillers

With lips being one of the most prominent features of the face you can see why more and more people undergo lip filler treatment. There are several reasons why people wish to enhance their lips with the main being to have fuller lips and a more youthful appearance.

Lip enhancements are also popular as they add definition to your smile. So, if you are looking for a quick and easy way to restore the fullness to your lips with little recovery time then lip fillers in Glasgow could be for you!

Book your free facial aesthetics consultation today!

If you would like to know about all the fantastic treatments we have available here at the clinic, then get in touch today and we will take time to find the perfect treatment for you.

Our wide range of bespoke non-surgical, aesthetic treatments will make you look and feel younger and refreshed without the need for invasive or complex procedures. So, call us on 0141 564 1900 and book your free consultation with our highly skilled aesthetics practitioner.

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Berkeley Teeth Straightening Solutions

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Have You Always Wanted Straight Teeth?

Many people long for a straight, even smile. If you don’t feel confident when smiling with your mouth open, or if you tend to cover your mouth with your hand as you speak due to your crooked or uneven teeth, then you may benefit from teeth straightening dental treatment at the Berkeley Clinic.

Options for straightening teeth

In the past, most teeth straightening options revolved around fixed braces. Fixed braces can still be useful in some cases, but newer and more modern treatments have been developed in recent years, such as Invisalign. Invisalign works via ‘invisible braces’; a set of clear, removable retainers that help to move your teeth into a more desirable position.

The main benefits of Invisalign

The main benefit of Invisalign retainers is that they are almost impossible to detect. They are made from a transparent plastic that has been specially designed to fit your teeth perfectly.

They are removed for eating and drinking, and then worn the rest of the time. They are ideal for anyone with a big event planned, such as a wedding, as they are one of the quickest ways to align your teeth.

Invisalign helps to solve many common issues such as crowding, spacing, under and overbites. Invisalign provides quick and visible results, which helps to boost the morale of patients.

General Invisalign information

Orthodontic treatment can be a little daunting, but here at the Berkeley Clinic we are on hand to provide you with all the information and support you need. There are lots of things to consider when starting teeth straightening treatment but our friendly staff will be able to advise what treatment is best for you.

If you decide to go ahead with Invisalign clear braces treatment, we will make moulds of your teeth and will create an individualised plan. You will then be provided with a set of aligners. Some people only need a few, while others may need more, depending on the severity of any teeth issues. You will wear each set of retainers for approximately two weeks, and each new retainer will move your teeth into a new position.

Invisalign is a simple and easy treatment. For best results, the retainers should be worn 22 hours a day, so that your teeth do not move back into their original position.

Teeth Straightening Treatments at our Award- winning Clinic

If you are interested in Invisalign or would like to hear about the other teeth straightening methods we have available at the Berkeley Clinic then call us on 0141 564 1900. We are currently offering straight teeth consultations worth £99 for free so take the first step to perfect your smile today.

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What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Industry Leading Dental Implant Specialists

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the ideal way to restore your smile and to provide improved dental health. They are a great solution for missing teeth, and are a much more sturdy and long-lasting solution than traditional dentures or bridges.

They can be used to replace one or two teeth, or more, and at The Berkeley Clinic we are able to completely tailor our treatment to each individual patient. Dental implants take into account the unique shape and dimensions of each and every mouth, to create a smile that is subtle and natural.

How does the Procedure Work?

The procedure will take place under local anaesthetic, so that it is completely painless and stress-free. The dental implants are formed by inserting an artificial root carefully and precisely into the jaw bone. Once it has healed and fused with the jaw, artificial teeth can be secured to the implant to create a beautiful, even, and secure smile.

Some patients may only need one implant, while others may need two or more; in cases where a larger set of dentures is needed, several implants can be used to hold them in place to make eating and drinking easier.

Many people may feel nervous about having dental implants, but The Berkeley Clinic’s friendly team are experienced with anxious patients and will help you to feel calm and relaxed throughout your treatment.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

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The main benefit of dental implants is that they are tailored to each individual, and will create a smile that is aesthetically pleasing as well as practical and functional. Our dental implants are made from durable titanium, meaning that if they are placed well and properly maintained, 95% of dental implants will last for many years without needing further work or replacement. The titanium implants also make existing teeth stronger, helping to increase their longevity.

Each implant can be adjusted, and the replacement teeth can be coloured to match your existing teeth, so that they sit cohesively alongside each other. From dazzling white to more understated shades, your teeth will look completely natural.

Dental implants also help to benefit overall oral health. Because they are permanent, they can be cleaned and flossed just like normal teeth.

Why are Dental Implants Superior to Traditional Dentures/Bridges?

Traditional dentures can be cumbersome, high-maintenance and may restrict the diet of the person wearing them. They can make chewing difficult, so that patients may be restricted to soft and liquidised foods. Dental implants fully restore the ability to chew and enjoy a variety of foods; so while looking great is a benefit of dental implants, many patients are even more pleased about the way they can expand their diet.

They also help to manage bone loss and facial sagging, which are common issues for wearers of traditional dentures. Solving facial sagging quickly enables patients to look more youthful, with a replenished appearance.

Dental Implants at The Berkeley Clinic Glasgow

If you think dental implants might be for you then contact our friendly care team today to discuss your options. We are currently offering consultations at a reduced rate of only £99, so book your appointment and start smiling with confidence today.

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Holistic Dental Treatment Glasgow

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Holistic Dentistry & Safe Amalgam Removal

In addition to cutting-edge equipment and pioneering techniques, we’re firm believers in the holistic approach to dentistry.

We don’t just target a single problem head on with a one-size-fits-all solution, instead we look at the wider picture along with our patients, investigating all aspects of dental health to fully determine what the issue might be that’s causing them pain, discomfort and embarrassment.

The teeth, gums and oral tissues aren’t just crucial for healthy eating and aesthetic reasons, they’re an indicator of other problems within the body. By taking a holistic approach, we can provide you with a long-lasting solution and can also identify deeper health concerns that might need addressing.

Although dental professionals have deemed mercury amalgam fillings to be safe, many patients report several side effects and health implications after having mercury fillings installed into cavities. Many patients report feelings of tiredness and fatigue, general uneasiness and a foggy head that they often relate to mercury fillings.

That is why at The Berkeley Clinic, we provide safe amalgam removal. This is one area where our holistic approach really comes into its own and our experts will work closely with you to discuss your symptoms, case history and concerns to provide you with a treatment plan that works for you.

The Effects of Mercury on the Body

Mercury is an incredibly toxic metal. Like other heavy metals like lead, mercury can be harmful to your health and can cause severe cases of poisoning when it leeches into the body.

Mercury can also cause adverse allergic reactions. Between 1-5% of the population exhibits allergic reactions to mercury, meaning a large proportion of dental patients cannot accommodate mercury amalgam fillings at all and should be seeking alternatives.

What’s more, mercury can trigger auto-immune responses in the body, a potentially devastating condition which can turn something as simple as a cavity into a life-threatening risk.

Safe Amalgam Removal Techniques

Our techniques for amalgam removal are not only safe, but quick, leaving you with first-rate results without the hassle.

We provide clean air supply and then commence high-speed mercury vapour evacuation. Sealed mercury proof rubber dams are used to ensure that exposure is kept to a minimum, while same day ceramic reconstructions are available to provide you with the replacement you need in no time at all. You can read more about safe amalgam removal in our brochure. 

Alternatives to Amalgam Fillings

Mercury amalgam fillings were originally used in dentistry because they were relatively inexpensive and easy to fit. Today, these types of fillings are still commonly used for the same reasons.

However, they are a poor choice when it comes to bio-compatibility and there are several other options which are much more effective. Ceramic inlays are a particularly desirable alternative, with cast models made from computer imaging. This alternative isn’t just a more attractive alternative because it is free from harmful chemicals, it can also restore a tooth after a filling is removed, leaving patients with a healthier, more natural looking smile.

Composite resin fillings are another choice for patients, but like mercury amalgam fillings, these aren’t bio compatible and don’t last as long as ceramic alternatives.

Why Choose the Berkeley Clinic?

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Dr Stewart Wright has grown an international reputation for his holistic approach to treating patients.  The Berkeley Clinic have never placed mercury amalgam fillings. When patients come to us looking for help filling cavities or replacing old ones, we’ll always provide a metal free alternative that leaves patients with a healthier mouth and total peace of mind.

What’s more, we pride ourselves on utilising the latest technologies, techniques and after-care processes to ensure every patient is left with the best possible result, every time.

Get in Touch with the Team Today

Are you looking for a holistic dentist in Glasgow or would you like to find out more about Safe Amalgam Removal? Get in touch today to arrange a consultation. Call us on: 0141 564 1900, email us on: [email protected], or get in touch via the online enquiry form.

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Understanding TMJ – Berkeley Clinic Glasgow

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Commonly Associated Symptoms

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your lower jaw to the skull. TMJ syndrome is pain and discomfort in the jaw joint that can be caused by a whole host of medical problems.

Although many sufferers of the syndrome note a popping or clicking sound as first evidence of the condition, others suffer from more pronounced and painful symptoms.

Common Symptoms of TMJ

Many sufferers of temporomandibular joint syndrome have more than one symptom. Sometimes, these symptoms can be as simple as a minor clicking or popping sensation in the jaw joint. Other times, individuals may experience more pronounced pain in the head, neck and shoulders.

As the condition becomes more painful and difficult to live with, individuals may experience more intense pain in the teeth when biting, headaches and migraines and sore muscles in the face and jaw while chewing. There are more visible symptoms to watch out for as well, including limited movement of the jaw, along with physical identifiers like the way the teeth meet when the jaw is clenched.

Causes of TMJ Injury to the jaw or temporomandibular joint can lead to TMD. These injuries can range in severity, from a knock to the head to regularly clenching the jaw in an improper way.

Essentially, any disruption to a healthy motion of the jaw can lead to locking or persistent pain. The balance of the teeth and jaw system needs to be healthy and maintained, otherwise individuals stand a strong chance of developing TMD.

If you are experiencing symptoms and don’t go to your dentist to get checked and treated, then you risk worsening the problem. This can heighten your levels of discomfort and can result in the progression of more serious conditions.

Expert Diagnosis at the BioPAK Centre

The Berkeley Clinic offers an innovative solution in the diagnosis of TMJ. At the BioPAK Centre, we offer an intensive and comprehensive way to investigate the health of your jaw and teeth and how they bite together.

If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident or suffered a serious injury to your face, suffer from regular pain in the back, neck and face, suffer from headaches or migraines or experience discomfort in the teeth when chewing, our diagnostic centre offers a reliable way of identifying the presence of serious TMJ disorders.

We can use JVA (joint vibration analysis) to determine the condition of your jaw joint in as little as 20 minutes. If we note any issues, we’ll provide recommendations for further actions.

If you’ve noticed that your teeth aren’t clenching together correctly, a T-scan is another option. At the BioPAK Centre, we can arrange a T-scan to properly assess your bite accurately, providing you with a fantastic foundation for tailored dentist treatment to restore balance to your bite.

If your scan identifies that an injury has led to damage your jaw, we can provide you with a medico – legal report that can be used in legal proceedings. This is particularly useful for those looking for settlement with a Personal Injury Lawyer and provides a reliable dental perspective for your case.

Other ways to manage your TMJ pain

It is also important to note that there are certain exercises for TMJ pain relief you can do at home to help ease any pain caused by TMJ. These exercises are thought to relax the jaw, strengthen jaw muscles and reduce jaw clicking. They involve moving your jaw joints in certain ways, our expert clinicians can advise the best exercises for you.

Mouth guards can also be used to prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching and also to help realign your jaw. Additionally, you can take ibuprofen or hold warm towels or ice against the area, to help relieve the pain.

Book an Appointment Today

Looking to book a consultation to get to the bottom of your TMJ problems? Book an appointment with the team at the Berkeley Clinic today. Call us to book a consultation on 0141 564 1900, or drop us an email via the online enquiry form.

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Do You Suffer From Dental Phobia & Anxiety?

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Our Dental Care Team Is Ready To Help Today


Dental phobia and anxious patients are incredibly commonplace. Although some patients express reservations about visiting the dentist out of embarrassment, many more find even the simplest procedure incredibly stressful and emotionally taxing.

At the Berkeley Clinic, we’re not only experts in dental treatment and cosmetic procedures, we’re innovators in alternative approaches to putting our patients at ease.

We understand that dental fear can put off individuals from visiting the dentist for months, if not years at a time. Sometimes, the most unfounded of fears can lead to a minor dental problem transforming into a serious condition over time, causing more stress and hassle down the line.

Unlike other establishments that rely on conventional anaesthesia, we’ve pioneered a revolutionary selection of treatments and therapies to help put even the most anxious of patients at ease, meaning even the most involved procedures can be carried out with ease.

Dental Hypnosis Experts

We’re one of the only clinics in Scotland that offer patients with dental fear and phobia a full-service solution. Our clinical team aren’t just some of the best trained in the business, they’re also trained in alternative approaches to help put anxious individuals at ease.

Dental hypnosis not only relaxes those who feel uneasy, it can also transform the way those with anxieties approach dental health in the future. Dental hypnosis has a wide range of benefits and applications, including but not limited to, anxiety management and relaxation, phobia management, pain control and more.

It can also be used as a successful treatment of stress related conditions like recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis and TMJ dysfunction. Hypnosis can also be used to modify oral habits for the best, helping stave off damage caused by lifestyle habits like smoking, nail biting and more.

What is Conscious Sedation?

At the Berkeley Clinic, one of our most celebrated approaches to reducing anxiety in our patients is Conscious Sedation. This method essentially involves the use of drugs to depress the central nervous system, relaxing the patient while still maintaining a high enough level of consciousness that the patient remains verbal and communicative throughout.

There are three main types of conscious sedation, including inhalation, oral and intravenous. Inhalation sedation is one of the quickest and safest approaches, ideal for more basic procedures and a go-to for children and patients who might have issues with other procedures.

Intravenous sedation is a more effective method and produces more rapid states of sedation. It’s often used with more involved dental procedures and despite some minor side effects like mild amnesia, it’s often lauded by patients who’ve experienced it. Finally, oral sedation involves the consumption of a sedative drug in liquid or tablet form. This can help diminish feelings of anxiety and dental fear.

Get in Touch with the Berkeley Team Today

If you’re looking to overcome dental fear and pursue procedures to fix your smile or resolve a long-standing oral health issue, get in touch with the team at the Berkeley Clinic today. Get in touch directly at: [email protected] or call us on: 0141 564 1900. Alternatively, you can drop us a message via the online enquiry form.

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Protect Your Teeth – Festive Season

The festive period isn’t just an enemy of your waistline, over-indulgence during the Christmas break can lead to major setbacks with your teeth and gums. If overhauling your oral hygiene regimen is at the top of resolutions for the New Year, why not see how The Berkeley Clinic can help you meet your goals?

With an expert team of oral health professionals, we are your go-to destination for when you’re looking to get your teeth in order.

Talk to the team today about our treatment plan, from teeth whitening solutions and smile makeovers, to Invisalign braces and dental implants for those more noticeable cosmetic woes. In the meantime, we’ve put together a few tips on how to make those first few steps towards a healthy, happy smile in time for the New Year.

Make flossing a foundation of your new oral hygiene routine

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For decades, we’ve been told the benefits of flossing, but many have yet to take up flossing as a cornerstone of daily dental upkeep.

Conventional brushing only provides you access to about two-thirds of surface area of the tooth, meaning there’s always going to be stray square inches that are left untouched and in need in desperate need of a clean. These unattended areas of the mouth are hotbeds for bacteria build up, particularly in the problem areas of the jaw where cavities are known to develop and gum disease is more likely to make a foothold before causing unsightly bleeding and painful inflammation.

Problems within the mouth can lead to a whole host of problems away from the teeth and gums themselves, with a raised risk of heart disease, arthritic conditions and diabetes. Even just a short spell flossing can make a huge improvement, so fit it into any available space in your schedule and start perfecting your floss techniques from today.

Brush twice a day, every day

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No matter how simple or substantial your dental hygiene ritual, it’s not going to make the difference you want unless you’re consistent. Make sure you’re brushing your teeth at least twice a day to keep on top of the minimum of maintenance needed to stave off more serious conditions from taking hold causing the need for specialist dental treatment.

You’ll always want to make sure you’re brushing your teeth for a minimum of two minutes, every time you’re stood there in front of the vanity mirror.

Never miss a step in your schedule

It can be all too easy to miss a few brushes in your schedule, but if you’re one who is prone to missing out on evening brushes, make sure this is a key area of focus. Bacteria can cause huge deposits of acid to form across the teeth throughout the night if left unattended, while a decreased rate of saliva protection while you sleep means there’s a perfect storm of conditions going on within the mouth that might lead to common dental complaints down the line.

Give yourself a real shot at maintaining a beaming smile with minimal effort just by ensuring that evening brushing session is never skipped in the future.

Stamp out sugar

Sugar is a killer of healthy smiles. Not only does excess sugar stand as a key contributor to the build-up of bacteria, it can ultimately lead to the formation of cavities and start-up of teeth decay in otherwise healthy mouths.

Cutting out excess levels of sugar is not only a smart move your waistline, the effects will be felt immediately within your mouth. Consider swapping out high-risk foods for new ones if you worry you’ll fail to maintain your new food plan and eating schedule.

Speak to the Team Today!

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Here at The Berkeley Clinic, our expert team are committed to providing premium dental care and treatments to help support your New Year’s resolutions. Whether you need to discuss a consultation with one of our dentistry professionals or want to talk more about the dental plans and treatment packages available, we’re happy to talk. Speak to the team directly and drop us a line on: 0141 564 1900, get in touch online, or email us at: [email protected]

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