Choosing a Courier – Questions to Ask

I do a lot of travelling, both in the UK and abroad, and one of the banes of my life is trying to move stuff I need around with me. Over the years, I’ve found reliable couriers in most countries I’ve visited, and believe me, when you really need your paperwork fast, these guys can be lifesavers.

If you’re looking for a reliable courier company in the UK, look no further than Monarch Transport, who operate a series of courier services throughout the UK, delivering same day, next day, immediate pick up and storage, and catering for all types of freight and documents from individual letters to full pallet loads.

Based in Glasgow, Monarch are are highly respected freight road haulage business and their bright orange livery is often to be seen up and down the motorways of Britain. Monarch courier services were added into the mix of services available at the behest of many customers who required specialised guaranteed delivery services for a range of their own businesses.

When you’re choosing a courier company, make sure that the offer clear guidelines with respect to the following :

Courier rates – you need clear pricing
availability – are they available 24-hours per day ?
Do they deliver dangerous and hazardous consignments ?
Are they properly insured?
Do they provide a packing service ?
Do they provide guaranteed delivery?
Do they provide tracking for customers?
Are the clear as to any limitations on number of parcels, size of parcels or weight of consignment ?
Can they pick up immediately ?
Are the fully licensed and do they operate from secure premises
Do they provide storage ?
Daily provide same day and next day deliveries to international destinations?
What is the proof of delivery policy ?

This last point is particularly important as it will include information around how many times they will try to deliver a parcel or consignment, what the returns policy would be in a situation where they cannot deliver, and also their procedures for dealing with anything damaged in transit.

A courier service is simply the best way for you to get your important documents or goods into the hands of your customer in the fastest time possible. For safety and security and a full guarantee of successful delivery, courier services such as Monarch transport offer you peace of mind and fast efficient guaranteed service.

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Orthodontic Braces Information

Common Issues with Orthodontic Braces

Orthodontic braces are one of the most popular methods for correcting issues with unruly teeth and delivering a better overall smile in the end. However, while people have been wearing them for decades now, that doesn’t mean you won’t experience a few issues when you get yours. Most of these are perfectly normal, but it still pays to be prepared for them by understanding the issue and knowing how to react. Thanks to Dr Ben White at White Dental Practice Southampton for his input.

Initial Discomfort

As soon as you get your braces added, you’ll probably have a hard time leaving them alone. You’ll want to touch them with your fingers, run your tongue over them and take countless trips to the mirror in order to get a closer look. This is all completely natural, of course, and nothing to worry about.

However, many people eventually feel some initial discomfort at first too. It might be right away, but something you thought would eventually wear off. For a lot of people, though, this initial discomfort will last several days. For other people, the discomfort won’t begin until days after the braces are installed. All of a sudden, your teeth may feel sore or just overall uncomfortable.

Again, this is to be expected and as long as the pain isn’t unbearable, you shouldn’t need to contact your orthodontist. Instead, try mixing a tsp of salt with about eight ounces of warm water. Gargle this solution around in your mouth for a few minutes or so, but don’t swallow it. This should help to dull the pain.

Aside from your teeth, your gums, cheeks, jaws and gums may take issue with their new neighbors too. Unfortunately, this is just something that will take time for them to toughen up against. Otherwise, your orthodontist may have wax that will help with this problem.

Loose Teeth

While it may seem scary or even counterintuitive that your braces would cause loose teeth, understand that’s actually exactly what they’re designed to do. Braces work by applying enough pressure to override the gums in your mouth that otherwise hold each tooth firmly in place.

Again, this is really nothing to worry about. Your braces won’t loosen them to the point that they go missing. Once your teeth are repositioned correctly, you won’t feel them as being loose anymore.

Loose Wires or Bands

Everyone with braces has a mouth full of wires helping to move teeth around as desired. However, many people will have rubber bands in their mouths too, which are used to help bring the jaw into alignment. Unlike your teeth, though, there is no wiggle room for these. They should always stay exactly where your orthodontist had them when you left their office.

If you feel bands or braces coming loose or that they already have, call your orthodontist ASAP. The same goes for your actual braces. It’s important you see your orthodontist before this becomes an issue.

Although we mentioned that loose teeth are normal, your braces should never feel that way. If any piece does fall off, save it so your orthodontist can simply put it back into place.

Some people, when finding a wire has gotten loose, have used the back of a spoon or a pen to push it back into place. This will solve the problem temporarily, but you still need a dental professional to handle the loose piece themselves.

Based on its very function, wearing braces is going to require an adjustment. Unfortunately, this virtually guarantees that you’ll have to put up with some discomfort at the very beginning and perhaps from time to time going forward. Keep the above in mind, though, and you’ll know which problems are nothing to worry about and which should catch your attention.

There’s a good Youtube video below all about orthodontics – and you can also find out a lot more information at The British Orthodontists Society

Invisalign Information & Going Abroad

Getting Invisalign Braces: How It Works

Invisalign braces, at the most basic level, work much like regular metal braces, in that they fit over the teeth and correct the teeth’s alignment over time. However, Invisalign braces are very different from standard braces in that they use a series of aligners, made of see through clear plastic, that are custom-made for each patient. These aligners then gradually shift the teeth into proper alignment over time. The aligners are then modified over time as well, to continue the process in a method that is precisely designed by your dentist, and customized for your needs. Whether or not you choose to have Invisalign treatment abroad comes down to whether or not you’re worried about follow up treatment should anything go wrong and also whether or not the foreign orthodontist offers a guarantee with the treatment. You pays your money and takes your choice, although the money can be significantly less abroad!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign braces are a great alternative to traditional braces, and they let you achieve a good looking smile without the discomfort and self-consciousness that often comes with metal braces. Created by Align Technology, located in San Jose California, Invisalign braces were first approved by the FDA in 1998.

Invisalign braces are a series of clear plastic retainers, called ‘aligners’, that fit over your teeth and gradually align them using a series of aligners that are created to move the teeth gradually into place. Invisalign braces are designed to be more comfortable, convenient, and efficient that traditional metal braces, with less maintenance and hassle that their traditional counterparts.

Today, Invisalign braces are available from most dentists and orthodontists in North America, and has achieved general acceptance in the dental workplace, with over two millions patients having received the Invisalign treatment.

Advantages to Invisalign

  1. Low visibility – Invisalign braces are made of clear plastic, so they’re not so obvious, and they don’t call as much attention to themselves.
  2. Comfort – Invisalign braces are typically significantly more comfortable than traditional braces, because they’re made from smooth, softer plastic, as opposed to metal braces.
  3. Convenience – The aligners are designed to be removable, so that you can take them out temporarily to brush and floss your teeth. You can also eat whatever kind of food that you like, as the aligners are not damaged by a kind of food.
  4. Less maintenance – Invisalign braces don’t require as much adjustment by your dentist, with office visits typically taking place only every 4 – 6 weeks.

The Invisalign Process

Invisalign braces are fitted and modified over time using a more or less standardized approach, which allows the braces to be fitted and then modified and replaced over time. Basically, the way the process works is:

  1. Meeting with Dentist – Once you select a dentist that performs Invisalign procedures, you’ll meet with that dentist to discuss the process and timelines. If your existing dentist doesn’t provide Invisalign braces, you might need to look for one that does. In that case, ask your dentist if there is another provide who does this kind of procedure, and if they have any recommendations. And if you don’t have a regular dentist, make sure you visit with a few different doctors, to find one that you’re most comfortable with. Remember, this process will take a while, and will involve multiple visits, so make sure you’re comfortable with your chosen dentist, because you’ll be working with them for a while.

Your chosen dentist will then need to sit down with you for a consultation, to see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. In most cases, Invisalign will work for most patients. However, there are some cases where Invisalign isn’t the best option.

Another thing to check on is to make sure that your insurance will cover both Invisalign braces and the dentist with whom you’ll be working. Most insurance providers will cover Invisalign, but you should call your carrier to make sure. Likewise, make sure that the dentist you’ve chosen is covered or in-network by your dental health insurance provider.

  1. 3-D Modeling – Once you’ve chosen your dentist, and you’re ‘cleared’ for Invisalign braces, your dentist will need to create a detailed picture of your teeth, to get the right fit for the braces. This involves everything from x-ray’s to impressions of your teeth, which are then used by Invisalign to create a complete 3-D model of your mouth and teeth, and give your dentist a clear idea of what needs to happen, and what the braces need to look like. Your dentist will then be able to estimate how long the procedure will take, and how much your teeth are going to need to move, to bring them into alignment.
  2. Aligner Fitting – Once all of the imaging and design has been complete, a custom-made set of aligners is created, that will fit your mouth specifically, to get your teeth into alignment. As mentioned above, these aligners are clear plastic, and are made to be comfortable, and fit smoothly over your teeth. You then wear them through the day, taking them out only to brush your teeth and floss. Over time, the aligners will adjust your teeth to the proper alignment, slowly moving them into place.
  3. Ongoing Adjustments – Every two weeks or so, you’ll put in a new set of aligners, as your teeth shift into alignment. Each of these aligners are slightly different from the previous pair, as they continually re-align your teeth to the proper placement. You’ll also need to keep working with your dentist, meeting with her every month and a half or so, to make sure that the aligners are working properly and your teeth are progressing. During this time, you’ll need to keep the aligners in place pretty much all the time, at least 20 to 22 hours per day.
  4. Completion – And that’s it! After a length of time comparable to standard braces, you’ll remove your aligners, and your smile should be significantly different that it was, because your teeth are now in alignment. Congratulations!

You should talk to your dentist about whether or not Invisalign braces are right for you. But, if they’re right for you, they can be great way to get your teeth in shape and give you a great smile for life.

The Benefits of Holiday Car Hire

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There are many benefits of hiring a car on holiday. First, before you hire the car you should try and look for a company that has a good reputation. This is necessary because not all companies from where you can hire your car from will guarantee you the best services.

While trying to investigate the companies available you should try and compare the companies online. This is preferable because when comparing the car hire companies online you will increase your chances of finding as many companies as possible in the area.

After you have decided on the best company you will enjoy your holiday where you will be assured of a means of transport to different destinations which you will like to reach during the holiday. The following are benefits that you will enjoy after you decide to hire a car on holiday as opposed to relying on public transport.

Convenience

There are times during the holiday when you will want to travel to different destinations at certain times of the day. Hiring a car means you will be free to start the journey any time you like – unlike relying on public transport, which will require you to follow the timetables of the transport companies.

The hired car will also ensure you get as close as possible to your destination, unlike public transport, which will leave you at the bus or train stations and could leave you with a long walk or an expensive taxi trip.

Time Savings

It is always necessary to try and save time during the holiday so that you will be able to get as much done as possible (If you’re a keen explorer!). This will be made so much easier by making use of a hired car.

For instance, after you hire the car you will be able to decide at any time of the day, even during the night, to travel to different destinations. This will save you a lot of time which can be used to enjoy different tourist attractions.

If you have limited time during your holiday, a hired car will enable you to have the holiday you want without relying on local transport services and expensive taxis.

 

Hidden Scotland

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People travelling to the UK, and Scotland in particular, this summer may have heard about a little thing called the Commonwealth Games which will be heading to Glasgow. This is bound to draw in the crowds and visitors from across the globe, as will the world famous Edinburgh Festival.

For anyone visiting the country for these events or any others you will find countless guides for things to do and entertain you, here is a list of some events and things to do that you might not see on the regular lists.
In September the World Stone Skimming Championships take place on the picturesque Easdale Island. This wonderful, family event has many different categories ensuring everyone can participate in the fun and who wouldn’t want the opportunity to become a world champion? Just be warned, the locals are pretty good and there are some real experts.

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Another interesting tournament that you might want to take part in is Ardbeg Swamp Soccer World Cup. If you don’t mind getting a bit mucky this tournament could be a great opportunity to you to play in the World Cup final. It might be a bit different to the World Cup in Brazil but it sure to be a fun weekend at the end of June.

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While you may be more familiar with the Whisky tours available in Scotland, the Drygate Brewing Co. are trying to change that offering an interactive experience for beer enthusiasts to take advantage of.
Following the success of the popular TV show, Vikings, visitors to Scotland might want to visit the popular seaside town of Largs and take in the Viking festival. You can learn more about the Viking way of life and the history surrounding the attempted invasion of 1263.

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Harry Potter fans also have the opportunity to see some of the locations used in the filming such as the Glenfinnan Viaduct and Alnwick Castle. Edinburgh also holds several locations of interest for fans of the books with cafes frequented by J K Rowling during the writing of the saga being available to visit.

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Of course, this is just a tiny glimpse of what Scotland has to offer so if you are looking for a family break, adventure, cultural or even just a relaxing break away then Scotland could have what you are looking for. Another great benefit is that the relatively small country allows for easy travel meaning you can fit in more than you might expect. Looking at sites like Logan Car Hire, see here for more details, can let you know what options you have available to you in regards to having your own transport or you can look at the public transport choices that you will have.