My Invisalign Journey

Hi, I’m Becky and I am the practice manager at Northlight Dental, in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire. I have just started my invisalign (clear braces) treatment to straighten my teeth and I am going to be sharing my Invisalign journey with you.

Background Story


I had removable braces when I was in my teens and had lovely straight teeth, but I used to suck my thumb, so over my early twenties my teeth started to come forward and gaps started to appear between my teeth especially between the front top teeth. This has made me quite self-conscious about my smile and even though my gaps and protruding teeth are not noticeable by other people they are to me.

I decided I would speak to Neha, our in-house specialist orthodontist, who suggested I book in for a consultation with her, so that she could assess my teeth, my bite and give me all the brace options. After the consultation I decided that I would like to go ahead with Invisalign over the other treatment options, as they are clear and virtually unnoticeable, and I did not want to feel even more self-conscious.

The records Appointment

This appointment involved

  • Photographs being taken on my smile and my teeth. 
  • Special moulds taken of my teeth.
  • An x-ray picture

This information along with Neha’s detailed prescription was sent to Invisalign so they could do a simulation of what my teeth will look like afterwards and give an idea of how long the treatment would take. This simulation would be available at my next appointment.

My treatment plan and Clincheck Appointment

This was really exciting!

I got to see what my teeth would look like after the treatment. I have to say I was really impressed. I was told I would need 30 aligners and it would take just over a year.

At this appointment you get to say whether you are happy to proceed with treatment or if you feel changes could be made. I felt that the end result was better than I expected and I approved the treatment.

The next appointment will be fitting my first aligners.

Invisalign fit appointment

Placement of my attachments


This was a longer appointment then the previous appointments.

This appointment involved small white attachments being put on my teeth. These help with the movement of the teeth and you can hardly see them.

Fitting of my 1stAligner


Once the attachments have been placed, the first set of aligners are fitted

At the end you get a goodie bag with your first few sets of aligners Each set will need to be changed every 14 days at first, and assess at the next appointment, to see whether it can be changed to every 10 days.

 I will need to wear the aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day, only taking them out when I drink hot drinks or eat food.

Also included were retainer boxes for when I need to take them out to eat and a sheet on howto look after them and also some ‘squishies’ which I will need to bite on to ensure that the aligners are seated down well.

Three weeks in!

I am now three weeks into my treatment and I am on my second set of aligners.

The first week was trying to get used to having something covering my teeth. I got a few ulcers as my tongue kept playing with them. I also found it hard to get to sleep for the first few nights. But now not problems at all.

The first few day after having my aligners put in there is mild discomfort as your teeth move but nothing to unbearable.

So far my journey has gone well, and I can already notice a change.

I will update you in a months’ time and let you know how I am getting on.

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The most effective way to replace lost teeth: dental implants in Milton Keynes

If you have the chance to pick and choose what kind of replacement teeth to go for, then surely you want to have the ones that do the best job of replacing your lost teeth, are the simplest to maintain and last longest? If that’s your thinking, then you need to get dental implants in Milton Keynes.

Dental Implants in Milton KeynesHere at Northlight Dental, we have highly trained and experienced dental implant surgeons, which means we can replace your teeth without having to refer you outside the practice. You get to continue to have treatment with the team you already know and trust. We are also a referral dentist, which means that other general dentists refer their patients to us for dental implants in Milton Keynes.

What exactly are dental implants?

Dental implants are little titanium posts or screws. They are usually less than 1cm long and are tapered to resemble tooth roots, thus giving them more stability within the jawbone. The implants have an internal screw, into which we place a connecting device called an abutment. Hand-crafted porcelain crowns are fitted into the abutments to complete the replacement tooth. Dental implants can each hold up to 3 crowns on a bridge, which gives great versatility when it comes to replacement options. You can have one tooth replaced, or a few, or even the whole lot on only 4 implants per jaw.

What is implant surgery like?

We insert these implants into your jawbone, carefully making a new channel for them that avoids any blood vessels or nerves. This sounds much worse a procedure than it actually is as there are far fewer nerve endings in the jawbone to transmit pain signals than there are in your teeth. We find that implant surgery is easily carried out with a local anaesthetic, and you can have conscious sedation if you are very nervous.

After about 3 months of allowing the implant to integrate with your jawbone, you can have your crowns put on. After that, maintenance is easy and is well executed, you can keep your implants for the rest of your life.

Good reasons to see an orthodontist in Milton Keynes as an adult

Many people still think that the only way to straighten their teeth is through metal orthodontics. However, dental technology has evolved rapidly in recent years and adults can now enjoy discreet braces.

At Northlight Dental, we understand that metal braces are not for everyone. In fact, not many adults are thrilled at the prospect of wearing metal brackets and wires while working or socialising. Modern orthodontic solutions offered by our orthodontist in Milton Keynes are far more operative and discreet and, in some cases, they can even help you straighten your teeth in less time than conventional braces.

Orthodontist in Milton KeynesEvery smile is important

There is a common saying that the first thing people notice about us is our smile. And while this may not be necessarily true, having straight and healthy teeth can be really important for our mental health. At Northlight Dental, we want our patients to enjoy a smile they love, and this can be achieved with the help of our orthodontist in Milton Keynes.

Teeth can move at any age

Even if you had braces as a child, there is no guarantee that your teeth will remain in place. Teeth move even during adulthood for many reasons, altering your smile and bite. A slightly crooked smile can escalate quite quickly if not properly aligned with braces.

Crooked teeth can cause many problems

While most people decide to straighten their teeth due to various cosmetic considerations, teeth straightening can help alleviate many dental problems before they even appear. Studies have shown that people with misaligned, crooked and crowded teeth are more likely to develop gum disease and tooth decay. This is because bacteria find a way in-between our teeth and cannot be easily removed. Straight teeth, on the other hand, are easier to brush and floss effectively.

Still not convinced?

Nowadays, it’s normal and even encouraged to have braces as an adult – especially if you didn’t have the chance to do so as a child. If you want to learn more about our discreet orthodontic options and the ways they can help your oral health and smile, contact us today.

Health conditions affecting dental implants in Milton Keynes

If you are doing your research on dental implants, then you may be concerned about healing. A lot of our patients at Northlight Dental are concerned that healing from implant surgery is going to be long or complicated, but that is not necessarily true.

Dental implants in Milton Keynes are a good treatment option for a lot of people, provided that they are over 18 and in good oral and overall health. For most people the healing process is simple and the outcome is guaranteed. However, surgery for dental implants in Milton Keynes is not a piece of cake for everyone, since some health conditions may significantly affect healing.

Dental Implants in Milton KeynesCan I smoke and have dental implants at the same time?

Studies have shown that there is a definite link between smoking and dental implant failure. While some people may get away with it even if they continue smoking straight after the surgery, there are enough statistics to suggest that smoking causes implant failure. This is because of two reasons. Firstly, nicotine restricts regular blood flow which is necessary for the healing process. Secondly, tobacco alters the bacterial balance in the mouth, making smokers more prone to gum disease and other oral infections.

What about cardiovascular disease?

Heart disease can compromise the ability of the body to heal properly after implant surgery, since it is interconnected with the stress levels in the body as well as the body’s immune system. Patients whose ability to fight infection is diminished because of cardiovascular disease are not good candidates for dental implants in Milton Keynes.

And diabetes?

While the newest research suggests that patients with diabetes can have dental implants successfully, there is still risk in doing so, especially if the diabetes is not controlled. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause complications in the healing process, therefore patients are strongly advised to monitor their blood sugar before they seek dental help for dental implants in Milton Keynes.

Don’t abandon your plan

While any of the above conditions can cause difficulties to people who wish to undertake implant surgery, you can still benefit from dental implants provided that you help us plan your treatment by taking all your health parameters into careful consideration in advance.

Carefully controlled braces

There are ways of having your teeth straightened that don’t rely on highly visible metal appliances. At Northlight Dental, we offer a range of discreet, contemporary braces in Milton Keynes. We can enhance the appearance and function of your teeth without causing you too much visual irritation. Our low-hassle solutions are highly customised and efficient. Meticulous planning and regular checks help us to achieve great control over your progress towards improved dental alignment.

Braces in Milton KeynesLingual braces in Milton Keynes

One way of keeping your treatment hidden from the eyes of others is to use lingual braces in Milton Keynes. These appliances consist of the brackets and wires you’d associate with traditional braces. However, the difference is that we attach them to the insides of your teeth. This means they stay hidden from view, so you can continue to work and socialise without the hassle of visual disruption. Your set of these braces will be custom-made, and brackets made of gold alloy help you to stay comfortable while treatment is ongoing.

Invisible Milton Keynes braces

Another way we can minimise the visual impact of your treatment is to use invisible braces in Milton Keynes. Invisalign is a popular kind of highly discreet realignment appliance. Made entirely of transparent plastic, you wear it over your teeth until you’ve achieved your desired improvement. We use it for a wide range of mild-to-moderate repositioning requirements.

We take detailed 3D images of your mouth and send them to a dental laboratory, who produce for you a series of transparent plastic aligners. For 7-10 days, you’ll wear a pair of these aligners, then discard it and start wearing the next pair in the series. The length of the treatment is highly variable depending on your teeth, in the end, your teeth being transformed into a harmonious smile.

Invisalign doesn’t need to be attached to your teeth, making it very user-friendly for people seeking braces in Milton Keynes. During treatment, you can take care of your oral hygiene and enjoy your meals as normal. Afterwards, we’ll give you a retainer to wear at night. This helps your teeth to become secure in their new positions. You’ll be enjoying your enhanced dental alignment for many years after the treatment is finished.

Time for dental implants

If you have lost one, or multiple teeth, it can be quite a shock. Besides looking significantly different, a gap in the teeth affect your overall oral health. This is when it’s time to consider going for dental implants in Milton Keynes.

Dental Implants in Milton KeynesHere at Northlight Dental, we can carefully examine the state of your teeth, and determine if dental implants in Milton Keynes are the solution for you.

When to go for dental implants?

Tooth loss is something most people generally want to avoid, but don’t think about it until it happens. It may due to lack of dental hygiene, causing build up of plaque and increasing risk of gum disease or dental decay which can lead to tooth loss. Or you may look after your teeth perfectly well, but find yourself on the unlucky receiving end of an accident that caused the tooth to be knocked out.

Whatever the cause, you should contact us here at Northlight Dental as soon as possible so we can get you on track to restoring your smile. We will try and see you as promptly as possible. In the meantime, any pain experienced can usually be calmed with over-the-counter medication.

How do dental implants in Milton Keynes work?

First things first, you must book an initial consultation to see if you are suited to treatment. Your treatment plan may depend on how you lost your teeth, the location of the tooth, the number of teeth missing, the amount of damage, and your personal preferences.

Most people are suited to treatment if they are in good oral health. We will take an x-ray of the jaw to ensure that there is enough bone to support the implant, as this is an integral part of the procedure.

The Procedure

Once you have got the green light for treatment, and the plans are in place, the next stage is the surgery. This involves making a small hole into the jaw bone into which the implant is gently inserted. It is not as scary as it sounds and is done after giving the patient a local anesthetic to help numb the pain. It usually takes around three months for the implant fuse with the bone. Finally, the crown is placed onto the implant.


A smile to be proud of

In Milton Keynes, braces are used to sort out people’s misaligned teeth. Here at Northlight Dental, we offer a range of braces to improve the function of people’s teeth, and allow them to smile with confidence.

Traditional braces consist of metal brackets and wires that are placed onto the teeth to gently push and pull them into a better functioning and more aesthetically pleasing position.

Braces in Milton KeynesHow long to straight teeth?

The time that it takes to get straight teeth depends on the number of appointments that are needed which includes follow up appointments to tighten the braces and check everything is on track. The length of treatment will depend on the type of braces in Milton Keynes you receive. You’ll also have come for dental check-ups post treatment, to check everything is looking as it should.

While braces take a bit of getting used to, looking after them soon becomes part of your routine. It will then feel strange when you take them off, and feel the smoothness of your straight teeth.

Braces can feel a bit of a mission, but the results are worth the journey. Some of the benefits of straight teeth include:

  • Improved oral hygiene: with straight teeth, you don’t have to worry about bits of food getting lodged in the nooks and crannies of the teeth. They are generally easier to clean
  • Improved speech: sometimes misaligned teeth can have an effect on how we pronounce certain words
  • Boosting confidence: straight teeth improve the aesthetics of your smile, allowing you to talk and laugh more freely
  • Healthy jaw: some types of misalignment can cause a strain on the jaw. Having straight teeth minimises the risk of jaw troubles.

Who is suitable for braces in Milton Keynes?

Times have changed since only kids could receive braces. Nowadays, it is not too late to for people to boost their confidence and do something about their misaligned teeth. While braces are generally suited to adolescents who have all their adult teeth, the dentist can assess the state of their patients’ teeth and look at the options available to them.

Lost a tooth? Don’t panic. We can implant a new one

Yes, losing a tooth can be a nasty experience. The immediate problem is that you lose proper function of your mouth. Chewing your food is more difficult. Talking sounds weird too, especially if you’ve lost one of the front teeth. What’s more, smiling with a big gap in your teeth can feel embarrassing. You feel self-conscious about your smile, because let’s face it, it doesn’t look good.

Dental Implants in Milton KeynesThe long-term problems of missing teeth

The next issue is that missing teeth can have serious implications for your long-term oral health. Leave that missing tooth untreated and you could end up losing more teeth around it. At the very least, the surrounding teeth will start to slide towards the gap left behind by your lost tooth. Dental implants in Milton Keynes can prevent long-term oral health issues that come along with missing teeth.

Jawbone shrinkage as a result of lost teeth

Here’s another problem that can come up with missing teeth. Did you know that they can cause jawbone shrinkage? Your jawbone receives vibrations from your teeth when you chew. Your teeth and jawbone need to be stimulated by chewing in order to stay healthy. When you lose a tooth, your jawbone stops getting vibrations from a tooth in that area. Without this vibrational stimulation, your jawbone thinks it’s not needed anymore. It begins to resorb back into your body where the nutrients can be better used elsewhere. This leaves your jawbone weak and shrunken, it’s what can lead to surrounding teeth becoming loose and eventually falling out if not treated. Luckily, dental implants in Milton Keynes can prevent your jawbone from becoming weak and shrinking by sending these much-needed vibrations to your jawbone when you chew.

How to prevent a weakened jawbone

Here at Northlight Dental, we help our patients to prevent problems that come along with missing teeth by fitting dental implants in Milton Keynes. Dental implants are small titanium replacement tooth roots that are fitted directly into your jawbone. We fit natural-looking crowns on top of them. Once in place they work much like normal teeth. Other people will not be able to tell that you’ve got a dental implant in your mouth.

Braces in Milton Keynes for grown-ups

As an adult, you may believe that the time for straightening your teeth has passed. If you have crooked, crowded, gapped or spaced out teeth, you probably think that it’s just something you are going to have to live with for the rest of your life.

Well, we are here to tell you that this isn’t necessarily the case. At Northlight Dental, we fit many adult patients with braces in Milton Keynes, with great results.

Let’s take a deeper look at how this works.

Braces in Milton KeynesNot just for kids

It is true that complex misalignments of the teeth and jaw are usually fixed during childhood, especially in the UK, as children receive this treatment free on the NHS. As you will no doubt remember from school, braces start appearing around the age of nine, and are usually worn for two years sometime between then and the mid-teens. This is because the jawbone doesn’t set solid until we reach adulthood, so it can be realigned up until the age of 18.

After 18, we can’t move the jaw. But, what we can do is shift the teeth within the jaw. This is where adult braces in Milton Keynes come in.

We aren’t going to lie to you, treatment with braces in Milton Keynes can take a while, even for adults. Some procedures take up to two years. But when you consider that, for a year or two of wearing braces, you can have a lifetime of happy smiles, it’s so worth it. And unlike other tooth modifications, braces don’t affect the structure of your tooth.

All well and good, you may say, but what about how the braces look? No grown up wants to be teased with taunts of ‘brace face’. The good news is, that we offer discreet braces in Milton Keynes, meaning no one will know you are having treatment.

This includes lingual braces that fit to the back of the teeth, Invisalign clear aligners that fit over the teeth like a mouth guard and are transparent, and clear and tooth-coloured fixed braces that blend into the teeth, rather than stand out from them.

You can get your smile back with dental implants in Milton Keynes

It’s not just the elderly who lose teeth. Teeth can get knocked out in an accident, while playing sport or fall out as the result of ill health or medication. Young people can also fall prey to the pains of missing teeth.

Dental Implants in Milton KeynesIf you choose not to have your tooth replaced, it leads to one set of difficulties:

  • the jawbone loses density at the site of a lost tooth
  • missing a number of teeth can cause your face to sag
  • you will start to favour one side of your mouth for biting into and chewing food. This will cause uneven wear on your remaining teeth and could even lead to further premature tooth loss
  • and then there is the social and self-esteem aspect. It could be that you don’t mind your gappy grin. Or maybe you do, and you choose not to smile or laugh in public, or you cover your mouth, because you don’t want others to see it
  • and maybe you don’t feel so great about yourself, seeing the empty space in your smile in the bathroom mirror.

If you do get them replaced with a bridge or partial denture, there’s a whole other set of issues to contend with:

  • the jawbone will still lose its density and structure. It needs roots to maintain these
  • bridges normally require neighbouring, healthy teeth to be ground down to secure them in place
  • dentures can affect speech, become loose and have to be taken out to clean. They also restrict food choices, because they only give about 25% of the chewing power of a natural tooth. Plus, keeping your teeth by the side of your bed at night can make you feel old before your time.

Fortunately, there is a way to replace missing teeth that overcomes all these issues: dental implants in Milton Keynes.

Because dental implants in Milton Keynes replace the root as well as the crown, the jawbone rebuilds itself around the implant, restoring its density and structure. Neighbouring teeth aren’t affected by implants, and speech and chewing power are also restored to natural levels.

The balance of your bite is back, and you’ll have a smile you can feel proud of again. Find out more here at Northlight Dental.