The replacement teeth that act like natural teeth

When you lose your teeth, whether it’s one, a few or even all of them, what you really need is to be able to replace them with something that looks and acts like they did.

Dental Implants in Milton Keynes

But getting artificial body parts that act like those we have lost is harder than one would think. It is really only in the last few decades that medical science has developed the know-how and the materials with which to recreate lost body parts.

Foreign bodies

One of the biggest problems has been getting the body to accept foreign materials into itself. The immune system is designed to attack and get rid of anything foreign, which, when we evolved, would be some kind of infection.

So, things took a massive step forward in the science of replacing body parts when a Swedish scientist discovered that the body responds to titanium like it is part of its own tissue. This is when replacing lost teeth took a big step forward and dental implants were born.

Now, having been around for more than 30 years, dental implants in Milton Keynes are most people’s first choice for replacing lost teeth.

Powerful forces

This is because dental implants in Milton Keynes fuse with the jawbone, which grows new bone tissue all over them to anchor them in place. This anchoring gives the stability that teeth need in order to be able to withstand the powerful forces created by chewing, which can be more than 97kg or 200lbs. Dentures can only cope with about a quarter of that force, severely limiting people’s eating choices and excluding many nutritious, but crunchy or chewy foods.

Versatile dental implants in Milton Keynes

One implant can hold 2 crowns on a bridge and 2 implants can hold up to 4 crowns. This gives lots of versatility when it comes to replacing teeth. For example, it is possible to replace an entire arch of teeth on just 4-6 carefully placed implants, using a technique called All-On-4.

To find out more about dental implants in Milton Keynes, book a consultation with us at Northlight Dental.

Your own teeth for longer with braces in Milton Keynes

One of the big pluses of getting braces in Milton Keynes, besides, of course, that your smile will look so much better, is that your teeth will be easier to keep clean.

Braces in Milton Keynes

It’s all about the plaque

Cleaning your teeth is all about getting rid of plaque, which never stops building up on the surfaces of the teeth. It’s easy enough to remove from the flat parts, but harder around the gumline and in any nooks and crannies created by teeth crossing over each other and leaning in or out.

And if you can’t get at the plaque, you can’t stop it giving off acids that eat away at the enamel to cause tooth decay and also irritate and inflame the gums before attacking the tooth roots and jawbone underneath them.

Oral hygiene is so much easier when teeth line up properly. And so, if you need more reasons that just looking fabulous to allow yourself to invest in teeth straightening treatments with us at Northlight Dental, remember that straight teeth tend to last a lot longer than crooked teeth.

In a way, it’s a choice between investing in your oral health now, or putting it off till later in life, when you won’t be investing in braces in Milton Keynes but in ways to replace lost teeth, such as dental implants.

So why not invest now, and get the double benefit of teeth that you can easily keep clean and also look wonderful?

Confidence boosting braces in Milton Keynes

As well as boosting your oral hygiene levels, straight teeth will also boost your confidence. You may not even be aware of how your confidence can be affected by wonky teeth if you have been living with them your entire life. So, if you are trying to decide what to do, why not watch yourself throughout the day for a little while. Notice how often you’d like to smile and don’t let yourself. How you don’t smile at strangers. How you avoid being the centre of attention. How you perhaps hold your hand over your mouth.

Then, if you’re convinced you could do with a boost, book yourself a consultation for braces in Milton Keynes with Northlight Dental.

Just like your natural tooth root

When you are looking at possible treatments for missing teeth you will no doubt have considered crowns, bridges or dentures. Thanks to the quality of materials and technical skills used to create them, all 3 offer a tooth replacement solution that looks natural and offers some replacement functionality. However, these replacement options can be improved, providing a complete tooth replacement option when combined with dental implants. In Milton Keynes, dental implants take your restorations to the next level.

Dental Implants in Milton Keynes

Titanium, the wonder metal

In Milton Keynes, dental implants replace your natural tooth root. This is achieved thanks to a tiny titanium screw that is placed into your jawbone during a simple surgical procedure. Titanium has unique biocompatible properties that encourage natural bone growth, including allowing bone to adhere to its surface, creating a strong, secure platform for replacement options to be attached to. Careful placement avoiding blood vessels and nerves means that the jawbone remains healthy. Due to its non-reactive nature, the titanium implant will not breakdown and corrode over time.

Tooth replacement without dental implants

At Northlight Dental, we can offer good quality crowns, bridges and dentures. They offer a good solution that is cost effective when you’ve lost a tooth. However, over time, they do have some disadvantages that you need to be aware of, which may, on reflection, encourage you to invest in dental implants in Milton Keynes.

Crowns and bridges

Crowns are artificial teeth that are cemented over broken, damaged or partial teeth to protect them. They cannot, alone, replace a tooth. However, they are also used to create a bridge. A bridge is a row of crowns fixed together. The bridge is fixed onto a healthy tooth either side of a gap. Both healthy teeth will need to be reduced in size. This can have long-term implications for your oral health.

Dentures

Dentures can replace all of your teeth if required and are created to fit snugly onto your gum. However, over time, your jawbone shrinks as tooth roots are no longer present to stimulate its growth.

When dental implants are used to secure crowns, bridges or dentures your natural teeth and your jawbone remain healthy.

Hidden gems

In every walk of life there are hidden gems: a great music store that no one else has heard of, a funky new bar that’s tucked away down a side street, an excellent plumber who only takes bookings by word of mouth.

Braces in Milton Keynes

The world of dentistry is no different. There is one treatment that is literally a hidden gem and that’s lingual braces. Here at Northlight Dental, we have been fitting patients with lingual braces for years and had many great results in that time.

Why are lingual braces in Milton Keynes a hidden gem? Well, it’s not because no one knows about them; these teeth straightening devices are a very popular option. It’s because they are fixed to the back of the teeth and so are hidden from view. No one looking at you would have any idea that you are wearing braces in Milton Keynes.

Lingual braces really are a win-win. The big advantage of fixed, metal braces is the treatment can be controlled and adjusted as it progresses. This is incredibly useful and means complex misalignments can be treated through the skill and care of the dentist.

However, the big drawback is that they blaze a trail across the front of your teeth for up to 2 years. Not great for a self-conscious teen or an adult with a high-profile job or social life. Lingual braces in Milton Keynes are fixed, metal braces and so offer the dentist the same level of control over the treatment as their front-facing counterparts, but without being so conspicuous.

And, because the back profile of the teeth is different for everyone (unlike the front which is pretty much the same for all of us), lingual braces in Milton Keynes are custom-made to fit you, meaning you get a comfortable and effective treatment.

Lingual braces in Milton Keynes are also of great benefit for those who need to keep the front of their mouth clear, such as contact sports players and brass and woodwind musicians.

Call into our practice today and talk to one of our teeth straightening dentists. Find out if lingual braces in Milton Keynes could be the right solution for you.

Dental implants in Milton Keynes: a step-by-step guide

You’ve got missing teeth. You’ve done your research, you know you want to have dental implants in Milton Keynes. Next step is to choose your dentist and have an initial consultation.

Dental Implants in Milton Keynes

You may decide to go to your usual practice, but first of all it’s a good idea to check up on their track record. Implant surgery is a lengthy and complex procedure so make sure whoever carries it out for you has many years’ experience in placing implants.

Here at Northlight Dental, our implant dentist Dr Sunil Passan is also our practice principal. He’s been fitting dental implants in Milton Keynes for more than 10 years and has a diploma and advanced certification in implant dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons.

If you decide to use our surgery for your dental implants in Milton Keynes, here’s how the process works.

Step 1: consultation

Sunil will take a thorough medical history and examine your teeth and jaws using photographs and x-rays. The more complete a picture he can build up of your mouth, the more of tailored a treatment he can offer.

Step 2: preparation

You may need some preparatory work such as treatment for gum disease or a bone graft if you have low density in your jawbone. Sunil will also talk you through how the implant surgery works and listen to any queries or concerns you have. If you feel nervous, don’t worry. Sunil is a trained sedationist and can offer you conscious sedation to soothe your nerves during the procedure.

Step 3: surgery

The implant is placed in your jaw during a minor surgical procedure, similar to having a filling. The implant itself is a tiny titanium screw that fits into the jawbone in place of the missing tooth root.

Step 4: healing

The implant will integrate with the body, forming a secure foundation for the replacement tooth. However, it needs time to heal. This takes 3-6 months, depending on your physical condition and lifestyle.

Step 5: measurements

We take an impression of your mouth so the dental lab can create a well-fitting replacement crown.

Step 6: new tooth

Your new tooth is fixed onto your implant, and you are ready to smile again.

My Invisalign Journey

Hi everyone,

It has been a couple of months since my last blog, where I took you through the first stages of my Invisalign journey.

I am now on set ten of my aligners and what a difference there has been in such a short space of time. I am really impressed with the progress do far.

The Changes I originally had a gap between my front teeth which was approximately 2mm wide and I used to get my top lip stuck between them.

I also had a gap on the right side between my premolars, which was wider and this gap really made me self-conscious and I kept getting food stuck in between them.

After only 12 weeks, my gap at the front has closed, and the gap at the side has closed half way. I still have a long way to go as I have a total of 30 aligners to wear, so 20 more to go.

Changing aligners

I have changed my aligners 10 times now, and now have a good idea of when I can expect my teeth to be achy.

When I first change my aligner, there is an instant tightness, this last for around 5-10 minutes and then the tightness eases. The aching general last for a couple of days, and then on a few occasions mid-way through wearing my aligners I may get the odd ache, but nothing terrible.

Oral Hygiene Habit Changes

I am continuing to use floss and TePe brushes and the beauty using Invisalign is that I can remove them to clean my teeth properly.

I hope you find this blog useful and insightful. If you would like to ask any questions or thinking about straightening your teeth and would like to book a consultation please call us on 01908584461.

Becks

Which braces in Milton Keynes?

As an adult, you may feel that the time for braces in Milton Keynes has passed you by. Braces are just for spotty teenagers, right?

Not so. While the jaw does set at age 18, teeth can move around in the jaw at any age, so it is still possible to straighten up your smile as a grown up.

Braces in Milton Keynes

Here at Northlight Dental, we love to help our adult patients find the braces in Milton Keynes that are right for them. Thankfully, these days it’s not all about conspicuous fixed, metal braces. There are discreet options on offer.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a very popular treatment – more than 4 million patients worldwide to date. This is because it fits very neatly into the patient’s lifestyle.

It uses clear aligners that are like thin, transparent mouth guards, so once in place on the teeth, can’t be seen. The aligners are also removable, meaning they are easy to keep clean. And, if you have a super special occasion to attend such as wedding or a public speaking engagement, you can pop the aligners out for an hour or two.

It does take a bit of discipline. You must remember to take the aligners out and clean them each time you eat or drink something other than plain water, then pop them back in. But, if you can deal with that, these are a great option.

Clear, fixed braces

These use the same technology as traditional metal braces but with one key difference: they blend into the teeth rather than stand out from them. The brackets are ceramic, and the wires are coated in a tooth-coloured material, making them discreet.

Lingual braces

These are fixed metal braces but instead of fitting to the front of the teeth, they are fixed to the back. This means that they offer the same level of treatment as traditional braces but are hidden from view.

Find out more

Want to know which braces in Milton Keynes are right for you? Drop in and have a chat with our teeth straightening dentist Dr Neha Passan. Neha can help you decide which option is right for your condition, lifestyle and budget.

Is it possible to replace all of my teeth with dental implants in Milton Keynes?

If you have been wearing dentures for a long time, then you know how inconvenient they can become over time. Conventional dentures simply sit on the gums and do not offer any direct benefits to the jawbone. Indeed, they can become pretty uncomfortable. Moreover, they require a lot of maintenance and tend to lose their fit over time.

Dental Implants in Milton Keynes

If all of your teeth are missing or they are in such a condition that they need to be replaced, why not get dental implants in Milton Keynes? At Northlight Dental, you can find many implant options, some of which are specially designed for patients who have lost all their teeth. Advances in dental technology allow dental implants to replace a full jaw with dental implants. And this procedure doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

What are the advantages of implant-supported dentures over conventional dentures?

Dental implants provide several benefits over plain, removable dentures. In addition to looking, feeling and functioning just like your natural teeth, implant-supported dentures are designed to be robust and durable, especially since they will be covering your entire dental arch. They are also more comfortable than regular dentures because they attached to dental implants and do not become loose over time. As a matter of fact, you can regain up to 90% of your natural biting and chewing capacity with implant-supported dentures.

In addition, dentures supported by dental implants in Milton Keynes protect your bone from deterioration. With conventional dentures, the bone continues to melt away since it is not properly stimulated. Dental implants, on the other hand, fuse to the jawbone, helping to keep it healthy.

If you are tired of replacing your removable dentures every few years, then you should consider this innovative and inexpensive treatment. Implant-supported dentures will be created just for you and will be connected to the implants in your jawbone with a connecting device. Once you get used to your new teeth, you can feel confident smiling, eating and speaking.

Ageing and braces in Milton Keynes – a winning combination

Crooked and misaligned teeth are not always about aesthetics – they are also very difficult to clean and failing to take good care of them can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Unless you undergo treatment for teeth straightening, chances are that your misaligned teeth will lead to serious problems in the future.

Braces in Milton Keynes

There is a misconception that braces are only for children – at Northlight Dental we completely disagree. Teeth straightening problems can occur at any point in your life; whether you are 6 or 60 and addressing them with braces in Milton Keynes will be beneficial for your oral and general health.

Are there any more options besides metal braces?

If the thought of metal brackets and wires fixed on your teeth makes you anxious, you can put these thoughts to rest and try alternative teeth straightening methods, specifically designed for adults. At Northlight Dental, we use clear braces, Invisalign and lingual braces. While these devices all work differently they all share one thing in common – they are barely visible when they are in your mouth. Invisalign aligners, in particular, can be removed during the day.

How much risk is there if I don’t get my teeth straightened?

Different patients face different dental problems and it’s impossible to tell how much of a hazard your crooked teeth present to your oral health without examining you. However, we recommend fixing crooked and misaligned teeth because they can cause many complications later in life: from tooth loss to serious jaw problems. Why spend time and money on extensive treatments, when you can fix your teeth now with discreet braces in Milton Keynes?

It should also be noted that the goal of teeth straightening treatment in adults isn’t always about straighter teeth and a correct bite. Teeth also provide support for the lips and cheeks and help keep your facial structure. Not to mention that straight teeth will make your oral hygiene routine so much simpler.

Don’t hesitate to contact us

In short, it is perfectly acceptable to have braces in Milton Keynes as an adult. To learn more about our treatments and what to expect, contact us today.

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

removable-braces

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

invisalign-appointment

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

aligner-fitting

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.

Follow me as I continue my treatment on instgram: @northlightdental, Facebook: Northlight Dental and YouTube: Northlight Dental   

Becks