Author: Northlight Dental

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

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.