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Are cosmetic braces in Milton Keynes only about aesthetics?

There is no denying that most people are having braces because they want their teeth to look more beautiful. However, aesthetics is not the only reason to have teeth straightening.

Braces in Milton Keynes

At Northlight Dental, we understand the importance of a beautiful smile and that’s why we offer a wide selection of cosmetic braces in Milton Keynes. Whether you have crooked or gapped teeth, we are here to help. Some types of cosmetic braces in Milton Keynes can also address issues such as overbites, underbites and crossbites.

The way you look is a big part of cosmetic dentistry

The way we perceive ourselves and the way others perceive us can have a big impact on our self-esteem. However, nobody is born with perfect teeth and even those who have a great smile may have undergone cosmetic dentistry to achieve it. Nowadays, cosmetic dentistry is a huge industry fuelled by many celebrities who follow the dogma that ‘appearance is everything’. We shouldn’t blame people for wanting to have straighter teeth if this is going to make them look and feel better. However, we should also introduce them to the other benefits of cosmetic braces, some of which may be unknown to them.

Medical benefits of cosmetic braces in Milton Keynes

Whether you choose to have Invisalign, clear braces or lingual braces at Northlight Dental, you will be surprised to find out that these treatments have many benefits. Lingual braces can fix as many problems as regular braces and the added bonus is that they are positioned behind the teeth, providing complete discretion. They can also treat congenital disabilities such as overcrowded and wide-spaced teeth. Invisalign, on the other hand, has proven to work effectively on bite problems such as overbites and underbites. These conditions may be unattractive, but if left untreated they can cause sleeping disorders and serious jaw pain. An improved jaw can also prevent further damage to the teeth and gums.

Simplify your life

Braces in Milton Keynes can reduce the complexity, intensity and even occurrence of future treatment.

If you want to learn more about your options, contact us today.

Improve your quality of life with dental implants in Milton Keynes

If you have big gaps in your smile because of missing teeth, maybe it’s time to consider dental implants. Dental implants are a modern and natural-looking tooth replacement option that can restore your oral function and change your smile for the better.

Dental Implants in Milton Keynes

Dental implants in Milton Keynes are available in many combinations and can replace a single or multiple missing teeth. Even if are you missing all of your natural teeth, our dental team at Northlight Dental can restore your smile with dental implants in Milton Keynes.

Dental implants look and function just like real teeth

Dental implants are placed into your jawbone during oral surgery; they replace the missing tooth roots in your bone tissue. Gradually, through a process known as osseointegration, the implants become one with the jawbone and eventually your dentist can mount replacement teeth on top of them. Implant-supported restorations are designed to look just like your natural teeth, therefore nobody will notice that you are having dental implants. More importantly, dental implants function just like real teeth by restoring the relationship between the gum tissue and the tooth and encouraging the growth of new bone tissue.

Dental implants are not removable

Removable dentures are a practical solution for a lot of patients with many missing teeth, but in the long term they can cause trouble. Not only do they need to be removed in order to be cleaned properly, but they can also become loose and unstable over time, causing further jawbone deterioration. Dental implants provide a fixed solution, and looked after properly, can last for a many years.

Dental implants allow you to eat your favourite foods

If you have dentures, you probably know that your dietary options can be very limited. Eating with dentures can be quite challenging and eating chewy and hard foods is out of the question. Luckily, this can change with dental implants in Milton Keynes. Not only do the implants restore your biting and chewing power almost completely, but they also allow you to eat more nutritious food such as fruit, nuts and vegetables.

Not-so-obvious benefits of braces in Milton Keynes

Whether you are thinking of having braces or you already have them, your main reason behind this decision is probably the fact that you want to straighten your teeth. There’s nothing wrong with that, but braces have many more benefits than aesthetics and you are about to explore some of them.

Braces in Milton Keynes

At Northlight Dental, you can find a wide variety of braces in Milton Keynes, designed to be discreet and fit your demanding lifestyle. Braces will definitely make your teeth straight and more attractive, but there are also many health benefits of associated with them.

Say goodbye to your bite problems

If you have been diagnosed with an open bite, then you realise that you need to fix it in order to prevent further problems.

An open bite means that your teeth no longer meet which can make it impossible for you to chew and bite properly. An open bite also puts unnecessary pressure on your teeth causing them to break down faster.

Last but not least, an open bite can create various jaw problems – from migraines to serious jaw pain.

For all these reasons, maybe it’s time to consider braces in Milton Keynes.

Straight teeth can prevent sleep apnoea

Did you know that straighter teeth can help you sleep better? If you suffer from sleep apnoea and your teeth are misaligned chances are that these conditions are connected.

By improving your jaw and bite with braces in Milton Keynes you could say goodbye to sleep apnoea and enjoy a good night’s sleep after many years.

Crooked teeth cannot be cleaned properly

If you have crooked teeth, you already know that brushing and flossing them is very hard, because of all the nooks and crannies in-between them. These hiding places are ideal for bacteria and plaque to grow and can eventually lead to gum disease and tooth decay. If you don’t want to visit the dentist every few weeks for cleanings, then it’s time to have braces in Milton Keynes. Even discreet braces such as Invisalign and ceramic braces can straighten your teeth effectively and put an end to your oral hygiene routine woes.

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.