Category: Invisalign Braces

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.

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.

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.

Braces for better smiles

Here at Northlight Dental we offer modern teeth straightening with braces in Milton Keynes. If you have irregularities in the alignment of your teeth, whether it’s crowding, gaps, leaning too far in or out, or just a little twisting, braces in Milton Keynes can fix the problem.

Look great, feel healthy

Braces are great for improving the look and health of your smile. Having a set of straight teeth can help with your oral hygiene as straighter teeth are easier to clean. Investing in teeth straightening treatment with braces in Milton Keynes can help keep your teeth in good shape for longer.

Braces in Milton KeynesBraces at any age to fit your lifestyle

Braces can be used by children and adults alike. If you are an adult who would like their teeth to be straighter but don’t want to sport the ‘metal mouth’ look, we have a fantastic range of modern braces designed to fit in with your lifestyle more discreetly. These include fixed and removable options, some of which are tooth-coloured or clear.

Braces to help you feel your best

Having a beautiful smile represents happiness, confidence and success. The effects of a good-looking smile can be priceless in your private and professional life. Straightening your teeth with braces in Milton Keynes is one way to give your smile that extra boost.

Braces in Milton Keynes designed for you

Here at Northlight Dental, we offer a wide range of modern solutions to straighten your teeth. Each person is different. So when you come to visit us for a consultation, we will examine your teeth carefully and help you choose the right braces for your circumstances.

Our range of discreet braces

Fixed braces

Our modern fixed braces are made of tooth-coloured, low profile brackets and wires. The brackets are fixed onto your teeth. A smooth, thin wire is laced between them.

Lingual fixed braces

Similar to regular fixed braces, these are fixed to the backs of your teeth making them hard for onlookers to spot.

Invisalign

Invisalign aligners are almost invisible as they are made from clear plastic. They are also removable and discreet. They fit snugly over your teeth and guide them into straighter positions over around 12 months.

Say hello to straight teeth

Crooked teeth can have quite a negative effect on your self-confidence, especially in an era where alignment correction is so easily available. Gone are the days when most people had wonky teeth. Now most people, even those over 60, have great smiles. It’s becoming harder and harder to have misaligned teeth and not feel self-conscious about them.

Braces in Milton KeynesBut, for adults, there is also the consideration of feeling self-conscious about wearing braces, devices that still carry a stigma of nerdy, unattractive adolescence. Billy No Mates who is very good at maths but not at making friends. Not a great association for people dealing with the public in some way, or those in positions of authority.

Here at Northlight Dental, we offer braces in Milton Keynes to help you achieve a lovely straight set of teeth without months of self-consciousness and discomfort during treatment.

We have a range of braces in Milton Keynes to suit every lifestyle, every budget.

Fixed braces

Fixed braces are great for moving teeth in three dimensions. The ones we use feature clear ceramic brackets that are strung through with fine, tooth-coloured wire. They blend in with the teeth rather than standing out from them.

Lingual braces

These fixed braces in Milton Keynes are fixed to the tongue side of the teeth. They are great for complex alignment issues.

Invisalign

These are a different way to straighten teeth with braces in Milton Keynes. Instead of brackets and wire they feature very thin, see-through plastic aligners that look like mouth guards. A series of them, each one worn for 1-2 weeks, use built-in pressure points to gently guide the teeth into alignment. Two big pluses come with clear aligners. They are very hard to see once they are in place, and they are removable for eating, drinking and cleaning. They do require discipline however, and need to be worn for at least 20 hours a day if treatment is to stay on schedule.

Which one is right for you?

Come in for a consultation with Dr Neha Passan, our specialist orthodontist, who will be able to advise on which system will work best for your needs.

Choices, choices… getting them all straight in your head

Step one – decide to get your teeth straightened.

Step two – visit the dentist.

Step three – choose braces in Milton Keynes… wait… what?

Braces in Milton KeynesIf this is how your thoughts about realigning your smile have gone so far, it’s probably because you don’t know just how many options there are for achieving the results you need. Maybe you thought that the dentist would just stick some equipment on your teeth and you would just have to grin (or not grin) and bear it for the duration of your treatment. Fortunately, this isn’t the common scenario when it comes to modern treatment plans involving realignment.

When you visit Northlight Dental in Milton Keynes, braces come in many shapes and sizes. We can help you decide which is the best to use to correct your issues. Some methods lend themselves more readily than others to certain issues. Once we have assessed your needs and we’re ready to proceed with your treatment plan, we can let you know what options are available to you from our extensive range. If you have more than one method that you are able to choose from, you can make your selection based on which braces in Milton Keynes fit in better with your lifestyle, habits and budget expectations.

Some of the options that you might be able to choose between include:

Fixed, invisible braces – these are a very popular method of teeth straightening for adults. They do a similar job to traditional braces although they tend to focus on the front teeth only. Also, the equipment tends to be smaller and more discreet that old-style metal braces;

Removable aligners – if you are looking for a totally different kind of realignment, you might consider clear-plastic aligners instead of fixed braces. These are removable and completely under your control throughout your treatment. They are as effective as other types of braces;

Lingual braces – if you want fixed braces but you also want the maximum amount of discretion when it comes to your equipment, you may want to get them fixed to the backs of your teeth. These are called lingual braces because they are on the tongue side of the teeth.

Correcting your natural teeth

Having a problem with your teeth can have an impact on your smile, even forcing you to hide if you’re embarrassed by them. Although we are born with the teeth we get, sometimes nature doesn’t do our grins justice. If crooked or crowded teeth are getting you down, then you might be considering braces in Milton Keynes. The idea of a straighter and healthier smile is appealing, because it allows you to go about your life without having to worry about how your teeth look when you’re happy and laughing.

Braces in Milton KeynesTeeth-straightening treatments like braces in Milton Keynes don’t necessarily have to be bulky, metal and unsightly. At Northlight Dental, we provide treatments that straighten your teeth discreetly and effectively. They are designed to fit around your lifestyle, so you don’t have to feel like braces are always looming when you smile. Braces are beneficial and no longer intrusive, encouraging you to show off your teeth during treatment.

Noticing the changes, not the braces

Fixed braces are traditional, but their near invisibility is modern. Small metal or tooth-coloured brackets are gently bonded to your teeth by one our dentists. A thin wire runs through the brackets, which is controlled by the dentist to shift your teeth to their correct positions over time.

If even discreet fixed braces don’t appeal to you, we also provide Invisalign. These are especially flexible as they work as a series of clear and removable aligners. These aligners are made especially for your teeth, and you would change them every 7-10 days. They gradually and gently move your teeth, while giving you the secrecy you desire during treatment. This might be ideal for you if you’re constantly in a professional environment and you know that having a discreet treatment will make you feel comfortable and confident.

The pros without the cons

If you are contemplating a teeth-straightening treatment like braces in Milton Keynes, it is important to consider all the long-term benefits that come with a short-term treatment. Once your teeth are straight, they are yours to look after and be proud of. By straightening your smile, you can avoid further conditions like gum disease and tooth decay in the future. Essentially, you’re defeating an array of problems with one solution.

What braces?

Yes, that is what people will say when you tell them you are wearing braces, if you choose one of the many discreet options on offer.

The advancement of braces over the past two decades is huge. If you were walking down the street, looking for people wearing braces in Milton Keynes, you would think that the number of users has declined. It is because there are so many different options for hidden braces that you would be inclined to believe the numbers have dropped.

bracesAt Northlight Dental we offer a range of braces in Milton Keynes that will also go unnoticed. Hidden braces can realign your teeth as proficiently and quickly as traditional braces but are virtually impossible to see.

How do I know what braces will work for me?

When you come in for your initial consultation we will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, the position in which they are aligned and how their current functionality is performing. We will then explain which treatments will be best for completing the realignment of your teeth.

The length of time treatment will take and whether you can use an aligner or have a fixed brace all depends on the outcome of this examination. We strongly believe that our patients should be fully aware and understand all the details of the procedure prior to any work being commenced. This is why our dentists are always happy to take the extra time to talk you through the details and listen to your concerns or fears.

The braces in Milton Keynes we have to offer are:

  • Invisalign: these are a set of see-through plastic removable aligners created specifically for your mouth. They are worn over the teeth so they apply a constant pressure that, over time, moves your teeth into the desired position;
  • Discreet fixed braces: these braces use small, translucent brackets and a thin delicate wire and so are as the name suggests, discreet as fixed, front-facing braces can be. They blend into your teeth rather than stand out from them;
  • Lingual fixed braces: the brackets on these braces are fixed behind your teeth so they are almost impossible to see.

Choice of braces in Milton Keynes

Getting your teeth straightened is a big commitment. It involves months of treatment and discipline on your part, and is a big investment for most people in terms of cost. So, you want to know that the benefits are going to be worth it. At Northlight Dental, we have seen time and again how treatment with braces in Milton Keynes can change our patients’ lives.

Even if your teeth are just a bit out of line, having them straightened with braces in Milton Keynes can make a huge difference to how you look, and how you feel about how you look.

Braces in Milton KeynesOne area in which there has been a lot of research and development in the last couple of decades is braces, and there is a now a wide range of devices that can be used to deal with every kind of misalignment issue, from the simple to the very complex.

Braces in Milton Keynes are no longer the preserve of teenagers; more and more adults are using them to correct misalignments that were not fixed when they were younger, or correct teeth that once had braces treatment but have since drifted out of their correct positions.

Here at Northlight Dental, we have a dentist who has postgraduate training in teeth straightening. Dr Neha Passan did her training at Barts and the Royal London Hospital. Dr Passan can help not only with bite realignment but also with more cosmetic issues. Adults with cosmetic realignment issues are interested in having a great smile, and not so much in wearing braces that will compromise their looks, even for a few months.

The dental industry has developed braces that are as discreet as possible to cater to this need for maintaining a professional image among adult braces patients. If you need discreet braces, you can choose between several different devices that feature clear ceramics and tooth-coloured wires, braces on the tongue side of the teeth rather than the outer surfaces, and clear aligners that snap on over the teeth like mouth guards. Not all discreet braces can correct all alignment issues. Dr Passan can guide you into making the right choice for your needs.

Straighten up

We always seem to be trying to look in order, from ironing our clothes and combing our hair, to cutting our nails and even cleaning our shoes. Well, we straighten up everything else about our person so why not our teeth?

Straightening our teeth does not have to be hard work, and it does not have to be advertised to the world either. Braces in Milton Keynes are on the rise and it is due to the fact that there are so many options available to people who want to have their ideal smile.

Braces in Milton KeynesWhat do braces effectively do

In Milton Keynes, braces are a way of correcting crooked, gappy or crowded teeth. If you have an overbite, underbite or even tilted inwards or outwards teeth, braces can help.

What can I choose from

At Northlight Dental, we can first offer fixed braces. These are small square brackets that are glued onto the front of the teeth. These can be made from metal, which gives a more traditional, or perhaps even retro, feel to the braces; or they can be made from a tooth-coloured ceramic, which is a better option for those who want more discretion. These brackets are then held together by a thin wire and bands, which slowly pull your teeth into the desire position. The bands can either come in a variety of bright exciting colours or just plain clear.

Lingual braces in Milton Keynes are another way of straightening your teeth, but even more discreet than the fixed braces. These brackets are in fact bonded to the inside of your teeth so no one will be able to know, unless you wanted them to.

And lastly, we offer the Invisalign braces. A nearly invisible removable aligner which is made from clear plastic and custom-made to fit your mouth. When worn, it applies constant pressure, so slowly but surely your teeth will align into the final perfect position. This is removable for eating or your dental hygiene routine or for other special occasions, but it is most effective when worn for the advised 20-22 hours per day.