Category: Invisalign Braces

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.

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.

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.

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.