Category: Invisalign Braces

Becky’s Invisalign Journey May 2019

Hi everyone, I know it has been quite a while since my last blog, but there wasn’t much that happened between Aligner 13 to 19. But today I am due to have the gap between my two upper front teeth made wider,so that my front protruding teeth can be ‘pulled back’. This blog will outline the procedure, which is sometimes necessary to create more space for teeth to move into their corrected position.

With the expertise of Dr Neha Passan, I will try to explain the procedure, called interproximal reduction (IPR), or sometimes called ‘IDS’ (interdental stripping), using the pictures to the left.

Picture 1 – This how my teeth look before having the IPR done. You can see that there is no space between the teeth.

Firstly a rubber wedge is placed between the teeth to help gently push the teeth apart ever so slightly.

A small file is used to help create some space, by filling less than 0.25mm of my crowns. It is completely painless.

Then a rotary water instrument is used to widen the gap slightly, until the correct amount of tooth is removed. In my case this was 0.5mm.

The space is measured throughout this procedure as shown in picture to the left. This small gauge allows Neha to measure the space accurately.

As you can see from picture 1 to the 6th picture the space is now visible. This space will help to push my teeth back further and help close the gaps at the side of my mouth.

The last picture shows me with my new aligners. I have been given my next 3 aligners and will see Neha to see how I am getting on in a few weeks.

I cannot believe the difference having the Invisalign treatment has made to my life. I am no longer embarrassed and I feel more confident in my appearance. I recently got married and even though I have not yet finished my treatment, I was still be able to smile with confidence. You couldn’t even tell I was wearing my retainers on the day.

If you would like to discuss Invisalign or thinking of having braces please give us a call on 09108584461. One of our dedicated team members will be happy to help.

See you in a few weeks.

Becky

Of bites and braces

Are your teeth causing you discomfort from an overbite or underbite? Are crooked or crowded teeth making your feel self-conscious? You don’t have to suffer in silence, there is help at hand with a dentist. If you’ve thought about braces in Milton Keynes, you may be put off or daunted by them. But before you rule them out, it’s worth talking to a dentist about your concerns. There are more braces options out there than ever before and they are the best solution for resolving dental misalignments so you can enjoy better dental health.

Braces in Milton Keynes

How do braces work?

At Northlight Dental in Milton Keynes, we provide several different types of braces in Milton Keynes to effectively resolve various dental issues. These issues include crooked, crowded and gappy teeth, as well as overbites, underbites and crossbites. These can all affect your ability to eat and talk properly. Braces work by pushing or pulling the teeth into alignment using sustained pressure. This pressure causes the bone around your teeth to restructure itself to accommodate the new, straighter positions your braces are nudging them towards.

Advantages of braces

Straighter teeth look better, so your smile will certainly be enhanced. But they are also easier to clean, which means dental disease becomes a far less likely prospect in your future.

Types of braces

Braces fall into several different categories at our dentist in Milton Keynes:

  • fixed metal braces, which remain fixed to your teeth for the entire duration of your treatment
  • fixed braces made from tooth-coloured and transparent material providing more a more discreet look, which are also attached to your teeth throughout your treatment
  • removeable braces made of a clear material that can easily be taken out and put back in.

Are braces expensive?

The price of braces varies, depending on the type you choose. However, we understand that the cost can be challenging for many people to meet and so we enable payments to be spread out over time to make it more manageable.

How to find out more

We welcome new patients to register with us and book an appointment with a dentist to discuss getting braces in Milton Keynes.

When your teeth aren’t straight

It’s pretty rare for people to have teeth that come through perfectly straight and well aligned, and in Milton Keynes, braces from us at Northlight Dental are used to correct alignment issues.

Braces in Milton Keynes

Some alignment issues are pretty simple. Just a matter of a lean here or a slight twist there. They may not look great but the way the teeth are lined up aren’t causing any issues with eating or creating tension and pain in the jaw, neck, shoulders or head. Other issues are more complex and severe, involving misalignments of the upper and lower jaw and can create difficulties in chewing and pain in the upper body.

Generally speaking, the more severe or complex your alignment issues, the more likely it is that you will need to have traditional fixed braces in Milton Keynes. This is because the brackets and wires of traditional braces offer more accurate straightening.

If you are concerned about how you will look with braces in Milton Keynes, we have a variety of devices that are more discreet than traditional metal braces.

Lingual braces

These are recommended for complex alignment issues. They are bracket and wire braces that go behind the teeth, next to the tongue. They cannot be seen once they are in place.

Invisalign clear aligners

A very popular way to get straighter teeth. This method of alignment relies on a series of mouth guard-like aligners that go over the teeth. They are made of very thin, rigid, transparent plastic.

You wear a series of aligners, moving from one to the next every 7-10 days when the built-in pressure points have moved the teeth. As well as being very hard to see, these aligners are removable for eating and cleaning.

Fixed discreet braces

Like traditional braces, but made of clear ceramic and tooth-coloured wires, these braces work very well on mild to moderate alignment issues on the more visible teeth at the front.

Treatment times

Treatment takes around 6 months to 2 years, and after completion you will need to wear a retainer for a while to hold the teeth in place while they settle in.

To find out more, come and see Dr Neha Passan here at Northlight Dental.

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.

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.

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.

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.