Category: Invisalign Braces

Are braces in Milton Keynes right for me?

Braces are a necessary treatment for those with crooked teeth, due to their poor alignment posing health risks. All the time the teeth are not correctly aligned, the teeth will not be working the way they are meant to and will cause stress on the wrong areas. If you are searching for braces in Milton Keynes, then we will provide guidance on the multiple solutions and treatments available. We will be able to fix any form of misalignment, from just a small adjustment, to severely crooked teeth.

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Are braces available for aesthetic purposes?

As mentioned, our braces are available for multiple purposes. In more extreme cases, wire braces are necessary, as other methods may not be as effective for restoring proper teeth alignment. However, if you are looking simply to improve the look of your teeth, or don’t like your smile, there are some alternative options.

Lingual Braces

Working in a similar way to regular fixed braces, lingual braces fit on the inside of the teeth, so they can reap the same benefits of fixed braces, but remain invisible. The braces are fitted using modern technology, to ensure that the brace is fitted correctly. If you are looking for lingual braces in Milton Keynes, then we recommend these to you as an option.

Fixed Tooth Coloured Braces

While fixed braces might not be the most desirable option in terms of aesthetics, particularly for adults, we have an option which can alleviate that anxiety. Our fixed coloured braces work the same way, but have been coloured to camouflage the enamel. The translucent braces will be just as effective as the fixed braces but will not be as much of a contrast against your natural tooth colour.


Invisible braces work by first producing a 3D projection of what your teeth should look like after treatment. Then a series of plastic moulds are custom built, in order to gradually adjust the teeth towards the initial 3D projection. The benefit of this brace is that it can be removed easily and is practically invisible due to the translucent plastic used for it. Due to this, you are free to eat and drink freely, without being concerned about damaging the corrections, or about any damage to the gums, which can be an issue with newly fitted metal braces.

If you are interested in braces in Milton Keynes, then simply contact us and ask what options are available, and what results you expect from your treatment, and we can subsequently advise you on how to book a free consultation. While each brace has its pros and cons, which we want you to be aware of, we will advise you on the best solution to achieve the results you want, and the smile you desire.

Could braces in Milton Keynes be the right option for you?

Despite common misconceptions, braces are not just for those of the younger generation. We offer a multitude of options at Northlight Dental, apart from the traditional “train tracks” form of braces.  Lingual braces and discreet braces are examples of more subtle options, meaning the dental work is being done without being visible: this may be a perfect option for individuals who are older. At Northlight Dental in Milton Keynes we offer a variety of treatments for our patients, so there is always an option for everyone. Braces in Milton Keynes may be ideal for you if you have crooked teeth, or if you are just looking to inject a boost of confidence into your smile, achieved with all of our patients after treatment. At our practice, we can discuss with you the best option to fix your dental insecurities!

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I’m worried about braces ruining my confidence! Are there other options?

At our practice, we offer a multitude of options including the traditional brace (commonly used with the younger generation) as well as alternative options such as discreet tooth coloured braces. These ensure your confidence stays intact, whilst working towards a flawless smile. Lingual braces are viewed as a more discreet option, using a metal wire that is placed behind the teeth so that they are not visible, using modern CAD/CAM technology to ensure the best treatment is provided.

Invisalign is a form of clear aligners, using a retainer style without the metal appearance. Invisalign alone has offered confidence to over 480,000 patients.

So, if you struggle with confidence about the appearance of your smile, braces may be a perfect long-term option for you. This long-lasting effect is certain to increase your confidence, with the inexpensive and natural looking options that are available with braces in Milton Keynes, here at North Light Dental.

What if I am anxious about visiting a dentist?

Many patients are faced with anxiety when visiting the dentist, which is why many people do not visit their local practice nearly as much as they should. However Dr Sunil Passan is a member of our team, and specialises in patient anxiety in both our practice and a medical setting. We recommend an initial consultation for our anxious patients to help ease their nerves, during this we may offer the option of sedation to ease a patient’s nerves and anxiety,

What is the meaning of orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry dealing with methods to straighten out irregularities or imperfections within the mouth. Orthodontists are professionals who have completed a further level of study to specialise in orthodontics, one example of its use is the fitting of braces.

How long do I have to wear braces for?

The length of treatment varies depending on the patient, treatment can last as little as six months or more complex cases can last up to two years.

Sometimes people are worried about whether braces will cause them pain as they have to be worn for a period of time. Although they do cause some discomfort, braces are relatively pain free. Braces in Milton Keynes can help achieve a perfect smile using your own natural teeth, rather than using veneers or bridges, which are a more artificial method.

Correct your crooked teeth or overbite with braces

If you don’t like your smile but you are hesitant about getting braces in Milton Keynes, you are not alone. Having metal brackets glued to your tooth enamel for an extended period is a big deal, especially as an adult.

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We understand that you may have concerns regarding pain, appearance and the overall impact teeth straightening aids have on your lifestyle. However, thanks to modern orthodontics, there are a variety of treatment options available from which to choose the one that best suits your unique needs.

With us, you can start the process of fixing your crooked teeth, overbite or overcrowded mouth today by booking a consultation with our highly qualified, experienced orthodontist at Northlight Dental. You can enjoy straight teeth and a winning smile in 6 to 18 months.

Why choose braces in Milton Keynes

There are many misconceptions about straightening aids; that they are unsightly, they cause constant discomfort and pain, are only for teenagers and restrict our lives in various ways.

Since their inception, however, advancements in technology have made teeth straightening aids more discreet and comfortable for the wearer, and some options, like Invisalign braces are removable. Now, not only can people choose to have their teeth straightened, but they have choices available to them too. At the same time, not just adolescents but adults are opting to fix their teeth without fearing how these aids might influence their personal and professional lives.

Pain maybe another factor that keeps people from having their teeth corrected. When you first get braces in Milton Keynes, and after every check-up, you might experience varying levels of discomfort, which you can easily manage with over the counter medication and a soft diet for a few days. Mouth ulcers and cuts caused by metal rubbing against skin, while unpleasant, can be treated and soothed with numbing gels bought at your nearest pharmacy.

How do they straighten teeth?

Pressure emanating from the archwire (a long, thin wire connecting the brackets) or aligner trays containing Invisalign, gently push them to move into the desired position, while the role of the brackets is to hold your teeth in place.

Available treatments

There are many options available that, on your consultation, we will discuss with you to find the best and most suitable treatment plan for you. Some aids are removable while others are fixed; some are more discreet than others; some adjust minor malocclusions over brief periods while others correct major issues gradually for longer.

Invisalign, also known as invisible braces, are removable aligner trays you have replaced every two weeks. You can take them out to eat and play sports, but we recommend that you keep them in for at least 22 hours a day for them to be effective — best for treating mild to moderate misalignments.

Traditional fixed braces comprise of metal brackets glued to the enamel of the teeth, with a thin archwire connecting them.

Ceramic braces, similar to conventional metal braces, only the brackets are tooth-coloured, thereby barely visible to an untrained eye. If you are a self-conscious person yet do not have the discipline for Invisalign, these aids might be the solution for which you have been looking.

Lingual braces work identically to traditional braces; the only difference is that we place them on the back of your teeth. Their discreet nature also makes them another popular choice.

Are there alternatives?

Artificial solutions, like dentures and bridges, disguise chipped teeth and close gaps, but these treatments tend to compromise the shape and size of neighbouring teeth, which in the long run, can be detrimental.

While initial costs may be hefty, correcting your teeth using conventional methods is an investment we can recommend. What is more, as previously mentioned, it is a natural solution that gradually moves your teeth into place.

Considering having your teeth corrected is a big decision but one that will positively impact your life in the long run, as you flaunt a lovely smile and look forward to perfect oral health and hygiene in the years that follow.

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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.