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.

Braces in Milton Keynes

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.

Becky

Fixing broken, rotten or missing teeth with dental implants in Milton Keynes

Having your teeth knocked out during sports or fall out some other sudden way, whilst traumatic, can be easily rectified – by replacing them with artificial teeth. Injuries do happen and a lifetime of bad lifestyle choices can lead you to lose your teeth, but that does not mean you should carry on with a gap where your two front incisors used to be.

Dental Implants in Milton Keynes

People, young and old, with one or more missing teeth, are undergoing dental restoration therapy, so they can reclaim their lives without fearing people’s judgement or facing threats that impact their oral health.

We at Northlight Dental offer you a spectrum of treatments suited to your lifestyle needs, which include dentures, bridges and dental implants in Milton Keynes.

Weigh up your choices

If you are in the market for a new tooth, you have probably done some of your homework and enquired about the best treatment options. We have compiled a list of things you should consider to help you make your decision easier.

Expenses

What you might have heard through the grapevine is that implants per tooth are expensive, and that is before you consider other surgeries you might need to undergo to be regarded as a suitable candidate, i.e.bone grafts.

However, while not inexpensive, these one off costs, if you take care of your new tooth, are not likely to be repeated. Unlike dentures and bridges which are susceptible to wear and tear over time, your implant, if maintained, can last you a lifetime.

Benefits

People currently with dentures or bridges are switching over to implants because they improve one’s quality of life in various ways:

  • Comfortable design

Implants replace old teeth at the root. They are surgically embedded into the jaw and can only be removed at the hands of a professional. Their fixed nature means you do not have to worry about your replacement tooth slipping while you eat or impeding your speech in conversation.

  • Convenience and maintenance

As previously mentioned, dentures slip out at inopportune moments, and while bridges are surgically placed into your mouth, nearby teeth need to be trimmed down for them to fit correctly. This damage can lead to health problems, like decay, later on.

Implants work and function like real teeth, you will probably forget their presence, and at the same time, because we replace the teeth at the root, their presence will not impede on the functioning of their neighbours.

Dentures require extra attention with regards to cleaning, using a special solution and immersing them in water overnight. Neglecting your dental hygiene could lead to red and inflamed tissue, a condition called denture-induced stomatitis.

How do I know if I am a candidate for implants?

One of our dentists will conduct a full examination, where x-rays, photographs and impressions will be taken to assess and diagnose the state of your teeth, mouth and jaw.

If you are deemed healthy enough – do not smoke, have not recently undergone radiation therapy and have enough bone to insert the implant – the procedure can then take place.

Our dream team can make your dream of smiling without feeling self-conscious a reality. Consider implants if you want to boast a brilliant set of pearly whites.

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.

Next steps after tooth loss

If you are starting to lose teeth, you may be wondering how to move forward. You’re probably wondering how much hassle having replacement teeth is going to be. Maybe you’re wondering what foods you will have to give up. Perhaps it’s even crossed your mind that your replacement teeth could be a source of embarrassment to you.

Dental Implants in Milton Keynes

All these thoughts and worries are perfectly natural. Many of our patients at Northlight Dental go through a similar process when they start to lose teeth. Fortunately, we are able to offer them a great solution that mimics their lost teeth so closely that some patients even forget that the replacements are not real. In Milton Keynes, dental implants from Northlight Dental are the answer to many patients’ prayers.

If you have not yet come across dental implants in Milton Keynes, you could be forgiven for thinking they have only just come onto the market. In fact, they have been available from more and more dentists since the 1980s. At Northlight Dental, Dr Sunil Passan is our implant surgeon. He’s so good at what he does with dental implants that he is regularly called upon to lecture dental students on dental implants.

What are dental implants in Milton Keynes?

Dental implants completely mimic natural teeth by replacing the root of the tooth, which neither dentures nor bridges do. Implants can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth or even all the teeth.

Dr Passan, a trained dental sedationist, fits dental implants under local anaesthetic. If you are nervous about going through the procedure, you are welcome to have sedation to relax you.

Once the implants are in place, you will need to wait for them to integrate with your jawbone, which takes 2-6 months. Once this process is complete, you will be able to eat whatever you like.

Taking care of your implants is a matter of excellent oral hygiene to remove plaque. Dental implants can’t decay but they can fail if not maintained properly.

If you’d like to find out more about dental implants in Milton Keynes, why not come in for a consultation?

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.

Dental implants are reshaping lives, are you next?

There are people just like you all over England dealing with damaged, missing, and decayed teeth. They are too embarrassed to smile, avoiding their favourite foods, and not living their life to the fullest. There is a quick and easy solution to these troubles and that is getting dental implants. In Milton Keynes, patients have discovered how life changing dental implants can be for their whole life. Are you next?

Dental Implants in Milton Keynes

What are dental implants?

Dental implants in Milton Keynes are a way to permanently replace missing, broken, or decayed teeth. Once the old tooth is fully removed, a dental professional will place a titanium post into the jawbone. Over time the bone will grow around the post in a process known as osseointegration. This process will help relieve your gums and cheeks of any sunken appearances, something many people feel insecure about apart from their missing teeth. Once the implant has healed, we can start the process of making a new tooth which will help to restore your smile and improve the function of your mouth.

Taking care of your dental implants

While dental implants in Milton Keynes are not susceptible to decay it is still crucial to maintain healthy oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing daily for at least 2 minutes, twice a day, is incredibly important. You should also avoid opening things with your new implants or playing sports and doing activities where you can break your teeth. You should also be visiting your dentist twice yearly in Milton Keynes. Dental Implants are only long lasting if you take care of them.

Book your consultation today!

If you are interested in getting dental implants in Milton Keynes, our team here at Northlight Dental would be delighted to discuss the treatment in further detail with you, along with the recovery, budgeting and finances. We believe everyone should have all the resources and information they need to make the best decision for themselves. We want our patients to feel confident and comfortable throughout their entire treatment process with us. Call us today to learn more about how life changing dental implants in Milton Keynes can be for you!

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.