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.