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Braces vs Veneers

Monday, July 1st, 2019

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We often hear people say that they are considering veneers or braces to straighten their teeth. Veneers and crowns are often the only solution if a tooth is broken or unattractive in appearance. Veneers should not be used to improve the position of the teeth when they are healthy and strong.

Here are a few reasons why:

  • Like a false nail, a veneer is a thin porcelain cover that is bonded to the front of a tooth.
  • Having veneers means the tooth has to be filed down (or drilled). This often needs to be by a substantial amount if a tooth is quite far forward in the arch. This filing is irreversible, once the enamel is gone it is not possible to put it back again.
  • Whenever a tooth is filed down it means that the life of the tooth is reduced. Eventually the tooth may need more extensive treatment like a crown or even extraction and replacement with a bridge or dental implant.
  • Veneers are not for life, after around 10-15 years they may need replacing. This means further fees and further destruction to your teeth.
  • Veneered teeth can be more sensitive to hot and cold due to having large amounts of the enamel that protects them being removed.
  • Veneers can appear “fake” looking in comparison to real teeth.
  • It is not possible to whiten your teeth without having the veneers replaced. This is because whitening agent does not affect the colour of the veneer. You would need to whiten the teeth and get them to the desired shade and then have a new veneer made to match.

Braces move your natural teeth without causing any harm. You will only need to have the treatment once (providing retainers are worn).

People claim that veneers are “instant orthodontics”. Often people are not told the implications of this type of treatment and find out when it is too late.

Braces do take time; the teeth have to be allowed time to move between adjustments. If the treatment is too fast, this can damage the roots of the teeth and mean that the teeth move back to their original positions much faster.

If you are considering veneers to straighten your smile, speak to your Dentist today about other less invasive and harmful options like orthodontic treatment.

Here at SmileLux Specialist Orthodontist in Milton Keynes, we have a range of traditional and discreet braces to straighten your teeth naturally. Contact a member of The SmileLux team today on 01908 398068 for more information.

 

Benefits of Braces

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Benefits of Braces.

These are just some of the many benefits listed above of having braces. If any of these apply to you and if you would like to find out more about how we can help to improve your smile, contact our SmileLux Team today on 01908 398068 or send us an email at info@smilelux.co.uk.

Lovey result and closure of a large gap using Invisalign

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

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” All my adult life I have disliked the large gap between my front teeth but was never in a position to afford treatment. When I smiled I preferred to keep my mouth closed.
At the age of 65 I decided to explore the possibility of braces and was referred to SmileLux where I was assured that I was not too old for treatment. Sunil spent time explaining the options to me and took into account my health and personal needs. I have been very happy with the Invisalign braces he recommended.
Now, at the end of my treatment, I am very happy and proud of my smile with no gap! Sunil and his lovely staff treated me as a friend and I was always welcomed into their modern, relaxing and attractive surroundings very warmly. I will miss visiting them.” 

If, like Elizabeth, you are conscious of a large gap and would like to look at the options available to close the space, the natural way, call SmileLux in Milton Keynes on 01908 398068.We offer a free consultation with our Treatment Coordinator for you to come and find out more about the discreet options we have available to transform your smile.

Wedding day with braces? It can be done!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

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I am sure you will agree how stunning our patient Claire looked on her wedding day. Showing off her beautiful smile. Claire was wearing lingual braces behind the teeth so she still had beautiful wedding photos to remember her big day forever. 

We often get contacted by brides and grooms to be only a few months before their wedding day. Usually orthodontic treatment takes at least 12 months so it is usually the case that the brace will still be present on their big day. With our lingual braces and Invisalign clear aligner treatment options, this no longer needs to be a concern as the braces are completely hidden. 

If you are getting married and want to improve your smile ready for your special day, call SmileLux Milton Keynes today on 01908 398068 to find out how we can help. 

A great result with Invisalign and a lovely testimonial

Monday, November 12th, 2018

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“From the very first moment I stepped into the practice I knew this was the place for me. Laura, in particular, was always so pleasant and empathetic and seemed genuinely pleased to see me. The practice is very attractive and I particularly liked the fact that appointments are arranged so that there is only ever 1 after person in the waiting area, if anyone there at all. Dr Hirani is very approachable and puts you at ease immediately. His attention to detail is amazing and he clearly wants the very best for his patients. He talks through all the procedures reassuring you about what is happening and what to expect post treatment. I spent almost 3 years having treatment and felt I had become part of this very slick team. This is a truly professional practice whose sole aim is to ensure that at the end of your treatment you are left smiling!”

If, like Tracie, you are considering orthodontic treatment to transform your smile, Invisalign may be a great option for you. Here at SmileLux in Milton Keynes we have a range of discreet and invisible braces available to suit every type of lifestyle as we understand that not everybody wants to wear braces that are noticeable in every day life. We offer a complimentary consultation in a relaxed environment with a member of our friendly team so you can find out more about the options we have available and our flexible payment plans. Contact The SmileLux Team today on 01908 398068 or by clicking here

How is an Orthodontist different from a Dentist?

Monday, October 8th, 2018

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A dentist and Orthodontist can both offer brace treatments however did you know that an Orthodontist has a whole array of extra qualifications to be able to specialise in moving teeth with braces?

This doesn’t mean that a general dentist cannot offer braces, and many do to a good standard. In most cases a general dentist will not have the same level of experience and training as a Specialist Orthodontist.

An Orthodontist has not only trained at dental school for 5 years to become a dentist, they have then gone on to train as a Specialist Orthodontist for a further 3-5 years at Masters or Doctorate level. Becoming a Specialist Orthodontist is not easy and the training posts are very highly sought after and difficult to get in to. Experience needs to be gained by working in maxillofacial surgery, restorative dentistry and paediatric dentistry.

After this intense training, to be able to use the title “Specialist Orthodontist” and be listed on the General Dental Council’s Specialist register they must undergo the membership in orthodontics examination of the Royal College of Surgeons.

A general dentist may have done a few days training course to enable them to offer one type of brace. Many Orthodontists will have the ability to offer metal or ceramic fixed braces, lingual braces behind the teeth and also removable clear braces and will also be able to deal with the simplest case to the most extreme.

Some general dentists can offer simple orthodontic treatments within general practice, however with more complex cases it is recommended that the patient is referred to a Specialist Orthodontist who is trained specifically with braces.

Here at SmileLux we accept referrals from dentists and also treat patients for orthodontic treatment who contact us directly.

Dr Hirani is a highly sought after Specialist Orthodontist in the UK with extensive training and experience.  He is one of 4 Orthodontists in the UK who has passed his European Society of Lingual Orthodontics examination and is also trained to Hospital Consultant level. This means that you will receive the best possible advice regarding your treatment and options.

If you are looking at having braces in Milton Keynes, contact a member of our friendly team on 01908 398068 who will be delighted to help you and change your smile for life.

The Truth about Fast Braces

Monday, October 1st, 2018

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There are many different products available on the market that claim to straighten the teeth in a few weeks or months and for a very small percentage of patients this could be the case. These patients may have had orthodontic treatment before and their teeth have moved very slightly or they may have very mild crowding.

With anything in life, if things are rushed mistakes can occur and the results may not be as good. It is the same with orthodontic treatment. We often see patients who have heavily invested in having their teeth straightened using these fast braces and then finding the results were not as good as they had hoped for so they have to have treatment all over again.

It is normal for most orthodontic cases to take 12-18 months depending on the complexity. If treatment involves the loss of teeth to make space this can mean treatment can take closer to 2 years or even longer. What people are often not told is that it is not just a case of straightening the part of the tooth you can see, the roots also need to be aligned properly which is what can often take the time. This is also to help with stability and longevity of the result.

It is important that 6-8 weeks are left between adjustment visits to allow the teeth to move safely and effectively before they are adjusted again.

If a patient does want their orthodontic treatment completed faster or to end their treatment before it is fully completed, they should be aware that they will may not be achieving the very best clinical result. This may be fine and acceptable for some people but it is often not the case and people are not told this before they commit to treatment.

This leads us to our next point of “Do your research”

The question we have to ask is, “Would you buy a car or electrical device without doing your research first?” If the question is no then why would you consider investing in a product to straighten your teeth without exploring all the options available to you?

In healthcare, the most important thing is to make sure you are being looked after in the best possible way. The smile is the main point of focus when speaking to people so getting the right result is essential.

A lot of people think that only the most complex cases are treated by a Specialist Orthodontist. This is not the case at all. Most of our patients are reassured that they are in the safest of hands by a Specialist Orthodontist who has undertaken several years of intense training rather than someone who has taken a day course in the art of Orthodontics.

At SmileLux we specialise in braces and this means that we can offer a range of different options to suit every lifestyle, expectation and budget. We strive to achieve the very best result for all our patients and are always open and honest when things cannot be achieved.

If you would like braces and want to know you are in the very best hands, contact the SmileLux team today on 01908 398068 where a member of our friendly team will be delighted to help you. We offer orthodontic treatment in Milton Keynes for patients of all ages and have a range of different types of braces from the traditional metal braces to ones that are behind the teeth and fully invisible.

Beautiful Smile for a Beautiful Bride

Monday, September 24th, 2018

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We are sure you will agree that our patient Kirsty looked absolutely stunning showing off her beautiful new smile on her wedding day. Kirsty had Invisalign treatment followed by teeth whitening and is very pleased with her results. We think she looks amazing!

Congratulations to both Kirsty and her new husband. We wish you a wonderful married life together, from The SmileLux Team.

Fabulous Invisalign result

Monday, August 6th, 2018

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” My experience at SmileLux has been beyond expectations. I lacked confidence with my smile and never smiled for photos before. Thank you for giving me my smile back and making me always feel comfortable throughout the process of my treatment. “

If you are looking into having Invisalign treatment in Milton Keynes and would like to find out more about how we can help transform your smile, just like we did for this patient, contact us today on 01908 398068. We have a range of orthodontic options, including Invisalign, and offer an informal free consultation with a member of our friendly team for you to find out more about them.

Different types of Invisalign treatments

Monday, July 30th, 2018

 

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a very different style of orthodontic treatment from the traditional fixed braces. It is a fully bespoke, removable brace system where fabricated trays (known as aligners) are made for you. The greatest benefit of this treatment is that it is virtually invisible therefore nobody need even know you are having treatment!

You wear each set of aligners for two weeks and then change to the next set. Each set is very slightly different and a gradual movement occurs where your teeth are able to move into their ideal position. Before you decide to proceed with the treatment, moulds are taken and sent to the Invisalign laboratory. They create a computerised simulation that will show you what your teeth will look like after treatment and will also determine how many aligners you will need. Each aligner is changed every two weeks; therefore the simulation will give you a guide as to how long your treatment is expected to take. This is usually determined by the complexity of the treatment and the results you and your orthodontist are hoping to achieve.

Invisalign should be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day to achieve the very best clinical results and to ensure that your treatment runs smoothly and promptly. You must remove the aligners when you eat and drink anything other than cold water as the aligners are delicate and can be easily damaged. It is very important to maintain good oral hygiene and keep both your teeth and the aligners very clean to prevent dental problems arising such as tooth decay or plaque.

The different types of Invisalign treatment ranges are listed below:

Invisalign full

Most standard treatments would fall into this category where more than 14 aligners are required. Treatment time can vary from 28 weeks to 2-3 years+ for the more complex cases.

 

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign is available for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 19. It works in the same way as Invisalign full but has added benefits for parents such as blue indicators at the back of the aligners that fades from blue to clear. This helps parents and the orthodontist easily check if the aligners are being worn as they should.

 

Invisalign Lite

This is designed for less complex cases requiring no more than 14 aligners. This means that treatment time is shorter and can often be completed within 6 months. It is also possible to just treat the upper or lower teeth alone. They are generally suitable for patients who have minor orthodontic issues such as slight overcrowding or small gaps between the teeth.

 

Invisalign I7

Ideal for extremely mild cases requiring less than 7 aligners. This means treatment time can be as little as just 3 months. Invisalign I7 generally only moves the front 6 teeth.

 

If you are considering Invisalign treatment in Milton Keynes or the surrounding area, give the SmileLux team a call today on 01908 398068. We are a fully private Specialist Orthodontic Practice in Milton Keynes with ample free parking and the very best of technology and expertise to ensure that you are in the best hands!