Lingual braces

Braces on the top front teeth only – lovely result!

Monday, September 16th, 2019

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“I am so grateful to have found SmileLux. I was a nervous patient who hadn’t been to the dentist for a while. However Dr Hirani put me at ease from the very first appointment. He is very patient and explains what treatment options are available and the cost involved. I am very happy with the treatment I had, everyone at the practice made me feel so welcome and relaxed it has been a joy to go to the appointments. I would like to thank you all for your care and help. I would certainly recommend the procedure and practice to anyone.”

It is sometimes possible to put a brace on the front 6-8 teeth only which is known as sectional braces. This patient was happy with her bottom teeth and just wanted cosmetic improvement of her top front teeth as she disliked the gap. Whether a patient is suitable for sectional treatment depends on their bite and the result they are hoping to achieve. This treatment took 12 months and the patient chose lingual braces, behind the teeth.

To find out if sectional treatment is possible for you, contact a member of the SmileLux team today on 01908 398068. We have a range of braces in Milton Keynes suitable for every lifestyle.

Dr Sunil Hirani passes WSLO exam (World Society of Lingual Orthodontics)

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

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Huge congratulations to our specialist orthodontist Dr Sunil Hirani for recently passing his World Society of Lingual Orthodontics (WSLO) exam.

Dr Hirani has been busy preparing for this prestigious qualification. The majority of specialists sitting the examination have practised lingual orthodontics for a minimum of 10 years.

We are extremely proud that Dr Hirani has achieved this accreditation.  He is currently the only consultant-trained specialist orthodontist in the UK to hold this qualification. An expert panel of lingual examiners from around the world assessed his cases, considering difficulty, standard of records, treatment planning skills, efficiency of treatment, outcome, cephalometric tracings and post-treatment stability. As of 2019, only 246 individuals have passed this exam worldwide so it’s a huge achievement.

The examination took place at the 8th WSLO Congress in Barcelona, Spain.  Dr Hirani was also an invited speaker and gave a presentation on Lingual lever arm mechanics and the current evidence.  This was extremely well received.

Lingual braces are braces that are fixed to the back of your teeth so they are very discreet and almost invisible.  We are very fortunate that we are able to offer this treatment to our patients here at SmileLux under the skilled and expert guidance of Dr Hirani. Dr Hirani is also the chairman of the British Lingual Orthodontic Society (BLOS).

If you would like to find out more about lingual brace treatment please contact SmileLux on 01908 398068.

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.

Lovely new smile with lingual braces

Monday, February 18th, 2019

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“Before receiving treatment at SmileLux, I was extremely conscious of my smile, to the extent that I would not smile in pictures. Following treatment, my teeth look perfect and I feel the outcome is better than I could’ve imagined! Obviously I can’t stop smiling now! Dr Hirani and his team are friendly, accommodating and professional and always made me feel comfortable and at ease at every appointment. Dr Hirani is extremely knowledgeable and this translated through to the quality of care he provided. Not only does SmileLux provide high quality orthodontic care, but everyone at SmileLux adds a personal touch to their services and their warmth and friendliness will not be forgotten. My experience was so enjoyable that I would be willing to do it all over again! Thank you once again to everyone at SmileLux. I will miss seeing you all but I’m sure you will continue the great work.”

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. 

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.

An affordable way to pay for orthodontic treatment

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

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Are you worried that you cannot afford Orthodontic treatment?

Here at SmileLux we offer 0% interest free finance which can be spread over 10, 12 or 18 months. As it is 0% interest free, there are no penalties if you wish to pay the loan back early or make additional payments to reduce the term of the loan.

The finance can be applied for with any of our orthodontic options including metal braces, ceramic braces, Invisalign and lingual braces.

Want to find out more? Contact a member of the SmileLux team on 01908 398068. We are a Specialist Orthodontic Centre offering braces in Milton Keynes and have a range of options available.

Congratulations to Dr Sunil Hirani for passing his European Society of Lingual Orthodontics (ESLO) exam

Monday, July 9th, 2018

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Congratulations to Dr Sunil Hirani for passing his European Society of Lingual Orthodontics (ESLO) exam last week. The SmileLux team are so proud of your achievement!

The exam took place in Cascais, Portugal and Dr Hirani is the 4th person in the UK to have gained this very prestigious qualification (there are only approximately 175 worldwide!).  He is the only Consultant trained specialist orthodontist in the UK to hold this qualification.  

Not only is Dr Hirani the chairman of the British Lingual Orthodontic Society but now holds a European qualification in this field. The exam is assessed by the most highly experienced clinicians from Europe and around the world. We know that Dr Hirani worked hard for months preparing his cases to the highest possible standards. 

If you are looking for lingual braces (braces fixed behind the teeth), with Dr Hirani, then please contact us now at SmileLux, Milton Keynes, on 01908 398068 to book an appointment.