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Start your New Year with a New Smile!

Monday, January 6th, 2020

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Set yourself the best New Years resolution ever and consider transforming your smile.

Braces can correct smiles in a number of ways, including:

By closing gaps and spaces

By straightening overcrowded teeth

Helping to improve the bite making chewing and biting food easier

Widening the arch to make the smile broader

Treatment can often be simple and an appointment with a Specialist Orthodontist will tell you how long your treatment will take or what is achievable in your time frame or budget.

If your treatment is of a complex nature, your braces do not need to be visible. This means you could be in braces for a long time without anybody knowing about it!

To find out more about how we can help fix your smile for 2020, contact a member of The SmileLux Team today on 01908 398068.

As a Specialist Orthodontic Practice in Milton Keynes we have a range of braces to choose from. We can even offer a free consultation for you to find out more about the options we have available.

What is the process for getting braces?

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

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Congratulations for taking the first step in changing your smile!

We often get asked how soon treatment can start and what the steps in the process so here is a guide that should help answer any initial questions:

  1. Free consultation (optional)

You may find it helpful to visit the practice for a complimentary consultation initially. This is usually with the Treatment Coordinator. The Treatment Coordinator will sit down with you and find out more about what you are hoping to achieve. They will also be able to show you the different types of braces and talk you through how they work. You will also be able to see some before and after photos. As the Treatment Coordinator is not a dentist, this appointment will not involve any checking of your teeth or clinical diagnosis and treatment planning.

 

  1. Full Orthodontic Assessment

This appointment is with the Specialist Orthodontist and is a much longer appointment. The Specialist Orthodontist will check the health of your teeth and gums, take full records including photos and a large scan x-ray. They will then sit with you to explain the diagnosis and treatment recommendations and where possible provide a treatment plan. They will also be able to give you an idea of the estimated length of time your treatment is expected to take.

 

  1. Paperwork appointment

You will be given time to decide which is the best treatment option for you. When you are ready and we have discussed how you wish to fund your treatment, a paperwork appointment will be arranged with our Treatment Coordinator. Dr Hirani will prepare a detailed consent form outlining all aspects of your treatment. We will then sit down with you to go through this and answer any questions you may have. When we are certain you are happy to proceed, we will ask you to sign your consent form and other paperwork to get started with your treatment.

 

  1. Records or brace fit appointment

Depending on the type of brace you choose, the next step will vary:

  1. a) For braces such as Invisalign, these are customised and full digital records will need to be taken before we can proceed with the paperwork appointment (ask a member of the SmileLux team for more information)
  2. b) Lingual braces are also customised and it is at this stage that the digital records would need to be taken which are sent to the laboratory for manufacture. They usually take around 8 weeks to be made.
  3. c) With ceramic or metal braces, treatment can usually begin as soon as there is a mutually suitable appointment after the paperwork has all been signed and finances are in place.

 

If you would like any further information for the process or have any other questions at all, please contact a member of the SmileLux team on 01908 398068. Our Orthodontist in Milton Keynes, Dr Sunil Hirani is trained to Hospital Consultant level as a Specialist Orthodontist.

How early should children see an Orthodontist?

Monday, July 8th, 2019

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Children should be monitored as young as age 7 for future orthodontic treatment. Often actual treatment will not start until a child has all their adult teeth however early intervention can sometimes be recommended while the jaw is still growing. This can eliminate the need for more obtrusive treatment in adulthood such as jaw surgery.

Here are some early warning signs that your child should see an Orthodontist:

  1. Thumb/ finger sucking or prolonged use of a dummy
  2. Wonky teeth
  3. Sticking out teeth (known as an overjet)
  4. Deep bite (when the top teeth almost completely cover the bottom teeth when biting)
  5. Early or late loss of baby teeth
  6. Speech difficulties
  7. Problems with eating due to the bite
  8. Grinding or clenching of teeth
  9. Missing teeth
  10. Signs of tooth wear

If you are worried about your child’s teeth and feel they would benefit from seeing an Orthodontist in Milton Keynes, contact us today on 01908 398068 to find out more about how we can help.

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.

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.

The SmileLux survival guide – What to expect with braces

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

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So you’ve made the decision to get braces…… congratulations! You’ve made the first step to change your smile and life forever.

Below are some questions we get asked on a regular basis by patients considering treatment that you may find useful:

What are braces?

  • Braces come in all kinds of designs nowadays but they all do the same thing…. straighten crooked or overcrowded teeth.
  • They use special mechanics which apply gradual pressure to the teeth to move and rotate them. Teeth can be moved up, down, left, right, forward and backward with braces.
  • There are metal braces, tooth coloured braces, clear removable braces and even braces that fit behind the teeth.

What will braces do for me?

  • The main benefit to most people is to improve the appearance of their smile.
  • Research has shown that having a lovely smile can improve self confidence and overall well being.
  • By having straight teeth, it is much easier to keep them clean. Good oral hygiene can also help your health and prevent serious illnesses such as Diabetes and Heart Disease later in life.
  • You are more likely to keep your teeth for life if you have a smile to be proud of and it is easy to keep them clean.

How often will I need appointments?

  • Your first appointment will be a long one where your Orthodontist will take full records of your teeth and put together a plan. Once you are ready to begin treatment, your brace can then be fitted.
  • You will need to attend regularly so that your Orthodontist can monitor your progress, make adjustments to your brace and ensure that treatment is going as planned.
  • Appointments are generally every 6-8 weeks and this is usually determined at the end of each visit depending on how much time your teeth settle between adjustments.

What will braces feel like?

  • In truth, very strange at first! The mouth is very sensitive and will take time to adjust to this new alien object that has been placed.
  • Expect to feel a bit sore initially. Some patients experience ulcers around their tongue and soft tissues. It will take a couple of weeks for your gums to toughen up and adjust to the appliance being there. You will be given special wax to use which acts as a barrier to stop the rubbing and allow your ulcer to heal.
  • You may also find that your teeth feel achy for a few days after each adjustment. It is a similar feeling to a mild headache and can be easily controlled by your usual painkillers.

When will the treatment be complete?

  • Your Orthodontist will be able to give you an estimated length of time for your treatment, however it is impossible to be 100% accurate as it depends how your teeth respond to the brace.
  • Most standard treatment takes between 12 and 18 months. This can be shorter for very mild cases and much longer for more complex cases. It is important that you are flexible and patient when having orthodontic treatment and accept that you may need more time in braces to achieve the best possible result.

What can I eat?

  • Baby food!! No seriously, very soft foods that are easy to chew will be all you want to eat initially while you are getting used to your brace. Popular choices are soup, pasta, mashed potato and rice.
  • Once you adjust to the brace you can start to introduce back some of the foods you enjoy. Just always remember to cut your food into small pieces and avoid anything crunchy or sticky. Carrots should ideally be grated and avoid things like pizza crust and crispy baguettes.
  • You are more prone to tooth decay if you consume too much sugar or acid in your diet with braces as it is more difficult to keep your teeth clean. If you do like fizzy drinks or sweets, keep them to a minimum and have them with a meal so you have a neutral pH balance. No toffees, hard sweets or chewing gum should be consumed with fixed braces.

How do I keep my braces clean?

  • Foods that are consumed during the day stick to the teeth and are not removed until you brush. It is very important when wearing braces that you brush a minimum of 3 times per day and/or after every meal.
  • You will need to clean between the teeth at least once a day and no, don’t panic, your only option is not floss! In fact you will struggle to use floss with fixed braces as the wire will get in the way. We recommend using little interdental brushes such as TePe’s© and a Sonicare Airfloss Pro ©.
  • It is also essential that you continue to see your Dentist and Hygienist for routine appointments throughout orthodontic treatment.

Will I be embarrassed of my brace?

  • You may feel self conscious initially but only until you realise you are not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of adults having orthodontic treatment in the UK alone. Braces are accepted in today’s society for all ages and we have treated patients from as young as 8 up to 75.
  • Depending on which option you choose, braces can be very discreet these days and a brace behind the teeth means people you meet may not even know you are wearing a brace at all!
  • If you do feel embarrassed, always think of the result you will get at the end! Then you will be itching to show off your new Hollywood smile! 🙂

If you are considering orthodontic treatment in Milton Keynes, call The SmileLux team today on 01908 398068 where a friendly member of the team is ready to take your call and help you on your journey to a new you!

 

Lovely result with a lower fixed brace

Monday, August 28th, 2017

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Excellent, easy treatment that was completed on time with no problems, staff and dentists were all very friendly and welcoming I’m very glad I chose SmileLux for my teeth, would highly recommend!

If you are looking to have orthodontic treatment in Milton Keynes, contact a member of the SmileLux team today on 01908 398068. We change peoples lives by transforming smiles on a daily basis and achieve amazing results like this.