Orthodontics

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.

Wonderful result with ceramic braces and dental implants

Monday, September 9th, 2019

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Our lovely patient Chanel was delighted with the transformation of her smile for her wedding. We used ceramic braces to realign her teeth and make space for two dental implants.

Often braces are used for function and not just cosmetic reasons, like in Chanel’s case. She now has a proper bite and is able to enjoy everyday life showing off her lovely new smile. Although we are an orthodontic practice, we can work with general dentists or restorative specialists to ensure the very best clinical result possible. Braces on their own are not always enough to improve a smile in the best possible way and a team of expertise is required.

If you are looking at getting the very best clinical result for your smile and have missing teeth, braces could be used to either close gaps or create more space for restorative treatments such as crown and bridgework or dental implants

Contact us to find out more about how we can help. Our Orthodontic Practice in Milton Keynes specialises in all different types of cases, from the most simple to the most complex. Nothing is too much trouble for us to fix!

 

Orthodontics – The new generation

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

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As with everything in life, the world of Orthodontics is also changing all the time and moving forward with new age technology to improve treatment results and reduce treatment time.

What is Digital Orthodontics?

Digital technology has had a significant impact into everyone’s life over the last two decades. It began with the introduction and sophistication of mobile phones and has since then had a positive impact on medical diagnosis and teaching tools. Treatment efficiency and surgical techniques have also improved significantly.

Dental practices introduced digital technology computerized scheduling in 1974. It has since then grown into all areas of dentistry including dental treatments and treatment planning.

Orthodontists are now using digital technology every day within their practices to improve clinical results in the following ways:

  • The use of a digital scanner to replace traditional moulds/impressions of the teeth.
  • Digital treatment simulations to show predicted end results prior to orthodontic treatment commencing.
  • The ability to convert digital technology into diagnostic models to help patients decide on the best option for them.
  • Custom made appliances such as lingual brackets that are placed behind the teeth to help assure optimum comfort during treatment.
  • Special robotically bent archwires to get the best clinical outcome that is microscopically possible and reduce the latter stage of treatment time.

It is also becoming possible to remotely monitor and control treatment without the need to see the orthodontist as frequently.

We pride ourselves on keeping up to date with all modern technology here at SmileLux in Milton Keynes. To find out more about how we can help transform your smile, contact a member of the SmileLux team today on 01908 398068.

Why do teeth move after braces?

Monday, August 26th, 2019

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Teeth move all the time

Many people do not realise that teeth are mobile. They are held into the jaw bone by periodontal ligaments. These are not hard like bone, they are elastic. Without these ligaments orthodontic treatment would not be possible as they allow the teeth to move. When the brace is removed, the ligaments remember the original position of the tooth and would allow the teeth to drift back to that position again.

 

General daily wear and tear 

The mouth is the most used part of the body. Eating food can cause the teeth to wear down over time, especially if a bite is out of line. Every time you bite into something or chew your food the teeth will be affected. Every time you talk, your tongue generates a pressure against your teeth. All these things can over time cause your teeth to move.  

 

Changes in the mouth

As we go through life, there can be changes to your teeth which can cause unwanted tooth movement. Things like having a tooth extracted or periodontal problems can cause the teeth to drift and fill spaces that have appeared. The bite can also be affected if an opposing tooth is removed as the tooth above it can move downwards to fill the airspace.  Other factors such as jaw growth, wisdom teeth erupting and ageing can cause changes to occur in the mouth which may affect the position of the teeth.

 

Wearing retainers

When your braces are removed, to prevent unwanted tooth movement it is very important to wear retainers. Braces are used to move the teeth and retainers are used to hold the teeth in position. Without retainers, the teeth will want to move …. which is usually back to how they were at the beginning!

Many patients we treat are having a second or even third course of orthodontic treatment because they have not been told the importance of life long retainers. We place fixed wire retainers behind the upper and lower teeth after orthodontic treatment. We also provide removable retainers which are to be worn 2 nights per week in conjunction with a fixed retainer. If no fixed retainer is fitted, the removable retainers should be worn every night for 6 months, then 3-4 nights per week permanently.

If you would like any further information on our retainers or if you are looking to have your teeth straightened, contact a member of the SmileLux team today by phone 01908 398068 or visit our website

Just a few words our patients say about us!

Monday, August 19th, 2019

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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.

A challenging case and great results using ceramic braces!

Monday, July 15th, 2019

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“When I started treatment, I was not confident with my smile. I had a lot of teeth removed as a young child and the experience left me feeling nervous about visiting the dentist and wishing that there had been an alternative to having so many teeth removed.
I wish I had taken up orthodontic treatment sooner. The results are amazing and this has transformed the shape of my teeth and restored confidence.
The experience at SmileLux has been positive throughout. The team are helpful and friendly and very efficient and attentive. Dr Hirani explains every step of the way and reassures you if you have any concerns. My personal orthodontic treatment took 3 years and it is certainly a commitment, but I am glad that I took that step and have felt confident throughout the treatment process that I am being well looked after. It has definitely been worth it. As a patient you will feel valued and cared for. The whole team work well together and you feel welcomed and assured.”

We see many different types of cases here at SmileLux in Milton Keynes, from the most simple alignment using a section of a brace to the most complex cases where full braces are required. We usually estimate that treatment would take a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 2 years however often if a case is extremely difficult, it may take longer. It also depends on how quickly a patient responds to the treatment, we often will not know this until treatment starts. 

Our Specialist Orthodontist in Milton Keynes, Dr Sunil Hirani, has many years of experience in dealing with all different types of cases. Having originally trained to Hospital Consultant level, he still undergoes regular training and development to be one of the very best in his field and is proud to be able to offer this level of expertise to our patients to achieve such wonderful results.

If you are looking for Orthodontic treatment in Milton Keynes, contact the SmileLux team today on 01908 398068 to find out how we can help you have a smile to be proud of for the rest of your life!

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.

 

Great result using ceramic braces and Suresmile technology

Monday, June 24th, 2019

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This patient had what we call a “Deep Bite” meaning that the upper front teeth cover far too much of the lower teeth when biting. This can cause problems later in life such as tooth wear. You can see from the photos that some wear of the lower front teeth has already occurred. Over time the teeth can become very sensitive to hot and cold and can become brittle needing further restorative dentistry such as fillings, crowns or veneers.

We all associate having braces to cosmetically improve smiles however people are becoming more aware of their teeth and are keen to keep them as healthy as possible for their whole lives. Straight teeth are much easier to keep clean.

SmileLux is a Specialist Orthodontic Centre in Milton Keynes. We see patients of all ages and our Specialist Orthodontist, Dr Sunil Hirani is trained to Hospital Consultant level and is used to transforming all types of smiles, from the most simple amount of movement to the most complex!

If you are looking to improve your smile, contact a member of the SmileLux team on 01908 398068 today and we will be delighted to help.