Teeth Whitening

Beautiful Smile for a Beautiful Bride

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Wedding photo KE1

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.

Top tips for Teeth Whitening from the British Dental Association

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Teeth whitening

Are you considering having your teeth whitened? There have been lots of changes with legislation over the past few years. Read all about the reasons why you should visit a Dental Professional for any whitening procedures here

If you are looking to have Teeth Whitening in Milton Keynes, contact the SmileLux team today on 01908 398068 to find out how we can help. Our teeth whitening treatments are carried out by a qualified Dental Specialist in a safe environment as we care about you, your teeth and your safety.  We are also able to undertake whitening using products only legally available to dental practitioners which means that we can ensure you achieve the best possible results.

Yellow teeth: What foods cause the teeth to stain?

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Discoloured teeth

It’s no big secret that our teeth can change colour with certain foods we eat. The celebrity world is full of dazzling bright smiles which makes us all more conscious of our own appearance. As human beings, we are all drawn to nice, shiny, clean looking teeth. Research has shown that a nice smile can help an individual be more successful throughout life in both their career and relationships.

The best way to maintain good oral hygiene and reduce the risk of staining is to ensure that you brush twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes, floss or use interdental brushes daily and visit your dentist routinely to have the health of your teeth and gums checked.

You may also wish to consider that certain foods/drinks can actually cause your teeth to discolour over time or pick up surface staining. Below is a list of foods and drinks that could be the culprit:

Tea

England’s favourite, contains a plant compound called Tannins which over time can discolour your enamel (Tannins are found in oak and is used in tanning animal hides into leather, hence the word “tan” and “tanning”). Different types of tea can cause your teeth to turn different colours. For example; green tea can cause a grey appearance, black tea will cause a yellow appearance. It is said that the better quality the tea brand is, the less staining it will cause. Adding milk to your brew will also help prevent the discolouration of your teeth.

Coffee

The UK population generally tend to follow American traditions and as a result of this people are now opting for a quick trip to Starbucks or Costa on route to work. Caffeine acts as a stimulant to help keep us alert for the day. Although coffee is generally not good for our health, it can also cause our precious teeth to stain over time. Coffee also contains Tannins (which are found in tea). It is also acidic and alters the pH balance in the mouth so any acidic foods you eat after can discolour your teeth more quickly.

Acidic fruits and foods

Foods that are high in acid such as oranges and tomatoes can cause your teeth to turn more yellow in colour. This is because regular consumption can cause erosion of the hard surface enamel that protects your teeth, this then causes the more yellowish coloured dentine to show through. You may also notice that your teeth become more prone to sensitivity. Try and limit your consumption of acidic foods to mealtimes only. Having acidic drinks/foods continuously throughout the day will put you at a higher risk of getting erosion and decay.

Sweets

Yes, you guessed it, sweets are bad for your teeth! It is not just sweets themselves that cause harm, cookies, chocolate and even junk food like chips also contain sugar that coats your teeth and is a breeding ground for bad bacteria known as plaque which starts off as a creamy/yellow colour but if left for a long time can turn orange or even brown. When this bacteria feeds from the sugars left behind from sweets, it then releases acids which then leads to tooth decay. Decay appears dark brown or even black in colour which can be quite unsightly if this is present on the front of your teeth. If left untreated, decay can lead to more serious tooth issues such as fillings, root canal treatment and/or even the loss of a tooth.

Fizzy drinks

Just like sweets, fizzy drinks also contain high amounts of sugar giving the bacteria in your mouth something to enjoy! Fizzy drinks, diet or not, are especially damaging as they are carbonated and contain high levels of acid which leads to tooth decay. If you struggle to kick the habit of drinking fizzy drinks, try to have them with a meal instead of on their own and use a straw so it has less contact with your teeth.

Darker coloured fruits

Although fruits such as blueberries, blackberries and pomegranates are very good for you and release anti-oxidants, high consumption can cause our teeth to stain. Just like they would stain your clothes if you accidently dropped some of the juice on them, they will have the same impact on your teeth!

Red wine

If you are a fan of red wine, you may want to remember that it can cause your teeth to pick up grey stains. These stains can be much harder to remove than the yellowish stains. Red wine also contains the same tannins in tea and coffee.

White wine

Although white wine itself will not stain your teeth, it does contain high amounts of acid which can cause the enamel to erode over time. So if you fancy a glass, try and have it with a meal to again balance out the acidity and fight bacteria.

Curry

Regular consumption of curry can certainly cause staining of the teeth which is mainly due to the turmeric it contains. To avoid your teeth staining, try brushing your teeth after your meal or at the very least rinse around the mouth with water.

 

If you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth, contact a member of the SmileLux team on 01908 398068 to find out about our teeth whitening and stain removal procedures.

 

Straight teeth for wedding day: Braces behind the teeth

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Collage of wedding with Lingual braces

Just thought I’d share with you a few photos from our wedding! I felt so much more confident having had the treatment and couldn’t stop smiling all day! It really has made a huge difference so thank you.

Kayleigh

Are you getting married in the near future and want a beautiful smile for your wedding day like Kayleigh did?

We have a range of discreet braces available to suit any lifestyle and budget. So whether your wedding day is 2 years away or in 6 months time, we may be able to help you improve your smile in time for your big day!

Contact a member of the SmileLux team today on 01908 398068 or click here to find out more about how we can help. 

 

Acceledent reduced this patient’s Invisalign treatment by 40%!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

before and after

“I was very unhappy and lack confidence with my teeth before.

I had thought about Invisalign for years and visited many orthodontists in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. But when I visited SmileLux, I knew this was the place to go ahead with my treatment.

Every step of the way I felt well informed and relaxed, my treatment was very quick with the help of Acceledent which Dr Hirani kindly let me try. I’m very pleased with my results and don’t regret a penny.

Thanks all!”

Accelledent

Treat your loved one to Teeth Whitening in Milton Keynes this Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Are you looking for a special gift to make your loved one happy this Valentine’s Day? Fed up with the usual flowers, chocolates, perfume and jewellery? Why not treat them to teeth whitening to give them a smile to be proud of for 2015!

Whitening voucher lovely wife

 

To order your special gift voucher, contact a member of the SmileLux team today on 01908 398068.  You will be pleased to know that our teeth whitening treatments in Milton Keynes  are carried out by a qualified dental specialist in a safe environment as we care about you, your teeth and your safety.  We are also able to undertake whitening using products only legally available to dental practitioners which means that we can ensure you achieve the best possible results. The voucher is redeemable after a whitening assessment with our Specialist Dentist, Dr Sunil Hirani to determine suitability for the treatment.

 

A New Year………. Time for a new smile!

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

As we celebrate the beginning of a new year, many of us will use this opportunity to make resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking or drinking or even to spend more time with family. Many people choose the New Year to make changes to their health and appearance and even improving the smile they’ve been hiding!

It is normal that age and lifestyle can take a toll on your smile and this can cause us to become more conscious as we get older, especially seeing so many celebrities on a daily basis in the press or on TV with dazzling, straight white smiles.

Here at SmileLux Specialist Orthodontic Centre in Milton Keynes, we can help you achieve your New Years resolution and start smiling more! We have a range of treatment options suitable for all ages from traditional metal braces to ones that are clear, removable and even completely hidden on the back of your teeth so nobody even need know you are having treatment.

Maybe you need some simple whitening treatment for a special occasion or the shape of your teeth to be changed so you achieve your happy, healthy smile.

Why not make 2015 the year of change and arrange an appointment today. Contact a member of our friendly team on 01908 398068 to see how we can help. Our Specialist Orthodontist, Dr Sunil Hirani is the most highly qualified Specialist Orthodontist in this region and is trained to Hospital Consultant level. This level of experience and working together with a dedicated, knowledgeable and caring team will ensure that you receive the best possible results and care.

A new smile and a new you are closer than you think!

SmileLux are at the wedding show at theCentre:MK this weekend – 3rd, 4th and 5th October

Monday, September 29th, 2014

JPeg for Blog

Not long to go now until the Milton Keynes Wedding Show at Middleton Hall, thecentre:mk. It’s certain to be a brilliant event and we’re really looking forward to it and can’t wait to see you there.

There really is no better time or reason to invest in yourself than for your wedding day. Every bride wants every detail of their wedding to be just right. You’ve dreamed of this day since you were a little girl and pictured the romance of it all. And now it’s about to happen and you want it all to be perfect.

You’ve written list after list of all the things you must organise. Probably top of your list is the search for the most fabulous venue and finding that exquisite wedding gown. Then the flattering dresses the bridesmaids will all adore, and finding someone who can do your hair and makeup ‘just the way you want it’.

Then there’s finding the right table decorations, beautiful flowers in the right colour, and favours for the guests, a gorgeous and delicious cake, memorable entertainment….Oh and that’s not mentioning finding a photographer who captures all those special moments but in the least intrusive way…..the list feels endless doesn’t it?

Well, you can relax.  You will be able to find everything you need to make your wedding day chic and unique and just the way you want it, all under one roof at the Milton Keynes Wedding Show.

But while you’re spending all your time and energy on making every last detail of your wedding day perfect, DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOU!!!!! And that’s why we’ll be there.  If you want to look your best, smile with true confidence and would love to have sparkling straight white teeth for your wedding pictures (which of course last a lifetime), we’ll have some great advice and offers available to help make you look your absolute best on your big day.

So, if you have been thinking about brightening your teeth or straightening your smile, come and have a chat with our very friendly and professional team and learn more about the process and what is involved. There are special offers available on the day so come and see us to find out more!

Come and see us at the wedding fair at theCentre:mk on 3rd, 4th and 5th October

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Wedding fair photo

Save the Dates – Friday 3rd October, Saturday 4th October and Sunday 5th October 2014

SmileLux will be at the Milton Keynes Wedding Show in Middleton Hall at thecentre:mk.

Admission is free so come along and find us just outside John Lewis to see what special offers we have available on the day.

We can’t wait to help you achieve a sparkling straight white smile for your big day!

A Beautiful Smile For Valentines Day

Friday, February 14th, 2014

This Valentines Day there are a number of reasons to smile more! Research has shown that smiling will help you appear more attractive to people you meet and make you more approachable. Smiling is infectious and can improve your mood and the morale around you. So next time you are having a bad day, try forcing a smile to cheer yourself up, you never know who is around the corner!

Studies have shown that a smile has more impact on a first meeting than eyes, hair and body, therefore it is the most important physical feature in attracting a potential love interest. Smiling makes you appear younger as it lifts the muscles in your face and plumps the cheeks. It also gives you confidence.

Don’t take your smile for granted, smiling is a very important part of your life and benefits you in more ways than you may be aware of including relieving stress, improving your immune system and preventing you from looking tired and run down, overall improving your general well being. The following are the ways that helps you in improving your smile:

Good oral hygiene routine

Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day to keep to keep bacteria and plaque away and keep your gums healthy. We recommend for best results to use an electric toothbrush.  It is also important to clean between your teeth using interdental brushes or floss at least once a day to get to the areas your toothbrush can’t. Unhealthy gums can cause bad breath which could be off putting on a first date!

Straight teeth

The best way to get straight teeth is by having orthodontic treatment which is conservative and preserves teeth in their natural state. Some people opt for veneers as a quick fix which is not recommended as this damages your healthy tooth tissue and requires replacement throughout your lifetime. Orthodontic treatment is a one-time investment which nowadays is very affordable due to convenient finance options.

If you are self conscious about your smile, you may have thought about cosmetic dental treatment to improve this. Orthodontics is a non invasive way to improve the appearance of your smile followed by whitening to brighten your teeth. As we are a Specialist Orthodontic Centre, we have a range of affordable hidden braces which means that there are no age limitations for people wanting a beautiful smile. Please contact a member of the SmileLux team for more information on how we may be able to help you today on 01908 398068.

White teeth

The most effective way to whiten your teeth is by having professional whitening treatment by your dentist. There are many products that can be bought off the shelf, however these are generally ineffective and contain very little whitening agent. We recommend having special customised trays made and using bleaching agent to maintain your white smile in the comfort of your own home. Please ask a member of the SmileLux team for more information on 01908 398068.  

Lip Care

Make your lips kissable this Valentines Day with these helpful tips:

  • Avoid using cheap, flavoured chapsticks as these can cause your lips to dry out more.
  • Avoid using dark coloured lipstick as this can drain the colour from your face.
  • Stick to light pink lipsticks that appear softer and more attractive as they can bring out your features.
  • Always carry a good quality lip balm with you.
  • Wet your lips with water and seal quickly with lip balm. This will keep the moisture locked in for longer.
  • Mix a tablespoon of honey with enough sugar until you get a body-scrub like texture. Use a toothbrush to exfoliate your lips with the sugar scrub.

Food and Drink

Snacking on sugary foods throughout the day can cause tooth decay as your teeth are constantly being attacked with acids and bacteria. It takes 4 hours for saliva to clean your teeth and neutralise acid so constantly eating and drinking sugar means that your teeth are left vulnerable and prone to decay. Drink plenty of plain water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. Fruit juices should be avoided between meals as they contain lots of sugar and citric acid. Also by drinking lots of water you will prevent getting bad breath.