Braces vs Veneers

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

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.

Benefits of Braces

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

How does Thumb and Finger sucking affect the teeth?

June 10th, 2019

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Thumb sucking can damage your teeth and affect your bite!

  • We give all our patients advice about the dangers of thumb sucking and any other habits that might cause damage if especially continued during orthodontic treatment.
  • Digit sucking pushes the teeth forward into abnormal positions and distorts the growth of the jaws and interferes with the correct development of the bite. A more sinister risk is root resorption, where the root of the tooth slowly dissolves away.
  • It is important for all patients to stop all habits completely prior to the commencement of orthodontic treatment in order to prevent root resorption. You cannot have braces if you have one of these habits!

Effects on the upper jaw

  • The patient usually presses the thumb onto the roof of the upper jaw (the palate) and also onto the back surface of the upper front teeth (the upper incisors). Contact is also made with the lower incisors.
  • The effect of this thumb sucking action is to push the upper jaw and teeth forward, causing an increase in the overjet (when the upper teeth stick out).
  • Contact with lower teeth causes them to be pushed inwards and sometimes backwards, which results in an anterior open bite (the upper and lower teeth separated and you can see clear daylight between the teeth when the patient bites).
  • The patient usually presses the thumb onto the roof of the upper jaw (the palate) and also onto the back surface of the upper front teeth (the upper incisors). Contact is also made with the lower incisors.
  • The effect of this thumb sucking action is to push the upper jaw and teeth forward, causing an increase in the overjet (when the upper teeth stick out).
  • Contact with lower teeth causes them to be pushed inwards and sometimes backwards, which results in an anterior open bite (the upper and lower teeth separated and you can see clear daylight between the teeth when the patient bites).

Effects on the lower jaw

  • As the fingers press against the front of the lower jaw and the lower front teeth, they disrupt the bite.
  • The upper and lower teeth are pushed outwards towards the lips and an anterior open bite and increased

How to stop?

  • Use a conscious reminder during the day e.g. stop and grow varnish or anti nail-biting varnish applied to the fingers and thumbs several times a day.
  • Employ an obstructive technique at night time e.g. mittens or socks over both hands to prevent subconscious insertion of the fingers or thumbs into the mouth.
  • These two methods should be used for at least 3 months after the habit has stopped to prevent relapse.


If you are worried about your child’s (or your own) thumb/finger sucking habit and the effect it may have on the teeth, contact us to find out how we can help. Our Specialist Orthodontist in Milton Keynes, Dr Sunil Hirani, specialises in moving teeth and correcting bites. Click here


A lovely new smile with Ceramic braces

June 3rd, 2019

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“To the team, Thank you for all the hard work over the last 2 years and my new smile”

This lovely patient had ceramic braces to correct her crowded front teeth and to close her anterior open bite (when the front teeth do not close when biting). This type of bite can affect someone’s ability to bite into and chew food properly. People have orthodontic treatment for, not only cosmetic improvement, but also for function. If you have an issue with your bite that is causing you problems when eating, contact us today. We provide orthodontic treatment in Milton Keynes and have a range of both traditional and discreet brace options available. Contact a member of the SmileLux team on 01908 398068 to find out more about how we can help. 

Gifts from our patients

May 28th, 2019

Thank you cards and gifts May 2019

We have been so lucky to receive some wonderful thank you cards and gifts from patients who have had their braces removed throughout May. It is always a pleasure for us to help transform smiles, we love seeing the end result! Our patients know that although they have come to the end of their orthodontic journey with us, our doors are always open and we love catching up with people if and when they do return to see us! 

Fantastic new smile for our patient using an upper sectional ceramic brace!

May 6th, 2019

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“To the beautiful SmileLux team,
Thank you for making me smile again :-)
It has been a wonderful experience throughout and I will definitely be recommending you to anybody looking to improve their smile.
I wish you all the best!!

If a case is very mild, often we can treat with a sectional brace which is placed on the front 6-8 teeth only. This is usually suitable for patients who have had braces in the past and have noticed some movement of the teeth since. If, like Carly, you would like to explore all the options to transform your smile quickly and with a smaller budget, please contact SmileLux in Milton Keynes today on 01908 398068.

Lovely result with ceramic braces

April 29th, 2019

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“From start to finish I have received fantastic treatment from all the team at SmileLux. I have always been conscious of my smile but thought I was too old now to do anything about it. I had no confidence, would never smile fully and put my hand over my mouth. Then SmileLux came into my world, I was talked through my treatment every step of the way. I was made very welcome, put at ease, I was never nervous, I had every confidence in Dr Hirani and trusted him completely. Saijel, Laura and Shivani were very professional, friendly and welcoming. The payment plan to help spread the cost of treatment is a bonus to patients and I think a deciding factor in a patient having the smile they want. I am very pleased with my results, in fact I was overwhelmed, I have my confidence back and won’t be standing at the back in photos no more. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. “

As a Specialist Orthodontic Centre, we often have to work with a team of other Specialists to achieve the very best clinical results. Janice has a beautiful new smile that she now feels proud of and no longer hides her mouth in social situations. If you are conscious of your teeth and wish to improve the appearance of your smile, contact us today on 01908 398068 for orthodontic treatment in Milton Keynes. 

Lovey result and closure of a large gap using Invisalign

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.

Lovely new smile with lingual braces

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.”