Posts Tagged ‘Orthodontic treatment milton keynes’

Amazing result from Dr Hirani using lingual braces

Monday, March 16th, 2020
“I am so pleased with the results. My teeth are absolutely perfect. The whole team have been brilliant throughout the journey. From the warm welcomes to the explanation of the process and timeframes. This may sound odd to many people, but my visits to the dentist have been a delightful experience! Thank you once again.”

Fantastic new smile with Ceramic braces

Monday, March 9th, 2020
“It’s quite surreal. Braces (and the SmileLux team) have been a part of my life for the past three years. It took me weeks, months, maybe even years deliberating whether the appearance of my teeth was worthy of an investment. After extensive research into treatment and practices I was blown away by my initial consultation at SmileLux. I’ve never felt so welcomed and at ease at a dentist. SmileLux was simply a world apart from previous experiences. My orthodontic journey hasn’t all been easy, but at every turn Dr Hirani was reassuring, taking time to explain the processes and options available (from wisdom teeth extractions to 3D scans). I’d like to thank Dr Hirani and his team for all the work, time and effort they have given me. They have provided an exceptional service. The level of professionalism and expertise was second to none and their attentive and friendly approach was clear as day. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to recommend SmileLux to others. I couldn’t ask for a better result – A smile worth smiling about!”

Fantastic result – straight teeth using lingual braces!

Monday, January 20th, 2020

” Having always been extremely insecure about my smile, Dr Hirani and the team at SmileLux have given me a smile I’m proud to show off and the confidence that goes with it. Lingual braces were perfect for me to feel comfortable carrying on my personal and professional life, safe in the knowledge that if I didn’t tell people I had braces, they wouldn’t know!
The entire team at SmileLux are an absolute joy to be around, extremely friendly, welcoming and caring. There isn’t a single person I wouldn’t recommend SmileLux to!”

Our patient Will travelled to see us from Nottingham for his appointments. We are very proud to have a number of patients who travel to come and see us! If you are looking for braces in Milton Keynes (or beyond!), contact us today on 01908 398068 to arrange a consultation. We can even offer a complimentary appointment first with our Treatment Coordinator to come and see the braces we have available up close over a coffee and ask any initial questions about them. 

 

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.

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

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.