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Just a few words our patients say about us!

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Patient words in clouds

Proof a bride can still look lovely on her wedding day……..even with braces!

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Wedding photo AR1

Our lovely patient Adele got married recently and was absolutely rocking her ceramic braces! She has kindly let us have a photo to share. 

Congratulations to Adele and her husband, we hope you have a wonderful married life together. 

All the very best wishes from, Dr Sunil Hirani and The SmileLux team. 

If you, like Adele, want to improve your smile for your wedding day, we will have the option for you. Ceramic “tooth coloured” braces as you can see are still very discreet and we also have other even less visible orthodontic options available as well. Contact a member of the SmileLux team on 01908 398068 today to find your perfect smile for your big day, and for life! 

Delighted to have received this prestigious 2018 Customer Service Award from WhatClinic. Well done to the SmileLux team!

Monday, April 30th, 2018

WhatClinic Award 2018

Andrea McLean from Loose Women – Daily Mirror article about her ceramic braces

Monday, February 22nd, 2016


Click here to find out why Loose Women star Andrea McLean decided to get braces at the age of 46.

If you, like Andrea, are looking to improve your smile and are worried about visible braces, call a friendly member of the SmileLux team today on 01908 398068. We have a range of discreet orthodontic options to suit every lifestyle and budget, including ceramic braces, Invisalign braces and lingual braces.

Tips and advice: What can I eat with braces?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

It’s not nice being told what you can and can’t eat but unfortunately with braces there are some rules to follow. Eating foods which are too hard or chewy can in fact damage/break your brace and may cause a delay in your treatment. A patient who is compliant with eating instructions will sail through treatment quicker than someone who isn’t! Although it may be a sad thought to not be allowed certain foods, you may want to read on to learn about alternatives to your favourite snacks.



If you’re a lover of a crunchy cereal in the morning then you may want to look away now because anything crunchy and sharp is a definite no when it comes to braces. Frosties, Cornflakes, granola, Cheerio’s and Honey clusters are all examples of “cereal killers” which will fracture and bend your brace, rendering it useless. That being said you may be able to eat these cereals if they have had time to soften in milk… but who wants a soggy cereal?! Alternatives you may like to try include Weetabix, Shredded wheat or Porridge.


Say goodbye to french sticks and tiger bread and hello to soft baps and tortilla wraps. Hard breads unfortunately are one of our biggest problems! Have just a small bite and you are risking a trip to the orthodontist. Bagels and sliced bread are fine but unfortunately can no longer be enjoyed toasted unless it is toasted very lightly.


If you are a fruit lover then you may like to study this paragraph, fruits are generally fine with braces as long as you take some precautions. Bananas, tangerines, melons, grapes, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries can be consumed no problem with braces however any type of fruit that you would usually take a bite into will need to be prepared for consumption. Biting directly into crunchy fruits such as apples could cause a major breakage, this is why any crunchy or chewy fruits will need to be sliced into smaller pieces or blended into a smoothie first. This is usually a difficult thing to come to terms with if you are someone who eats a lot of fruit…but we all learn to adapt over time. Be careful of some soft fruits which may lead you into a false sense of security, when biting into a soft peach or nectarine for example you will need to watch out for the pip!



Soup is the perfect dish to have with braces (take it from someone who knows) it doesn’t get caught in your teeth, there is no risk of damaging the brace and best of all if your teeth are a little bit tender after your last tightening appointment, soup is easily digestible with little/no chewing effort. Perfect if you have a slight lack of appetite which is normal to experience with braces.


Salads are also fine with a brace, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber and baby potatoes are all relatively soft foods. If you’re planning on putting peppers into your salad then just make sure they are cut into small pieces. You may however have to skip the croutons this time.


You probably will not have too many problems with sandwiches as long as they are made with a soft bread (please refer to the paragraph about bread under the breakfast section). Sandwich fillers are usually quite soft too, things like ham, tuna, chicken and cheese are all easily consumable, don’t be tempted to load your sandwich with crisps as some people like to do. When eating a sandwich with braces it can be quite a messy job, always make sure you have a toothbrush with you! A little tip for you could be to break the sandwich up into pieces with your fingers rather than biting directly into it.



Everyone needs Omega 3 in their diet; you can now use your braces as an excuse for eating healthier (that’s what I try to do anyway). Fresh fish like salmon and cod can be more expensive than other meats in the supermarket but there is always the alternative of fishcakes and fish pies.


Chicken is one of the nations favourite and is very easy to eat with a brace and is never too crunchy or too chewy, unless of course dad’s been on the BBQ again!

Lamb, Beef and Pork

If your diet is high in red meat then fear not. This type of meat is absolutely fine to eat as long as it is not too chewy, if you’re cooking from home then you may want to dust off your slow cooker but be careful when eating out as the meat may be chewier than you would hope.


Curries are one of my favourite meals and are so comforting when wearing braces, they are easy to eat as they are so soft to chew and digest. Just be careful of the spice found in curries called turmeric as it may turn your clear bands on your ceramic brace bright yellow!

Rice and Noodles

Noodles and rice are also easy to eat and will not cause you any problems. If you are having a Chinese, just be careful of the notorious prawn cracker…however tempting it may be.


Mmmm pasta you’ve got carbonara, bolognese, tuna pasta, macaroni and cheese, lasagne and pasta bake. When baking pasta, ensure the cheese is soft and runny, rather than crunchy  (like how my Nan makes it). Gosh now I really am hungry.


Beware of raw vegetables; carrots are a definite no with braces unless of course they are cooked through to perfection. You can maintain a healthy diet with all the vegetables you love as long as they are boiled or steamed. Danger: Roasting vegetables may result in brace fatalities. Tips: Always carry a toothbrush when eating spinach, sweetcorn cannot be consumed on the cob and raw carrots may be safer grated.



Both are absolutely fine with braces and will melt in the mouth. They can actually be quite soothing if your teeth are aching due to the pressure of braces. During my first few days of braces I lived on ice cream and soup.

Apple crumble

Again fine as long as smothered in warm custard.


Can’t go wrong.



Unfortunately you are taking a risk if you try to eat most crisps, Kettle chips and Walkers are too hard/crunchy for braces to manage and you will risk knocking off your brackets eating these types of crisps. Try to stick to crisps which tend to bubble and melt in the mouth like Quavers, Skips and Wotsits.

Fizzy drinks

Fizzy drinks are very damaging to the teeth over time, especially when a brace is involved. Acid weakens the teeth, then sugars from the fizzy drink can cause decay. When a brace is in the way it is very difficult to keep the teeth clean, making them more at risk of getting decay. If you can limit your fizzy drink intake to mealtimes only then you are on the right path to a healthier mouth.


One of the dangers of eating popcorn is the risk of finding a corn which has not quite popped. These can hurt when biting into at the best of times let alone when wearing a brace, they can also be very damaging.


Nuts are incredibly crunchy and you are not permitted to bite into nuts when wearing braces under any circumstances. If nuts are a large part of your diet then you will need to consider grinding them down first, you can then put them into a smoothie or over a salad.


Olives are a tasty little snack, but mind those pips!

Chewing/Bubble Gum

You may not think it but gum has the capability of pulling off a bracket due to the amount of suction it can create. It can also be very embarrassing if it gets caught in your brace… as I learnt the hard way when I had my first course of orthodontic treatment at the age of 15.


Now chocolate also contains a lot of sugar which is dangerous when wearing a brace, however frequency is the major concern. If you are having chocolate on occasion then this is absolutely fine, however it is better to have chocolate after a meal rather than snacking on it throughout the day. Hard chocolate will damage your brace so you can no longer store it in the fridge, you may want to consider melting it down if it is quite a thick bit of chocolate.


Now most dentists will say avoid biscuits, that they are too hard and crunchy. But I’m not a dentist and biscuits are very important to me. So I have created a nice compromise to this rule, which is probably the most important part of this whole blog. If you fancy a biscuit, why not have a cup of tea as well. This way you can dip it in and no harm  done.


So there you have it, an honest guide to eating with braces. By someone who knows what it is like to wear a brace. It’s so easy for dentists or dental nurses to say avoid this and don’t eat that, but it’s not always that easy when you are wearing a brace 24/7.  I hope you have found this little guide useful, if you are wanting to find out more tips and advice about wearing braces then read our blog , visit our website or ask me in person!


Lovely Invisalign result

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Image for Blog 13.04.2015

I am over the moon with the results of the treatment I’ve had under the care of SmileLux. Dr Hirani and the whole team showed both great technical and patient care skills throughout the 15 month process. i could not be happier with the way I was treated, the level of communication concerning each step of the treatment and their friendly but professional approach. A big thank you to all at Smilelux for restoring my smile!

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!

Dr Hirani attends the Invisalign Study Club in June 2014

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Dr Hirani at Invisalign Club

Dr Hirani attends the Invisalign study club and was most fortunate to meet Dr Pilapil who greatly assists in the Invisalign planning and preparation for our patients to ensure that they get the best outcome for their treatment. The meeting was on Thursday 25th June 2014 in Oxford.

If you require more information about Invisalign braces in Milton Keynes or any of our other discreet orthodontic options, please speak to a member of our friendly team on 01908 398068.

National Smile Month

Monday, May 19th, 2014
Its National Smile Month!
National Smile Month is to ultimately improve the UK’s oral health! We all need to do our bit to promote oral hygiene…. tell your friends and family these three simple tips and together we can keep on top of our oral hygiene together:
      1) Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
      2) Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
      3) Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
All of these tips go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth and a healthy life.
Did you know that in 1977,  an astonishing one in three of us had none of our natural teeth! Over the years there have been charities involved in raising the awareness of oral hygiene. Today National Smile Month aims to break down communication barriers between dentists and their patients and promote the benefits of good oral hygiene.
Did you know that poor oral hygiene has been linked to these health problems:
  • Dementia
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Complications during pregnancy
  • Male sexual health problems

National Smile Month research revealed on average four out of every five people in the UK do not think poor oral health is related to some of these conditions.

Let’s be honest, the three tips mentioned are quite simple to follow, but so many people STILL don’t do these basic things. Some adults brush for less than two minutes a day! Some even do it for less than ONE minute! That’s why National Smile Month’s role in improving oral health is so important. It gives everybody the opportunity to explore their current oral health routine and do something that will improve it.

So get brushing and be oral health aware! You can do your bit for the nation this month by passing on these three tips to your friends and family.

If you are looking for a dentist in Milton Keynes or an Orthodontist in Milton Keynes, call a member of the SmileLux team today on  01908 398068 and arrange your consultation! We are open Mondays and Thursdays 9am to 5pm, Tuesdays and Fridays 9am to 6pm and alternate Saturday mornings 9am to 12pm.


BOS OSG Spring Meeting – Saturday 12th April 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Dr Sunil Hirani is a member of the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) and is speaking about Incognito lingual braces at the Orthodontic Specialists Group Spring Meeting on Saturday 12th April. The meeting is being held at the Royal College of Physicians at St Andrews Place in London. It is a tremendous privilage to speak to ones colleagues.

Incognito lingual braces are fitted behind the teeth which means that your smile can be transformed without anyone knowing you are having treatment. To find out more, contact a member of the SmileLux team today on 01908 398068.


Incorporating Parallel DCP Session



Registration from 8.30, Programme start 9.00, Close of meeting 16.45

Not to be missed Political Update Session including Questions and Answers


09.00 Welcome and Introduction Guy Deeming 09.10 Invisalign Dr Christina Viyuela

09.45 Damon David Birnie

10.30 Coffee and Trade Exhibition

11.10 Incognito Sunil Hirani

11.45 Ortho Vital Signs, the Dental Assurance Framework (DAF) Ortho Reports and DRS Clinical Monitoring Brian Kelly

12.00 An update on Transitional Contracting arrangements Colin Wallis/Richard Jones

12.25 Lunch and Trade Exhibition

13.40 Political Session Q & A Colin Wallis/ Richard Jones/ Henrik Overgaard-Nielson/ Brian Kelly

14.55 Coffee and Trade Exhibition

15.25 TADs Kevin Young

16.05 Dento-legal aspects of adult Orthodontics Derrick Willmot

16.45 Close of meeting


09.00 Join Main Programme

11.10 The management of pain experienced in orthodontic treatment Angus Pringle

11.50 The behavioural change aspect of engaging orthodontic patients to perform effective plaque control Elaine Tilling

12.25 Lunch and Trade Exhibition

13.40 Dento-legal aspects for DCPs Derrick Willmot

14.15 Sleep apnoea Stephen Powell

14.55 Coffee and Trade Exhibition

15.25 Join main programme