One Step Beyond General Dentistry

Woman getting her teeth checkedWhen someone decides to make an appointment with an orthodontist in Milton Keynes, they will be receiving treatment from someone who has spent five years at university studying dentistry. The orthodontist will have then gone on to spend a further three years doing a postgraduate course to become a Master of Science in Orthodontic Dentistry. Those courses will have included a lot of placements where the orthodontist will have developed their skills and knowledge. With all this study and experience behind them, orthodontists do not rest on their laurels, but continue to attend courses to keep up with the latest techniques, equipment and materials.


People come to see an orthodontist in Milton Keynes because their teeth, bite and perhaps even their jaws are out of alignment. Not all dental practices in Milton Keynes have an orthodontist but one that does is Northlight Dental.


An orthodontist keeps an eye on the development of young children’s teeth so that, as they adult teeth start to come through, they can see if there will be any problems with alignment or crowding, or even spacing. If there is, the orthodontist in Milton Keynes will probably recommend some form of braces treatment while there are both milk teeth and adult teeth present. This is especially so if there are more complex bite-related issues as this is when the bones are still malleable. If the problem is severe, the orthodontist may recommend that the child wears what is known as head gear at night. There may be funding available from the NHS for this.


If the problems are only to do with the alignment of the teeth, then there are many new kinds available beyond the traditional train track braces. Even these have been brightened up and youngsters often choose to add coloured bands or brackets to make them more fun.


Adults, on the other hand, want discretion at all costs. Bracket and wire braces are smaller, with clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured wires to help them blend in rather than stand out. Others are fitted behind the teeth rather than in front. Still more are ultra-thin transparent aligners that virtually disappear once snapped in place over the teeth.