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Lingual & 2D braces – the info you need to know

Lingual braces, such as Incognito, have changed the face of orthodontics, offering an ‘invisible’ design coupled with a high standard of orthodontic techniques to straighten teeth.  CAD/CAM technology was not used to construct lingual braces until the later stages of their … Read more >

Traditional fixed brace types still a top treatment choice after 250 years….

The first modern brace models date back to 1728 when French orthodontist Pierre Fauchard published a book named ‘The Surgeon Dentist’ and is considered the first modern orthodontist in history.   After all these years and despite other brace types … Read more >

Meet the Park Lane team….

Here at Park Lane, we like to make you feel in safe hands. Our dedicated and talented staff have extensive experience in their individual fields – meet them below!    Mr Ben R J Buffham Specialist Orthodontist BDS (UK), MFDS … Read more >

What are 2D braces? 

2D braces are available at Park Lane and have helped many patients in and around the Reading area correct orthodontic issues.   2D braces are a smaller version of a lingual brace and one of the most comfortable and cost-effective … Read more >

How can Smile Rapide benefit you? 

The clue is in the name here – Smile Rapide is Park Lane’s own range of fast-acting orthodontic treatment options. Smile Rapide is available to adults and is a cosmetic-centred treatment designed for those who do not need or want … Read more >

Are there good and bad foods for your teeth when you’re wearing braces? 

The answer is most certainly yes!     What can I eat? You should try and avoid hard and chewy foods that can potentially become stuck in the brackets (or even damage) the brackets of your brace. If you do … Read more >

Children’s orthodontics 

Our orthodontists here at Park Lane have comprehensive and diverse experience in children’s orthodontics. Our team pride themselves on being patient and understanding with nervous young patients (and indeed with adults!), making them feel welcome and at ease. Better still, there … Read more >

Custom-made mouthguards for children 

In the UK, it is estimated that 25% of children will injure or lose a front tooth, so investing in a good protective sports mouthguard is essential in preventing this, as well as saving the cost and distress of having to … Read more >

In 2017, braces aren’t just for kids anymore…

A couple of decades ago, the general consensus was that braces are associated with children and teens, not adults. Today, 1 in 5 patients undergoing orthodontic treatment is an adult. In the past, adults have been put off by braces altering … Read more >

What kind of brace types do we offer at Park Lane? 

Orthodontic treatment can be life-changing in a number of ways, offering patients cosmetic benefits as well as a healthier mouth. Here are the brace treatments we offer here at Park Lane and the best bits about each….    Clear Fixed … Read more >

The process behind getting clear fixed (ceramic) braces & benefits

Ceramic braces (also known as clear fixed braces) combine the best parts of ‘invisible’ brace technology and aligning quality of traditional metal braces. This option uses the same gentle and effective pressure as traditional metal braces to straighten teeth in … Read more >

Lingual braces – the benefits 

Lingual braces are a discrete tooth straightening treatment that is fitted to the tongue side of the teeth. Discreet – as they sit on the tongue side of your teeth, they are virtually invisible to others – you are the only person … Read more >

Celebrities and their braces

Last year Park Lane published a blog about celebrities who had undergone Invisalign treatment and here we elaborate a little on the other brace types that celebrities have rocked on the red carpet and beyond…. Zara Larson (Clear Fixed Braces) … Read more >

Short Term orthodontics – the benefits and options 

What is Smile Rapide? Smile Rapide is Park Lane’s own range of fast-acting orthodontic treatments available to adults at Park Lane. This type of treatment is favoured by those wishing to look their best for an event such as a … Read more >

Orthodontic treatment means nothing if you don’t wear your retainer…

When you have orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist will always instruct you to wear a removable retainer after treatment is complete. This is so that your teeth do not drift back into their original position. There are different approaches to retainers … Read more >

5 Popular questions from our patients at Park Lane

Here at Park Lane we treat many patients of all ages for different orthodontic issues and receive all manner of questions. There are common questions that we receive consistently – some of these are below…. Q. How long does treatment … Read more >

Your child and orthodontic treatment

Braces may no longer just for children – in fact, 1 in 5 people seeking orthodontic treatment is an adult (since 2014), and they are more popular amongst teens but there are still some who don’t like the idea of … Read more >

Why get invisible braces? The advantages explained….

Do you need orthodontic treatment but you’re too anxious about the way your appearance might change? The stigma around traditional metal brace methods has indeed changed dramatically over the years, with more and more people opting for visible fixed brace … Read more >

Why get Invisalign aligners? 

Are you thinking of undergoing orthodontic treatment but anxious about your appearance during treatment? Invisalign aligners are clear aligners that go virtually unnoticed by others and boast several other advantages over traditional metal brace designs. Benefits of Invisalign braces • … Read more >

What will braces do for my health? 

Many patients overlook the health benefits that braces can bring, thinking only of the aesthetic advantages. However can solve more than simply misaligned teeth. Misaligned teeth often leads to unnecessary gaps in your teeth. Overtime unwanted bacteria can collect in these … Read more >

New Year New You! Why get orthodontic treatment this year? 

Orthodontic treatment can change lives in a variety of ways. Perhaps you’re self conscious about the way your teeth look or you’re concerned about the health implications of having misaligned teeth? Seeking orthodontic treatment could be the most valuable thing … Read more >

Why choose ‘barely there’ clear fixed braces? 

Fixed metal braces do not have to mean conspicuous. Clear fixed braces offer you all the quality of metal braces coupled with a discreet look.  They are also more effective in resolving severe bite and crowd problems. Clear braces hardware … Read more >

What types of braces treatment are available to you at Park Lane in 2017

It’s nearing the end of 2016 and perhaps you’re thinking about new year’s resolutions and changes you can make going into the new year. We have many patients approach us during this time considering their options regarding straightening their teeth. … Read more >

How to do Christmas and Thanksgiving with braces

Does your braces treatment period run into the Christmas period? Don’t fret, because we know a few Christmas foods that won’t disrupt your treatment…. Turkey Containing a multitude of healthy minerals, turkey is good for your teeth and body alike. … Read more >

Children’s Orthodontics – Types of Braces

Here at Park Lane, we offer a range of brace types for children. Take a look at some of the options below…   Removable plastic braces For children aged between 9-12, early orthodontic treatment with removable plastic braces may be … Read more >

Eligibility for orthodontic treatment

Did you know that since 2010, 1 in 5 adults undergoing orthodontic treatment is now an adult? The types of braces available are more diverse than ever before and bespoke treatments make treatment easier than ever. Will crowns and bridges prevent … Read more >

Incognito (Lingual braces) – a fixed, invisible solution

Lingual braces provide a high quality treatment and bring huge cosmetic benefits. Like traditional metal braces, they are a fixed appliance but the key difference is that they are ‘invisible’ to others as they sit on the inside surface of … Read more >

Our guide to looking after your lingual braces

So, you’ve just had your lingual brace fitted and you can leave it to work its magic for the next few months…..BUT – you the patient will need to play your part too, as by maintaining your brace, you are … Read more >

The importance of wearing a retainer post orthodontic treatment

So you’ve undergone orthodontic treatment for quite a few months and you’re finally ready to get your braces off – but the treatment doesn’t end there. Once they have had their braces off, many patients consider their treatment to be … Read more >

Park Lane Patient Interview

This patient chose to have clear fixed braces and agreed to speak to us about her experience of orthodontic treatment at Park Lane and how it has changed her life. *Note that ‘Q’ is questioner and ‘A’ is the patient. … Read more >

Foods to Avoid When Having Braces Treatment

Foods to avoid when wearing braces Sticky caramel or toffee – this type of confectionary will inevitably become stuck in the components of your brace and make you more susceptible to tooth decay and bacteria. Hard sweets – these will … Read more >

Looking after fixed braces

Fixed braces are worn permanently throughout treatment and are made up of archwires and brackets. Gentle force is applied overtime to gradually move the patient’s teeth into a desired position. Treatment time is between an average of 18-24 months and … Read more >

Back to School – orthodontic mouthguards for your child….

Autumn school term is upon us and so are contact sports! During Autumn and Winter term your children will be participating in contact sports such as hockey and rugby, which are a great way to exercise. However, without the correct … Read more >

What treatment options are there for my child? 

The team at Park Lane Orthodontics are experts across a range of children’s orthodontic treatments. Take a look at the options below to find out about the bespoke treatments we offer. Removable plastic braces Early orthodontic treatment can be introduced if your … Read more >

Orthodontic advice – looking after your appliance

Caring for fixed braces Your mouth may feel slightly tender for a few days after you’ve been fitted with braces and the wire changes may also present mild to moderate pain. Patients don’t generally find this kind of tenderness an … Read more >

An Interview with Park Lane co-owner Ben Buffham….

Catching up with co-owner of Park Lane Orthodontics Ben Buffham to ask him what makes him most proud about working at the practice, what he finds most satisfying about his profession and his opinion on the recent developments in orthodontics…. … Read more >

2D braces at Park Lane

Our 2D brace system is a comfortable and cost effective solution for straightening teeth.   What are 2D braces? 2D braces are a type of lingual brace, which means they are fitted on the inside of your teeth (the tongue … Read more >

How to look after your Invisalign aligners

Invisalign aligners are clear and removable teeth straightening appliances made from thermoplastic material. Invisalign is a custom treatment. Your dentist here at Park Lane will take impressions of your teeth, so that your aligners are a perfect fit for your … Read more >

The story of Park Lane….

Park Lane has been an orthodontic practice for the last 15 years and in 2005, Ben and Paula Buffham took over the practice and Park Lane was born again! With many years of combined experience, Ben and Paula have worked … Read more >

Orthodontics – FAQ 

If you’re thinking about undergoing orthodontic treatment, you may want to read our list of frequently asked questions….   Q. What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist? A. Orthodontists have specialist training, in addition to the training … Read more >

Park Lane – pros & cons: Invisalign vs fixed braces

Fixed metal braces and Invisalign treatment both carry many different benefits and one may suit one patient and not another. Here, we outline the differences and advantages of each treatment. Invisalign Firstly, what is Invisalign? A set of custom made clear, … Read more >

Your child’s bite – Do we need to treat them?

There are a few different bite issues that can develop as your child grows, and some are more important than others. Parent’s are more likely to notice teeth that are sticking out or are crooked but they may not be … Read more >

Digital Dentistry and orthodontics

Developments in technology have revolutionised the world of dentistry and orthodontics, notably over the past few decades. Both patient and orthodontist/dentist have seen huge benefits regarding workflow and treatment amongst other factors, facilitating procedures and projections. One such recent addition here … Read more >

How do braces work and why are they important?

Let’s face it, orthodontics (teeth straightening), can be a pretty dry field to read or talk about! It can be a challenge to make people understand the importance of having a straight smile and appreciate the self-confidence and happiness this … Read more >

Fast treatments to straighten my teeth

Many people associate orthodontic treatment with lengthy amounts of time… However, with the technology and advancements of the last few decades, it’s easier than ever to get the straighter smile you’ve been dreaming of.   Smile Rapide at Park Lane  … Read more >

The Benefits of Orthodontics

If you’re on the fence about pursuing orthodontic treatment, then hopefully this blog can persuade you otherwise. Straightening your teeth could be one of the best things you ever do. Not only are there aesthetic benefits, but also health benefits … Read more >

Our range of ‘Invisible Braces’ at Park Lane

‘Invisible’ braces and aligners are becoming increasingly popular with adults and teens due to their discreet nature, comfort and practicality. Here are the ‘invisible’ treatment options that we offer at Park Lane….   Invisalign Invisalign are a versatile type of … Read more >

Custom Made Mouthguards

Certain contact sports like rugby, martial arts and ice and field hockey are amongst a few sports that make you and your children susceptible to tooth and jaw damage. Custom made mouthguards are made by orthodontists to protect your teeth. … Read more >

Ceramic Braces – The Lowdown…

What are Ceramic Braces ? Ceramic braces, are widely deemed the best fixed aesthetic brace on the market. Their crystal-clear appearance is due to the patented sapphire material they’re made of. If you’re anxious about seeking orthodontic treatment to straighten … Read more >

What are Lingual Braces?

What are lingual braces? Lingual braces are one of several ‘invisible’ alternative treatments to traditional braces. From an aesthetic point of view, lingual braces are a top choice. If you’re self-conscious about undergoing braces treatment, don’t fret, as this type … Read more >

Worst/BestTop 5 Foods/Drinks For Your Teeth

There are many foods and drinks that are notoriously not good for our teeth, causing tooth decay and cavities because of their high sugar content. However, amongst these are some less well-known demons including the following… Worst: Sports/energy drinks – The … Read more >

Children’s Orthodontics

At Park Lane, we understand that your child’s first orthodontic appointment can be overwhelming. Our friendly team of orthodontists will do everything to make sure your child is comfortable and at ease, though it is very normal to experience some … Read more >

What ‘Is’ Orthodontics?

The world behind orthodontics is a complex one! It’s no surprise why, when those who choose it as a profession are required to complete an additional 2 years to regular dentists. Contrary to what many may believe, orthodontics is not … Read more >

A Step by Step Guide to Orthodontics

It can be daunting stepping onto an unknown orthodontic route. You may not be aware of the process of getting braces and it can be worrying even considering it as an option. Here we show you a brief step by … Read more >

The Different Types of Orthodontic Braces

There are many different options available on the market, so you need to ensure you choose the right orthodontic treatment that’s best for you. Here we outline some of the various different treatments and how they can effectively straighten your … Read more >

What You Must Know About Orthodontics

Many of us underwent orthodontic treatment when we were growing up, or now wish that we had had the opportunity. It is not too late to make the decision to obtain the straighter smile you have always desired. Here we break … Read more >

7 Celebrities Who Have Had Invisalign Treatment

Many people feel that they are too old to undergo orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles later on in life. But thanks to advance cosmetic dentistry such as Invisalign, a lot of people now have the option to straighten their … Read more >

How a Trip to the Dentist Could Save Your Life

Regular dental appointments are not only necessary to clean and protect your mouth from cavities and gum disease, but they can also help to diagnose more serious health conditions. During a consultation, your dentist will not only be examining your … Read more >

Choosing An Orthodontist

With more and more orthodontist and dental practices popping up all over the UK, identifying the best one might seem intimidating. Obviously the first attribute to look for is the quality of the dental care, but there are many important … Read more >

Orthodontics Terminology for the layman!

    Arch wire – Metal piece of wire attached to your brackets so that you can move your teeth.   Apex – The bottom of the root of a tooth.   Appliance – An appliance refers to an apparatus … Read more >

Life With Braces

  Frequently asked questions about life with braces….   How long will I be wearing my brace?  Probably not the answer you were hoping for but – it really does depend! Firstly, one main factor is whether you’re wearing fixed … Read more >

How To Help Your Child Adapt To Braces

‘Mummy, I want braces’ is actually a more frequently uttered phrase than you may think – what’s ‘cool’ in school never necessarily correlates to what’s practical! However, it’s also common for those children who need braces to fear the prospect. … Read more >

The Truth About Caffeine

Caffeine. You can probably name items that this substance is found in: tea, coffee, cola – the list goes on. You also probably associate it with an energy pick-me-up and don’t consider it one of the healthiest aspects of your … Read more >

Personal Goals and Motivation

The end of January is often the point at which the success of a New Year’s Resolution is measured. This measurement is gauged by asking ‘have you managed to keep up your resolution?’ The implication is that if you have … Read more >

Dairy and Teeth

‘You need calcium for strong teeth and bones.’ ‘Drink your milk; it’s good for you.’ That dairy products are regularly viewed as ‘good for’ your teeth isn’t news. However, recent dietary trends sometimes advise cutting down on dairy. So, are … Read more >

Celebrity Smiles and Common Mistakes

Recently, a survey by lusterpremiumwhite.com polled people on which celebrities had the best smiles. Topping the list for the ‘best smile’ were Christie Brinkley and Denzel Washington. What do their teeth have in common? Both are gleaming white. So what … Read more >

New Year

As 2016 approaches, many of you may be thinking about making a new year’s resolution. For some of you, this may include a new approach to the way you think about or treat your teeth. So what are some of … Read more >

Brace yourself: How to look after your braces and teeth this Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s almost time to indulge in your favourite food and drink. But don’t panic. If you’ve got a brace on or if you’re taking particular care of your oral health, you needn’t deprive yourself … Read more >

Soft Drinks and Teeth

Carbonated or ‘soft’ drinks seem to be a massive part of everyday life nowadays. Some chain restaurants offer refillable options, nearly all restaurants offer them as a choice. They form part of the supermarket lunchtime meal deals… It seems just … Read more >

Braces and Timings

‘Do I need a brace? Should I get a brace?’ Opting for orthodontic intervention can seem a big decision. However, with over 200,000 children and adults having orthodontic treatment last year, more and more are making the decision to go … Read more >

Christmas Dinner

There’s a certain set of foods that many of us expect to see on the table on the 25th December. Actually, there’s a certain set of foods that many of us expect to see throughout the entirety of December. Eggnog, … Read more >

The Truth about Plaque

What is plaque and why should you care? It’s one of the words that gets bandied about on TV adverts for toothpaste, mouthwash and etcetera but can you actually define it? Most of us have a vague sense that it’s … Read more >

Crowns & Bridges and What They Mean For Your Orthodontic Treatment

Crowns and bridges are used frequently nowadays. Generally, their purposes are to either cover the tooth, strengthen it or improve its appearance. This type of dental restoration is especially popular among adults and many people are likely to need one … Read more >

Christmas Parties and their risks

December: the month of Christmas parties. The halls are decked with holly, all weekends are booked up and every event seems an opportunity to celebrate the festive season. However, this time of year isn’t necessarily one where oral hygiene is … Read more >

Oral Cancer – What to Look Out For

Mouth cancer isn’t a well known condition as it is one of the rarer cancers about – it accounts for just one in fifty of all cancer cases. However, because of this, people aren’t necessarily as clued up as they … Read more >

Winter Health Tips for Your Mouth

As the days get shorter and the temperature colder, we’re all starting to feel a winter chill. But did you know that your teeth can also be affected by the weather? The cold air may stimulate the nerves within your … Read more >

Short-Term Braces

When investigating the possibility of braces, one major concern which patients regularly voice is that of timing. While they want straight teeth and the benefits in confidence that come as a part of that straight appearance, they don’t want to … Read more >

Hallow’een

As the spooky event approaches, it seems everyone is getting in on the act. Pretty much every shop has a Hallow’een display. Even your favourite confectionary probably has a Hallow’een version on sale right now. Even Reading’s getting in on … Read more >

Congratulations to Barbara Trafford!

Back in 2013, Barbara Trafford nee Kolanko, was recommended to us by her own dentist to talk about her concern with crowded teeth, a deep bite and prominent top teeth. She had initially seen a dentist to assess her teeth … Read more >

Foods That Help Your Teeth

Sometimes it seems as though there’s new and conflicting information about dietary choices every day. There was the Atkins diet, now there’s juicing… There are so many different plans being promoted everywhere we turn. However, these dietary plans often fail … Read more >

Could Pursuit of A Snow-White Smile Be Causing You Problems?

Tooth whitening has been one of the latest trends in modern dentistry. As dentistry has developed so that we can offer a range of cosmetic dentistry solutions, so tooth whitening products seem to be readily available for purchase pretty much … Read more >

Spotting Problems With Your Teeth

In this age of cosmetic dentistry, we regularly see a host of glittering white smiles whenever we look at photographs of a star-studded event. It’s easy to make comparisons and wonder about the quality of our own teeth. So, what … Read more >

Regrets and Your Teeth

A recent Reddit article asked those over the age of 50 to share what they most regretted in life. Responses ranged from career to relationship regrets but a common theme also turned out to be the way in which these … Read more >