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Fixed braces procedure

If you need fixed braces in Windsor, Old Windsor Dental Practice is here to help. At your initial consultation for fixed braces we will take x-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth in order to create plaster models; as our dentists will plan your treatment using these. Sometimes, permanent teeth need to be removed when the mouth is suffering from overcrowding, meaning there is not enough space in the jaw for all of them. These extractions are usually done just before the fitting of your braces in Windsor.

Braces in WindsorAt your second visit, your dentist will explain the treatment plan and the braces suitable for your condition. Before your fixed braces in Windsor are fitted, separators (like small plastic ‘doughnuts’) are placed between your molars for a week before to create spaces for the molar bands.

At your third and fourth visits bands are cemented and brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth. Subsequent visits (which are needed every 4-8 weeks) will be used to make adjustments to the braces. This will be by way of wire-changes, adding springs, elastics or other accessories to make your braces in Windsor as comfortable and successful as possible.

How long does treatment take?

The average period of treatment with fixed braces is two to three years. You will need to make time every one to two months to visit your dentist here at Old Windsor Dental Practice if you wish your treatment to finish successfully and on time.

What happens when treatment is complete?

After your braces in Windsor treatment is complete your fixed braces will be removed at what we call a ‘debanding’ appointment, followed by removal of cement and the polishing of your teeth.  Moulds of your teeth in their new positions are taken to make retainers to ensure your new smile lasts. After your braces are removed, it is very important to wear retainers to hold your teeth in their new positions for years to come.

If this sounds like the right choice for you, give us a call today and get the smile you have always wanted with the help of fixed braces.

General dentistry in Berkshire – an introduction

Everyone needs a smile that stands the test of time, and this is made possible by preventing problems before they even start. However, even if you have developed dental problems, an experienced dentist can help with personalised and comprehensive oral care.

At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we are passionate about prevention and will be sure to give you reasons to smile every time you visit. Our experienced dentists will examine your teeth and clean them thoroughly. General dentistry in Berkshire includes a number of treatments such as check-ups and cleanings and root canal therapy among others.

General Dentistry in BerkshireDental examinations

We strongly recommend all patients attend at least two check-ups and cleanings with our dentists and dental hygienists every year. This is an important step and should not be missed, even if you have generally good oral health. Common dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay can develop in such ways that patients do not realise anything is wrong until they have experienced significant damage. Our experienced dentists will identify these issues right away and provide the attention you need as soon as possible.

During your dental examination, your dentist will look into your oral health specifics with the help of digital x-rays and a visual examination. We are also happy to discuss personal goals or preferences you have for your personalised dental care, so we can provide effective recommendations. After that, our dental hygienist will thoroughly clear away plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, leaving you with a beautiful and healthy smile.

Root canal treatment

A root canal treatment can save a tooth that otherwise would have been lost due to tooth decay or infection. Also known as an endodontic treatment, a root canal involves the removal of the infected tissue and nerve in the tooth. To ensure stability, a permanent filling is then applied. Dental crowns are also essential to protect the area from bacteria and further infection.

Prevention is better than cure

Focusing on prevention by visiting the dentist twice a year and having regular cleanings, will help you enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile. To learn more about general dentistry in Berkshire, do not hesitate to contact us today.

The role of dental hygiene in oral health prevention

Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile beautiful. They can also tell your dentist a lot about your overall health, including whether or not you may be at risk of gum disease or tooth decay.

At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we believe that prevention is better than cure and for this reason, we urge our patients to visit us at least twice a year. Recent research suggests that the health of our mouth mirrors the condition of our body as a whole. Poor oral health is related to conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.

Dental Hygiene in BerkshireBrush and floss every single day

Brushing for at least two minutes every day is the single most important method for reducing plaque and preventing cavities, gum disease and other oral infections. Proper brushing can clean your teeth and gums effectively. Be sure to use a toothbrush that has soft bristles and replace it every three to four months. Flossing, on the other hand, removes plaque and food under the gum line and between the teeth that cannot be removed by a regular toothbrush.

Nothing beats a professional cleaning

Even if you are brushing and flossing every day, it is not sufficient to help you keep on top of your oral health. Only a dentist can remove the plaque from your teeth completely and reduce the likelihood of gum disease or tooth decay. Gum disease is caused by plaque bacteria and can significantly affect your overall health and well-being. Your dentist will examine your teeth thoroughly, inspect your gums and look for signs of decay or gum disease. They will then clean your teeth thoroughly and polish them. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, it is even more important to visit the dentist.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

To prevent oral health issues, practicing good oral hygiene is very important. Regular dental visits, brushing regularly, flossing and watching what you eat are all important steps in preventing dental disease and keeping you in good health. To learn more about dental hygiene in Berkshire, contact us today.

Why we love dental implants in Windsor

In Windsor, dental implants continue to increase in popularity among people who need to get one, some or all of their teeth replaced. And we can see why at Old Windsor Dental Practice.

Every now and then, someone makes a discovery that revolutionises the way people do things and it’s hard to remember what life was like before it came along. Think how much life has changed since the invention of the world wide web back in 1995. In only 22 years, the knock-on effects in terms of how we book taxis, accommodation, send money, do our banking, shopping, and find things out has changed beyond recognition, and it continues to change.

Dental Implants in WindsorWell, in the dental, indeed the medical world, the discovery of titanium as an implant material has had similar far-reaching and ongoing benefits for people everywhere.

What’s so great about titanium?

The body is incredibly sensitive to foreign materials showing up inside it, and when something that shouldn’t be there comes along, it mobilises all its immune system defences to get rid of it. Think of what happens when you get a splinter. The surrounding area gets very hot and swells up with pus and the splinter is pushed out. This is what the body does to most foreign objects, but, for some unknown reason, the body just loves titanium. Instead of rejecting it in a ball of pus, the body grows new tissues and blood vessels all over it, holding it in a loving embrace, fusing with it as much as it can.

That’s great for dental implants in Windsor. You need teeth to be very firmly anchored in the jawbone. Until the advent of dental implants in the 1980s, all people had to replace teeth with was dentures or bridges. Dentures rely on the gums for support and the gums don’t do a very good job, offering only about 25% of the stability teeth need to chew properly. Bridges rely on using neighbouring teeth to act as buttresses, and they have to be ground down to take crowns. Not ideal at all.

This is why we love dental implants in Windsor and we hope you will too.

Would straighter teeth give you a boost?

Does your heart sink when you look in the mirror? Crooked, unevenly spaced or crowded teeth can detract from your appearance and make you feel self-conscious. If you long to stop worrying about how your teeth look then having braces in Windsor could be the solution.

At the Old Windsor Dental Practice, we provide treatments that are focussed on straightening your teeth so that you relax and enjoy your smile again. We treat children and adults in Windsor. Braces could improve your appearance or anyone in your family and prevent the longer-term problems arising from misaligned teeth.

Braces in WindsorWho can have braces?

It is often considered that childhood is the best time to have treatment, when the jaw is still growing and developing. However, if you are an adult with wonky teeth, then it is certainly not too late to have them straightened.

As people have different requirements, we offer a range of options. Our adult patients have busy social and professional lives so often request treatment that is discreet. If you need a brace that is almost invisible then the Invisalign system may be most appropriate. These clear plastic aligners are very discreet and can be removed for eating, cleaning or special occasions. Fixed appliances are more suitable for correcting issues with the top and the bottom jaw meeting and are also frequently used with our younger patients.

What should I expect?

We want you to have a smile that you are proud of and a treatment that suits your lifestyle and budget. Your initial consultation is a chance for us to find out exactly what you would like to achieve. We also check the teeth and gums thoroughly to ensure that they are sound and make sure that you get the treatment that is right for you. We will talk you through every stage so that you are fully informed from start to finish. If you are looking for braces in Windsor then you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.

Take the first step towards having an attractive new smile today and contact us to see how we can help you improve your appearance and allow your mouth to function correctly.

Are toothy gaps ruining your looks?

Age is an obvious factor in the issue of missing teeth, but accidents or illness can be causes too. If you have lost one or more teeth then you will know that it affects your appearance as well as limiting what foods you can enjoy. If lots of teeth are missing then it starts to change how your voice sounds too. So many people put up with the problems associated with gaps as they are worried about having a loose denture, have experienced a failed bridge or are tired of coping with unstable bridges.

Dental Implants in WindsorAt Old Windsor Dental Practice, we often hear how people restrict themselves to a diet of soft foods and have resigned themselves to coping with ongoing difficulties due to missing teeth or unsatisfactory solutions. Fortunately, we can offer our patients in Windsor dental implants. These are an established technique for replacing teeth in a way that is durable, stable and natural-looking.

Options that work for you

Removeable dentures used to be the only option for replacing a full set of missing teeth. Now, you can choose dental implants in Windsor as a secure base for replacements. The implants are placed following careful planning and allowed to heal for eight to 12 weeks. During this time, the bones and blood vessels of the jaw mesh around the titanium implants to stabilise them. After this, a healing abutment is attached to the implants and we take impressions a week later so that your replacement teeth can be made. These are fitted after two weeks and then you are free to enjoy your new teeth.

Why have dental implants?

For some people, the main reason is to improve how they look. There are also many other reasons to consider dental implants in Windsor. You can eat a full diet again, stop worrying about unstable replacements and live without the inconvenience of having to remove your appliances for cleaning. Dental implants function just like natural tooth roots so they help to strengthen the jaw and, if cared for correctly, can last for decades.

Talk to us today and find out how you could benefit from having dental implants in Windsor.

The secrets behind discreet teeth straightening

If watch TV, it won’t have escaped your notice how many people have beautifully straight white teeth these days, and it’s not just the professionals. Yet, if you look at people rushing about their daily business, not so many seem to be sporting braces on their teeth. What is happening? How is everyone getting straighter teeth and yet not wearing braces? Are they having it done magically? Almost. It’s Invisalign, one of the first commercial products to come out of 3D printing.

In Berkshire, Invisalign is available from us at Old Windsor Dental Practice.

Invisalign in BerkshireThe name says it all

The brand name Invisalign sums up what this treatment is all about — invisible alignment. Rather than the traditional fixed bracket and wire braces that pull teeth into alignment, Invisalign’s inventor decided to use mouth guard-like aligners that deliberately don’t quite fit right to push the teeth into their correct positions.

Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation to see if this system can correct your alignment issues. If it can, we use a hand-held digital scanner to take detailed measurements of your teeth and jaws. These go into a programme that then makes a little animation to show how your teeth need to move to be brought into alignment.

You can actually see how your smile will look at the end of treatment, which is a great incentive. If you decide to go ahead with treatment, we send all the information off to the Invisalign laboratory in the US, where your series of aligners are 3D printed. Each one is a step along an incremental journey to alignment, and you need to wear it for about 7–10 days before moving onto the next one.

At 0.3 millimetres thick, these clear plastic straighteners are so thin that, once they are snapped on over the teeth, they are almost impossible to spot. Plus, as they can be removed for eating and teeth cleaning, you get to carry on with life as normal throughout treatment.

You do need to be disciplined about wearing your aligners for at least 20 hours a day if they are to do their job effectively.

Fill the gap with dental implants in Berkshire

Even though we’d all love to go the grave with every one of our teeth still firmly embedded in our jawbones, in reality most of us are going to lose a few, if not all of them as we grow older.

Decay is now less likely to be the cause of tooth loss because people in the UK have become better at cleaning their teeth and having regular check-ups. This gives dentists a chance to nip decay in the bud. Gum disease is a whole other ball game, however. Left untreated, as so often happens, gum disease moves on from attacking the gums to attacking the bone holding the tooth in place. As the bone is eaten away, the teeth become looser and eventually fall out. The problem that is that, now there’s a gap, the neighbouring teeth can also become looser and fall out.

Dental Implants in BerkshireIn Berkshire, dental implants are becoming people’s first choice for tooth replacement at Old Windsor Dental Practice, for several good reasons. All come down to the fact that dental implants replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown.

Dental implants have been available since the 1980s. They replace the tooth root with a post or screw-shaped titanium post. Titanium is a highly biocompatible material. It encourages the body to create new tissue around it, and the two integrate. The jawbone can then hold the implant firmly in place, which, when it comes to biting and chewing, is of paramount importance.

Eating

Implants can easily cope with the average adult male chewing pressures of 97kg or 200lbs. On the other hand, dentures can only cope with about a quarter of this pressure. With implants, being able to bite and eat as normal ensures a wide and nutritious diet. And this can make a huge difference in old age, when getting good nutrition is more important than ever for good bodily function.

Cleaning

All that is required to keep implants clean is diligent brushing and flossing.

Replacing

Dental implants can last for decades. Other replacement options have to be replaced every 5-10 years. So, the large initial investment seems much more affordable in the long-term.

Look no further

If you are looking for braces in Windsor, then you may want to consider a twin block brace here at Old Windsor Dental Practice. It is a removable appliance made by one of our skilled technicians to encourage the growth of the lower jaw.

What is a twin block?

A twin block is one of our powerful jaw aligning braces in Windsor. Made of two blocks (hence the name twin), the upper and lower blocks can reduce an overbite reliably and quickly in as little as six months.

Braces in WindsorWhen should a twin block be worn?

Twin block braces in Windsor work by harnessing the power of the chewing muscles so we always suggest you should wear it all the time. However, if you find your jaw becomes tired, you can simply leave the brace out for a short period and replace it easily when you can.

And you don’t need to worry about when you eat either, as the twin block is designed to allow you to eat with it in. Some of our patients find this difficult at first, so you take advantage of its removable nature and take it out for meals until you get used to the way it feels in your mouth.

We always recommend you try to wear your twin block all the time. Taking it out to eat while you get used to it won’t harm your treatment and your bite will still improve, but treatment will take longer if it is removed for long periods of time.

Is brushing and flossing easy?

Our patients are always happy to hear that they can remove the twin block and clean their teeth as normal with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Your twin block braces in Windsor also need to be cleaned in our special cleaning solution four to five times a week.

What happens if my twin block breaks?

The plastic or the wire parts of the twin block can sometimes break. If you are still able to wear the appliance, please continue doing so. If the appliance is unwearable, call us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to fix it.

Hang on to your jawbone

Some of our patients here at Old Windsor Dental Practice think that because bones can shrink over time, that the teeth will too. Teeth don’t actually shrink, but they can be lost due to decay, erosion and grinding. Harmful substances that we consume, such as smoking and drinking alcohol and sugary drinks, that can affect the teeth, gums and soft tissues in the mouth. Poor oral hygiene also contributes to tooth loss through decay and gum disease. However, when the teeth have failed, dental implants in Windsor can help our patients over the age of 18, by replacing their teeth and, at the same time, protecting their jawbone from shrinkage.

Dental Implants in WindsorDental options

There are plenty of options that our patients can turn to once their dental health comes to the point of tooth loss. The three that we generally offer our patients are dental bridges, dentures and dental implants in Windsor.

Dentures

If partial dentures are slipping around in the mouth, they can wear down neighbouring teeth over time and cause them to be more susceptible to decay and tooth loss. We need to maintain the enamel on our teeth to protect them from decay and infections. Replacing lost teeth with dental implants in Windsor helps protect remaining healthy teeth.

Also, weakened and sagging gum tissue, which can develop with extended periods of denture wear, can create dangerous pockets between the gums and teeth and expose the tooth roots to bacteria and decay.

Dental implants

Importantly, the implantation of dental implants in Windsor does not require the filing down of the patient’s teeth, as fixed bridges do. Also, instead of reducing the density in the jaw, dental implants in Windsor can maintain it through a process called osseointegration. This process allows the dental implants to naturally fuse into the patient’s jawbone and function just as well as the patient’s real teeth. This provides a protection from gum disease, further tooth loss and dental decay, as well as making it comfortable to bite and chew.

Dental implants possess the ability to restore our patients’ oral and dental health for years to come and helps maintain a strong, healthy jawbone for years to come.

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