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Could orthodontics help straighten my smile?

When it comes to the physical appearance of our smile, more often than not, we focus on the flaws that can be seen. It may be that a tooth is missing, or discoloured, or it may be that your smile has become dishevelled in terms of the alignment of your teeth. If your teeth have shifted into a variety of directions, then it may be that an orthodontic treatment such as braces Windsor is for you. braces-windsor

Now when some people think of a brace, the image that springs to mind is of a chunky metal contraption that sits on the outside of the head in a very visible way, or it may be that the image of metal train tracks comes to mind. In the past, these were some of the more popular methods used to realign the teeth, but in recent years a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to create more cosmetically appealing solutions to tooth realignment. Therefore, it is important to explore your options before shying away from the idea. If you are unhappy with your smile there is no need to push the notion away, braces Windsor could be the solution for you.

In this article we look at what is on offer, how they work and how you can get started. Read on to find out the answers.

What brace styles are there?

As mentioned above, in the past, fixed chunky metal braces were the only solution available for tooth realignment. However, whilst the train-track fixed brace is still highly popular in today’s society, the physical appearance of the brace has been adjusted and a variety of fixed brace options are now on offer. These braces Windsor are often more suited to the moderate to severe tooth misalignment.

As an alternative to the fixed brace, removable aligners have been created and enable you to take a more active role in the realignment of your teeth. Taking your treatment into your own hands can suit some people a lot more, less dental appointments to attend and a more discreet approach to realigning the teeth can feel like the goldmine approach to tooth realignment. However, it may be that this approach is not immediately suitable for your own smile.

In order to understand which approach would suit your smile and your lifestyle best, get in contact with our dental team at Old Windsor. Once you get in touch, we will organise a consultation appointment so as to discover how severe your tooth misalignment is, how it affects you and what you are hoping to achieve. Along with this we will discuss which braces Windsor solution will be most efficacious for your individual case. Whilst the internet can unveil a whole host of answers to your questions, discussing your aims with your dental team is the way forward so as to understand which tooth realignment process is best for you.

How do they work?

Braces work in different ways and this depends entirely on the apparatus used.

A fixed brace essentially pulls the teeth into a new aligned position. Using a series of wires and fixed brackets, the teeth are pulled into position over time as the wires are tightened.

On the other hand, removable aligners push the teeth into a new position using a series of pressure points. These pressure points push the teeth over short periods of times and unlike the fixed brace, results are achieved by changing aligners as the process progresses. Each time the teeth reach a certain position the aligner is swapped for the next in the series so as to continue with the realignment.

Contact our dental team today to get your smile back on track.

Revitalising your smile with oral implants

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When your smile becomes broken as a result of tooth loss, it can lead to unhappy thoughts about your self-image and how your smile appears to the world. However, tooth loss is common and although image does play an important role, there are other more pressing problems that can occur as a result of a lost tooth.

Due to the gap within your smile, your teeth can become harder to clean which in turn leads to a higher risk of infection. The plaque can begin to build up around the area where the tooth is missing and in time create further problems, including an increase in risk to the surrounding teeth. After all, as one tooth goes missing the structure of the smile can become compromised.

For those looking to restore their smile and make it structurally sound again, dental implants Windsor would be a perfect solution. Read on to uncover how they can restore your smile and how to get the wheels in motion.

Completing your smile

When missing a tooth or multiple teeth, having access to a popular tooth replacement procedure is what everyone wants. After all, dental implants Windsor could be the answer to perfecting your smile whilst protecting it from further tooth loss or tooth misalignment.

Oral implants are small titanium screws which are inserted into the jawbone to create a stable, artificial root. Once the screw has been added, the area is left to heal and the surrounding jawbone regenerates, enabling the bone to fuse to the implant. Once the artificial root is securely in place the new prosthetic, whether it be a crown, bridge or denture, is then attached to the root ensuring that your smile once again faces the world without unnecessary gaps.

Investing in your smile can not only be beneficial in terms of your appearance, but can also be highly beneficial when it comes to your overall mental health. The impact of a healthy smile is a significant one and therefore, should you think that dental implants Windsor are for you, continue reading.

Getting started

Once your smile becomes fragmented it is important to get in contact with our dental team at Old Windsor. It may be that you have only just lost the tooth, or it may be that some time has passed since the tooth loss occurred, either way, getting in contact will enable us to work with you to restore your smile.

As soon as you get in contact, whether a new patient or a regular attendee, we will ensure that we take the time to understand your current goals and will begin working together to get your smile back on track. The first thing to do is to have a consultation in which we will look into your dental history, take some X-rays and carry out a physical examination to ensure that an oral implant is the most suitable tooth replacement option for you. Taking the time to consider all your options and ensuring that you are following the most suitable approach is important. Dental implants Windsor are a long-term tooth replacement solution and therefore suitability is extremely important to ensure that they last as long as possible.

Asking your dental team questions and ensuring that you fully understand the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ to your tooth replacement is important. So, ask your team as many questions as you need, we are here to work with you to restore your smile back to its full capacity.

Is your bad breath caused by your stomach?

When it comes to oral health and bad breath Berkshire, we usually associate the cause with poor oral hygiene, but there are some cases where bad breath isn’t actually to do with the way in which we brush our teeth, but has connection to a part of our body slightly lower down… our stomachs. Yes, tummy troubles can work all the way up to our mouths. Now, this can make treating those oral health and bad breath Berkshire woes slightly more complicated to do, but we at Old Windsor want to give our patients the best chance at getting to the bottom of the cause. bad-breath

Oral health and bad breath Berkshire causes

The way in which digestion interacts with our oral health might be slightly more intertwined than you first thought. If it appears upon examination that we think your bad breath is coming from your gut rather than from oral hygiene, we need to find out exactly what it is that’s causing it. There are a few different stomach culprits that could be causing the bad breath, let’s take a look at what they could be.

Kidney disease

If you find that your breath smells a little fishy or has a heavy ammonia like smell, it could be a sign that it’s linked to your kidneys. Kidney disease comes in varying degrees so it’s important if this symptom is showing to get in contact with your GP as soon as possible.

Bowel obstruction

If you are experiencing an unknown bowel obstruction, which is when food can’t move down your intestine then the result could be causing you to have bad breath. Everything that is digested inside the stomach ferments and thus makes a bad smell.

Ulcers

Some doctors believe that there is a link between stomach ulcers and bad breath.

Acid reflux

If you are someone who also suffers from heartburn this could be a sign that you are suffering with acid reflux which is when the body produces too much acid. This can leave a sour smell or taste in your mouth.

Gut, breath solutions

If it’s that your bad breath is linked to some type of gut issue it’s important you work with both us and your GP to discover exactly what it is and begin a treatment plan to ensure long-term results. That being said there are some things you can be doing in the meantime to help keep your breath fresh. Identify and avoid ‘trigger foods’ – there are some foods that really don’t agree with individuals; these are often dairy, spicy or high fibre foods, if you notice a consistent reaction to a type of food make a note of it and speak with your GP. Keep on top of your oral health – this goes beyond just your daily brushing, but could also involve flossing more, using tongue scraping and always carrying a travel toothbrush. Take care of your gut – invest in some probiotics, and gut friendly foods, often our guts have issues when our gut microbiome is out of synchronisation and we need to work at finding the balance again.

Why do I have bad breath?

Admitting and understanding why you have bad breath can be a little bit tricky. Having bad breath can make us feel really embarrassed, especially when we can’t see any obvious cause for it. For some people no matter how much they brush and clean they still spend their day feeling that funny taste in their mouth. So why do we get bad breath? And is there something we can do to stop it? Let’s take a look at how oral health and bad breath Berkshire are connected. oral-health

What’s causing your bad breath?

In the majority of cases we see, bad breath is in some way related to poor oral hygiene. And though at first this news can feel a little disheartening and embarrassing it’s actually great because nine times out of ten it’s a quick and easy fix. There are some other things that could be causing bad breath such as smoking, dry mouth, tonsillitis, acid reflux or even crash dieting. So it’s good to also talk to your doctor about your oral health and bad breath Berkshire to check there isn’t more than one cause.

How to help oral health and bad breath Berkshire

In the first instance, it’s important you come and see us at our dental practice, Old Windsor, so we can assess and see if there’s anything slightly more complicated going on. If it’s the case that you have developed early signs of gum disease – you will need to visit our hygienist for a scale and polish.

If once we’ve completed your check-up we can’t see any obvious causes of the bad breath, it will be up to you to try and address the issue yourself at home through brushing more – it could be that you aren’t brushing your teeth regularly or long enough and so aren’t getting rid of food debris. Alternatively it could be that you’re brushing at the wrong times. We recommend that you brush your teeth after you eat your breakfast and not before and just before you go to bed. If you’re experiencing bad breath it could be an idea to also start brushing at lunch time – after you’ve eaten.

How does food debris contribute to bad breath?

We’ve all been there, tucked into a delicious garlic bread or big bowl of garlic mushrooms. Having strong smelling breath just after you’ve eaten, especially with highly aromatic stuff like garlic, coffee or onion is common. When we chew our food little tiny particles get stuck between our teeth and get lodged there, and if they aren’t removed can begin to rot and smell. This is why it’s so important that alongside brushing, we are also flossing our teeth every day. Now, we want everyone to feel free to eat all the food they love, but just keep in mind that if you are trying to solve a bad breath issue, you would be super smart to carry a travel toothbrush with you and maybe even a miniature mouthwash and regular use of these will help combat bad breath long term.

How braces can change your life

Mention the word braces Windsor and what easily springs to mind is a beautiful smile, but we at Old Windsor believe there are a plethora of other equally important benefits to straightening teeth. braces-windsor

It may be hard to believe that correcting the positioning of teeth with braces Windsor can be life-changing, but the simple fact of the matter is that it is. The true value of braces Windsor offers rewards that include improving mouth function, enhancing aesthetic quality and protecting dental, physical, mental and psychosocial health.

Seen in this light, it is no wonder that dental practitioners continue to encourage patients who require orthodontic help to look towards braces to not only give them back their winning smiles but also keep their smiles happy for life. In this post, we take a closer look at some of the rewards of wearing braces that can help improve a patient’s quality of life.

Ways braces can result in a better quality of life

The very first benefit that has wider implications for mental health is dental aesthetics. An aligned smile is a prerequisite for a boost in personal attractiveness and self-confidence. In return, both a healthy dose of confidence and physical attractiveness are powerful indicators that one is more likely to achieve success in life on the professional and social fronts.

It is easy to smile an authentic, genuine smile when one loves one’s smile. Studies have linked the simple act of smiling to hold transformative benefits for mental and physical health. Smiling boosts and supports feelings of happiness and positivity. This is a result of the biological processes (stimulation of neurochemicals in the brain) that are responsible for feelings of joy. A positive and happy attitude supports a stronger immune system, which means the body is more likely to effectively fend off illnesses.

An improved masticatory function also lends itself to a stronger physical body. Improper bite function impedes the body’s ability to break food down into easily-digestible pieces for more effective nutrient absorption. Braces can bring an abnormal bite back into normal alignment, which will mean they can once again bite and chew normally without pain.

Straighter teeth have a direct positive impact on oral hygiene, and a cleaner mouth is good news for dental and physical health. Teeth that take up their natural positioning allow for a more effective brushing and flossing routine. Proper dental alignment removes the challenge of floss thread snagging on jagged edges or toothbrush bristles not being able to reach all the corners of the mouth.

With a higher level of oral hygiene in place, the patient is less likely to experience dental problems such as cavities, gum disease or tooth loss. In helping patients avoid dental problems, orthodontics also helps patients save their money and time from having to treat these problems.

Without having to experience the pain related to dental problems, patients can go about their lives without having their daily routines disrupted. If you think your oral health situation can benefit from professional orthodontic help, reach out to us at Old Windsor so that we can set up a consultation at a time convenient for you.

What to consider before choosing dental implants

Dental implants Windsor play two significant roles in dental care. The first is the practical function, which is to restore full masticatory function when one or more natural teeth are lost or fall out. This is also linked to promoting dental health, which is aided by maintaining a full dental arch. The second is the aesthetic function; a full dental arch is a prerequisite for a confident, wide and winning smile. dental-implants-windsor

It is no wonder that being suitable for so many applications, dental implants Windsor has become a go-to dental solution for dental practitioners and patients alike. As a dental practice, we at Old Windsor champion the most effective and efficient dental treatments dedicated to seeing patients realise remarkable results and achieve their dental goals. We offer a service menu inclusive of dental solutions that benefit our patients.

While dental implants Windsor may be one of the most highly sought-after dental solutions available today, this option may not be suitable for every patient. Below, we take a look at why dental implants may not be practical solutions for some patients.

Important things to know about dental implants

The first consideration our implant dentist will want to ascertain is the patient’s oral health. This means that the patient’s gums must be disease-free, and there has to be sufficient jaw bone density to ensure the security of the implant. If these two conditions are not present, then the patient will have to consider dental care treatments to address these conditions first before going ahead with implantation.

Patients should also consider their lifestyle habits, especially those that are known to have an adverse impact on their oral health. One such habit is smoking. Smoking poses great difficulty in the gum healing process following the implant procedure, which may delay or disrupt the entire treatment plan.

If patients have not been on point with their oral hygiene practice, they will need to be so after receiving dental implants. Good oral health is fundamental if patients are to benefit from dental implant treatment. It is not just the recommended obligations of daily brushing and flossing that contribute to the ultimate success of dental implant treatment, but attending routine in-clinic check-up appointments as well.

Know what to expect from the process. There may be extra time needed for healing between different procedures; for example, if bone grafting is required, the patient will need their gums to heal before proceeding with the treatment plan.

An important factor to consider is the implant dentist chosen to oversee treatment. It is best to go with a dental practitioner experienced in the treatment since a successful treatment plan in terms of efficacy and aesthetics will depend on a number of factors. These factors include identifying the most accurate site location for the implant.

We highly recommend patients know what all of their treatment plan options are before deciding on which one they want. A consultation with our well-experienced dentist at Old Windsor will provide you with all the information you need to make the right choice for your dental health. Call us to arrange a time and date most convenient for you.

We offer general dentistry here at Old Windsor

If you’re hoping to find general dentistry Berkshire look no further than Old Windsor. Together with a team of highly skilled dental practitioners we offer a diverse range of dental solutions and treatments. general-dentistry-berkshire

Seek root canal therapy at Old Windsor

Are you suffering from an infection and would like to seek help through general dentistry Berkshire? Root canal therapy is common amongst patients and our dedicated staff of dental practitioners are available to assist in order to make you as comfortable as possible. We recommend seeking dental treatment early in order to minimise the pain and discomfort often associated with these kinds of infection.

The most crucial step in the process is to have your tooth assessed so that our dentist can determine the level of infection and suggest a bespoke treatment plan. This will then be followed by anaesthetic and the infected tooth will then be prepped before the treatment can take place to remove the infection. The tooth is then filled to prevent any future plaque build up or bacteria forming in the hole.

We encourage patients to seek treatment as soon as possible if they notice any signs of infection or are experiencing any symptoms.

Visit us for treatment plans surrounding jaw problems

If you find that you are experiencing jaw problems feel free to reach out to us here at our dental practice. We are equipped to treat a variety of common conditions that may include the misalignment of your jaw, clenching your jaw at night and even grinding your teeth during your sleep.

We offer emergency dental care for patients

We understand that during an emergency it is emotionally taxing on the patient and their loved ones and here we are on hand to assist in any way we can. We will strive to set up an emergency appointment as soon as possible, so that you can seek the treatment you need at a time when you need it most. We advise that patients reach out to us to seek treatment as early as practical. This assists in preventing any pain or discomfort from worsening as well as helping to prevent the condition from developing further.

For those patients who are experiencing mild or moderate toothache this also constitutes a dental emergency and we encourage you to visit us at our practice for general dentistry Berkshire. Other conditions that qualify as a dental emergency include a lost or broken crown, a chipped or lost tooth, a missing filling, or an abscess. For any patients who notice signs of facial swelling or trauma to the face we also encourage you to visit our dentist as soon as possible so that we may evaluate the situation and provide treatment.

A great benefit of seeking treatment early for a dental emergency is that there is a chance our dentist will be able to preserve the remaining tooth structure in the instances where patients have a loose or broken tooth. Another advantage of seeking treatment early is that it prevents the condition from worsening and for the symptoms to develop further. This way you can enjoy improved levels of oral health and your risk of infection will be significantly lowered.

Visit us at Old Windsor for all your general dentistry needs

If you’re looking to find a professional dental practice offering general dentistry Berkshire, consider our friendly staff here at Old Windsor. We would be happy to assist with providing quality dental care in a range of treatments. general-dentistry-berkshire

We offer emergency dental appointments

If you or a loved one are the subject of a dental emergency, rest assured our staff will do everything they can to arrange an appointment for you. We encourage patients to seek treatment as soon as possible in order to minimise any pain or discomfort and to prevent any infection or symptoms from worsening.

You’re able to request an emergency appointment should you experience a toothache or something more serious such as a lost or chipped tooth. If you have lost or broken your crown we also encourage you to seek treatment with us as soon as possible. Other incidents which constitute a dental emergency include a missing filling, an abscess or any facial swelling or trauma experienced by you.

One of the main advantages of seeking treatment for a dental emergency early on is that our dentist may be able to preserve the remaining tooth structure as well as lower the risk of any infection. This also helps to contribute to an improved level of oral health overall.

Visit our practice for root canal therapy

Did you know we offer root canal therapy here at the practice as one of our general dentistry Berkshire solutions? It’s fairly common for patients to experience signs of infection and our dedicated team of dental practitioners will assist in alleviating any discomfort or pain you may feel as a result.

We advise that all patients have their tooth assessed as soon as any signs of infection appear, as avoiding treatment could lead to patients developing an abscess or further worsening the level of infection present. Patients are administered anaesthetic during the root canal therapy process and the infected tooth is first prepared before the infection is removed. Following this our dental practitioner will then fill the hole in the infected tooth to prevent the risk of plaque or bacteria returning in the future.

We can assist with a variety of jaw problems here at our dental practice

Did you know the way your teeth meet when your top and bottom jaw close down on top of each other is commonly referred to as your ‘bite’? If your teeth don’t fit together comfortably it may be a sign that you have a bad ‘bite’ which may result in problems appearing in your teeth and gums.

TMJ disorder which relates to the misalignment of your jaw, can result in some patients grinding their teeth at night or even clenching their jaw. This may lead to the patient feeling pain or even headaches, as well as discomfort presenting itself in their shoulder, neck or back. If you or a loved one recognises any of these symptoms we recommend seeing a dentist as soon as possible so we can assist with general dentistry Berkshire to help alleviate the pain and discomfort you feel. We offer various treatment plans from orthodontic solutions to maxillofacial surgery. The first step, and the one that is most important, is to have your mouth assessed by a dental professional to help determine the best possible treatment.

Understanding the need for braces

We know that living with crooked, protruding, or misaligned teeth is often an uncomfortable way to exist. Yet, there remains a large number of adults living in the United Kingdom who could derive a lot of benefit from orthodontic treatment.

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If you are someone who is living with misaligned teeth then you will be very well aware of the difficulties that this condition can present when it comes to your oral health and hygiene. You may find that you suffer from a high number of common oral issues, such as plaque build-up, tooth decay, or gum disease, due to your teeth being difficult to negotiate with a toothbrush.

You may have been offered tooth alignment treatment in your early teen years, but decided not to engage with it for your own personal reasons. Later in life, you may have started to regret your decision not to engage with treatment and concluded that the time for you to receive the treatment you need has passed you by, but this may not be the case.

At Old Windsor, we can help our patients to gain the perfectly aligned teeth that they desire by using modern braces Windsor to achieve the results they are looking for. Allowing them to achieve a higher standard of oral hygiene, as well as a greater level of oral comfort.

A treatment that is suitable for adults

By using modern braces Windsor, we can offer our patients a discreet treatment that will be difficult for others to see when worn in place in the mouth. In the past, the main barrier to people engaging with orthodontic treatment was the way the metal and wire braces looked when in the mouth; this is an issue that has now been addressed with the development of modern aligners.

If you consider an aligner like Invisalign you will quickly understand how this device has the ability to appear invisible when in the mouth, as it is made from two layers of clear plastic and fits over the teeth rather than around them. This means you can wear your aligner and feel confident that others surrounding you will not know you are receiving tooth straightening treatment, as they should not be able to see your aligner even when looking at you, face on.

Reaping the benefits of treatment

Once you have undergone treatment you should reap all the ensuing benefits as your teeth will be in perfect alignment. You will find that your teeth are simple to navigate with a toothbrush, making them much easier to keep clean and this should lead to you enjoying higher standards in your oral health and hygiene.

Final thoughts

Should you decide to go ahead with alignment treatment using braces Windsor you will need to attend a consultation at our practice, as we will need to examine your teeth and assess your needs. We will talk you through the different options that may be available to you and help you make the best choice that suits your requirements.

You must understand that treatment may be a big commitment, as it can last between twelve to eighteen months.

Giving you back your lost teeth with dental implants in Windsor

A large number of people living in the United Kingdom have lost teeth at some point in their lives. If you are one of them then you will understand the discomfort that someone has to live with. The loss of a tooth or several teeth is often a sudden event that leaves a lasting impact upon a person. It may cause them to make changes to the way they use their mouth, such as avoiding food like steak, as they may find it difficult to chew. dental-implants-windsor

If you have lost a tooth or a number of  teeth, then you may have investigated the different ways to replace them, commonly people look at bridges, or in cases of extreme tooth loss, dentures. However, for many people, these oral devices are not ideal, as they are looking for a way to regain their teeth that is fixed in place and offers a permanent solution.

At Old Windsor, we can offer our patients a tooth replacement treatment that is hard-wearing, fixed in place, and should last a lifetime in the form of dental implants Windsor. We are a well-established family practice and proud of the service that we offer our patients.

The benefits of tooth replacement treatment

Many people who lose a tooth or several teeth find that they struggle with consuming some of the foods they may like to eat, as they are trying to use the gums to carry out the tasks of the teeth and this can make eating foods like steak and nuts a more difficult process.

Using dental implants Windsor helps to give someone a full set of teeth once more, in a way that feels natural and with replacement teeth that are more than capable of coping with the rigours of daily use. By replacing your lost teeth you will be able to enjoy the food you want to consume without worrying about having the ability to chew it properly.

If you have lost teeth at the front of your mouth you may decide to try and avoid smiling, as you may not want to expose any area of loss due to a fear of feeling embarrassed. Having these teeth replaced may be a way to give you back your original smile, making you appear to be a warm and friendly person to others around you.

There is no need to worry about learning a new cleaning routine, as these replacement teeth are cared for in exactly the same way as your natural teeth. We would recommend that you brush your teeth once in the morning and once in the evening, as doing so will help to ensure that all your teeth will last you an entire lifetime. Also don’t forget to floss and use mouthwash, both these things should be part of an oral hygiene regime.

Making the change

If you have lost teeth and wish that you could replace them, then making this happen is possible with dental implants Windsor. This really is a tooth replacement treatment that gives people a permanent solution to tooth loss, providing normal comfortable functioning of their mouth once more. Speak to us for all the information you may require about regaining your smile.

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