Have you been looking into ways to straighten your teeth? Perhaps you are unhappy with your smile and have been considering having some sort of dental treatment to improve the appearance of your teeth and ultimately your smile. If this is your current situation and you are based in Windsor, then you may want to consider having orthodontic treatment with us at Old Windsor.
What you need to know about Old Windsor
Old Windsor was established in 1981, and, over the last 40 years, we have strived to provide excellent dental care to our new and existing patients within the local community. Because of our dedicated staff and high-quality service, we were able to become a prestigious member of the British Dental Association Good Practice Scheme in 2008.
At Old Windsor, we can offer various dental treatments to our patients. Whether it is for a routine checkup, emergency appointment or cosmetic procedure, we will always be ready to help resolve your dental issues.
If you have gaps in between your teeth or have noticed some degree of misalignment, you may want to consider orthodontic treatment. One of the most popular dental treatments we offer at Old Windsor is braces Windsor.
How we can help you on your journey to achieve a better smile
Braces Windsor are an effective long term solution for individuals who would like to correct teeth that are either crooked, crowded or give rise to issues concerning their bite. They work by using metal brackets and wires that are fixed onto the surface of the teeth and, by using pressure, can slowly move the teeth into the desired position.
Before starting any orthodontic treatment, we will make sure to examine your teeth thoroughly to ensure that you get a suitable one that correctly addresses your dental issue. This is done by taking x-rays, photographs and, in some cases, impressions of the teeth. Once it is confirmed, we will then begin the orthodontic treatment and encourage you to maintain a good oral hygiene regime to ensure that your teeth remain healthy throughout the treatment. Furthermore, you will also be required to attend our practice for regular appointments so that our dentist can monitor the progress of your treatment and make any adjustments if necessary.
The benefits of having orthodontic treatment
There are many benefits to having orthodontic treatment and in particular a fixed appliance, such as braces Windsor. As these orthodontic devices will be fixed onto your teeth for the duration of the treatment, you can rest assured that they will constantly work to gently shift your teeth into position.
If you decide to use a fixed orthodontic device to close any gaps you have in your teeth, you may notice that, following the treatment, your teeth become healthier and less likely to experience plaque or debris buildup. This is important because, if not treated, plaque buildup can lead to gum disease. Moreover, straightening your teeth can also improve your confidence and you can expect long-lasting results for years to come.
Within their lifetime, many people will experience tooth loss. Whether it is through an injury or due to natural causes, losing a tooth is never a good experience and, if not treated, can affect your daily life. Fortunately, at Old Windsor, we are experienced in providing restorative dental solutions for those who have missing teeth. So, if you are looking for a way to restore your teeth and smile, visit our dental team and you will be provided with the right treatment for your current situation.
Restorative dentistry at Old Windsor
At Old Windsor, we understand the importance of having a smile you can be confident of, which is why if you have lost a tooth, we can offer a range of dental treatments to replace them and get your smile back to its best. One of these options is dentures.
Dentures at Old Windsor
As a popular form of restorative dentistry, dentures are offered to those who have lost several teeth and are interested in a natural-looking solution. By using hard-wearing material, dentures are designed to mimic the look of your teeth and gums, ensuring that others would find it difficult to notice the prosthetic in your mouth.
Dentures are made to be comfortable and fit snugly in your mouth. Although during your first time wearing dentures you may experience slight discomfort, especially when talking and/or eating, you will soon become accustomed to them and sometimes even forget you have them in. Dentures are also removable, which means you can take them out to clean thoroughly and maintain a good oral regime.
However, if you are looking for a more permanent solution to replace a missing tooth, you may want to consider dental implants Windsor.
A long-lasting solution for a missing tooth
Dental implants Windsor are a safe and permanent solution for those who have lost one or more teeth. One of the reasons why dental implants Windsor are so popular is because, as they are fixed into the jaw bone, you do not need to worry about them moving around in your mouth after the treatment. Oral implants are also able to retain the natural-looking bone structure and help to restore teeth function, meaning that you can chew, bite and talk without any worries.
The benefits of replacing a tooth
If you have lost a tooth, we would always recommend that you get it replaced as soon as possible. This is because missing teeth can lead to several dental and general health issues.
For example, a missing tooth may result in further bone loss and, if left untreated, can progress to pain and gum disease. In some cases, the loss of jaw bone density can make you look older prematurely. Oral implants help to retain the bone structure and reduce the chance of you developing a sunken look.
If you have a missing tooth, you may notice you have difficulty chewing certain foods, which can cause nutritional deficiencies. Therefore, by replacing the tooth, you can chew your food better and promote more efficient digestion.
Dental hygiene is an important part of dentistry, and it is having a good oral hygiene routine which ensures that your teeth are free from bacteria and decay, helping to prevent even more severe dental issues. This is why at our practice, Old Windsor, we offer new and existing patients dental treatments in order to promote healthy teeth and good overall oral health.
So if you are concerned about oral health and bad breath Berkshire, you may want to consider visiting our practice where we will be able to give you advice and provide dental treatments under preventive dentistry.
Preventive dentistry at Old Windsor
Preventive dentistry is the area of dentistry that focusses on maintaining good oral health. At our practice, we understand the importance of a healthy mouth, which is why we offer treatments to our patients who may want further information regarding oral health and bad breath Windsor and are looking for ways to develop good habits to avoid dental issues such as gum disease and halitosis.
What causes bad breath?
Generally, poor oral health and bad breath Windsor are caused by a build-up of odour producing bacteria in the mouth. If you do not brush or floss your teeth regularly, this bacteria (which is also commonly known as plaque) is able to accumulate on food particles that remain in your mouth. However, some individuals suffer from bad breath for a number of different reasons. Chronic bad breath for example, can be the result of an underlying medical situation such as a gastro-intestinal condition or diabetes. Another cause of bad breath can be lifestyle habits such as smoking. When you inhale smoke, some smoke particles can be left in the throat and the lungs, and the smell of a cigarette can linger in the lungs for a number of hours, resulting in bad breath. Additionally, the chemicals found in tobacco smoke can also remain in the mouth for hours, which can lead to bad breath.
A solution that we offer at Old Windsor dental practice, which can help to treat bad breath, is to book an appointment to see one of our hygienists.
Dental hygiene at Old Windsor
Delivered by one of our specially trained dental hygienists, we offer new and existing dental patients a deep clean as part of our preventive dentistry. When you book an appointment to see our dental hygienist, you can expect a thorough assessment of your teeth and gums in order for the hygienist to determine the amount of plaque that will need to be removed along with highlighting any risk factors.
After this, your teeth will be professionally cleaned using a process known commonly as ‘scaling and polishing’. This process uses pastes and special equipment to remove plaque from hard to reach areas in your mouth.
Once your teeth have been cleaned, our hygienist will show you techniques to ensure that your teeth remain healthy and free from bacteria in the future. This may be by showing you the best techniques to use when brushing your teeth, how to use interdental brushes and tips on how to floss effectively.
From an early age, it is encouraged by dental professionals that you have regular check-ups and your teeth professionally cleaned, especially as you progress towards adulthood. This is to ensure that once you reach adulthood, you will not experience any issues relating to oral health and bad breath Berkshire. However, this is not always unavoidable as lifestyle and general health can have an impact on your dental health.
Thankfully at our practice Old Windsor, because of our extensive knowledge and expertise when it comes to oral health and bad breath Berkshire, we offer dental treatments in the form of preventive dentistry to ensure that our patients have healthy teeth for longer. One of the ways we do this at Old Windsor is by providing preventive dental treatments for children, in order to promote dental hygiene.
Dental hygiene for children
At our practice in Berkshire, we believe that children should be having regular check-ups as soon as possible. By booking an appointment for your child to see one of our experienced dentists from an early age, your child or children will soon be used to the experience and it will also reduce any anxiety they may have about visiting a dentist.
At our practice we strive to deliver a comfortable and professional experience for all our patients, meaning that when we attend to our very young patients, we provide them with the utmost care. As we are also experienced in dealing with nervous patients we have developed a lot of skills in helping make people of all ages feel relaxed. We can speak with your child before their appointment in order to build a friendly relationship with them, meaning they will be calm and comfortable throughout their experience with us.
The benefits of taking your child to see our dentist
Taking your child to see our dentist has a number of benefits. For example, it allows our dentist to monitor the tooth development of your child and identify any changes and developments in your child’s teeth as they grow. This also means that if there are any potential dental problems such as tooth decay, our dentist will be able to identify this quickly and provide treatments in the form of preventive dentistry or offer valuable advice.
Bringing your child to see one of our dentists at Old Windsor also means that we can show your child the best way to brush their teeth, encourage flossing and recommend the safest treatments.
Best preventive dental treatments for children
At Old Windsor, as we believe preventive dental care is important for children, we offer a number of procedures to reduce the risk of dental issues such as tooth decay.
An example of this is providing fluoride applications to children. This is when fluoride is painted onto the surface of your child’s teeth and the purpose of this application is to prevent your child’s growing teeth from becoming decayed along with helping to mineralise the teeth.
Once you are an adult it is advised that you continue to visit your dentist for routine check- ups in order to ensure you, not only maintain a good oral hygiene regime, but have healthy teeth and gums for life, thereby preventing problems with oral health and bad breath Berkshire.
Do you currently have crooked teeth and would like to fix them? Maybe you have had a gap for years and feel like now is the time to close it. Have you considered this dental treatment but are unsure of where to go? Whatever your current circumstances may be, fortunately, at Old Windsor dental practice, we have been offering dental solutions to our patients who are unhappy with their teeth and smiles in the form of effective dental treatments for many years.
Over the years our dental practice, Old Windsor, has been offering treatment within many fields including general, preventive and cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics. This is alongside specialist areas such as endodontics which focuses on treatment for root canals and periodontics which specialises in gum health.
At our practice we also provide orthodontic treatment for both our adult patients and children who would like to correct their teeth.
What orthodontic treatment can do for you
For patients who have dental issues such as crowded teeth, problems with their bite and crooked teeth, an option which may be recommended is having dental treatment known as orthodontics.Orthodontic treatment uses appliances in order to gently shift your teeth into a straighter position, which as a result improves your smile. One form of orthodontic treatment that we offer at our practice are braces Windsor.
The solution to your dental issue
Considered to be a long-term solution for those who are unhappy with how their teeth look and who would like a straighter smile, traditional braces Windsor are able to align your teeth by using metal wires and brackets for the duration of the treatment.
Prior to starting this procedure, you will be invited to have a consultation with us in order to determine whether braces Windsor are the most suitable treatment for your dental issue. We will also take photos, impressions and X-rays of your teeth at this consultation, and you will be able to ask as many questions as you like, to ensure that you are fully informed of the treatment prior to starting.
The benefits of having orthodontic treatment
After having orthodontic treatment, you will immediately be able to notice the long-lasting, positive effects of the procedure. Firstly, if you have been feeling insecure about your teeth and smile, following orthodontic treatment, you will notice that your improved smile will have a positive impact on your confidence and self-esteem.
Having orthodontic treatment also improves your oral health, as closing any gaps you may have in your teeth means that your teeth are less likely to have plaque build-up which can lead to gum disease if not removed as soon as possible.
If you have had orthodontic treatment to correct any problems you have with your bite, this also reduces the risk of any damage to your teeth and can also have a positive impact on your facial aesthetics. You will also notice an improvement in your jaws as you will be able to bite together correctly, consume your favourite foods more normally and be able to maintain a good oral regime.
Overall, having orthodontic treatment is an investment which benefits not only the aesthetics of your teeth, but your smile and oral health.
If you have recently lost a tooth, or have been dealing with a missing tooth for a number of years, you may be wondering what you can do to replace your teeth and restore your smile. The loss of a tooth or several teeth can not only have an impact on your dental health, but your self-esteem. Fortunately, there are many dental treatments within the area of restorative dentistry that aim to replace missing teeth. At our practice, Old Windsor, we understand the importance of having a smile you are happy with, which is why we offer our patients dental treatments to improve the aesthetics of their mouth.
Why choose us at Old Windsor?
Our practice Old Windsor was established in 1981 and is well known within the local community to have provided high quality dental treatments for many years. By using contemporary equipment, materials and methods, we ensure that we provide our new and existing patients with expert, exemplary service.
If you are a new patient at our practice, you will be asked to have an initial consultation with us in order to obtain your medical and dental history, along with assessing your teeth, mouth and gums to determine the most suitable dental treatment for you (if needed). This consultation may also require scans and X-rays as part of the diagnostic process.
How can we replace a missing tooth?
If you are currently dealing with a missing tooth, you will be happy to know that at Old Windsor, we offer restorative dental treatments to our patients with this dental issue. One dental treatment that can replace missing teeth are dentures. Dentures may be recommended if you have a few teeth missing or you have unfortunately lost all of your teeth. Dentures are made by taking impressions of your mouth which are then sent over to a dental laboratory to be designed.
Dentures are usually made from hard wearing materials such as porcelain, acrylic or resin and they are made to look just like your natural teeth. They are also removable, which means although they fit snugly over your gums, you can remove them to clean, therefore reducing the risk of infection from bacteria. If you have not worn dentures before, you may feel uncomfortable wearing them for the first time, however you will soon get used to them in your mouth whilst you speak, eat or chew. Although they are a popular solution for replacing several missing teeth, if you are just missing one tooth or looking for a more permanent solution, you may want to consider dental implants Windsor.
An alternative to dentures
Dental implants Windsor are a safe and permanent solution for those who are missing a tooth. Dental implants WIndsor are essentially screws usually made of metal which are inserted into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. In order to do this, a small incision is made in the jawbone under a local anaesthetic. Once the implant is placed in the jawbone, the bone begins to grow and mesh around the metal in order to prevent further bone loss. Once this process is complete, you will be invited back to the practice to have the abutment and crown fixed onto the implant. The crown is also made to match your remaining teeth.
Fed up with having bad breath?
At Old Windsor, we aim to educate our patients about the links between oral health and bad breath Berkshire, and will always ensure that when you attend a check-up with us, all of your oral health concerns are explored and your teeth are kept in tip-top shape!
Here, we offer a brief guide surrounding oral health and bad breath Berkshire, to help you keep those pearly whites healthy and happy.
What causes bad breath?
In short, bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth that reproduce and promote odours.
Oral health and bad breath Berkshire are intrinsically linked, so if you fail to brush your teeth regularly, you are at a higher risk of developing offensive breath. Of course, there are some other causes of bad breath which may not be linked to oral hygiene, such as hydration levels, lifestyle habits such as smoking, or eating strongly scented foods. If you frequently suffer from acid reflux or gastrointestinal reflux disease (or GERD), then you are also more likely to have less-than-sweet breath more regularly.
Can I have bad breath, but good oral hygiene?
As mentioned before, you can have a strong-smelling breath due to lifestyle or consuming strongly scented foods.
If you notice that your breath is persistently bad irrespective of how often you brush, you may want to book an appointment with our team at Old Windsor, as this can point to gum disease or other issues related to oral health. It may also be worth booking a general medical check-up too!
Signs of gum disease
When it comes to gum disease, the early symptoms can be exceedingly subtle. But as you may have guessed, one of them is an offensive odour in your mouth that will not go away.
Other symptoms to look out for include red, inflamed gums, sensitive teeth, bleeding when brushing or spitting blood at the end of brushing and of course, soreness.
If you have any of these signs, you need to see our team for an assessment.
Treatment for gum disease
One of the ways we treat gum disease at Old Windsor is to perform a scale and polish. This will typically be performed by our hygienist and involves removing stubborn plaque above and below the gum line.
We recommend visiting our hygienist once every year in general, but if you have an active case of gum disease, we will advise more frequent visits. In addition, we may also prescribe you an antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste to help keep down bacteria levels in your mouth.
Preventing gum disease
Once you have recovered from gum disease, we want to ensure that it doesn’t come back!
We may recommend investing in an electric toothbrush, using medicated toothpaste and using interdental brushes to remove plaque from between your teeth.
We will also advise you to maintain regular appointments with our dental team, alongside seeing our dental hygienist once per year as standard.
Try to reduce the intake of softer foods, which can become stuck between teeth and also reduce your consumption of sugar. We also advise cutting out smoking or excessive drinking to help with the prevention of gum disease long term.
It has been somewhat of a social stigma for decades and today we are going to delve right into it; halitosis!
It is one of those things that most people worry about at some point, but are also too polite to mention. And unfortunately, most people have had the experience of meeting someone who has halitosis to some degree.
But if someone tells you that you have halitosis, it can feel like a bit of a shock as, like most things, it is easy to detect in others but not so easy to detect with yourself. Luckily, our team can help!
When it comes to oral health and bad breath Berkshire, our team at Old Windsor leads the way with preventive treatments to keep your mouth healthy and your breath fresh. We firmly believe in education and prevention as the best treatment for all oral health issues and will always aim to inform our patients on the best way to care for their teeth and to prevent offensive breath. Great!
So, with oral health and bad breath Berkshire in mind, what exactly is halitosis and how can we help you to prevent it? Read on to find out!
What is halitosis?
In simple terms, halitosis is another word for persistent bad breath.
Most people will suffer from it at one time or another, and it can be due to something as simple as being inadequately hydrated or eating smelly foods, like garlic or chilli.
However, if you have halitosis every day while also maintaining good oral hygiene, it can be a sign that you need to book an appointment with our team at Old Windsor.
What causes it?
As we mentioned before, there are many causes of bad breath if you eat certain foods or engage in lifestyle choices like smoking or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
However, there is a link between oral health and bad breath Berkshire and if you have persistent bad breath, our team will examine your mouth for a cause. In our experience, halitosis is often caused by excessive amounts of plaque on your teeth and gums, which as it reproduces, emits odours that are bad.
There can be other medical causes relating to dental health, such as tooth decay or abscesses. You may also be suffering from a condition known as gastrointestinal reflux disease (or GERD) which can exacerbate bad breath. For this, we will offer a fluoride sealant on the backs of your teeth to protect them from exposure to acid.
How do we treat it?
If you have halitosis caused by excessive levels of plaque, we will aim to remove it.
We will usually book you an appointment with our on-site hygienist, who will perform a scale and polish, with the aim of removing plaque above and below the gum line.
If you have active gum disease, we may recommend this treatment every 6 months, but for most people, you can visit our hygienist annually.
Prevention long term
Preventing halitosis starts with good oral hygiene; brush twice daily, floss and aim to see our team biannually.
Keep an eye open for signs of gum disease and, if possible, aim to reduce smoking or drinking alcohol, which are the leading causes of halitosis in those without gum disease.
At Old Windsor we have noticed a growing awareness by our patients of their aesthetic appearance, which has resulted in more and more adults resorting to enquiring about how they can straighten their teeth and improve their smile. In the past braces Windsor, using metal brackets, were glued and connected with a series of wires and this was the standard treatment to straighten your teeth. This was considered the way to straighten children’s teeth as well and was seldom used for adults. In the past the mere thought of walking around with this appliance attached to their teeth was enough to put adults off the idea. For this reason using traditional braces to straighten an adult’s teeth was seldom considered as an acceptable form of treatment by them.
Braces, why would I need them
There are many reasons that indicate if you need treatment to straighten teeth as an adult or a child. The most common one is because teeth are obviously crooked or the mouth appears crowded, it may be that you experience difficulty trying to floss your teeth and you find that you cannot get the floss between them. However you may also need treatment if occasionally you find you are biting your tongue or the inside of your cheek or finding that you are cutting your tongue with your teeth. Another reason can be an overbite or finding it difficult to pronounce certain words because your teeth hinder your ability to get your tongue into the correct position. If you have a jaw that makes a clicking sound when you chew or you find that your jaw feels tired after you have had a meal, all of these are an indication that your teeth or your jaw are not properly aligned and need attention.
Braces, how times have changed
These days you no longer need to accept just the one type of dental aligner as there are a variety of options available. Firstly you need to know that the only other genuine option to correct crooked teeth apart from an aligner is surgery to straighten your teeth. Our practice offers the full range of braces Windsor available on the market. The metal braces using wires and brackets which attach to the front of the teeth are still available, but there have been advancements to teeth straightening devices. Heat activated arch-wires have been introduced and aid the quicker movement of your teeth. Ceramic braces Windsor are very similar to metal ones, but they are less visible due to the colour being more like that of your own teeth. Lingual braces fit to the inside of your teeth and are not so visible, however they do not correct all problems and your dentist will advise if these are correct for you. The most recent invention has been that of clear aligners which are the least visible and don’t look like traditional aligners.
We are here to help you
Old Windsor has been helping patients like you to get the smile that they have always wanted. Our friendly dedicated team is passionate about taking care of all your dental requirements in the most comfortable and relaxed manner possible. We have been helping patients like you to straighten their teeth for many years and we are here to offer you the benefits of our experience. We are constantly updating our equipment and our team regularly attends training on new methods, all to ensure that you receive the best care and attention.
These days there is no doubt that we are taking more photographs than ever before. The advent of the smartphone has made us all into amateur photographers. We can’t help ourselves and we take snaps of things we never bothered with in the past. Another innovation has been the selfie and any opportunity to take a picture with our family or friends on a special occasion or with a celebrity whenever possible. This has meant that we have become more aware of our appearance, especially our smile. Dental implants Windsor provide more than just a practical, functional solution, in addition when we apply them we pay attention to your aesthetic appearance as well.
Will a dental implant help me?
A good dentist will, in the first instance, always aim to save a tooth by whatever means available. Sometimes, however, it is not possible to save a tooth that has been chipped or broken as a result of an accident or that is so badly decayed that it will eventually require removal anyway. An implant may not be the best or only solution in every case and we will advise on the best course of treatment after a thorough examination.
Why dental implants?
Dental implants Windsor may be the best solution that will suit you. No decision regarding your dental well being is taken lightly and only after a careful examination and consultation with you will we make our recommendations. A lost tooth affects far more than just your appearance, you will automatically change your eating pattern, which in turn can affect your health. If for example you are unable to chew your food properly that can lead to digestion issues further down the line. Bridges and dentures are an alternative but they have limitations in how many teeth they can replace. Implants are a very versatile option because you can have one or more depending on the number of teeth you have lost. They are more stable than dentures and because they simulate your existing teeth they are more comfortable.
What is involved?
In order to see if you are suitable to have dental implants Windsor, we will conduct a comprehensive examination and take X-rays and 3D scans of your entire mouth including teeth, gums and jawbone. Apart from everything else the two important things we need to establish are where exactly on your jaw the missing tooth or teeth were originally located and also the health of your jawbone. Because we need to drill into your jawbone we need to know precisely where to drill and if it is necessary to strengthen your jawbone with a graft. If your jawbone is healthy enough there is no need to perform a graft. We will discuss every detail with you, creating a detailed treatment plan which will include specific timelines. Some people take longer than others to heal and we monitor your progress every step of the way to ensure that the results are exactly as you would expect.
Your teeth are the gateway to your health
All your nourishment enters your body via your mouth and it is essential that you take care of your teeth and gums. We are here to help you maintain a healthy mouth and to ensure that you are able to chew your food properly and to smile confidently. Our team is passionate about providing you with the most contemporary and efficient care that is available.