If you are researching dental implants, you will soon start discovering benefit after benefit. Eventually, this will make you feel more confident about your choice of dental implants to replace your missing teeth.
And if you are still uncertain about dental implants in Windsor, we encourage you to get in touch with a dentist at The Old Windsor Dental Practice.
Did you know that dental implants are very durable?
Chances are that you have read somewhere that dental implants can last forever. Sadly, this claim is not true. While they might not be around for that long, dental implants in Windsor can certainly last for many decades with proper care and maintenance. And if you ask how this is possible, it is because they made of titanium, a metal that has the ability to fuse with bone tissue as one organic entity. Unless you neglect them completely, there is no reason for your dental implants in Windsor to fail anytime soon.
Caring for dental implants is not as complicated as you may think
We have already established that taking good care of your dental implants will keep them strong and healthy for longer. And taking good care for them is easy to accomplish since they don’t need special treatment. Simply brush and floss them daily along with the rest of your natural teeth, being careful to remove any food remains from around the implant areas. We also encourage our implant patients to visit our practice every so often for routine cleanings and maintenance. Keep up these good habits and your dental implants will last for a long time.
Dental implants will never damage your natural teeth
If you choose to replace your missing teeth with a bridge, you will soon find out that the only way for it to be stabilised is to rely on your healthy, natural teeth. Unfortunately, your dentist will need to remove some of the tissue from the teeth and this can cause their subsequent deterioration. Dental implants, on the other hand, do not need support from your teeth – instead, they rely on your jawbone for stability.
If you’ve always wanted to get straighter teeth but have not been able to face the idea of wearing braces fixed on the front of your teeth, then you will be delighted to know that there is another way.
Invisalign has been one of the most popular ways for people to get their teeth straightened since it first came on the market in the late 1990s. Since it first appeared, more than 4 million people have used Invisalign to straighten their teeth.
You may not have noticed because Invisalign is so discreet that it’s pretty much invisible. Instead of metal brackets glued to your teeth with wire strung through them, you have a series of aligners. These aligners resemble very thin clear plastic mouth guards; so thin, in fact, that once they are in place, they hug the teeth so well as to become very, very hard to spot.
The difference is that inside each aligner are very carefully placed bumps and ridges. These press on your teeth and in so doing, persuade them to shift out of the way to relieve the pressure. It takes 7-10 days for your body to respond by dissolving and rebuilding bone around the tooth to stop it being pressed on. What you will experience is that the aligner doesn’t fit when you first put it in, but that feeling gradually wears off over the next week to 10 days. Once the aligner feels like it fits perfectly, it’s time to start the wearing next one, which will feel like it doesn’t fit again. And on you go, moving from discomfort to comfort over and over again until you have worked your way through the entire series of aligners.
Once you reach the end of your treatment, you will have beautifully straight teeth. In order to keep them that way, you will have to wear a retainer for some time afterwards. This holds your newly moved teeth in place while the new bone settles down around them. You can have a retainer bonded to the back of your teeth, or wear one that looks like a mouth guard at night.
Getting dental implants has all sorts of horror stories attached it, but, in reality, it is a pretty simple process and not very painful. As with all other things that you have yet to experience, it’s the anticipation of the unknown that’s making you feel nervous.
At The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, we have seen the way dental implants have transformed the lives of our patients who need teeth replacing. They are once again able to eat whatever they like. Patients who have been living with dentures are delighted to no longer have to live every day with a background level of anxiety about their teeth wobbling around just when they least expect it.
The dental implant process has a few stages to it.
We need to take a really good look at your mouth and your jawbone to make sure that we can fit dental implants. If your jawbone has degenerated it won’t be able to support the implants. There are ways to regenerate it though, using bone grafts and a technique called a sinus lift. If it’s your upper jawbone that’s causing the issue, we may be able to use extra-long implants to anchor through the jawbone and into the cheekbone above it.
If you need a bone graft, you will need to add in some extra time while the bone grafts integrates.
People worry that this will be painful, but, with fewer nerves in the jawbone, a local anaesthetic is ample to numb the pain. Anxiety is another matter altogether. The procedure takes a while, so you may want oral or intravenous sedation to help you deeply relax.
You need to allow 2-6 months for the implants to fuse with your jawbone before you can expect to chew crunchy or chewy foods. This is the case even if you have crowns fitted immediately (same day teeth).
All you need to do to look after your implants is make sure you don’t get gum disease. Twice-daily brushing for 2 minutes, with daily flossing and regular trips to the hygienist is enough for this.
One question many parents around the world ask is, ‘When should my child get braces?’. While there is no definitive answer to this question, and 2 different dentists may give 2 different answers, it is generally a good idea for your child to visit a dentist specialising in braces around age 7. At this age, most children have their adult teeth forming inside the gums, giving dentists a better overview of what is going to happen in the mouth during the following years.
At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we advise parents to bring their children for a teeth straightening consultation as soon as possible, since early intervention can prevent problems down the road. Our practice offers a wide range of braces in Windsor, including Twin Block, a novel teeth straightening treatment that repositions the jaw.
Screening is the first step
If you suspect that your child has crooked or misaligned teeth, you should book an evaluation with your dentist. Dentists specialising in teeth and jaw straightening problems can diagnose and correct various tooth issues and are also able to assess whether your child needs braces. Our experienced team of dentists at The Old Windsor Dental Practice will offer the best solution possible.
What are the benefits of an early examination?
Examining your child for braces in Windsor early on has numerous benefits. Firstly, your dentist can determine what the best treatment is, since oral problems are identified earlier. Moreover, the younger your child wears braces in Windsor the better, since young children’s teeth are guided easily for braces. As a matter of fact, children who start teeth straightening treatment at a young age are more likely to spend less time in braces overall. Braces will also improve your child’s oral hygiene and enhance their self-esteem. Not to mention that they will introduce them to a lifetime of great oral habits.
No need to be nervous
Many children are nervous about wearing braces. However, modern braces are more comfortable than they used to be and they are less bulky, meaning they are not unattractive. Plus, they can be customised with colourful bands for an individualised touch.
It may sound odd but people often find that once they have been fitted with replacement teeth on dental implants in Windsor, they can sometimes forget they aren’t their natural teeth. It’s unlikely that will ever happen to anyone wearing full or partial dentures, what with all the overnight soaking and pulling them out to rinse off bits of food that have got stuck under them.
But with dental implants in Windsor, from us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, it’s a different story. Crowns on dental implants stay in your mouth once they have been fitted. They are screwed into the dental implants and the dental implants are embedded into your jaw.
They are held in place by new bone tissue. This grows all over the outer surface of the dental implants, which are tapered posts or screws made of titanium. Titanium has that effect on the body. It thinks this metal is body tissue and grabs onto it rather than rejecting it. Once the jawbone has integrated with the dental implants, they have all the chewing power of natural teeth, unlike dentures which only have about a quarter of the power.
Cleaning and maintenance
The great thing about this form of tooth replacement is that you can treat it like natural teeth. This means you just carry on with your diligent twice-daily 2-minute brushing routine, along with daily flossing and regular trips to the hygienist for a deep clean. What you are trying to do is make sure that there is no build up of plaque to cause gum disease. Gum disease is the big enemy of dental implants as it can attack and erode the bone surrounding the dental implant, causing it to loosen and fall out.
Can you have dental implants in Windsor?
It all depends on the strength and density of your jawbone. The best way to find out if your jawbone can sustain a dental implant is to come in for a consultation and let us take a look at your jawbone with x-rays and scans. If there is an issue, a bone graft or a sinus lift might solve it.
You’d have thought by now that the dental profession would have found a way to make braces treatment quicker, wouldn’t you? After all, everything else in the world gets faster all the time. How come it can still take a couple of years for braces in Windsor to straighten teeth?
At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we get asked questions about the speed of braces treatment all the time. Everyone wants it to be over as soon as possible. Braces are an inconvenience. They interfere with eating. They make brushing your teeth take a whole lot longer. And, let’s face it, they are never going to be a must-have fashion accessory. So, why does braces treatment take so long? Let’s take a look a what’s going on under your gums when you have braces on your teeth.
The components of traditional braces
There are 4 basic components in bracket and wire fixed braces. They are:
- Brackets: made of either metal or ceramic, they are attached to your teeth
- Bonding material: glue or a metal band attach the bracket to your teeth
- Arch wire: a thin metal wire that runs between each of the brackets
- Ligature elastic: this goes around the bracket to hold the wire onto it.
The arch wire exerts a constant pressure on the teeth to pull them into position.
Meanwhile, under your gums…
The pressure from the arch wire pulls the teeth in a particular direction. This is determined by the angle at which the brackets are fixed to the teeth. This pressure affects the membrane surrounding the teeth, stretching it on one side and compressing it on the other. This makes the tooth a bit loose in its socket, and new bone grows in the gap where the tooth is loose to support it. At the same time, bone on the area where the membrane is compressed is resorbed in order to relieve the compression.
This is why you need to come back to the dentist every few weeks for adjustments to tighten the arch wires and get that pressure going again. The younger you are, the quicker this remodelling process but braces in Windsor can straighten your teeth no matter what age you are.
It’s not just the fear of looking like a nerd that puts adults off wearing braces, it’s also the thought of all that extra hassle that comes with wearing a device in the mouth for months on end.
Perhaps teens have time to sit around and pick their last meal out from between the brackets and wires of their braces, but most adults are on the go all day, rushing from task to task and eating is just one more task that needs to be got through before moving onto the next one. They literally don’t have time to take care of their braces, and if you don’t take care of them, you can get into all sorts of trouble with tooth decay and brown patches developing under the braces.
Invisalign renders all of these worries obsolete because you take them out when you eat. You put them in their storage case and then go eat whatever you fancy. No food is off limits for the duration of your treatment, as is often the case with traditional braces.
Once you have finished your meal, you brush your teeth to remove any trapped food and put your aligners back in. It’s that simple.
You also need to remove your aligners if you are drinking anything other than plain water because traces of pigment can discolour your aligners and make them visible over your teeth.
Did we not mention that Invisalign aligners from us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire are invisible? Well, they are. They are made of clear plastic that is only 0.3mm thick. Once you put it on over your teeth, your aligner can no longer be seen.
So not only can you eat whatever you want, you can go through your busy day without having to fend off stares and intrusive comments about your straightening treatment.
Want to find out more?
Invisalign is great for mild to moderate alignment issues. It takes a year, on average, to correct them. Why not come in for a free consultation to find out if they are right for you?
Thinking about what to get yourself for Christmas? How about investing in lovely straight teeth using a system that is hassle-free and easy to use?
Why get your teeth straightened
At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we regularly see what a difference having straight teeth can make to people’s oral health. We also see what happens to teeth that aren’t straight as the years roll by. Not having straight teeth may not seem like a problem in your early adulthood but as time marches on and plaque repeatedly builds up and is removed from crevices between wonky teeth, you may find that you become more prone to decay and gum disease.
If your misalignments also mean that you put most of your chewing pressure onto just a few teeth, then as you get older, they can start to crumble away through overuse, and then you are faced with a whole new ball game, that of dentures, bridges and dental implants.
You can greatly increase your chances of hanging onto your teeth for life when you have straight teeth.
Want straight teeth, but not braces?
Maybe one reason you have not done anything about getting your teeth straightened is that you don’t want to have to go through months of embarrassment from wearing ugly metal braces as an adult. Well, with us you don’t have to because we can offer you Invisalign, invisible straightening for mild to moderate misalignment issues.
Invisalign does not use brackets and wires. Instead you receive a series of very thin, clear plastic aligners that look like mouth guards. Each one has carefully placed pressure points inside it that press on your teeth. You start with aligner #1 and wear it until the pressure wears off, which takes about 10 days. You put in aligner #2 and so on until you have worked through the whole series.
Invisalign aligners can’t be seen once they are on your teeth, plus you take them out for eating and cleaning, which gets rid of a lot of the hassle associated with wearing braces. Come in and find out if Invisalign will work for you.
If you are heading towards tooth loss, you want to start thinking about how to replace those teeth now. Don’t kick back and think this is something that you can deal with this year, next year, sometime or never. Here’s why, at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we encourage our patients to get the ball rolling as soon as possible:
Tooth loss means bone loss
When you lose a tooth, the bone and gum in the area of the jaw it is gone from start to shrink back almost immediately. It can take as little as one year to lose as much as 25% of your jawbone size and density in the gap where your tooth was. If you are losing a lot of teeth, you are looking at a shrunken jaw and a pointy chin in the not-too-distant future. This bone loss is because there is no tooth root sending down vibrations from impacts with opposing teeth. These vibrations tell the bone your teeth are still in action. Without them, your jawbone dissolves itself.
What does this mean for replacement teeth?
Bone loss is an important factor to bear in mind when you are deciding what kind of replacement teeth to go for. Only dental implants in Windsor replace the roots of your teeth. Dentures and fixed bridges only replace the crowns. So, when considering which method of tooth replacement to go for, it’s very important to think about your jawbone and facial structure.
Another important factor is your ability to chew and bite. Dental implants in Windsor give you back your full chewing power. This is important because it’s often the more difficult to chew foods that contain the most nutrition. Think nuts, raw vegetables, fresh fruits, meats.
Keeping your restorations clean is also very important. Dentures require removal and overnight soaking. Dental implants just need your usual twice daily oral health routine.
Dental implants last for at least 15 years, and often for life. Dentures and fixed bridges need to be replaced every 3-10 years. When you factor in replacement costs, dental implants can often work out the same price.
Most people secretly wish never to hear from their dentist that they need braces. If the thought of having your teeth straightened with metal brackets and wires makes you cringe, you should do some research – modern braces are not impractical and unattractive.
At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we appreciate that many people view braces in Windsor as a way to improve the aesthetics of their smile. However, braces are much more than that. Crooked and misaligned teeth can create numerous oral health problems and for this reason they should not be ignored, no matter how old you are.
Straight teeth don’t attract as many problems
If you dread going to the dentist for cleaning your teeth because of your misaligned teeth, we hear you. Crooked and overcrowded teeth tend to accumulate more plaque than straight teeth and if this plaque is not removed by a dentist frequently, it can lead to cavities and gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing does not help misaligned teeth massively, since bacteria and food remains tend to hide into all the crevices created by your misshaped teeth. Ignoring your crooked teeth will only lead to more serious problems in the long run, therefore invest into braces in Windsor and keep your natural teeth for as long as you can.
Straight teeth can improve your quality of life
Braces in Windsor won’t only improve your oral health, they will also improve your quality of life. A lot of people with crooked, gapped, overcrowded and misaligned teeth experience problems with their speech and bite. This can lead to social embarrassment or an inability to eat and speak properly. Moreover, research has shown an interconnection between misaligned teeth and an increase in headaches, earaches and jaw pain.
Straight teeth can make you feel good about yourself again
If you can’t remember the last time you stood in front of a mirror and admired your teeth, maybe it’s time to consider braces in Windsor. Straight teeth can boost your self-confidence, improve your self-esteem and make you see life in a more positive way. Wouldn’t it be great not to hide your teeth every time you wish to smile?