There are things that all parents worry about with regard to the long-term health of their children. After all, we all only get one pair of eyes, ears, feet, arms and 2 sets of teeth. The second set have to last for decades and decades though, so having good, strong, straight teeth is important.
Are you wondering if your child is going to have teeth that last really well? And what can you do to support the longevity of their teeth? Well, at home it means setting a good example with oral hygiene, and having to stand over your kids at the bathroom basin twice a day, every day, for the first several years of their lives. Apart from that, one of the most important things you can do for your kids is check out whether they will need orthodontics, and if so, make sure they get them.
Orthodontics is the dental name for that area of dentistry that deals with correcting crooked teeth and misaligned bites. Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, Dr Emmett Hegarty is our orthodontist.
He offers orthodontic check-ups so that parents can find out if their child is going to need some kind of braces or other treatment to bring their teeth into alignment, and possibly also their jaws.
With digital x-rays and scans, it is now possible to see how adult teeth are going to come through before they actually do, and to plan for what lies ahead.
Orthodontic check-ups are carried out on children as young as 7, just as the adult teeth are about to come through. This means that, if necessary, treatment can start from around the age of 9, and teeth can be guided into place.
How long the treatment will take depends upon the complexity and severity of the issues. Mild misalignments may only take weeks or months. More complex or severe issues can take a couple of years.
While teeth can be straightened at any age, jaws that need remodelling to comfortably accommodate all the teeth need to be worked on before the bone sets hard at around age 18.
To find out more, please ring and ask about a consultation.
There are some things we want everyone to know about. Great achievements, such as passing your driving test, need to be celebrated far and wide. Most of us don’t like to go on about having driving lessons, in case we get a barrage of well-meaning advice that we really don’t need. It’s the same with getting teeth straightened. People look forward to celebrating when the braces come off, but while they are on, they want to keep their treatment to themselves.
Cue invisible braces, surely one of dentistry’s most popular research developments over the past couple of decades. Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, we have a couple of ways to get teeth straightened.
Imagine if you could put cling film over your teeth and make it fit perfectly. No one would ever know that you have something over your teeth. It’s like that with Invisalign clear aligners. They look like mouth guards, but the rigid, transparent plastic is ultra-thin, only 0.3mm. It hugs your teeth, and around the top of each aligner it also hugs your gumline.
Once your aligners are in place, no one can see them, except maybe your mum or your partner. Otherwise, you can sail through your day, conducting important business meetings with an air of authority, going to parties, and on hot dates, and none of the people you are with will be any the wiser that you are getting your teeth straightened.
It takes a year, on average, for these invisible braces to do their job. They don’t work on every issue though, which is why we also have…
Lingual braces are bracket and wire braces, which are better for complex or severe alignment issues. What makes these braces invisible is the fact that they are attached to the side of the teeth nearest the tongue, hence the name. Made by Incognito, the brackets are custom-made for each tooth and because treatments are often more complex, they can take a couple of years to complete.
If you’d like to find out more about invisible braces, why not come in for a consultation?
When you think about how prosthetic limbs have changed in the past couple of decades, let alone centuries, the advances medicine has made in replicating feet, hands, arms and legs is pretty impressive. It’s the same with replacing lost teeth. We have moved from the dental equivalent of the peg leg to something that works as well and looks just like the teeth you have lost. We call the latest generation of replacement teeth dental implants.
In Windsor, dental implants from us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice are proving to be nearly everyone’s first choice for replacement teeth. This is because they do such a good job of mimicking the teeth that have been lost; whether it’s just one tooth, several teeth or even all of your teeth that have to be replaced.
The reason for the effectiveness of dental implants is that they are the first time we have been able to replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown. It all started back in the 1950s, when a Swedish scientist stumbled on a material that could be put into the body and not be rejected as a foreign object. That material is titanium, which also happens to be lightweight, strong and non-corrosive. It is the ideal implant material and the body treats it like an old friend, growing new tissue all over the dental implants in Windsor once they have been inserted into your jawbone.
Windsor dental implants have several life benefits. They include:
Dental implants fuse with your jawbone and this gives such a firm anchor for the replacement crowns that go on top that you can eat whatever you like without having to worry about breakage or wobbling.
Jawbones deteriorate wherever they lose a tooth root, but dental implants stop this by acting in the same as natural roots and transmitting the vibrations that come from teeth impacting against each other. These vibrations tell the bone to keep renewing its cells, so it remains strong and dense.
A regular hygiene routine to diligently remove plaque is all you need to do.
To find out more, contact us and we can have an exploratory chat.
Braces. They’re for teenagers, right? Us grown-ups just have to put up with the wonky teeth that our parents couldn’t afford to get straightened when we were kids. Right? Well, no, wrong, actually.
You can be forgiven for believing that getting braces in Windsor stops when you’re out of school because we mostly see kids and young teenagers wearing them.
However, the physiological processes that take place during straightening are possible at any age. It’s just a case of putting enough sustained pressure on your teeth to get them to move. The thing about being a kid is the process happens faster. Also, changing the shape of the jaw is only possible in people under 18 because after that the jawbone sets hard.
But teeth can be moved at any age, which means you can have braces in Windsor when you’re 7, 17, 27 or even 70.
The first step is to come into The Old Windsor Dental Practice and ask about braces in Windsor. We have a great braces dentist here called Dr Emmett Hegarty. He will be able to take a good look at your misaligned teeth and suggest the best way to get them straightened.
Braces? What braces?
Your braces in Windsor don’t necessarily have to be metal ones either. If you have mild to moderate issues, you could be treated with clear or invisible braces. We use braces from Clear Smile and Invisalign. These don’t have brackets, wires and bands but look more like mouth guards. Inside they have pressure points to press on your teeth to get them to move.
But what about those of you who have more complex alignment issues to correct and also don’t want the metal train track look? Don’t worry, we have braces from Incognito that can cope with even the most complex or severe issues. No one can see them either, because we put them on the tongue-side of your teeth so they are completely hidden away.
Teeth need time to settle down after treatment, so you will need to wear a retainer for a while after your braces are no longer needed.
When you think about your teeth, you probably only think about the part that you chew with, the bit above the gum line that you can see. But below the gums are your tooth roots and they are every bit as important as your crowns if your teeth are going to function well.
Ask anyone who has lost a tooth to gum disease about the importance of tooth roots and they will describe to you how disheartening it was to experience their otherwise healthy teeth gradually coming loose in their sockets, diminishing their food choices as their teeth could no longer cope with so much chewing.
If you need to replace lost teeth, don’t just think about how you need to get great looking crowns, also think about replacing the roots so that you can chew properly again.
At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we recommend dental implants in Windsor for people who are losing their teeth. Dental implants are the only way there is to replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown.
How dental implants in Windsor work
Dental implants come in 3 parts. The actual implant replaces the root of the tooth. It is a tapered screw or post about 1cm long that we put into specially created channels in your jawbone. Once the implant is in place, the titanium from which it is made will set off a process of fusion with the bone, which will grow new tissue all over its surface. Depending on your individual healing speed, this takes 2-6 months to complete.
Once the integration process is over, we can attach your crowns. We do this by first putting in a connecting piece and then adding the crowns to that.
Dental implants are very versatile. We can put up to 3 crowns on a bridge onto one implant. They are also very long-lasting. If you take good care of your dental implants in Windsor, you can expect them to last for at least 15 years and probably even decades.
If you’d like to find out more about dental implants, the first step is to book a consultation.
Life is not always tidy, and neither is tooth loss. Teeth don’t fall out all together as a team. You may get one knocked out when you are young. If it’s at the front you probably get it replaced, but if it’s at the side, you probably leave it as no one can see it. But, then your neighbouring teeth start to come out of place, tip into the gap and one day another one comes loose and falls out.
Or perhaps, night time tooth grinding finally takes its toll on your teeth and two at the side come out and now you can’t chew on that side. Or maybe, your teeth are just not that strong and they are starting to fail one after the other.
However your teeth are falling out, rest assured that there is a way to replace them that will give you back what you have lost, with no added hassle. At The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Windsor, we can restore your mouth to its former glory with dental implants.
That may sound like a big promise, but 30 years of dental implants being available has shown that people really do get the full functionality of their mouths back with this treatment.
Why dental implants are so great
The most important difference between dental implants and dentures or fixed bridges is how they are fixed into the mouth. Dental implants are replacement roots that go into the jawbone. Neither of the other 2 methods replaces the root of the tooth as well as the crown.
The dental implant is the replacement root. It is a titanium screw or post that we fit into a channel that we make in your jawbone.
Once it is in, it will take several weeks for the bone to grow new bone cells and blood vessels all over the surface of the implant. Once this process, known as osseointegration, is complete, the implant is as firmly anchored as a natural tooth is. You will be able to bite into your food just as if you had your own teeth. Nothing will be off the menu.
To find out more, please call and make an appointment for a consultation.
As your teeth face the final curtain, the question you need to ask yourself is how to replace them. The choice has never been so wide and it can be hard to decide.
However, at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, if you decide to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you will be joining many other satisfied patients who have taken the plunge with this latest generation of tooth replacement.
Most people opt for dental implants first because they do such a good job of mimicking the teeth they have just lost.
Dental implants are the only way to replace the root of the teeth, not just the crowns. And you need your tooth roots if you are going to maintain a strong, healthy jawbone.
The reason for tooth roots
Tooth roots play a vital role in jaw health because they transmit signals that tell the jawbone cells to keep renewing themselves. Each time the upper and lower teeth meet together, the vibrations that go down the tooth root into the surrounding bone tell it that the teeth are still in action. When one, or both teeth that meet together are lost, those vibrations cease and the jawbone interprets this as meaning that the teeth are no longer in action.
It starts to dissolve itself and very quickly loses size and density. If there are no teeth at all, the jawbone becomes very thin, the chin takes on a pointy look and the face eventually droops inwards on itself.
Having dental implants to replace those lost tooth roots helps the jawbone remain strong and full. And that in turn allows you to continue looking youthful.
You don’t have to replace every lost tooth with a dental implant. One implant can hold up to 3 teeth on a bridge. We also have ways to replace an entire arch of lost teeth with just 4-6 implants.
And, once you have completed the implant treatment, which can take a few months, you will be able to eat whatever you like again. No one will know these teeth, which are so firmly anchored into your jawbone, are not your own. In fact, you may even forget too.
Do braces seem like they’d be hard to maintain or that they’d be uncomfortable? Braces have changed a lot over the last two decades and offer greater comfort. If you think you might need braces in Windsor, our clinic can help. Old Windsor Dental is a modern practice with competent and experienced dentists who provide braces in Windsor to suit your teeth.
Types of braces
Braces are a long-term solution to help with closing gaps between teeth or to straighten out crooked or overlapping teeth.
Braces come in a few different forms, which include:
- fixed, metal braces, which are made up of brackets and wires and are much more lightweight and easier to wear than they used to be
- removable braces, such as Invisalign, are almost invisible to others and provide a comfortable way of solving an issue with teeth
- there are lingual braces, which are made of metal, but fit on the inside of teeth and cannot be seen at all
- ceramic braces are also made up of brackets and wires, but are instead tooth-coloured so that they’re a lot more subtle and less visible.
Braces for children
We can also provide braces in Windsor for children. Braces can be offered between from ages 10 up to 14. It can be nerve-wracking for young patients to get braces and we take great care to fit braces they’re comfortable with.
Looking after your teeth
You may imagine cleaning your teeth can be harder with a brace, but this depends on your teeth and the brace you choose. If you prefer braces with greater flexibility, an aligner you can take out easily to clean your teeth or eat may be a better option. It’s important to floss every day, as fixed braces mean it’s harder to reach certain areas of your teeth.
Issues with your braces?
Braces can sometimes become loose or damaged, which can happen from a hard piece of food, from getting knocked during sports or from tooth movement. If your brace gets damaged or you feel pain, contact our clinic immediately.
Want to know more?
Our team can tell you everything you need to know about getting braces in Windsor if you have more questions.
Taking good care of your dental implants is important for their long-term success and longevity. Dental implants are an oral health investment and need to be properly cared for in order to last for years to come.
At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we advise our patients to care for their dental implants in Windsor as they care for their natural teeth. Dental implants do not require special care, however, in some cases we may recommend special tools to ensure that all build-up is removed safely from in-between them. We also urge our patients to schedule frequent dental cleanings to ensure that diseases are not developed around their dental implants.
The risk of peri-implantitis
Just as gum disease affects the ligaments around your natural teeth, peri-implantitis affects the ligaments around your dental implants. The gum tissue around your dental implants is very sensitive and harmful bacteria can easily cause inflammation if you don’t take proper and thorough care of your teeth. Good oral hygiene is really important to reduce the risk of developing peri-implantitis.
Important steps to maintain your dental implants in Windsor
Visiting your dentist for check-ups and cleanings is just as important. You and your dentist will decide how often these visits should take place, but they should happen more often than twice a year. At these visits, your implants, teeth, and gums will be thoroughly checked your dentist, who will also look at the areas in your mouth you cannot reach at home. Your dentist will also use special tools to clean your dental implants thoroughly and remove plaque.
Taking care of your dental implants shouldn’t be complicated
Caring for your dental implants in Windsor is as simple as caring for your natural teeth – simply brush, floss and maintain regular appointments with your dentist. Healthy and well-cared-for dental implants in Windsor have the potential to last for many years.
Want to learn more about proper implant maintenance? If you are not certain about the location of your dental implants in your mouth, simply ask your dentist for a detailed guide. Meanwhile, pay extra attention to your oral care at home and don’t neglect your scheduled dental visits.
Braces are usually valued for their aesthetic teeth-straightening properties, but not many people know that they actually benefit our oral health at the same time. Health benefits are not particular to regular braces – they also apply to cosmetic braces as well.
At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, braces in Windsor help patients straighten their teeth, while protecting their oral health. For instance, we rarely link braces with tooth decay protection, but Invisalign does a great job at helping keep your teeth perfectly clean throughout your treatment.
Say goodbye to tooth decay
While it may be harder to brush and floss your teeth properly when you wear metal braces, this is not the case with Invisalign aligners. These aligners are completely removable, helping you to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
Teeth straightening can also prevent tooth decay. Crowded, crooked and misaligned teeth are difficult to brush and floss properly, especially in the areas which are hard to reach in the mouth. Straight teeth do not overlap nor create tight spaces, which are hard to clean. As a result, plaque and bacteria do not gather as quickly and your teeth tend to say cleaner for longer.
Braces do not encourage the growth and development of gum disease
Crowded and misaligned teeth can easily become a breeding ground for bacteria, which tend to hide in-between the teeth and gums. Even if you are brushing and flossing your teeth diligently, chances are that you cannot remove all these bacteria and plaque on your own. The problematic alignment and structural composition of crooked teeth allow these bacteria to multiply and they can gradually start affecting the gums. A straighter smile is always easier to keep clean and healthy for longer.
No more digestion problems
Having an aligned bite is also important for your digestion. Thoroughly chewing your food can be difficult with crowded and overlapping teeth. In short, if your teeth are not properly aligned, then you are probably not digesting your food properly. Braces in Windsor can align your bite, straighten your teeth and restore your oral function completely.
To learn more about the many benefits of braces in Windsor, contact us today.