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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.
Did you know that the biggest growth in terms of dental treatments is in adults having their teeth straightened? Yes, braces in Windsor are as much for grown-ups as they are for children these days.
And because more and more adults want to have straight teeth, dental researchers have responded to this demand by coming up with braces in Windsor that reflect the needs of adults.
Children can get away with metal braces far more easily than adults can. They only have to go to school, where lots of other children will also be wearing braces. It’s much more unusual to see an adult wearing braces, and so, doing so is still associated with being a kid.
But adults want straight teeth too, and now they can have braces that aren’t made of metal and are also much smaller. Some of them are even pretty much impossible to see.
Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we love treating our adult patients with Invisalign.
Invisalign is about as far away as you can get from traditional metal fixed braces in Windsor. Instead of metal brackets and wires that are cemented onto the front of the teeth, Invisalign uses a series of very thin, transparent aligners that look like mouth guards. The plastic is so thin that you are hard put to spot anyone wearing Invisalign.
The aligners each have precision-placed ridges inside them. These press on the teeth to get them to move. Each aligner moves the teeth one tiny bit over a period of 7-10 days. This means that each aligner starts off by feeling a bit uncomfortable, but, as the teeth move, that discomfort fades. By the time it’s completely gone, it’s time to move onto the next aligner.
The aligners are not fixed in place. They come out for eating and cleaning, which takes a lot of the hassle out of getting your teeth straightened.
Invisalign treatment takes about a year on average.
Once your treatment is complete, you will need to wear a retainer for some time, to keep the teeth in place while the newly created bone settles down around them.
Give us a call to find out more.
In recent years, dental technology has rapidly evolved and patients have never had so many teeth-straightening options as they do now. If you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth, at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we can diagnose, treat and prevent oral irregularities with the use of braces in Windsor.
Why consider braces?
Braces can help correct issues that affect your day-to-day experience of eating and even sleeping through to your appearance and therefore your confidence. Issues such as overbites and underbites impact on how the jaw moves when eating, leading to issues in chewing and biting. Since the jaw is misaligned, it can the cause a protrusion of the lower or upper jaw, so that your appearance is adversely affected. In addition, this can also lead to sleeping issues as well as possible speech impediments. Braces can help by pulling the jaws into their proper position and correcting the issue.
Braces can also help if your teeth are crooked and do not line up with the teeth next to them. Rather than appearing parallel with each other, they may be twisted and point in different directions. In a similar manner, adult teeth can come in twisted at times. Again, braces can help straighten the teeth and get them to line up with each other.
Although crooked teeth may not have the same impact as overbites and underbites, it might be worth noting that crooked teeth are harder to clean and maintain, which can lead to poor oral hygiene and gum infections.
Choosing the right braces
If you often find it hard to smile because of the appearance of your teeth, you would benefit from seeing our dentist, who will help you explore your options.
At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we offer a range of braces in Windsor. Full traditional braces work incredibly well to improve many dental issues. If you’re looking for a more discreet option, however, we also offer tooth-coloured alternatives. We also offer Invisalign, an innovative teeth-straightening method that employs a series of transparent, removable, plastic aligners to help move your teeth into their correct position. They are almost invisible, if well maintained, and they can be removed for the odd special occasion.
Do you have a problem with your bite? Do your upper and lower teeth arches fit together neatly, or are they out of alignment? Do you have crooked, crowded or gapped teeth?
Here at the Old Windsor Dental Practice, we offer braces in Windsor to patients with these sorts of conditions. We have a range of options available, but in this article, we are going to look at using fixed metal braces in Windsor to correct the bite.
These traditional-style braces don’t have a great reputation because of the way they look when in place on the teeth. Especially as you can now get discreet and clear braces in Windsor. However, for certain conditions they are still the best way to go. And the good news is that because of advances in dental technology, these fixed braces are smaller and more comfortable than those of old.
How do fixed metal braces in Windsorwork?
They use a series of brackets and wires to pull the teeth into position over time. One bracket is bonded to each tooth, so as it moves, so does the tooth. A wire is threaded through the brackets and pulls them along until the teeth reach the desired position.
How does the treatment work?
First of all, we will assess you to see which type of brace is suitable for you. To do this, our braces in Windsor dentist, Dr Emmett Hegarty, will take impressions, x-rays and photographs of your mouth, teeth and jaws.
The brackets are then bonded to each tooth and the wire strung through them. Emmett will advise you on how to take good care of your brace and how to maintain good oral hygiene throughout the treatment. You will also come in for regular checks and adjustments as treatment progresses.
After the braces work is complete, you’ll need to wear a retainer to hold the teeth in their new positions.
It can take up to 2 years for treatment with braces in Windsor to complete, but the effects last a lifetime. Straighter teeth not only look great but are also easier to clean and keep free of decay-causing bacteria.
Depending on your outlook, wearing braces as an adult can be a positive or a negative experience. No matter why you need braces, you can now undergo teeth straightening and keep smiling with adult braces in Windsor.
Adult braces at The Old Windsor Dental Practice are discreet and versatile. Adult braces in Windsor are also easy to maintain and if you are unsure about how to take good care of them and protect them, our dentists can give you extra tips. And remember to schedule frequent appointments for cleanings and check-ups.
Be careful with the foods you eat
If you are having Invisalign braces, then you already know that you are not bound by any dietary restrictions. However, always make sure to remove your aligners every time you eat or drink anything than water. If you have fixed braces, your dentist may give you a list with things you can and can’t eat and it’s important to follow these guidelines in order to avoid expensive and painful damage to your brackets and wires. In general, stay away from sticky and hard foods and you will be safe. Also, it is advised to eat fewer sugary foods, whether you have braces or aligners, because you are more prone to cavities and tooth decay.
Protect your teeth when you are playing sports
If you are an athlete or have a job that puts your mouth at risk of getting hit, you may wish to consider a mouthpiece of other protection with the help of your dentist. Even if you wear Invisalign aligners, remember that they are not mouth protectors and they can get easily damaged if you get hit on the mouth. Your Windsor braces are strong but accidents happen.
Don’t try to fix things on your own
If you suspect that there is a problem with your braces or aligners, don’t try to fix it on your own because you will end up making things worse. Instead, contact your dentist and explain to them in detail what happened. They will be able to help you before your entire teeth straightening treatment is compromised.
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.
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.
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?
There are ways to improve your dental alignment with minimal fuss and a good deal of comfort. People seeking braces in Windsor will find many contemporary options here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice. We can provide you with highly effective and personalised treatments that enhance the appearance of your smile as well as the performance of your teeth.
Enhancing your alignment
Even small adjustments can have a major effect on your dental experience. You might want to adjust one or two teeth at the front of your mouth. Once you improve these teeth with braces in Windsor, you’ll have a visibly more appealing smile.
Alternatively, you might have a more complex set of adjustments to make. A crooked smile can make good oral hygiene difficult to maintain. When there are spaces in your mouth that your toothbrush has a hard time reaching, bacteria can build up. Thus, your risk of gum disease and tooth decay is increased. Braces in Windsor, therefore, might improve your dental cleanliness as well as your cosmetic appeal.
Adults who want to avoid the visual disruption associated with realignment work might benefit from Invisalign. This is a highly discreet and user-friendly treatment for people seeking braces in Windsor. It involves several stages.
First, we take detailed measurements of your mouth using 3D imaging software. A dental laboratory then produces, a series of aligners especially for you. These aligners are made of transparent plastic and fit comfortably over your teeth.
You wear a pair of the clear aligners for around 7-10 days, before swapping it for the next pair in the series, and so on until the end of treatment. The slightly different shape of each subsequent aligner puts gentle pressure on your teeth, until they are moved into improved alignments.
Invisalign allows you to eat meals and clean your teeth as your normally would, because it doesn’t require any attachments. You simply remove it from your mouth whenever you need to. Meanwhile, it maintains a low-key presence in your mouth because it’s entirely transparent. You won’t attract quizzical glances or intrusive questions while your treatment is ongoing.
Smiling and laughing are things that should feel great. A smile gives a sense of someone’s personality, and shows someone is most at ease. No one should feel anything but happy when they smile, but having misaligned teeth can make you feel self-conscious. So why not do something about it, and go for braces in Windsor.
Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we understand that there is nothing quite like the feeling of smiling with confidence when your teeth are looking their finest. That’s why we provide braces to boost your confidence, as well as improve your overall health.
Who is suitable for braces in Windsor?
Everyone is different, and so are their reasons for getting braces. Having braces can mean different things to different people. Maybe you have missed the boat on getting braces as a child, and now want to do something about your smile. Whatever your dental needs, we will speak to you and go through your options in detail so we can find a solution that fits your lifestyle and teeth.
Advanced technology means that you can have braces without having to feel self-conscious about your teeth. There is a multitude of options, such as clear, tooth coloured, nearly invisible, and removable appliances. If you have a busy life and don’t want the hassle of worrying about the look of braces during social and business events, people may not even realise your going through treatment.
As well as being cosmetic, straight teeth are easier to clean, which reduces risk of gum disease, improves people’s overall dental health and overall sense of well-being and day to day confidence.
What involved with braces in Windsor?
Firstly, we will take photos and x-rays of the teeth to determine the following treatment plans.
On the day of treatment, the brackets are bonded to the individual teeth and joined by wires that gently nudge them into the correct position. After treatment, the patient will have to wear retainers to stop the teeth from slipping back out of place.
We also offer Invisalign and fixed appliances. If you are thinking about going for braces in Windsor, book a consultation and we can see which option is most suited to you.