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You could get Invisalign treatment in Berkshire

If you have been searching for a convenient way to straighten your teeth that fits around your lifestyle then we can help you at Old Windsor. Having straight teeth could not only improve your confidence but your oral hygiene too, as crooked teeth can sometimes result in plaque building up in areas that are difficult to reach, which can potentially cause tooth decay.

invisalign-berkshireHaving Invisalign in Berkshire could straighten your smile in as little as twelve months, depending on your individual circumstances and how much your teeth need to move. If you think that you could benefit from this teeth-straightening treatment then the first step you need to take is booking a consultation appointment with one of our dental practitioners. They will be able to fully explain the treatment to you and answer any questions that you have.

Have you been searching for a removable appliance?

A majority of braces are fixed appliances that attach to the surfaces of your teeth. Some people are put off getting treatment, because they do not like the idea of having an appliance permanently fixed in their mouth for a prolonged period of time. Getting Invisalign in Berkshire resolves this issue for you, as it provides you with an appliance that is completely removable.

Whilst the aligners are completely removable you need to make sure that you are still wearing them for at least twenty-two hours of the day. They need to be taken out for eating and it is recommended that you brush your teeth each time after having something to eat before putting your aligners back in, as this will help to avoid a build-up of plaque.

Aligners custom-made especially for you

If you have been wondering how we know what shape your aligners need to be if you get Invisalign in Berkshire the answer is simple. Using a 3D scanner your dental practitioner will capture 3D images of your teeth. This clever piece of technology will then take this image and produce a series of further images showing how your teeth will move at each stage of the treatment, as well as an image of the final result. These images will be sent off and your custom-made aligners will be created.

The aligners are completely clear and will be almost invisible when you are wearing them. Once they have arrived at our practice we will arrange for you to come in for an appointment where your dental practitioner will be able to ensure that they fit correctly and that you know how to both remove and take care of them.

After your treatment

Once your treatment is complete your dentist will provide you with a retainer to wear. This will look similar to your aligners, but after a few weeks of constant wear you will only be required to wear it at night. Some patients will need to wear their retainers at night for several months, whilst other people will need to wear them for years. It is important that you wear your retainer properly otherwise you risk your teeth returning to their original positions and you could need to have straightening treatment again.

Invisalign in Berkshire – not a secret anymore!

Perhaps you’ve never heard of Invisalign before, or perhaps you’ve spoken to numerous people without noticing their clear braces. If you’re still wondering what all the fuss is about, read on!

berkshire-invisalignInvisalign in Berkshire is a great way to finally rectify any minor dental problems you may have, while keeping it fairly discreet. Keep it a secret, or rave about it from the mountain tops, it’s your choice! In a nutshell, Invisalign braces are clear aligners that fit over your teeth. They’ve been made for you, and over time each aligner that you receive will slowly push your teeth into their correct place.

What can Invisalign in Berkshire braces fix?

This is a good question and one we often hear! Below are a number of ways that Invisalign can help you sort out your dental problems or challenges.

Simple overbites, gaps between teeth and overcrowding of teeth in the mouth are all fixable with Invisalign. These are the most common cases we see when it comes to why patients need Invisalign braces created. Our dental team will chat with you about what the best form of treatment is but, in many cases, clear Invisalign braces can be the best choice if you want a more discreet option.

Have a look at the Smile Gallery on our website, or read the reviews of past patients to see what conditions were worked on by our team and the outcomes. It’s also great to see the changes that happen when people make use of Invisalign in Berkshire.

How do I clean my teeth and my Invisalign braces?

It’s quite easy really. The beauty of your Invisalign braces is that you can remove them when you need to. Patients have removed them when eating, having a drink with friends, or when needing to clean them.

When they’re off, you can easily remove anything that may have been trapped in the clear braces. Rinse them with water, then pop them back into your mouth. One of our dental team will run you through what to expect and how to care for your Invisalign trays.

The comfort of Invisalign braces is not a secret either!

Made from clear plastic and created to fit over your teeth perfectly means that your experience of getting Invisalign in Berkshire will be nothing but simple. The clear plastic trays are created to gradually move your teeth into place; the most you’ll feel is a slight discomfort, but most patients don’t even notice.

If you’re in prolonged periods of discomfort, you can easily remove your clear aligners and give your mouth a break. This is the major difference compared to the metal braces that attach to the teeth and can’t be removed.

How long will I have to wear my Invisaligns?

When you arrive for your consultation at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, you’ll have a very good idea of how long the entire process will take to rectify and brighten your smile. Each aligner that you receive will work towards bringing your teeth into their correct place, and this will also give you a good timeline of when you can expect to finally flaunt your new smile!

Talk to us about this more during your consultation at our practice.

An investment in your future: Invisalign in Berkshire

The year is almost up, and like you, we can’t believe how time has flown. Where did 2019 go? But like you, we’re also looking forward to the festivities of the year-end, as well as the new year of 2020. With all of that in mind, now might be the best time to look ahead and get your dental work started for the new year! By getting your Invisalign in Berkshire, you are investing in your dental health and in your future. The following piece will run you through what you can expect when you visit us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice and what the process of getting Invisalign fitted is like.

invisalign-berkshireWhat can I expect when I get Invisalign in Berkshire?

You will have a consultation with us before we begin any dental work with you. You’ll know what to expect from the beginning and we always look forward to answering your questions. We are extremely proud of our team at The Old Windsor Dental Practice; each person you encounter with us will make sure you’re comfortable and up-to-speed with what’s going on. If you need some more insight before joining us then please take a moment to read a few patient reviews, or take a look at our Smile Gallery. You’ll see a number of patients who have had similar dental work done at our practice.

The Invisalign in Berkshire process goes as follows: a dental impression will be taken of your mouth. This impression is used to create unique aligners that fit your mouth and will be used to shift your teeth over time. The clear aligners are made in a laboratory and the best care is used when making each clear tray. You’ll be fitted with your Invisalign braces and this is the best time to learn about how each tray should be looked after.

Once you leave our dental practice, you’re always welcome to pop in again if more questions come to mind, or if you’re having any challenges with your new dental work.

The hidden gem

One of the benefits of getting your Invisalign braces fitted at our dental practice is that they are almost invisible to the untrained eye. You can eat, drink and brush your teeth as you normally would because you’re able to remove the braces. This is a good option for students, parents, or older adults that prefer to keep their dental work private.

Your hidden dental work will only be known to you and your dental team – unless you decide to divulge your hidden gem to the world!

Will Invisalign be painful?

You will feel slight discomfort as the dental structures gently move your teeth into place over time.  Invisalign braces are removable, which means that you can take them out when you need to. The clear dental structures are a great way to slowly and gently correct how your teeth fit into your mouth. If you feel any pain at any point, contact us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice to discuss what can be done for you.

Keeping your braces to yourself

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.

Invisible Braces in BerkshireCue 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.

Clear aligners

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

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?

Teeth straightening by stealth

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.

Invisalign in BerkshireYou 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.

Invisalign makes straightening effortless

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 in BerkshireEasy eating

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.

Invisible?

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?

How about the gift of straight teeth for next year?

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?

Invisalign in BerkshireWhy 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.

Confronting your crooked teeth

When confronted with the annoyance of crooked or misaligned teeth, sometimes the thought of wearing unsightly metal braces is even more unappealing. If you feel like you have lost the confidence to laugh and smile in public, you don’t have to let it carry on by ignoring the solutions. Having wonky teeth can have a negative impact on both your self-esteem and oral health. By going on without treatment, there is a chance that complications such as tooth decay and gum disease can occur.

Invisible Braces in BerkshireIf you are seeking teeth-straightening treatments that are a discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional metal tracks, then it might be worth considering invisible braces in Berkshire. These invisible braces can be just as effective, and in some cases, take less time than traditional braces.

Tackling the traditional tracks

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, one of the discreet teeth-straightening treatments we offer is Invisalign. This is a treatment which involves a series of clear aligners that are custom made to shift your teeth to their desired positions over time. In using 3D advanced technology, we are able to project the images of your future teeth so that you can see your perfect smile before treatment begins. These aligners serve as a flexible alternative to fixed braces and they are ideal for adults who wish to be subtle about their treatment. Invisalign is convenient, as you can remove the aligner before you eat, drink or brush your teeth. For them to be effective, the aligners must be worn at all other times.

Just when you think that one invisible alternative to traditional braces was enough, there is another flexible treatment ready and waiting to give you your desired smile. Lingual braces are wires that arc around the backs of the teeth, so they are actually unseen by anyone during your treatment. They work to straighten your teeth over time, meaning you can be confident in your journey towards your straight and happy grin.

Although treatment can cause a little discomfort, it will only be temporary. You can find comfort in knowing that you are on your way to showing a smile you aren’t afraid of, one that restores your self-esteem.

The secrets behind discreet teeth straightening

If watch TV, it won’t have escaped your notice how many people have beautifully straight white teeth these days, and it’s not just the professionals. Yet, if you look at people rushing about their daily business, not so many seem to be sporting braces on their teeth. What is happening? How is everyone getting straighter teeth and yet not wearing braces? Are they having it done magically? Almost. It’s Invisalign, one of the first commercial products to come out of 3D printing.

In Berkshire, Invisalign is available from us at Old Windsor Dental Practice.

Invisalign in BerkshireThe name says it all

The brand name Invisalign sums up what this treatment is all about — invisible alignment. Rather than the traditional fixed bracket and wire braces that pull teeth into alignment, Invisalign’s inventor decided to use mouth guard-like aligners that deliberately don’t quite fit right to push the teeth into their correct positions.

Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation to see if this system can correct your alignment issues. If it can, we use a hand-held digital scanner to take detailed measurements of your teeth and jaws. These go into a programme that then makes a little animation to show how your teeth need to move to be brought into alignment.

You can actually see how your smile will look at the end of treatment, which is a great incentive. If you decide to go ahead with treatment, we send all the information off to the Invisalign laboratory in the US, where your series of aligners are 3D printed. Each one is a step along an incremental journey to alignment, and you need to wear it for about 7–10 days before moving onto the next one.

At 0.3 millimetres thick, these clear plastic straighteners are so thin that, once they are snapped on over the teeth, they are almost impossible to spot. Plus, as they can be removed for eating and teeth cleaning, you get to carry on with life as normal throughout treatment.

You do need to be disciplined about wearing your aligners for at least 20 hours a day if they are to do their job effectively.

Four advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces

Having crooked teeth comes with lots of problems. Having straighter teeth doesn’t just make your smile look better, but it’s easier to clean your teeth when they are straight, as there are fewer places that plaque can hide away. Straight teeth tend to last longer.

Here at Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, Invisalign treatment is being recommended to straighten adult patients’ teeth. In the past, if you wanted to straighten your teeth, the only option viable option would be traditional braces.

Traditional braces can get you great results, but there are downsides to this form of treatment.

Invisalign in BerkshireAppearance

In short: Invisalign looks better than traditional braces. Many people associate traditional braces with teenage years. Conspicuous metal wires and brackets often catch food and can get stuck. This simply doesn’t happen with Invisalign treatments.

When the patient is using Invisalign treatment, it looks as though they aren’t undergoing any treatment at all.

Comfort

When a patient chooses fixed braces, they can’t be removed without a professional’s help. At times, they can become uncomfortable.

When the dentist adjusts the patient’s braces by tightening the wires on the braces, the patient can experience pain. This is sometimes such that painkillers need to be prescribed.

Invisalign doesn’t have this problem as the aligners can be removed by the user whenever they choose.

This makes meal times much easier and more comfortable for the user.

Also, traditional braces are made from materials that can damage the gums, tongue and cheeks of the patient. This can be painful and uncomfortable for the patient. Clear aligners are made of smooth plastic that is much more comfortable to wear.

Cleaning

Because traditional braces cover most of the tooth, it can be much more difficult to keep them clean, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign trays can be removed when it comes to cleaning.

Treatment time

Traditional braces, on average, take between 18 months and three years to straighten your teeth. Invisalign takes between 12 and 18 months. Invisalign’s treatment is also fully planned beforehand, so you know exactly what to expect when the treatment is complete.