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Wondering if your child will need braces?

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.

Orthodontics in BerkshireAre 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.

Why we recommend getting your teeth straightened

Getting your teeth straightened may seem like self-indulgence, especially if your teeth are only mildly to moderately out of alignment. How can you justify the expense, even if you do have finance to spread the payments?

Or, how can you not? Getting your teeth straightened is, in fact, an investment in their longevity, and in your self-esteem.

Orthodontics in BerkshireLonger-lasting teeth

Teeth that are well lined up against each other are much easier to keep clean. Your toothbrush and floss are far more able to get between them and around the gumline to remove plaque, the enemy of oral health. You can reduce your chances of suffering from dental decay and gum disease, and increase the odds of you hanging onto your teeth, maybe even for your entire life.

If you don’t go down the route of orthodontics, you are more likely to get gum disease, which eventually leads to tooth loss. Orthodontics may seem like an expensive option now, but it is nothing compared to the expenses you can rack up with dentures, bridges and dental implants.

Better self-esteem

When you have a great smile, you use it all the time. You smile at strangers, at colleagues, at friends, everyone really. And they smile back. You find doors opening to you that you never even knew were there, and paths being smoothed for you. It’s how smiling works. You smile. People decide you are a warm, friendly type and that they want to get to know you and help you. And somehow you feel great about yourself, not just because of how you look, but because life seems to be giving you opportunities that weren’t there before. So you smile some more and all that smiling releases natural happy chemicals in your body, like serotonin. It’s an upward spiral.

Meet our orthodontist

Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, Dr Emmett Hegarty can help you get the smile you have always wanted. Dr Hegarty has trained in orthodontics and can deal with the most complex cases, as well as mild to moderate alignment issues. He will make sure you get the right braces for you, or your children.

Bringing smiles to life

Imagine a situation where you could smile and laugh without using your hand to cover your mouth. Imagine that it’s because you confronted the problems that your misaligned teeth were causing and you decided to seek treatment because you wanted a straight and gleaming smile to last you a long, long time. Stop imagining, because that sort of perfect smile doesn’t just have to exist in your head. At Old Windsor, we can take you through a range of teeth-straightening treatments that will give you the real, confident smile you thought you could only imagine.

Orthodontics in BerkshireHaving crowded or crooked teeth can not only cause damage to your confidence, but it also has the ability to sabotage your oral health. If you have cross-bite, it might be that the way in which eating causes discomfort. Having straighter teeth helps you to fill in the gaps, leaving little room for plaque to build up and create problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

Discreet and invisible treatments

In Berkshire, orthodontics is a branch of dentistry dedicated to the aligning and straightening of teeth. Its name may conjure up unwanted associations with treatments like traditional metal braces. This is not necessarily the case, and in offering discreet alternatives to metal tracks, we make subtle treatment possible.

Invisalign is just one of the several invisible teeth-straightening treatments we have available. As both a clear and flexible option, this treatment is made up of a series of clear aligners. As bespoke aligners, they are made to fit your teeth and to gradually move them to their desired positions over time. The clear aligners can be removed when you eat and drink, or when brushing your teeth.

Lingual braces are another invisible alternative to the traditional. They are wires fitted behind the teeth, making them truly invisible. The treatment can last up to two years, but results can be obvious within months. This makes lingual braces hidden in the entirety of treatment, meaning others will wonder how your teeth came to be so wonderfully straight!

By considering a teeth-straightening treatment, you have already made your way towards a happier and healthier future of confident grins!

Cosmetic? Not really

If you are looking for orthodontics on our website, you will find them under the tab for cosmetic dentistry. Somehow, braces have come to be seen as a cosmetic solution, but they are so much more than that.

Yes, orthodontics does give people beautiful straight teeth that create a lovely smile, but straight teeth are also healthier teeth, which is why orthodontics is available to some children on the NHS.

Orthodontics in BerkshireHowever, NHS orthodontic treatment is pretty underfunded, and so treatment is only given to kids with issues with their jaws not meeting properly, rather than simple misalignments.

It is this that has led to all other forms of realignment being considered as cosmetic. One or two crooked teeth at the front of your mouth probably aren’t going to give you jaw ache, or headaches, or any of the other things that can happen with an overbite, underbite or crossbite.

Misalignments and health

Mildly misaligned teeth are more prone to decay. This is because they create more crevices and crannies that are harder to brush and floss clean, and in which plaque can build up. Build-up can lead to decay and gum disease, both of which can lose you your teeth in the long run. Well aligned teeth are stronger too, because they support each other better, and the pressure from biting and chewing is evenly distributed. When one or two teeth are taking the brunt of the pressure, they can wear out and crumble away.

Then there’s looking good. We see this as cosmetic, but having a good smile plays an important role in mental and emotional wellbeing. When we love our smile, we use it all the time. When we don’t, we suppress it. Smiling releases serotonin, the happy chemical, in our bodies, and then we feel happier and smile more, feel happier, smile more, and so on. Smiling is our most important communication tool, and helps smooth our path through life’s interactions with friends, family, colleagues, and brief encounters with strangers. Without a good smile, we can end up isolated and depressed.

As you can see, orthodontics is not an indulgence, it is a health tool at the Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire. Come and use it!

Straighten your teeth with orthodontics in Berkshire

No smile is entirely flawless, but some people need help to get their teeth straightened in order to become as healthy as possible. At Old Windsor in Berkshire, we offer both traditional as well as innovative teeth straightening solutions for every member of your family.

While the majority of patients choose orthodontics to improve the appearance of their teeth and boost their confidence, there are medical reasons for straightening your teeth as well. Crowded and misaligned teeth can cause problems with biting and chewing food, and hinder your ability to clean your teeth properly. This can lead to tooth decay and loss.

Orthodontics in BerkshireOur experienced dentists will examine your teeth and bite carefully and determine which option is best for you. Whether you opt for traditional braces or Invisalign aligners, orthodontics will straighten your teeth, enhance your smile and restore your confidence in your appearance.


Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners to gradually move your teeth into their right position. Invisalign aligners are made for each patient individually with the aid of 3D technology that lets you go through every step of the treatment from the beginning to the end. Your dentist will provide you with a series of aligners to change them every two weeks until your teeth reach the desired position. Although the aligners can be removed to eat and clean your teeth, you have to commit wearing them at least 22 hours per day for optimal results.

Jaw aligning braces (Twin Block)

A Twin Block is a system of removable braces that can help align your jaw in just four months. These powerful braces work by taking advantage of the forces emitted from the chewing muscles and should be worn virtually all day for effective treatment. However, if your jaw gets tired, you can remove them for a bit and rest your mouth.

Traditional braces

Old-school, trusted metal braces are ideal for treating virtually any type of orthodontic issues. Modern braces have come a long way and they are now more lightweight and discreet than ever. Metal braces work by using a system of brackets and wires to gently move the teeth, helping to overcome common problems such as overcrowded, misaligned and gapped teeth.