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.
Our 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.
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.
When it comes to teeth straightening, some adults can be very self-conscious about the decision to undergo treatment, and can be worried that they are starting too late or that their smile will look unattractive and unprofessional.
Luckily, modern dentistry has come a long way and teeth straightening for adults has expanded significantly. You can now take advantage of many discreet teeth straightening treatments that will help you align your teeth and correct your bite without anyone noticing. At Old Windsor in Berkshire, we offer Invisalign invisible braces to make you feel confident about your smile, even during treatment.
Tell me more about Invisalign
Invisalign consists of clear, removable, custom-made, plastic aligners. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign uses a series of these aligners to help move your teeth. With the aid of a 3D animation, you will be able to see each step of the treatment.
Invisalign aligners should be taken out for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing, but should be worn least 22 hours per day for effective treatment. Treatment with Invisalign does not require frequent visits to the dentist. You will only need to visit your dentist every six weeks or so to check that your teeth are getting straightened as planned. Your aligners should be replaced with the next one in the series every two weeks on average. The overall course of treatment rarely exceeds 24 months, though most people have their teeth straightened within a year.
Advantages of Invisalign invisible braces
Invisalign aligners are transparent, therefore, most people won’t even notice them. Perhaps more importantly, they are removable, so you can still enjoy your favourite foods and clean your teeth as you would do normally. Finally, Invisalign aligners are very comfortable since they are made of smooth plastic that doesn’t cause any irritation to your teeth and gums.
Am I eligible for Invisalign?
Invisalign appeals to many patients since it works very well to treat mild teeth straightening cases. If you are an adult and you have the discipline to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day, then you are probably a good candidate for Invisalign.
Teeth are an essential part of your body and can affect your bite, speech and eating choices. If you lose one or several teeth due to injury or decay, you need to replace them as soon as possible, because, without them you increase the chances of damaging or losing your remaining healthy teeth. Missing teeth can also cause tooth misalignment, jaw damage and chronic headaches, not to mention an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
At Old Windsor in Berkshire, we recommend dental implants and implant-supported restorations for permanent and long-lasting results. Since dental implants fuse into your jawbone, they act just like your natural teeth, safeguarding and preserving your bone structure, oral health and appearance. During your consultation appointment, you will be provided with all the options available in order to make the most informed tooth replacement decision possible.
Understanding dental implants
Dental implants are the closest possible alternative to actual tooth replacement. These small, titanium posts are surgically fixed into the jawbone and act as replacement roots for your missing teeth. Once healed, they are mounted with replacement teeth in the form of crowns, dentures or bridges.
For most patients, dental implant placement is completed in two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. After they have fused to the bone, the second phase begins. Your dentist will uncover the implants and attach the replacement teeth. The entire procedure usually takes two to eight months but in some cases, patients can have dental implants from root to crown within a day.
Benefits of dental implants
Because dental implants feel and look just like natural teeth, they are very beneficial for your self-esteem. However, beyond appearance, dental implants fully restore your ability to eat, speak and chew without having to worry about loose dentures. Dental implants also benefit general oral health since they do not have to be attached to other teeth, like conventional bridges.
Visit our dentist for dental implants
The first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists, who will be able to evaluate whether dental implants are right for you. Please contact our office by phone or visit our website for more information on dental implants in Berkshire.
Tooth replacement has never been easier, thanks to advancements in modern dentistry. Whereas options for replacing missing teeth used to be very limited a few decades ago, nowadays, you can opt for dental implants for more natural, more comfortable and longer lasting results.
At Old Windsor in Berkshire, dental implants are a reliable and comfortable treatment for those who have lost a tooth or many due to decay, injury, gum disease or old age. Implants provide a permanent replacement option that looks and feels like natural teeth.
The problem with bone loss
One or more missing teeth, and their roots, accelerate the deterioration of the jawbone. Left untreated, bone loss can lead to the deterioration of your bone structure and recession of the jaw line. This way you face will appear sunken and prematurely aged.
Missing teeth also increase your risk of developing gum disease, misalignment, or additional tooth or gum loss.
Dental implants and bone loss
Made of strong titanium or zirconium, dental implants are fused surgically to the jawbone. Dental implants replace the tooth root by supporting artificial teeth, such as dentures, bridges or crowns. Unlike conventional bridges, no healthy teeth are damaged with implants. Implant-retained replacement teeth are natural-looking, stable, and comfortable for almost any patient.
Dental implant offers a stronger oral foundation for replacement teeth because they are embedded into the jawbone. Because they are made of titanium, a material which is very compatible with the human body, they fuse into the jawbone and prevent the bone tissue from deteriorating.
Our practice uses the latest materials and implant techniques to ensure natural-looking and highly durable results. With proper daily oral hygiene, your dental implants could last a lifetime.
Am I a good candidate?
Dental implants offer an excellent, long-lasting way to replace your missing tooth, but they aren’t appropriate for everyone. In order to be a suitable candidate, you must have good overall health to be able to undergo surgery as well as optimal dental health and enough strong bone tissue to ensure the success and longevity of the dental implants. In some cases, a patient with little bone tissue may be eligible for bone grafting, a dental procedure that helps support the existing bone tissue and promote the growth of new tissue.
At our dental practice, we have a patient-centred philosophy. By ensuring that the individual is at the heart of all our practices, we can create a welcoming, relaxed environment and make dental treatment easier. One of the ways in which we do this is to ensure you have plenty of options for working on any dental issue that you have. We give you plenty of information on your choices and help you to make the one that is right for you.
Having missing teeth or the threat of losing your teeth can be quite distressing. Your smile and its functions are a central part of life as well as your look. Fortunately, there are many excellent dental procedures that you can explore to either prevent loss or replace missing teeth in Berkshire at our clinic.
Why have teeth replaced?
We associate a full, bright smile with health and youth. If you have gaps or unhealthy teeth, this can affect your confidence. Any self-consciousness can have a knock-on effect, professionally and personally. Getting your teeth replaced can give you a new lease of life. The replacements are often stronger, easier to use and more aesthetically pleasing than the teeth they have replaced.
Another reason to replace teeth is for your general dental hygiene. Unhealthy teeth can affect those around them. Tooth sockets are also more prone to infection. A full set of teeth is easier to take care of.
Basic functions like eating and speaking rely on the teeth. In order to enjoy a full range of foods, it is best to have the fullest set you can manage. Speaking well and confidently relies on you feeling like you are clear and can be heard. If missing teeth are affecting either of these things, replacing them can restore some or all of your functionality.
What are your options?
There are a number of options depending on the current condition of your teeth, your budget and your priorities. Your dentist will assist you in weighing these things against what is possible and creating the best overall outcome.
Your options might include a crown or bridge if you have only one or a few damaged teeth. If you need complete restoration for some or all of your teeth then dentures or dental implants are solutions you could consider.
If you have missing teeth or you think you might want to have teeth replaced soon, then you need to explore your options. Regular check-ups at your dentist are the best way to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays intact. Your dentist can spot potential issues before they happen and they may be able to help.
If you want to tackle the problem of missing teeth in Berkshire at Old Windsor Dental Practice then please contact us. One of our team will do an examination of your mouth and explain your options in detail.
Bridges and crowns
If possible, you will be offered a crown for any significant decay or damage to your tooth. Crowns cover areas that are too big for fillings. First, the dentist will remove any decayed material before they take an impression of the area. This is used to craft a crown which is like a cover that sits on top of your tooth.
Bridges are used to replace more than one tooth at a time. Several teeth can be mounted on a bridge to achieve a natural look. They are usually supported on the remaining teeth but can also be held in place using dental implants.
Both bridges and crowns can be used like normal teeth for eating and other activities once they are fitted. All that is required to take care of them is a diligent dental hygiene routine.
Dentures can be used to replace all or some of your teeth. They are an excellent budget option. A full denture will usually replace an entire arch. They are crafted to fit the shape of your gums as snugly as possible.
A partial denture fills the gaps in your teeth. New teeth are mounted on a plate. This is fixed to your remaining teeth which then support the denture. This means that the teeth need to be relatively healthy.
Dental implants are a strong and highly functional solution. They are tiny metal cylinders or screws that are fitted into your jawbone. These act as anchors for prosthetic teeth in the form of a crown, bridge or dentures. They are the most expensive option detailed here but they are designed to last a lifetime if properly cared for. Many patients who have dental implants report that they feel just like normal teeth.
Everyone has heard about power washing your house, your car, or your driveway, but what about your teeth? Now that’s something to really smile about.
As we age our teeth darken and become yellow and dull in their colour. This can be difficult to avoid as our everyday habits such as eating, drinking will cause the teeth to darken over time. Power whitening is a simple treatment that will rapidly restore your teeth up to 12 shades brighter.
The most requested service in dentistry today is teeth whitening. Most people crave a whiter smile, as it can brighten your whole face. If you find that your smile is getting a bit dull maybe it’s time to give a reputable dentist such as Old Windsor in Berkshire a call to see what power whitening can do for you.
Power whitening is a technique that uses laser bleaching to whiten your teeth. First, any plaque and surface stains are removed from your teeth. Next,a protective barrier is placed on your gums and lips and a whitening gel is applied to your teeth. It works using a powerful laser that whitens your teeth in just one appointment, in one hour at the dentist.After the procedure take your dentist will show you your new tooth shade and measure how much lighter the teeth have gotten.
Does it hurt?
The method itself is non-invasive and painless. Results can be seen immediately after leaving the treatment centre. For those who may have sensitive teeth, there is no need for concern as the process is painless. Most importantly, the treatment is safe. There are no harsh chemical abrasives used and no risk of an allergic reaction. The procedure needs to be performed by trained and qualified professionals, such as those at Old Windsor in Berkshire, who are knowledgeable in the aesthetic field of teeth whitening.
How long does it last?
A combination of maintaining good dental care and routine regular visits to your dentist will ensure that your new smile could last up to two years. Future top up sessions or smile kits can also be purchased from your dentist to maintain the effects of your treatment.
A healthy, good-looking, natural smile is not just something for the lucky few, but something everyone can enjoy. Are you living your life with twisted or wonky teeth? Do you avoid a beaming smile on photos or shy away from the camera?
Well, it may seem like an impossible dream, but living your life with a straight smile is much more achievable than you might think. Advances in dentistry have meant everyone now has access to ways to straighten their teeth that will accommodate their lifestyle.
A fixed appliance is a dental appliance which can only be removed by a dentist. Dental appliances are used to move the teeth to correct situations in which the teeth are not aligned properly in the mouth.
A fixed dental appliance can sometimes be worn primarily for cosmetic reasons, to straighten teeth which look unsightly, or it may be important for medical reasons.
The classic example of a fixed appliance is metal braces, which consist of a set of brackets on the teeth connected with a wire known as an ‘arch wire’. Metal braces work by putting force on the teeth to pull them into line, and may be worn for between one to three years. There are other types of fixed appliances which can be used as well, including options using tooth-coloured wires, for a less obvious teeth straightening process.
Dental appliances are prescribed and installed by an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dental professional who specialises in correcting misaligned teeth. It is always a good idea to look thoroughly for a reputable orthodontist, such as those at Old Windsor in Berkshire.
If a subtler approach is required for straighter teeth, then Invisalign could be a good alternative option to traditional fixed appliances. Rather than employing wires and brackets, Invisalign uses aligners. These aligners push your teeth into their desired location.
Aligners are both clear and removable, as well as making it easier to keep a good level of oral hygiene. Invisalign is designed to tackle less serious teeth straightening needs, such as correcting the teeth seen when you smile, known as the ‘social six’.
When you are on the lookout for a new dentist, it is tempting to go for one that offers all sorts of cosmetic treatments, for the face as well as the teeth. However, the foundation of a beautiful smile is good general dentistry. In Berkshire, The Old Windsor Dental Practice offers a full range of treatments that form the basis of good oral health.
As well as routine check-ups and fillings, we offer emergency dental services for when you have chipped, broken or knocked out teeth, as well as severe toothache or infection, lost or broken crowns and facial swelling. When you come to us with an emergency, we will numb the pain and sterilise the affected area to prevent infection, before going on to make a thorough examination, which may include x-rays to ascertain the extent of the problem. Your damaged teeth will be restored, either temporarily or permanently, or, in severe cases, we will extract the tooth.
Root canal therapy
This treatment is for severely infected teeth, where the pulp of the tooth has become infected, such as with an abscess. It involves cleaning out the infected pulp from the roots of the tooth and then filling the roots before placing a protective and strengthening crown over the area. This treatment is done under local anaesthetic, and, because you will probably be in pain from the infection, we will be very careful to make sure the treatment is pain-free, and can also offer you sedation if you are still anxious.
Extractions and oral surgery
General dentistry sometimes also involves having a tooth removed. If you need to have a tooth extracted, either because it is an impacted wisdom tooth, or because it is severely infected and cannot be saved, we have the latest equipment, anaesthetics and, if necessary, sedation, to make the extraction as easy and pain-free as possible. If you do need to have an extraction, you may then need to go on to consider replacing the lost tooth with a dental implant, bridge or denture.
Ask us, we’d love to help
Whatever your needs for general dentistry in Berkshire, at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we are here to answer your questions. Our principal dentist Dr Utpalendu Bose is happy to answer your questions, so why not use our online form to find out more.
Dental hygiene is at the root of everything we do here at Old Windsor Dental in Berkshire.
We see this as the very foundation of preventive dentistry, because poor oral hygiene leads to the build-up of plaque. This sticky substance clings to the teeth and harbours bacteria. The bacteria, though harmless in themselves, feed on the sugars in our food and drink, and then excrete acids, which start to dissolve the enamel of the teeth only 20 minutes after eating or drinking.
Holes in the tooth enamel allow the inside of the tooth; the dentine and the pulp, to start to decay, and that can lead to infection, possible tooth abscesses, and then all sorts of dental work, such as tooth extraction and false teeth. This is why we are so keen that all our patients attend regular appointments for dental hygiene.
When you come to see our dental hygienist, Elaine Morgan, she will inspect your teeth thoroughly to see how much plaque needs to be removed, and if there any other risks that you need to be made aware of. Then, she will scale and polish your teeth. Once your teeth are clean and shiny again, you will be shown how best to brush, how to use floss and also how to use inter dental brushes.
Visits to the hygienist are especially important if you have crowns, bridges or dental implants, which require special care if you want them to last,to keep them clean and free of stuck food, which can greatly encourage the build-up of plaque.
Elaine has been working in dentistry since 1990, and has been working in dental hygiene in Berkshire at our practice since 2000. There isn’t much Elaine doesn’t know about dental hygiene, so please feel free to ask her anything you like. It is far better to ask what may seem like stupid questions than to lose a tooth to avoidable decay and infection.
We recommend patients to come in for appointments for dental hygiene twice a year. We are open all week and also on Saturdays, to make it easier for those in full-time work to book an appointment.