Remember how your teeth used to gleam? How they really were pearly white, when you were young? Those were the days, eh? Now, they’re dull and a bit yellowy grey and nothing like how they used to be back in the day.
But that’s getting old for you, isn’t it? Nothing you can do about it, is there? Well, yes there is. Your teeth may have aged and the colour may be a bit dimmer as the enamel has thinned from years of brushing, but a lot of the discolouration is, in fact, removable.
Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, we wish more older people would get their teeth whitened, and not just leave it to the young, who hardly need it anyway.
Your teeth are that colour through decades of having a nice cup of tea and a sit down. They are stained from drinking coffee. They lost their gleam because red wine is also a terrible tooth stainer. Then there are all the rich, tomatoey sauces, maybe even certain medications. All of the above have dark pigments that get trapped in the pores of tooth enamel. Tooth brushing doesn’t get rid of them. Even the hygienist won’t be able to able to shift them entirely.
But teeth whitening treatments can because they work differently. These gels contain hydrogen peroxide, which when placed on discoloured teeth gently lifts traces of pigment out of the tooth enamel.
How it works
When you come to us for whitening, we will start by making sure that the staining is the kind that whitening treatments will work on. If they aren’t, we may suggest having veneers instead.
If they are, the next step is to make you some gel trays by taking impressions of your teeth. Then we can either treat you in the clinic, which takes around an hour using a fairly powerful gel, or we can give you a take-home kit.
This one you do yourself, wearing the gel-filled trays for a short period every day. The gel is less concentrated, so treatment takes a couple of weeks.
Whitening is not permanent, so you will need to top it up every now and then.
How many years have you been putting up with teeth that aren’t straight? Are you planning to do that for the rest of your life, or might you consider at least coming and having a consultation with us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire to find out what needs to be done to straighten your teeth?
If you grew up in the UK and made it through to adulthood without the dentist putting you forward for braces treatment on the National Health Service, chances are that your teeth are not that wildly out of alignment.
The best way to find out how severe your misalignment issues are is to come in to the clinic and get either our practice principal Utpalendu Bose, or our orthodontist Dr Emmett Hegarty take a look at your teeth. If your alignments really are severe, then you will probably need traditional metal braces to realign them. Metal braces are still the best way to correct severe issues. However, there are other devices that can be used to deal with mild to moderate alignment issues, and these tend to be far more discreet than metal braces.
One such device is Invisalign, which is a series of very thin, clear plastic aligners that look like mouth guards that you would put on at night to stop you grinding your teeth. However, Invisalign clear aligners have pressure points carefully built into them and when you put your aligners on over your teeth, the pressure points press on your teeth to get them to shift. You get a series of aligners and wear each one for 7-10 days and then move onto the next. It takes, on average, a year to realign the teeth with Invisalign. People love them because they are very hard to spot when they are in place, and also because they can take them out to eat food and to clean their teeth.
Not everyone can have Invisalign, so we also offer Incognito, which are just like metal braces except the brackets and wires are fitted to the tongue side of the teeth.
Come and find out what we can do to get you straighter teeth.
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.
Why might you need to have dental implants in Windsor? There are several reasons. It could be that you lost a tooth or two while playing sport: perhaps a face plant out on the BMX track, an elbow in the face during a rugby scrum or a well-timed punch in the boxing ring. You may have been unlucky enough to fall on a slippery pavement and crack off a tooth, or to have a genetic pre-disposition to thin tooth enamel. Perhaps you have diabetes or a heart condition. Or, maybe it’s just from the process of eating, drinking and ageing.
Whatever the reason, dental implants in Windsor are a highly functional way to replace lost teeth. While we may associate tooth loss with old age, as you can see from the list above, it can happen at any point in life, and any adult patient can be considered for treatment with dental implants in Windsor.
Why dental implants in Windsor?
So why opt for dental implants in Windsor over other forms of tooth replacement? Every treatment has its function and for some cases, replacing with a simple crown, bridge or denture is the way to go. However, it’s always worth considering implants because of the advantages they have over other methods.
Implants are the only way to replace the lost root of the tooth, as well as the crown. Most of us are concerned to replace the visible part of the tooth so we no longer have a gappy smile. But replacing the hidden part has benefits too. It means that full biting and chewing power is restored; something you don’t get from replacing the crown alone. So, no need to go onto a restrictive diet.
Implants also help to restore the jawbone. The bone loses density when the root goes, and the face begins to sag. Implants encourage new bone growth and help to maintain the structure of the face. No one wants their jawbone to start dissolving, especially if you’ve lost teeth while young.
Find out more
Call into Old Windsor Dental Practice today and talk to our implant dentist. Find out if dental implants in Windsor are the right solution for you.
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.
Dentistry seems to have a strong focus on lovely smiles created with great cosmetic dental treatments, but don’t forget that your lovely smile isn’t going to last if you have gum disease or tooth decay.
That’s why here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, we place as much emphasis on preventive and general dentistry as we do on cosmetic treatments. If preventive dentistry is the foundation of oral hygiene, then general dentistry is the backbone of dental care.
These are the treatments that have been around since forever. Maybe you won’t ever need them, but if you do, you can rest assured that here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, they will be of the same excellent quality as the rest of our treatments.
But what is general dentistry? Let’s take a look at some of the treatments now:
Emergency dental care is perhaps the main thing. You will need emergency dental care if you develop an awful toothache that won’t go away, or if you have an accident that damages your teeth or knocks them out. We will try to see you on the day you call. In the case of knocked out teeth, if you bring them along, we will try to put them back. In every case, our first priority will be to get rid of any pain, then to clean up the area so we can take a look at what’s going on. If we can, we will treat you on the spot. If not, or if there is more to do, we will agree a treatment plan with you.
Root canal therapy
If you have a tooth that is infected or diseased, we may be able to save it by removing the infected or diseased pulp from the tooth. This stops the infection spreading into your jawbone or into other teeth. It also means you can continue to use that tooth, and it’s always better to save a tooth than to replace it.
General dentistry also covers dealing with snoring and jaw joint disorders, as well as special care for pregnant women, extractions and oral surgery.
Dental hygiene is vital for your oral health. If you have good dental hygiene, you dramatically reduce your chances of tooth decay, gum disease and infections. Maintaining a healthy mouth is a discipline that involves a few minutes every day, plus some time each year at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire.
Your daily dental hygiene routine
A good routine is vital to the health of your teeth. You need to get a good soft-bristled brush; it’s up to you whether you use a manual brush or an electric one. Modern electric brushes time your brushing into 4 30-second sections to help you do the correct amount of brushing. Whichever kind of brush you choose, you need to brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day, using a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps mineralise your teeth against decay.
Don’t forget to also clean your tongue, either with a toothbrush or with a tongue scraper.
Have a good rinse and, once a day, finish off by flossing around each tooth. You need to use a sawing motion along the sides of the tooth and up under the edges of the gum. You are trying to remove plaque as well as any trapped food. Some people also use interdental brushes for this.
Some people also like to finish with a mouthwash.
Your twice-yearly visit to the hygienist
As diligent as you are with your routine, you will never be able to get rid of all the plaque. The hygienist does this for you using special tools designed to also remove plaque that has hardened into a chalk-like substance called tartar or calculus. After the hygienist has removed all the plaque and tartar, they will polish your teeth with a special paste. This acts to shine up the surfaces of the teeth so that plaque will find it harder to cling to them.
Your hygienist can also give you tips on brushing your teeth. The methods are different depending on what type of toothbrush you are using. You can also find out more about when to brush and what types of toothpaste are best for your teeth.
If you are looking for dental implants in Windsor, come and talk our implantologist at the Old Windsor Dental Practice. Ian Seddon is a highly experienced clinician who has been fitting dental implants for 25 years. Ian qualified as a general dentist back in the late 1980s, before deciding to focus on implant work. We are happy to have a dentist of his skill and knowledge taking take of our implant patients.
Because the thing is, with dental implants in Windsor, you want to make sure you’ve got someone in the know on your case. The procedure can be a complex and lengthy one, so always look for an implant dentist with a proven track record.
There are several stages to the treatment. First is the consultation. Here, Ian will check your suitability for receiving dental implants in Windsor, and take x-rays, scans and photographs of your teeth to build up a detailed picture of your jaw.
These investigations may reveal that you need additional work such as a bone graft to augment the jawbone, if it has lost density. Ian will talk you through what this involves, so you can make an informed decision about whether you want to go ahead with the implant or not.
If you do want to have dental implants in Windsor, then the preparation work is carried out. This could also mean having gum disease treated to make sure your mouth is in good health before implant surgery,
Then the implant is fitted in a minor surgical procedure under local anaesthetic. You may feel some discomfort, and if you are anxious, you can opt for sedation to help soothe your nerves. Afterwards you may feel a little drowsy, so do ask a friend to help you get home.
The implant healing process takes from a few weeks to a few months, depending on your health and lifestyle. You’ll need to be gentle with your new implant during this time, and Ian will give you a post-surgery plan to help you take good care of it.
Once the healing is complete, you can have your new replacement tooth fitted, restoring your smile to its full brilliance.
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.
If you are researching dental implants, you will soon start discovering benefit after benefit. Eventually, this will make you feel more confident about your choice of dental implants to replace your missing teeth.
And if you are still uncertain about dental implants in Windsor, we encourage you to get in touch with a dentist at The Old Windsor Dental Practice.
Did you know that dental implants are very durable?
Chances are that you have read somewhere that dental implants can last forever. Sadly, this claim is not true. While they might not be around for that long, dental implants in Windsor can certainly last for many decades with proper care and maintenance. And if you ask how this is possible, it is because they made of titanium, a metal that has the ability to fuse with bone tissue as one organic entity. Unless you neglect them completely, there is no reason for your dental implants in Windsor to fail anytime soon.
Caring for dental implants is not as complicated as you may think
We have already established that taking good care of your dental implants will keep them strong and healthy for longer. And taking good care for them is easy to accomplish since they don’t need special treatment. Simply brush and floss them daily along with the rest of your natural teeth, being careful to remove any food remains from around the implant areas. We also encourage our implant patients to visit our practice every so often for routine cleanings and maintenance. Keep up these good habits and your dental implants will last for a long time.
Dental implants will never damage your natural teeth
If you choose to replace your missing teeth with a bridge, you will soon find out that the only way for it to be stabilised is to rely on your healthy, natural teeth. Unfortunately, your dentist will need to remove some of the tissue from the teeth and this can cause their subsequent deterioration. Dental implants, on the other hand, do not need support from your teeth – instead, they rely on your jawbone for stability.