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I want straighter teeth

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.

invisalign-in-berkshireFixed appliances

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.

Invisalign

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’.

General dentistry – the foundation of a beautiful smile

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.

general-dentistry-in-BerkshireEmergency care

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.

Prevention is always better than cure

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.

dental-hygiene-in-BerkshireHoles 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.

Is there anything you can do to improve your smile?

If the answer is no, then that is fantastic and we look forward to seeing you at Old Windsor Dental for your regular check-ups. Remember that your dentist can often detect issues before they happen saving you needing something like dental implants in Berkshire in the future. This means that keeping up with your regular appointments is important even if you look and feel fabulous.

However, if you were immediately able to come up with an answer then it may be that you need a consultation with one of our friendly and welcoming team as soon as possible. It does not commit you to anything and allows you to explore your options with a skilled practitioner.

dental-implants-in-BerkshireWhat are some of the options I might get offered?

When you visit Old Windsor Dental, Berkshire, dental implants are one of a wide range of services you could be offered. We believe that having a strong range means that we can treat the broadest spectrum of needs.

A good starting point is knowing what you need but your dentist can help you figure this out if you are not sure at our clinic in Berkshire. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth so it may seem obvious if this is your issue. However, there may still be a number of different treatment paths you can go down.

For example, if your jawbone is in good health and can support your implants well then you may need fewer implants than you have missing teeth. This is because one dental implants site can support an array of teeth mounted on a bridge or denture.

If you do not have the required jawbone density in one place, your dentist may be able to site it in another. If there are no options then the next step would be to consider a bone graft from somewhere close by like your chin or, for larger restorations, from you hip bone. You can even consider external sources of bone if you prefer.

You can see already the number of options that just one part of a single procedure can present you with. When faced with this many options, we are here to help you narrow them down to the ones that are best for you in terms of treatment length, suitability for your issue and even your budget.

Services that will restore and enhancements to your smile

At Old Windsor Dental, Berkshire, we offer clients a wide range of services to make their smile beautiful. Sometimes this involves restoration work such as putting back lost teeth. Other times, it might be an enhancement that you have always been meaning to make such as straightening. You may even choose to have a combination of treatments. Let’s look at two of the solutions we offer in more detail.

dental-implants-in-BerkshireDental implants in Berkshire

Missing teeth can affect people in a number of different ways. Having some or even all of your teeth missing or on the verge of removal can mean that you have limited functionality and are unable to eat as you choose or smile with confidence. It can also have a negative impact on your standard of dental hygiene because tooth sockets are more easily infected than when the tooth is present.

Fortunately, dental implants in Berkshire can fix these issues and more. They are small screws that ae inserted into the jawbone. They are allowed to settle while the area heals around them. Once this healing process is completed then the dental implants are used as an anchor site for the fitting of crowns, bridges, full dentures or a partial denture.

If you are concerned about missing or loose teeth, dental implants in Berkshire could be what you need to set your mind at rest.

Invisalign in Berkshire

We offer several teeth straightening solutions at our clinic in Berkshire. Invisalign is an option that is popular with clients of all ages from teenagers to adults.

Invisalign are a set of clear aligners that gradually move the front teeth. The beauty of them is that as they are clear, they are almost invisible. This makes them very popular with our adult patients as they have very little effect on your social and professional interactions. Treatment time is also quicker than traditional metal braces and you will see an effect in around nine months.

Find out more

To discuss these and any of our other treatments options, drop in, give us a call or email to talk things through with one of our experienced and friendly team.

Invisalign in Berkshire: all you need to know

We all want perfect looking teeth, but for various reasons you may not feel comfortable with your smile. Crooked teeth can impact on your psychology, creating damaging and long-lasting effects. However, not many adults seek treatment for misaligned teeth, since as it turns out they are afraid or feel self-conscious about having metal braces.

Even though traditional braces can guarantee a beautiful smile, they can also offer irritation, pain, discomfort, limitations on your diet, high maintenance as well as an aesthetically unpleasant look. If you seek teeth straightening in Berkshire, Invisalign is the best alternative to traditional braces.

teeth-straightening-in-BerkshireInvisalign is discreet and comfortable

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign consists of clear plastic removable trays that gradually straighten the teeth without putting as much pressure on your mouth or being as noticeable. At the Old Windsor Dental practice in Berkshire, Invisalign aligners are shaped individually to fit your teeth perfectly and offer maximum comfort.

An increasing number of patients opt for Invisalign in Berkshire since traditional braces can be painful or difficult to maintain. Invisalign treatment does not include metal brackets or wires and does not require regular tightening as traditional braces do. However, bear in mind that although Invisalign can effectively correct a range of dental issues, it may not be the appropriate treatment for complex cases of misaligned or crooked teeth. Our dental team at Old Windsor Dental practice has experience working with Invisalign in Berkshire and will evaluate your specific case in order to determine the best treatment available.

Invisalign is safe for teenagers

Invisalign cannot be used as a treatment for children since it requires a set of fully grown teeth to ensure maximum effectiveness. However, it is safe and appropriate for teens who are self-conscious about metal braces. At Old Windsor Dental practice in Berkshire, Invisalign trays can be customised for teens who wish to improve their smile without the hassle of metal braces.

Living with Invisalign

While you may find that with other teeth straightening treatments, simple everyday activities can become troublesome; Invisalign aligners are easily removable for you to eat, brush and floss your teeth normally.

Achieve the perfect smile with Invisalign

Are you having self-esteem issues because you feel self-conscious about your teeth? Many people are concerned about the appearance of their smile and are worried that other people will notice their crooked teeth. If you wish to improve your smile but are not interested in getting metal braces, talk to us about Invisalign in Berkshire. At the Old Windsor Dental Practice, we believe it is never too late to improve your smile.

invisalign-in-BerkshireHow Invisalign works

Invisalign aligners offer a whole new way to straightening your teeth in the most discreet way possible. This is particularly true for those adults who missed out on teeth straightening when they were younger and wish to fix their smile without having to walk around with traditional metal braces. In Berkshire, Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, clear medical grade plastic that you wear over your teeth to gently adjust their position in your mouth. Invisalign aligner trays are produced in highly controlled, high-tech medical manufacturing facilities that employlaser technology to shape and carve out each custom tray with special care.

When your trays are ready, you will be given a series of aligners and instructions for their use and care. Typically, the aligners should be changed every two to three weeks followed by a visit to your dentist. At the Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, Invisalign treatment is supported by 3D animated computer technology that will follow your treatment at every stage.Each course of Invisalign treatment is personalised in order to reflect your individual needs and fit your teeth perfectly.

If you choose Invisalign in Berkshire, you will soon discover the minimal impact it will have on your everyday activities. The aligners can be removed easily, therefore you can eat, brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. If you are active in contact sports, Invisalign allows you to enjoy your time without having to worry about injuries. Finally, your bedtime routine can continue normally with the special addition of cleaning your aligners with the Invisalign cleaning kit or lukewarm water.

For further questions on Invisalign in Berkshire, contact the Old Windsor Dental Practice today.

A long term solution to missing teeth

Whether it is for one tooth or many teeth, everyone can feel the benefit of dental implants. At our clinic The Old Windsor Dental Practice, Berkshire, dental implants are one of the long term solutions we offer to the problem of missing teeth.

dental-implant-BerkshireDental implants are simply small screws that are put into the jaw bone to act as sites for prosthetic dentistry. You can have one fitted to fill a gap to restore your smile and increase your self-assurance. Alternatively, you can get many fitted as an alternative to removable dentures, bridges or crowns.

We work with you to achieve a natural look so that you can flash that smile with confidence!

Dental implants – the information you need

From the beginning, your dentist will make a plan to take you from start to finish based on what you need to reach the goal you desire. They will give you all the details you need and the merits and challenges of any procedure so that you can make an informed decision before proceeding.

After the procedure, you will come for regular check ups as part of our supportive aftercare. This will be alongside the care you will be giving your implants at home. All the normal dental care with a significant level of diligence will ensure that you get the most out of your dental implants.

It’s not just the inside of your mouth that can benefit. If you are worried about a change to your facial structure due to a loss of teeth or jaw bone, dental implants can help by waking the jaw up again! It can invigorate bone growth and blood vessels around the implant. This process helps to integrate them.

The Old Windsor Dental Practice, Berkshire – dental implants with us

We want the best for you oral care and to give you just the right treatment for you. We are fully insured and accredited and trusted by many of the top dental brands to carry their products.

At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, Berkshire, dental implants are just one of our range of offerings to solve dental issues simply, safely and quickly. Start with the first step and make an appointment with us today.

Freedom to eat, chew, bite and smile

At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we believe it is hard to overestimate the impact that good dentistry can have on your quality of life especially if you have been living with missing teeth or removable dental replacements for some time. We know how to offer you a great solution for your needs at our clinic in Berkshire. Dental implants are a brilliant route to returning you to something close to your former ability to eat, chew, bite and smile with confidence.

dental-implants-BerkshireTell me more about how dental implants work

It’s a relatively simple treatment and begins with having a chat with your dentist who will check the current structure of your mouth and jaw bone to assess your suitability and give advice on the length of time the treatment will take and the extent of the required work.

Even if there has already been some deterioration to the jaw bone, you can still be considered as a candidate for dental implants. Once fitted, they can actually help to stimulate bone growth around the implant and open up tiny blood vessels to service the area. This can help to prevent the start of or continued damage to the jaw and thereby arrest the development of a sunken appearance to the face.

The actual dental implants themselves are like posts fitted into the jaw which then become the site of attachment for items such as crowns or bridges.

Dental implants are designed for long term use and so you will need to care for them just like you would for your normal teeth. Good dental hygiene is essential for health, freshness and comfort. Your dentist can give you guidance both in person and to take away with you and can advise on what to use although no special equipment is required to take care of your dental implants.

The Old Windsor Dental Practice

We’re experienced and patient centred which makes us an excellent choice for dental implants. Berkshire is well served by our practice and we hope to see you there.

When it comes to getting your dental implants in Berkshire, we believe that at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we can both meet your expectations and exceed them.

General dentistry: when to call the emergency dentist

Dental emergencies can happen to anybody, at any time of the day or night. They can be both painful and frightening, and the most important thing to do is get in touch with an emergency dentist as soon as possible after the emergency occurs. Prompt intervention is key to successful treatment.

emergency-dental-careAttending regular general dentistry appointments for check-ups can help minimise your risk of experiencing an emergency situation, but at Old Windsor Dental Practice we know that even those of us with excellent dental health can experience unfortunate accidents. Therefore, we offer same day emergency dentist appointments to all patients.

The first priority at any emergency dental appointment will be to get you out of pain. Depending on the nature and severity of your emergency, it may be necessary to attend further follow-up appointments to fully complete your treatment. However, we always endeavour to get you out of pain at the first visit.

Below are some common dental emergencies, along with what your Old Windsor emergency dentist may do.

Unbearable toothache

Pain is our body’s way of telling us something isn’t right, and dental pain can be severe. It is often an indicator of infection or advanced decay.

Toothache should never be ignored – if it is bearable with the help of over-the-counter painkillers, you should book the next available appointment with your dentist. If it is unbearable, it is time to call the emergency dentist.

Your dentist will establish what is causing the pain. If it is caused by decay, your dentist may be able to remove this and fill the tooth at one appointment. If infection is the reason, you may require follow-up appointments for root canal treatment to fully cure the condition.

Knocked out tooth

Sometimes you can put a knocked out tooth back in the socket yourself – clean it with saliva if necessary and carefully try to put it back, then bite down on a clean paper towel and come to see the emergency dentist.

Never try to force the tooth back in, and never try to reinsert a child’s milk tooth. If your dentist can put your tooth back they will strap it to surrounding teeth for support, whilst if they can’t you will need follow-up appointments for tooth replacement options.