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How to smile with confidence

Smiling and laughing are things that should feel great. A smile gives a sense of someone’s personality, and shows someone is most at ease. No one should feel anything but happy when they smile, but having misaligned teeth can make you feel self-conscious. So why not do something about it, and go for braces in Windsor.

Braces in WindsorHere at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we understand that there is nothing quite like the feeling of smiling with confidence when your teeth are looking their finest.  That’s why we provide braces to boost your confidence, as well as improve your overall health.

Who is suitable for braces in Windsor?

Everyone is different, and so are their reasons for getting braces. Having braces can mean different things to different people. Maybe you have missed the boat on getting braces as a child, and now want to do something about your smile. Whatever your dental needs, we will speak to you and go through your options in detail so we can find a solution that fits your lifestyle and teeth.

Advanced technology means that you can have braces without having to feel self-conscious about your teeth. There is a multitude of options, such as clear, tooth coloured, nearly invisible, and removable appliances. If you have a busy life and don’t want the hassle of worrying about the look of braces during social and business events, people may not even realise your going through treatment.

As well as being cosmetic, straight teeth are easier to clean, which reduces risk of gum disease, improves people’s overall dental health and overall sense of well-being and day to day confidence.

What involved with braces in Windsor?

Firstly, we will take photos and x-rays of the teeth to determine the following treatment plans.

On the day of treatment, the brackets are bonded to the individual teeth and joined by wires that gently nudge them into the correct position. After treatment, the patient will have to wear retainers to stop the teeth from slipping back out of place.

We also offer Invisalign and fixed appliances. If you are thinking about going for braces in Windsor, book a consultation and we can see which option is most suited to you.

The time of roast dinners is coming

It’s that time of year again. Summer is on the way out and we are starting to think about Sunday roasts with all the trimmings. Crackling, roast potatoes and when it gets to Christmas, there’ll be nuts to tuck into too. Or will there? Can your replacement teeth cope with all that? Or will you have to make do with mash, stews and pass on the nuts altogether? Losing teeth doesn’t have to be this way; you can put everything back on the menu when you have dental implants to replace lost teeth with us at Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire.

Dental Implants in BerkshireDental implants are super-stable because they are embedded into the jawbone, where they fuse with the jawbone. Made of titanium, dental implants are highly biocompatible, and the body welcomes them, rather than rejecting them, by growing new bone cells and blood vessels all over them. It’s not quite the same biology as a tooth held in place in its socket by fibres, but it works just as well, unlike other methods of replacement, which are not as stable. Dentures can’t handle more than about a quarter of the pressure exerted by normal chewing, which is why so many denture wearers end up on a soft food diet and can’t remember the last time they were able to bite into an apple.

Dental implants also last a good long time. Their only enemy is gum disease, which, if left to advance, can attack the gums and then the bone holding the implants in place, so it’s important to be assiduous with dental care. Brush carefully twice a day for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Floss well, making sure to go under the gums to remove plaque. Use interdental brushes to remove trapped food. And it’s also very important to have regular deep cleans with the dental hygienist to remove all the plaque you can’t get at.

If you do all this, you will find that your dental implants could last for decades. You may find that you need to replace the porcelain crown part because they do wear out, but the posts should be fine. Some people have had theirs in place for 50 years now.

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.

Dental implants look great and aren’t that painful to get

Losing one or more teeth can be devastating. You may feel like you’ll never be able to eat, speak or smile normally again. The long-term implications for your oral health are pretty bad too. If you have lost one or more teeth, getting them replaced is a priority, not only because gaps look bad, but also because you need to prevent further problems occurring. Luckily, here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, dental implants in Windsor can save you from the embarrassment and health complications of missing teeth.

Dental Implants in WindsorWhy are dental implants in Windsor so good?

Dental implants in Windsor look like real teeth. They feel like real teeth. They function like real teeth. You can even maintain them just like your real teeth. A thorough brush and floss every day is what you need to do to keep them in good condition. People with dental implants often tell us that nobody notices that their teeth are not real. You may even forget that you’ve had the implants after a while because they are so realistic and natural-feeling. You’ll be able to talk normally, smile normally, eat normally. What more could you want from a tooth replacement? Some other tooth replacement options such as bridges or dentures simply cannot offer the same benefits as dental implants in Windsor.

What are dental implants exactly?

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. They are implanted into your jawbone. The titanium implant will be accepted by your body. Your bone and gums will heal around it. The implant has a part that sticks out above your gums. This is what we attach your tooth replacement to. Your replacement tooth is colour matched to your other teeth. It can be nice to have your teeth whitened before getting dental implants. This way your implants will be colour-matched to a brighter set of teeth.

Will getting dental implants be painful?

Of course, you will experience some pain with dental implants. However, the treatment is not nearly as bad as you may expect. Patients say it feels much like getting a big filling. Call us today to find out how we could help you with dental implants in Windsor.

Your options for straighter teeth in Windsor

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we offer a range of teeth straightening treatments. If you are looking for braces in Windsor, look no further.

ClearSmile Aligner

This is a transparent, removable tray that fits over your teeth. It works on the front 6-8 teeth, the ones that show most when we smile. Treatment takes 6-24 months to complete, depending on the severity of misalignment.

Braces in WindsorThe great benefit for adults is that the aligners are clear, and can’t be seen. They are also removable. This means they can be taken out for eating and cleaning, and there are no issues with food getting stuck in the brace.

Invisalign

The Invisalign system is also made from clear aligners. Unlike ClearSmile, it can be used to correct misalignments of the teeth across the whole set. Treatment takes 12-18 months, depending on the severity of the case.

The aligners trays are also removable and transparent. And, in common with ClearSmile, are custom-made using digital technology. For both treatments, our braces dentist will take impressions of your teeth using a handheld digital scanner. These measurements are then fed into a computer programme, and a 3D treatment plan is created. This has two benefits: it shows you what your teeth will look like at the end of treatment, and it gives the technicians pinpoint accurate measurements with which to create your bespoke braces.

Incognito

These are lingual braces, which means that they are fitted to the tongue side of the teeth. The great benefit of this is that they are completely hidden from view. They also can treat the whole range of teeth misalignment issues, rather than merely cosmetic issues, which is the case with many other types of adult braces in Windsor. Treatment can take up to two years.

Fixed metal braces

We also provide traditional bracket and wire braces in Windsor, because for certain issues, they are still the best tool for the job. Treatment can again take up to two years.

After all these procedures, a retainer will need to be worn to hold the teeth in their new positions.

Drop into our surgery today and find out more about how braces in Windsor can help you to a happier and healthier smile.

Dental implants in Windsor: not for pirates

Having a missing tooth can add a certain element of danger to your look. It can give off an edgy, piratey, ‘I’ve lived to tell a few tales’, kind of a vibe. All well and good if you want to appear a bit mysterious, but not so great for your health.

Dental Implants in WindsorYou may believe that having one missing tooth is no big deal, there’s another 31 in there, so what’s the problem? The difficulty is, the intelligence of the human body. It is a perfectly balanced bio-machine, where every small part makes a difference.

Take the humble tooth: once a tooth is lost, both root and crown, the body’s intelligence kicks into gear and adapts to the changing environment. ‘Ah’, it says to itself, ‘I’m not getting any taps on this part of the jaw anymore, obviously it’s not needed here. I’m going to resorb the bone and use the precious nutrients elsewhere.’ This is why the jawbone can lose 25% of its density after a tooth loss in first year alone. To stop this from happening, the tooth root needs to be replaced, as well as the crown. This is so the vibrations from opposite teeth tapping together can travel down the crown, into the root and to the jawbone. Then the body knows the tooth is still active and keeps rebuilding the jaw here.

There is only one form of tooth replacement that replaces tooth roots, and that’s dental implants. In Windsor, here at the Old Windsor Dental Practice, we’ve been fitting implants for years, and have seen the huge difference they’ve made to our patients’ health.

Apart from the bone density issue, having a missing tooth also affects the delicate balance of your bite. You will most likely unconsciously start to favour the side where you have all your teeth, leading to uneven wear, and possibly further tooth loss. You may also start to avoid nutritious, crunchy and chewy foods, such as apples and nuts. This dietary restriction can have an impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Dental implants in Windsor are the only tooth restoration that can offer the full chewing power of natural teeth.

Solving the mystery of bad breath

Do you know how big the breath freshener industry is? It’s huge. Billions of pounds are spent every year by people trying to cover up their bad breath. And that’s ok if it’s a matter of too much garlic on top of a few too many boutique gins (no gin if you’re driving, mind), but it’s never going to do anything but mask other problems.

Oral Health and Bad Breath in BerkshireIf you have bad breath and you can’t link it to something you ate, and you’re not a smoker, then maybe you need to get yourself along to us at Old Windsor Dental Practice and see if we can find out what is behind your problem.

Oral health and bad breath

Bad breath is most often caused by something not being quite right with your oral health routine. We can take a good look at your teeth and gums and see if you are harbouring a build-up of plaque and tartar, which can lead to bad breath. A good session with the dental hygienist could well clear up the problem and that is a good place to start.

Food traps

It’s a sad fact that as we get older, our gums can start to recede and we can develop little gaps between our teeth around the gumline. We will check your teeth to find out if you have any gaps that have developed between them where food is getting trapped and starting to putrefy. It could be that all you need is to start using interdental brushes to clean out between your teeth.

Infections

Sometimes bad breath is an indicator that something else is going on. Maybe you have developed tooth decay that has not yet progressed to being painful but is affecting the air that passes over the decaying tooth. You may also be host to an infection that you are not yet aware of.

Something else going on

Once we are sure all of the above are not the reason, we can start to look at other possible causes, such as infections in the throat, bronchi and lungs, as well as the sinuses.

What can you do about bad breath?

It’s awful when you know someone has bad breath. Do you tell them about it? Do you let them carry on regardless, knowing that people are keeping away from them? And what if you are that someone with bad breath and a colleague tells you about it? Chances are, you probably already know and have been gulping down the minty lozenges and squirting the fresh breath spray, and all to no avail.

Bad Breath in BerkshireIt’s a sign

What you need to do is take your bad breath to the dentist. Come to see us at Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire and we can do our best to help you find out what is wrong and hopefully then put it right. Certainly, we will be able to eliminate a few of the most obvious things that could be to blame. We know you won’t want to, but if you book an appointment to see us, it’s best to turn up without having brushed your teeth or tried to freshen your breath in any way. How your breath smells can give an indication of what the problem is.

Check the hygiene routine

Bad breath and oral health are closely linked so the first thing to do is look at your oral health routine. We will have a look around in your mouth to see if you have got any food trapped that is rotting away unbeknown to you. We can also look for decay and gum disease, both of which can give people bad breath.

We will check your hygiene routine is up to scratch and suggest ways to improve it. If none of this makes any difference, we can go on to look for other possible problems.

Illness and infection

Infections of the respiratory system, such as a lung infection or an infection in the sinuses can also cause bad breath, so we can check for those.

Is it something you ate?

We can also take a look at your diet. Maybe you are eating something, such as onions or garlic, that is affecting your breath. If you are a smoker, there’s a good chance it could be smoking that is causing your problems.

Straighter teeth with braces in Windsor

We would love to help you improve your smile and resolve those crooked teeth. Using braces in Windsor we offer effective, long-term solutions to straighten your teeth. Teeth straightening has advanced over many decades and nowadays treatment with braces is a lot faster and more comfortable than it used to be. If you have problems with the way your top and bottom teeth line up or otherwise misaligned teeth, we can help you achieve a more confident smile with braces in Windsor.

Braces in WindsorModern invisible braces

Here at Old Windsor Dental practice, we are proud to offer our patients Invisalign. This modern teeth straightening treatment is a great alternative to fixed braces. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays which are virtually invisible. Invisalign is popular with adults who prefer not to wear more obvious fixed brace options for months on end. The removable aligners are easy to use and maintain. They fit around your lifestyle effortlessly. Created using 3D computer imaging, Invisalign aligners fit over your teeth, moving and straightening them gradually. The average treatment time for this system, which can resolve mild to moderate alignment issues, is one year.

What are the life benefits of teeth straightening?

Oral health

Straighter teeth are healthier than crooked teeth. This is because straight teeth are easier to keep clean. Often people with alignment issues find that they have hard-to-reach areas between their teeth. These areas are prone to plaque build-up and that lays a path for tooth decay and gum disease to take hold. Having your teeth straightened ensures there will be fewer areas that are difficult to clean in your mouth, which means improved oral health.

Social aspects

It’s amazing what a difference feeling confident about your smile can have on your life and state of mind. People who have crooked teeth often hide their smile, in extreme cases it can make people become less sociable. Sometimes the subconscious effects of not liking your smile can be detrimental to your self-esteem. Having a smile you can feel confident about could make all the difference to your social and professional life.

So straighten your teeth with braces in Windsor and enjoy a healthier smile for years to come.

Replacing knocked out teeth

One of the hazards of being an active sportsperson is the face plant. These days, it’s even more likely, what with skateboarding, mountain biking, parkour and surfing. So many fun and exciting ways to lose your teeth, and how many people bother to wear a mouth guard while somersaulting over walls and sliding down large waves? Not enough.

Dental Implants in WindsorSo, what do you do when you come a cropper and your teeth crumble into pieces? Are you going to leave a big gap in your mouth where your front teeth used to be? Not likely. Do you fancy a removable denture or a fixed bridge at your tender age? The idea of having false teeth isn’t all that appealing for young people. Even less so is the idea of kissing someone with false teeth. Thankfully, at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we can get around the issues of romance with lost teeth by replacing yours with dental implants in Windsor.

No one will know they’re not your real teeth

The great thing about dental implants in Windsor is that they are fixed into the jawbone and once treatment is complete, no one will be able to tell that these are not your original, natural teeth. There are no give-away plates or tell-tale wobbles that are going to happen. Instead, the handmade porcelain crowns of your new teeth are attached onto the dental implants in Windsor, which are titanium posts that are inserted into your jawbone.

Advantages of dental implants in Windsor

Having dental implants means that:

  • You will have full chewing power;
  • You can continue to eat whatever you want;
  • Your teeth will never wobble around;
  • There’s nothing to get in the way of kissing;
  • You will have an easy-to-maintain cleaning routine;
  • Your jawbone will remain strong where you lost your teeth;
  • You can save money in the long run.

One dental implant can hold up to three teeth on a bridge, which is perfect for knocked out teeth. The dentist can get them made to look just like the rest of your teeth so no one will ever know they are not your real teeth.