A chance to smarten up your smile with braces Windsor

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Not everyone has what society would call a perfect smile, and those who do inevitably stand out from the majority. Whilst your smile is a part of who you are, you can help improve it with a healthy lifestyle and how you decide to take care of your teeth. We might not be born with a stunning smile, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Here at Old Windsor we offer to help you acquire that elusive smile. We can help straighten up your smile with braces at Windsor. For many, a beautiful smile is an asset. Having a beautiful smile can make a person feel good about themselves, and there are many steps that can be taken towards nurturing and acquiring a beautiful smile. Here at Old Windsor, we have several different dental procedures that could help.

Why braces?

In the long run, braces are one of the most effective ways of straightening teeth, and will help improve overall oral hygiene. Braces Windsor will help to align misaligned teeth. For an individual with misaligned teeth, braces are an option that are worth considering. They will help adjust teeth and help young patients develop the habit of taking care of their dental hygiene. Though youngsters might be reluctant to wear braces in the beginning, the benefits they will gain from them will be worth it. As well as this, the consequences that might arise if crooked teeth aren’t attended to can be detrimental to oral health.

There are different types of braces Windsor such as removable appliances, orthodontics and fixed appliances. These different types vary according to how they are fitted on and how they need to be maintained. They are all different, but all help to alter the position of the teeth.

What are removable appliances?

Removable appliances, as its name suggests, are easy to use. Its user-friendly nature makes it highly suitable for young people. As children may have problems in maintenance, this could be the most convenient option for straightening teeth. This option allows them to better manage their oral hygiene by taking care of their teeth and gums. Wearing removable appliances will on the long run protect their teeth from possible cavities, chips and other damages.

What are some benefits of removable appliances?

Removable appliances don’t take much effort to maintain on a regular basis. Youngsters can do it by themselves and require little or no supervision to maintain them. They will be able to do it with ease and little help from their parents, giving them a sense of independence and confidence in their own ability.

What are orthodontics?

Orthodontics focuses on straightening your teeth. This looks a bit cumbersome on the surface but as it uses wires and brackets to align the teeth. It involves inserting a bit of pressure to the teeth in order to adjust their position. The main focus of this treatment is to correct the bite, and this treatment can help prevent the decay of teeth and formation of cavities.

By doing what we can to correct and adjust teeth, we will be taking the necessary steps to improve your dental hygiene. Everyone can improve their smile to look better. It is a chance worth taking as the results will have many benefits.

What are dental implants and should I choose to have them?

At Old Windsor Dental, we are proud to maintain a high level of care and professionalism. This standard of care is extended to all of our consultations and treatment including the ever-popular treatment; Dental Implants in Windsor. What could lead you to dental implants and what will it involve for you? There’s no need to feel overwhelmed or nervous and here we will outline some reason

Dental implants, what are they?

Great question, you may have heard people mention them or even have friends or family that have them but do you know what they are? With our team at Old Windsor Dental, you don’t need to be the expert because we are. You will know you are in good hands with us following our consultation. We will talk you through the ins and outs of the whole process and make sure you know exactly what will happen next.  Whether you need a complex treatment or a single tooth implant we will design a treatment plan that suits you best. But to answer the question of what actually is a dental implant, in short, implants are anchors set in the jaw bone, assuming the jaw bone has the right density. Sometimes it is necessary to anchor instead into the cheekbone. A false replacement indistinguishable from the real thing is then screwed into these set anchor points in your mouth. The end result?  A restored smile and a more durable, long-lasting finish than standard dentures.

What life benefits come from dental implants?

Loose or missing teeth can drastically affect your jawline and facial structure, why? The tissues surrounding the jaw bone can actually begin to disappear as it is reabsorbed. What do dental implants do to resolve this for you? The implant itself actually promotes the bones to grow and fixes around the implant itself. This fascinating process prevents bone loss and promotes bone structure retention. Your face avoids the sunken look caused by missing teeth but not just that these dental implants allow you to eat, chew and bite the same way as normal. These natural-looking replacements can contribute to your wellbeing if you are missing teeth. The benefits of your dental implants in Windsor are looking really clear.

Something to think about?

Are you a smoker? Do you have good oral hygiene? Do you have any underlying medical issues whether oral or other? Some of these may be easier questions to answer than others but all are things worth considering when thinking about dental implants. Why is that the case? During your consultation with Old Windsor Dental, you will be made aware of all the steps involved in the treatment and follow up care of your Dental Implants in Windsor. One aspect we will want to consider with you is your suitability. We will assess you for gum disease, look at your medical history to see if you have type two diabetes and consider your options if you are a smoker. We want your treatment to be a success as much as you and addressing these areas before the implant is the best way of ensuring a great result.

What should be included in your oral healthcare routine?

Life is busy and things that shouldn’t be ignored often are. Sad to say this can sometimes extend into our oral healthcare routine. Yes you may be doing the bare minimum and brushing twice a day but our mouth is not quite that simple, unfortunately. We do however have an abundance of resources available so let’s look at some easy ways to introduce good habits to support your oral health in Berkshire.

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You are an individual and here at Old Windsor, we know that. You should come to us and discuss in depth what your specific oral health needs might be. We will help identify any underlying issues you may be facing or the things you would like to improve in. Having been involved in the industry for many years we are fully equipped with a wealth of knowledge when it comes to your oral health in Berkshire. There are some things that may affect your teeth and mouth that you didn’t even realise such as diabetes and certain cancer treatments. A quick google may not be enough to fully equip you with the knowledge you need to put together a plan. We are delighted to be able to help you with one of our consultations. That being said expert one to one advice is great but what can you do right now to kickstart your good oral care habits.

Get the basics right

Yes it may appear obvious but brush regularly, floss and rinse with antibacterial mouthwash.

We said we are busy and these can be overlooked, or not completed thoroughly. If we are too busy to brush properly then simply put we are too busy. We cannot neglect these foundations of good oral habits. By brushing regularly we mean a bare minimum of twice a day, really we should be brushing after any meal where possible. The longer food and drink can linger on our teeth the more of an impact it can have. Bacteria is the enemy and the buildup of plaque promotes this, brushing regularly resolves this problem in one of the simplest ways. Plaque is the enemy here, we want to kill it at all costs. Left unchecked it will convert plaque and bacteria into harmful acids that corrode and rot your teeth leading to even more complication down the line. Don’t let this scare you though because the solution is simple as we said, brush well and regularly.

While the options may seem baffling, choosing a good antibacterial mouthwash can help promote a very healthy mouth. A dentist will always be able to recommend one suitable for you personally.

Cut out that bad habit

It’s a trial for many to quit smoking, it’s an addiction that leads to a host of health issues but if you need just one more push to motivate you to quit, think about your oral healthcare! Tobacco products lead to complications such as oral cancer, gum disease, poor breath and yellowed teeth. Think about your health and kick this habit, your dentist will certainly thank you.

Don’t neglect visits to the dentist

Are you taking notice of potential signs of an issue in your mouth? Like we said when it comes to oral health in Berkshire, you may find yourself too busy to even notice. But stop and think for a moment. Is there blood after brushing your teeth? Are you uncomfortable or do you have gum pain throughout the day? Does your jaw ache when you wake up? Don’t ignore these signs, they may point to underlying health issues and require attention from your dentist. So come and see us at Old Windsor to attend to these symptoms quickly and effectively.

Fight bad breath; preventing gum disease?

Gum disease? You’d know if you had it surely? Well, many people suffer from gum disease and the effects of it without even knowing.  But don’t be scared, while it should be taken seriously, gum disease is a well-researched area of dentistry and a manageable condition for the majority. Symptoms of gum disease could be swollen or painful gums that may lead to bleeding, particularly noticeable when brushing your teeth. Well a little blood when we spit out the toothpaste is normal right? No this is one of the early signs of gum disease and cannot be ignored. The other thing that can be unpleasant to think about is bad breath. More than just a case of coffee breath it can actually be a sign that something is out of place in your mouth and needs addressing. So let’s look at what we can do here at Old Windsor to help you tackle gum disease and that bad breath in Berkshire.

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Most of us at some point in our life will be affected by gum disease and unfortunately therefore bad breath in Berkshire in one way or another, we at Old Windsor are very well aware of this. It boils down to that irritating, persistent nemesis of dentists, plaque! Plaque contains bacteria, when left unattended this sticks around in your mouth getting into all those hard to reach places around your teeth and gums. When left for longer then it should this bacteria leads to something more serious gum disease. Now we know the source of this enemy we can fight back. Let’s look at how.

Know the symptoms and know how to treat them

Our team can help you understand all the symptoms of gum disease but simply put it includes; swollen or painful gums, tender gums and as mentioned blood in our mouth after brushing or eating. You may hear these early stages referred to as gingivitis. Bad breath is often a symptom of gingivitis so eliminating the cause will of course eliminate the potentially embarrassing symptom.

Kill the enemy plaque?

Get strict with yourself and stick to an excellent oral healthcare routine. Brush well and regularly. This means a bare minimum of twice a day, ideally after meals to reduce the chance of building up plaque. Actively pay attention to the hard to reach places in your mouth when brushing and flossing, the back of your teeth, the tongue and any teeth that are set back slightly from the others. All these areas require particular attention. As we mentioned plaque is what promotes bacteria and bacteria leads to gum disease so a good quality antibacterial mouthwash will help you fight these symptoms including bad breath in Berkshire.

Can it get any worse?

Don’t ignore the symptoms, gingivitis when left untreated can lead to more serious conditions such as periodontitis. At this stage, the small symptoms become much more serious, including but not limited to; painful abscesses in your mouth, loose teeth and loss of bone density in your jaw and cheek. How important then if these symptoms persist that you contact our team here Old Windsor and book your consultation. We are as keen as you are to set you on the right path to better oral health.

See if dental implants in Windsor can make you smile

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Here at Old Windsor, we recognise that the past year’s turbulence has caused many people to seek out dental treatments to preserve their oral and general health. Having missing spaces in your mouth where you have lost a tooth does not only present aesthetic challenges to patients, but also leaves them subject to several health problems.

However, by seeking out dental implants Windsor from our expert team, it is entirely possible to restore both the aesthetics and functionality of your smile – and ensure that your teeth are fit and healthy.

Why seek out dental implants Windsor?

Many people who have lost teeth may be tempted to settle for more conventional treatments such as dental bridges or crowns. However, while these options may seem cheaper to begin with, they do not solve the issue of a lost tooth or teeth at a structural level.

Instead, they sit on the patient’s gum line and rely on their surrounding teeth for support. Over time, this can lead to the surrounding teeth shifting out of pace to fill the gap – which can cause rubbing and severe discomfort.

On the other hand, dental implants Windsor are surgically implanted within the patient’s jawbone, in a similar way to how natural teeth are embedded. This means that they are as fully functional, healthy, and durable as a natural tooth would be – allowing patients all the privileges of a set of full, healthy teeth, such as eating even the most challenging foods.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants have existed in their current form since the early 1950s, but evidence of rudimentary implants have been found dating back centuries.

The basis of modern implant success comes from titanium alloy within the socket, which is embedded surgically within the patient’s jawbone. Titanium alloy is the only metal that can naturally bond itself together with human bone tissue.

As such, it means that an anchor point can be made to attach a denture which will never shift, as it is merged with the patient’s jaw.

What does getting a dental implant involve?

Implants are not for everyone, as not all patients’ gums will be healthy enough to put up with the treatment. This is why the first stage of getting dental implants from us here at Old Windsor always involves consultation and examination to determine your eligibility.

Provided that you are eligible for implants, the actual treatment process is relatively simple. Firstly a small hole is made within the gap where the missing tooth or teeth used to be. Into this hole, a titanium alloy socket is placed before being closed and left to heal.

During this healing time, the titanium and bone tissue fuse together, and after this has happened, the socket can be used to hold a denture permanently.

Dental implants are often so comfortable and natural feeling once installed that patients are even prone to forgetting that the implant is there at all.

Anyone who has lost a tooth – however recently or long ago – should contact us here at Old Windsor and let us see what we can do to get your smile back together.

Let our braces in Windsor realign your smile’s potential

Taking positive steps

Here at Old Windsor, our dental practitioners are proud to see the levels of dental engagement and awareness steadily increasing across the board.


If the last year has taught us anything, it is the value of self-care and wellbeing. Our oral health ought to be treated with the same respect as all other aspects of health, and seeking out braces Windsor can be a great way of reducing the risk of periodontal disease and improving the visual aesthetics and appeal of your smile.

Why seek out braces Windsor?

Having teeth that are visibly out of shape or misaligned can severely impact a person’s self-esteem and cause them to continuously hide their smiles away, something which we are thoroughly concerned about here at Old Windsor.

In the past, those who required orthodontic treatments did not have that many options available to them other than conventional metal braces. These, while being practical, are not highly regarded for their impact on a patient’s appearance.

Nowadays, however, anyone looking for braces Windsor from us here at Old Windsor is spoilt for choice. We offer a range of orthodontic treatments, including cosmetic orthodontics, which are designed to have a minimal effect on how the patient looks and have become a massively popular option, particularly for younger patients.

What is Invisalign?

One very popular orthodontic treatment that we offer our patients here at Old Windsor is the Invisalign method. This is an alternative, cosmetic orthodontic treatment that does not use any attached brackets or wires as traditional braces would.

Instead, the Invisalign system purely uses a custom-made, plastic retainer to realign a patient’s teeth. Within each retainer’s interior, pressure points apply gentle force to the desired teeth over time and eventually push them together.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

As nothing is bonded to the patient’s teeth, the Invisalign method is commonly hailed as one of the most comfortable ways to correct minor misalignments.

Another great benefit to the Invisalign retainer system is that, as each retainer is constructed from thin, transparent plastic and because it is made to fit perfectly over the teeth, when the retainer is worn it becomes almost invisible.

This might explain why the Invisalign process has become one of the most popular orthodontic alignment methods across the world for teenagers and young adults.

How do I get cosmetic orthodontics?

If you feel that your smile could potentially benefit from Invisalign or any other form of cosmetic orthodontics, then make an appointment to speak with one of our experienced staff here at Old Windsor when you can.

By doing so, you can begin your path towards a healthier, straighter smile. Our expert orthodontists understand that no two smiles are identical, and as such, they adopt a uniquely individual approach to each new patient case they take on.

Taking action against crooked teeth can have a genuinely uplifting, positive impact on how you look and how you feel. Here at Old Windsor, we will go above and beyond to ensure that each patient who seeks orthodontic care from us achieves the smile they deserve, in the fastest time frame possible.

Could we help you take back control over your oral health in Berkshire?

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At Old Windsor, we have been committed to providing Berkshire’s community with the highest level of dental care possible since we opened our doors in 1981.

Throughout our years of service, we have faced many changes and challenges and have always strived to persevere and provide our patients with the level of dental care and consideration that they deserve.

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has, without a doubt, changed the face of life as we know it. Part of this change, we’ve noticed here at Old Windsor, is that sometimes patients have become lax in their oral health routines or brushing habits.

At Old Windsor, we firmly believe that educating and informing patients of all ages about the benefits of looking after their oral health Berkshire is key to helping our patients retain healthy smiles.

Anyone who feels that their oral health Berkshire has suffered due to the ongoing lockdown restrictions should contact us here at Old Windsor immediately, and let us get you back on the path towards a healthy smile.

What is a hygienist?

Those who are looking to improve their oral health Berkshire typically call upon the aid of our expert dental hygienist.

Rather than work responsively (i.e., dealing with problems after they have arisen), a dental hygienist focuses their services around preventive dentistry.

This also covers something as simple as offering tips and advice about brushing techniques, (as at Old Windsor, we believe you are never too old to learn new tricks) as well as more advanced services such as a ‘scale and polish’.

What is a scale and polish?

A scale and polish procedure is one of the best ways to restore oral health. It is a specifically designed two-stage cleaning process that aims to leave the patient’s teeth fresh and healthy and eliminate any build-ups of plaque or tartar.

Typically a scale and polish procedure from us here at Old Windsor goes as follows.

  1. An expert hygienist will assess your teeth and gum health through an examination. This will help identify if any signs of gum disease are evident and how much further treatment will be required.
  2. Following a preliminary examination, the hygienist will then use an ultrasound scraper, amongst other hand-held dentistry tools, to remove any build-ups or tartar, plaque, or potentially harmful food bacteria from the patient’s teeth. This greatly reduces the likelihood of gum problems developing, as any potentially dangerous elements are removed – even within the harder to reach areas at the back of your mouth.
  3. After the ‘scrape’ comes the ‘polish’. This is when a dental polishing tool is used to buffer and polish all throughout the patient’s mouth. This removes any dirt, plaque or residual bacterial from their teeth, as well as clears away any surface stains or marks they might have,

Once this has been completed, the patient’s teeth will then be restored to full health.

There is often a cleaner and visible difference in the aesthetics of a patient’s teeth when they have undergone a scale and polish similar to cosmetic dental whitening.

Anyone who feels they could benefit from a treatment such as this should speak to one of our staff here at Old Windsor and let us help restore your smile to its former glory.

Let our experts help you overcome bad breath in Berkshire

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At Old Windsor, we understand the problems that having bad breath Berkshire can present. While compulsory face masks and mints may help to keep your bad breath to yourself, they do not solve the problem at its root.

In these current times of unprecedented challenges, it has never been more vital to look after ourselves and others. While having bad breath Berkshire may not seem all that important at first, it can be an indicator that something serious is developing.

However, rather than fret, anyone who feels that their bad breath is causing them problems – both socially and healthwise – should contact us here at Old Windsor and let us bring the freshness back to your breath.

Causes of bad breath

Bad breath, or halitosis as it is sometimes called, is a very common problem that most adults experience at some point in their lives. While it can be embarrassing, it usually doesn’t require any more treatment than a stick of gum.

However, there may be some instances where consistent bad breath may be an indicator that something is wrong with your oral health. Below are some of the most commonly found reasons for bad breath Berkshire.

  • Diet – Unsurprisingly, the food you eat can play a massive part in how your breath smells. Certain foods such as onions, garlic, and spices can cause bad breath and also eating excesses of sugary foods or sweets.
  • Smoking – Tobacco products, such as cigarettes or cigars, can also cause bad breath as the tobacco smell often lingers. Smokers are also more likely to suffer from gum disease – which often causes bad breath.
  • Bad oral hygiene – Failing to brush and floss your teeth regularly is another one of the most common causes of bad breath. When we eat, food particles remain on the surface of our teeth long after we have finished. If they are not removed through brushing, they develop into plaque (a sticky bacterial film). Plaque can irritate your teeth and gums and even cause periodontal disease to develop – which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.

What can Old Windsor do for me?

While these causes may sound drastic, anyone who has bad breath needn’t worry. At Old Windsor, our expert dental hygienists are more than capable of restoring your teeth to full health.

One way they can achieve this is through a two-step process called a ‘scale and polish’ procedure. This is effectively a deep-clean of your mouth designed to remove any plaque and bacteria from anywhere it may have formed.

A scale and polish procedure from us usually takes three steps.

  1. Your gum and tooth health will be professionally assessed by a hygienist – to determine whether or not any gum disease is present and how much cleaning you require.
  2. They will then use hand-held dental tools alongside an ultrasound scraper to remove any build-ups or pockets of plaque, tartar, and bacteria – paying particular attention to any gaps between your teeth or gums.
  3. Following this comes the ‘polish’. This is when a professional dental polishing tool is used to shine and buffer the patient’s surface enamel throughout their mouths. This leaves their teeth visibly cleaner and fresher looking, and as healthy as they can be.

Anyone who feels that bad breath is negatively affecting their self-esteem or confidence should speak to our staff here at Old Windsor today, and let us clean away your troubles.

Considering dental implants Windsor?

If your smile has been affected by the loss of a tooth due to an accident or injury, it is highly likely that you have been researching solutions on how to replace the tooth and restore your smile to what it once was. Luckily, at Old Windsor dental practice based in Windsor, we offer new and existing patients dental treatments and services to keep our patients’ teeth healthy and to prevent any dental issues. So if you are currently dealing with a missing tooth or teeth and are looking for a long-lasting solution, you may want to consider dental implants

An insight into our practice, Old Windsor

Established in 1981, our practice Old Windsor aims to provide high quality routine and specialist services to our patients, including general dentistry, dental treatment for restoration and orthodontic treatments for both our child and adult patients. Not only have we invested in high quality equipment in order for our patients to have a comfortable experience with us, but we also ensure that we provide a friendly and warm atmosphere for all our visitors, as well as having access for the disabled and ensuring our practice is also wheelchair friendly.

What dental treatments do we offer at Old Windsor?

At Old Windsor dental practice our experienced team of dental professionals work together to provide dental services within the many areas of dentistry, including dental treatments for cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening, inlays and onlays and porcelain veneers. We also provide services in preventive dentistry including mouth cancer screening and smoking cessation. For our patients who have missing teeth, at Old Windsor we offer our patients restorative dental treatments such as crowns, bridges, dentures, and as mentioned earlier, dental implants.

Dental implants Windsor

A long-lasting form of restorative dental treatment, dental implants Windsor work by being placed into the jawbone where the missing teeth should be. A dental implant is a metal screw typically made out of titanium. Under a local anaesthetic, a small incision is made in the jawbone in order for the dental implant to be inserted. Once the implant has been placed into the jaw, the remaining bone is stimulated which will then grow and mesh around the dental implant.

The healing process of this initial procedure is usually between eight to twelve months, but once the implant has fully integrated with the jawbone, an artificial tooth is made which is constructed to look like any remaining natural teeth and this is then placed on the metal screw.

The benefits of having dental implants

There are many benefits of having dental implant treatment at Old Windsor. Firstly, by replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant, functionality will be restored, meaning you will be able to eat and chew your food as normal without any complications. Dental implants are also made to look as natural as possible so that they do not stand out when placed next to your remaining teeth. Dental implants also help to retain your bone structure by stimulating the bone, meaning that the integrity of your facial structure is maintained and you do not acquire a ‘sunken look’.

Braces at Old Windsor dental practice

How often have you thought about straightening your teeth? You may have a gap that you would like to close or you might be unhappy with your smile. Whatever the circumstances, you may want to look into ways to improve your teeth and your smile. And what better way to start your journey than to visit our practice Old Windsor. Our practice Old Windsor provides high quality orthodontic treatment for our patients, to assist them on their journey to obtaining their desired smile.braces-in-windsor

Orthodontics at Old Windsor

Orthodontics within dentistry focuses on the straightening of an individual’s teeth by using appliances which are known commonly as braces WIndsor. Due to continuous development within orthodontics, modern orthodontic treatment has been made to be more comfortable and also faster, to ensure you receive the best results from your chosen dental treatment.

Choosing the right braces Windsor

At Old Windsor, we understand that for our patients, orthodontic treatment is a long-term investment, which is why we offer different types of orthodontic treatment to treat both minor and more complex dental cases. One of the most common types of orthodontic treatment is the use of traditional metal braces.

Traditional metal braces focus on aligning crooked or crowded teeth by slowly moving the teeth into position. This is possible because traditional metal braces consist of metal brackets which are fixed onto a patient’s teeth using adhesive and a metal wire which passes through the metal brackets. It is this wire which is tightened throughout your orthodontic treatment and allows your teeth to be straightened.

Traditional metal braces are an ideal choice of orthodontic treatment for children and they are considered to straighten teeth quicker when compared to other teeth straightening treatments. Traditional metal braces can also be used to correct both minor and complex cases.

For adult patients however, the thought of having visible orthodontic treatment may be off putting, which is why at Old Windsor we also offer another orthodontic treatment known as invisible braces.

Invisible braces Windsor

Also known as discreet orthodontics, invisible braces are an alternative solution to having teeth straightening treatment, without the worry of others knowing you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Invisible braces can either be fixed or removable, but the treatment you decide to undergo will be dependent on your circumstances.

For fixed braces, also known as ceramic braces, the treatment is exactly the same when compared to traditional metal braces, as the brackets and wires work together throughout the treatment to straighten and correct your teeth. However there is another effective orthodontic treatment we offer at Old Windsor known as Invisalign.

Invisalign at Old Windsor

Another discreet alternative to fixed braces, Invisalign uses a 3D imaging system in order to create clear, custom-made aligners which you wear throughout your treatment in order to straighten your teeth. As the aligners are clear they are practically invisible, so no one will be able to tell you are undergoing orthodontic treatment and because they are also removable, you are able to eat your meals as normal and also maintain a good oral hygiene routine, as you can still brush your teeth and floss as normal.