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Straight teeth, clean teeth!

Did you know that having straighter teeth makes them much easier to keep free from plaque? And do you know why it’s important to keep plaque at bay? Here at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we encourage patients to get straight teeth with braces in Windsor because we know about the knock-on benefits of teeth straightening treatment.

Braces in WindsorPlaque and braces in Windsor

Plaque is that sticky film that builds up on your teeth during the day. If you could put some under a microscope you would see that is made up of millions of bacteria. They naturally live in the human mouth and feed on sugars from food and drinks. If you eat a particularly sugary snack, you will notice your teeth starting to feel ‘furry’. That’s the plaque. Unfortunately, these bacteria exude acids and these eat away at the enamel on your teeth to cause decay, and inflame and irritate the gums. This causes the gums to lift away from the teeth and then the acids attack the tooth roots and bones beneath.

Plaque and gum disease are also linked to other diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, dementia and rheumatoid arthritis.

It’s easy to brush plaque off the surface of the teeth, but it also builds up in crevices and the harder they are to get at with a brush, the more chances there are of developing decay and gum disease. Wonky teeth have more crevices, but teeth straightened with braces in Windsor are much easier to keep clean.

Straight teeth and self-esteem

People are very tuned into each other’s smiles. We use the smile as a way of assessing how friendly and healthy someone is, a hardwired behaviour many thousands of years old. So, when you have something imperfect about your teeth, even something as mild as a twist or a bit of a lean in or out, you can become terribly self-conscious about it, and cover it up by not smiling much. Braces in Windsor give you an aligned set of teeth that will boost your self-confidence. You will find yourself smiling more and find others responding to that warm, friendly smile in ways that help smooth your path through life.

Banish bad breath

Having bad breath is such a social stigma that the breath freshener industry is worth millions and millions. If you have bad breath in Berkshire, don’t just rely on sprays and lozenges to hide it, come and see your dentist and make sure that there is nothing serious lurking behind your dragon’s breath.

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we like to make sure that bad breath is not a symptom of something more serious.

Bad Breath BerkshireBefore you come to us

There are two common causes for bad breath that you can try doing something about before you come to us:

  • Poor oral hygiene – are you cleaning your teeth often enough for long enough? Clean for two minutes twice a day and use floss and a mouthwash. Also, come and have a scale and polish with the hygienist. You may find that will get rid of your problem.
  • Change your diet – some foods, such as onions and garlic, get into the bloodstream and the smell of them comes into the lungs and out. Try giving them a miss when you eat and see if that clears your breath up.
  • You can also try giving up smoking and drinking and see if your breath improves.

What we can check for

If neither of those seem to be the problem, it’s time to come to us. We can look for:

  • Trapped food – sometimes food can get trapped between the teeth, or in pockets between the teeth and the gums. This starts to rot causing bad breath. We can make sure you don’t have any food trapped;
  • Infections – infections under the gum also cause bad breath. You may be on the way to an abscess and not yet know about it;
  • Dry mouth – if you don’t produce enough saliva, the types of bacteria in your mouth change and can build up in numbers, causing bad breath;
  • Gut problems – bad breath can also sometimes be caused by infections in the stomach or small intestine;
  • Other problems – bad breath can also be a symptom of diabetes, infections in the lung, nose and throat.

If we cannot find out what is wrong, we will refer you to a doctor.

Come closer

Are you having to keep your distance from your colleagues, friends and loved ones because you have developed bad breath? Poor you! That’s no fun. There’s such a stigma attached to bad breath and yet there’s a lot that can be done to get rid of it. Don’t just suffer there with your halitosis, follow this plan to help discover what is causing it and how to get rid of it.

Oral Health and Bad Breath in BerkshireThe first thing to remember about bad breath is that it is a symptom of something rather than a condition in itself, so getting rid of bad breath is a case of tracking down the cause and putting that right. Rather like trying to find out what is causing a fault on your laptop or tablet, the best thing to do is start with the obvious and easily fixable causes and eliminate them before moving onto the more unlikely and difficult to fix causes.

Are your teeth actually clean?

A lot of halitosis comes from people not brushing and flossing properly. So begin by getting more diligent with your dental routine. You should be brushing twice daily for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Use floss and interdental brushes to remove trapped food from between teeth, left there it rots and starts to smell and can give you caries.

How long is it since you came and saw our hygienist? If you are not coming every six months, come now and let our hygienist at Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire clean away any build-up of plaque and tartar, which contribute to bad breath.

What are you eating?

Some things make your breath smell awful. Garlic and onions get into your bloodstream and so into your lungs to be breathed out. Tobacco (and especially combined with coffee) is guaranteed to make your breath smell terrible. Alcohol also doesn’t smell fantastic. Give your diet a good check over, that smell could well be coming from something you are ingesting.

Come to us

We can check for infections and other things linked to your oral health and bad breath, such as decay and gum disease. If none of that works, it may be time to see your doctor.

Getting what you want out of dental implants in Windsor

If you are thinking about getting dental implants in Windsor, your primary goal is obviously going to be getting new teeth. However, you may also have an idea about the kind of treatment experience you want to have and how you want to feel before, during and after the process. When we set a goal, we all have an idea of how we’d like to feel once we have achieved it. If you have a difficult journey on the way to getting the result you want, it can detrimentally affect the way you feel about it.

Dental Implants in WindsorWhen you get dental implants in Windsor with Old Windsor Dental Practice, we look at the whole treatment experience and refine each step, to match it to your specific needs and expectations, wherever possible. At every stage, we want you to feel relaxed and comfortable. One of the goals of modern dentistry is to have no procedures or processes where a patient just needs to ‘grin and bear it’ until it’s over. Looking after your dental health and getting the treatments that you want should be a practical and simple process rather than an endurance test.

How do we help at each stage

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we break down the dental implants process into various stages to make it more manageable when we discuss it with you. People often experience some trepidation when approaching the consultation stage as they don’t know what to expect. Once we have talked through the process and provided detailed explanations off the next steps, we often find our patients are immediately more relaxed.

Once we have completed your consultation and initial, information-gathering appointment, we will tell you if you need preparatory work. This doesn’t apply to everyone, but it is still quite common and nothing to worry about if you do need to go through this stage. All it means is that the environment in your mouth is not quite ready for dental implants. This might mean that you need to have repair or restoration work done on any teeth you wish to keep, or you might need extraction work to remove old teeth ready for dental implants.

What’s the latest news about braces in Windsor?

If you’re looking for a realignment treatment that’s worth writing headlines about, then you should check out your options at Old Windsor Dental Practice in Windsor. Braces are one of the treatments that we offer to patients to get them back on the straight and narrow when it comes to their smile.

There are a number of reasons why we think that patients enjoy their teeth-straightening treatment with us. Our passion for patient comfort is second to none and we think that’s worth writing an article or two about. Below we discuss some of the aspects of treatment that we’re particularly proud of.

Braces in WindsorThorough consultation

A good consultation involves detailed dialogue between dentist and patient. We know how to guide you through this if you aren’t sure what you need to know. A member of the team at Old Windsor Dental Practice will talk you through the process of getting braces, the effect they will have on your life during treatment and what you can do to care for your teeth and equipment. You may also be able to choose between a few different methods of teeth straightening.

Plenty of choice

We offer a range of braces in Windsor at our practice. Once we have decided which ones might be suitable for your needs, you can choose between them. Some people like fixed braces because they are low-maintenance and you can just wear them and forget about them. Other people like the control and discreet appearance of removeable braces. Whatever you choose, we think you will be pleasantly surprised by the speed, comfort and appearance of braces in Windsor.

Support throughout treatment

Braces in Windsor take anything from a few months to a few years to straighten teeth depending on the severity of your misalignment and the number of treatment stages that you need. Regardless of the length of your treatment, we support you every step of the way.

Aftercare

We hope that once your teeth are straight, that won’t be the last we see of each other. Old Windsor Dental prides itself on developing long-term beneficial relationships with its patients so that we can continue to look after your newly-aligned smile.

Hey good looking – what’s different about you?

It’s likely that, like many of us, you feel your imperfections more keenly than other people perceive them. However, that doesn’t make the resulting lack of confidence any less real for you. What it does mean is that you can improve your appearance, experience higher self-esteem but still not have people know exactly what you have had done. This helps you not to feel self-conscious about your adjustments. A dental treatment like dental implants in Windsor is really helpful for achieving this because the resulting restoration is so natural.

Dental Implants in WindsorWalking you through dental implants in Windsor

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we want to connect you with the most suitable treatment for your issue, your circumstances and your budget. If you want to have your teeth replaced, we will try and ensure that dental implants in Windsor are one of the options you can choose from. This is because implants are effective and durable as well as close to normal teeth in appearance.

A dental implant itself is usually made from a bio-compatible metal like titanium. It is screw-shaped and usually less than a centimetre in length. This part of the equipment is mostly buried within the jawbone once treatment is complete. You can just see the top or the abutment within the gumline. This is either immediately or eventually covered with a prosthetic tooth depending on the treatment course you are on. This tooth is closely matched with the colour of your other teeth so that it blends in with the rest of your smile.

Once a dental implant is in place, it is easy to care for as long as you remember how important your oral health is to the stability of your new teeth. Keeping this in mind should make you diligent enough with your daily dental routine to ensure that you have excellent oral standards. It’s always best to avoid gum disease if you can but, if you get a severe case while wearing dental implants, it can undermine your equipment and cause it to fail. We help you monitor and care for your dental implants by inviting you for regular appointments at Old Windsor Dental Practice.

Under the gloss and glamour

Having a Hollywood smile is de rigeur in 2018 Windsor. Big beautiful smiles often require a certain amount of cosmetic dentistry, but looks aren’t everything, and underneath that luxury smile there needs to be a firm foundation of solid oral health. That’s why at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we take general dentistry in Berkshire very seriously.

After all, what’s the point in having beautiful veneers if underneath them your teeth are not in tip-top condition in terms of decay? Or what’s the point in investing tons of money in teeth whitening if your gum disease is out of control?

General Dentistry in BerkshireGeneral dentistry is the umbrella term for all those treatments that keep your teeth strong and healthy or repair them if needed.

Check-ups

A check-up is the starting point for all general dentistry treatments. It’s when we take a good look at your teeth and gums and soft tissues. We are looking for signs of early decay, early gum disease and oral cancer. Most people need to come in for a check-up every six months. But some people need to come more often, such as those who have diabetes, or smoke. Also, if you are pregnant, which due to hormone changes, can make gum disease much worse.

Repairs

Should we find that you do need a filling, we can use white composite resin instead of amalgam. Not only does it look better, it requires the removal of far less healthy tooth material. If a large area needs filling, we can use inlays or onlays, or give you a crown.

Infections

If you get an infection in the soft inner pulp of your tooth, we can save it by cleaning out the infected pulp and filling the root and then sealing it. This is known as root canal treatment.

Extractions

When all hope is lost, or if you are having wisdom tooth trouble, we can remove your tooth under local anaesthetic.

Other services

We also do bite guards and treatments for jaw problems, and snoring and bad breath.

After that, you can have a Hollywood smile to rival even that of Tom Cruise.

Does that tooth need to come out?

It’s not something any dentist likes to end up doing, but sometimes we have to remove teeth. Somehow it feels like an admission of defeat on our part that we have not been able to save a tooth, and we never do it lightly here at Old Windsor Dental Practice.

General Dentistry in BerkshireHowever, there sometimes comes a point that we have filled, and crowned, and root canaled a tooth as much as we can and it still continues to fail. Sometimes there has been so much tooth material removed that the shell of the tooth can no longer withstand the powerful forces produced by chewing. Sometimes, despite our best effort, gum disease has become so far advanced that the tooth is so loose in its socket that it’s going to fall out soon anyway. Sometimes, it’s a wisdom tooth that is trying to come through at the wrong angle and is starting to affect the other teeth around it or has become infected. Whatever the reason, tooth extraction is still very much a part of our repertoire of treatments in general dentistry in Berkshire.

What to expect when you have an extraction

  • We like to know exactly what’s going on under the gum, so we may well take an x-ray to get the information;
  • We like you to be comfortable, so we will completely numb the area with a local anaesthetic. If you are very anxious (and who wouldn’t be?), we can also offer you sedation to relax you;
  • We will very carefully and gently extract your tooth.

Afterwards, you can expect there to be some swelling and tenderness that can go on for a few days. Pain and bleeding are the two main things to watch out for.

Painkillers

You can use over-the-counter painkillers. Ibuprofen is a good choice. Don’t take aspirin as this can make the wound bleed.

Bleeding

Because the mouth is a wet area, you are not going to form a scab, but you will get a clot that it’s important to keep in place. Bleeding looks a lot worse than it is because your saliva increases the amount of liquid that comes out.

Smiling with pride

A history of sucking dummies and thumbs can take its toll on your teeth, so much though that it can begin to affect their alignment. There are many reasons as to why you might have crooked or crowded teeth, but sometimes, it is just genetic or happens naturally. If you feel embarrassed and your smile is sacrificed, that’s when you know you need a solution.

In Windsor, braces are the answer to such worries. They serve to straighten your teeth, enhancing their appearance and make you forget that you ever stopped smiling.

Braces in WindsorWhile we provide teeth-straightening treatments at Old Windsor Dental Practice for cosmetic reasons, they also play a massive part in improving your lifestyle and oral health. Having a cross-bite or crooked teeth can cause you discomfort when you chew and bite on foods. It can also make it difficult for you to properly clean your teeth and look after your dental hygiene, leading to issues like gum disease and tooth loss.

The clear alternative to the traditional

It seems easy to ignore the option of braces in Windsor if you think they will get in the way of your confidence when going to work or attending a special occasion. For adults, traditional braces may not seem like an option. Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, we have teeth-straightening treatments at Old Windsor Dental Practice that are both flexible and nearly invisible.

Invisalign is an impressive way of straightening your teeth. It is a collection of clear aligners that will fit snugly over your teeth. The aligners you are given will not be universal, as they are unique to you and your teeth. You change your aligner every 7-10 days, knowing that with every switch, you will be getting closer to achieving your straighter and healthier smile.

Looking forward

By receiving braces in Windsor, you will be delving into a happy and healthy future of good oral health. They can improve both your quality of life and how you feel when you smile. By ridding your smile of big gaps, you can prevent complications that arise when plaque builds up.

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we will welcome you into a warm and friendly environment.

Long lasting new teeth

A gap in your smile can be a source of ongoing cosmetic worry. As well as this, losing one or more teeth can have negative consequences for your oral health. In Windsor, dental implants from Old Windsor Dental Practice are a highly effective treatment for the problems caused by missing teeth. These fully customised and long-lasting new teeth will integrate with your jawbone, and provide effective and efficient dental function.

Dental Implants in WindsorWhat’s the procedure for dental implants in Windsor?

During your initial consultation, you will undergo an oral health assessment and we will take some detailed measurements of your teeth. We need to make sure your jawbone is dense enough to receive the implants, and might need to do some preparatory work to achieve this.

Then you’ll receive dental implants in Windsor during a minor surgical procedure, in which our dentist will place small metal posts into your jawbone. Following a short rest period, you’ll return to our practice to have the replacement teeth attached to the posts.

Several health benefits

After having dental implants in Windsor, you’ll notice your oral health improve:

  • Your jawbone forms a secure bond with the implanted metal, securely anchoring your new teeth. You’ll be able to bite into and chew your food without fearing the teeth might fall out onto the dinner table;
  • The new teeth are anchored into your jawbone just like natural ones. Keeping them clean is easy, and you don’t need to mess about with clips or adhesives;
  • The implants help to maintain your facial bone structure. You’ll avoid the smaller jawbone and collapsed cheeks that are associated with prolonged tooth loss;
  • You’ll have a smile with much more cosmetic appeal;
  • Pronouncing certain words might be easier because of the stability of the implants. Your speech might become more fluent overall.

Healthy future

Dental implants in Windsor can be used to replace any number of missing teeth. Whether you’ve lost a whole set after years of tooth decay, or a single tooth in a sporting injury, implants are an effective solution. Contact us today to discuss how the innovative techniques of implant dentistry can help to restore your dental function and improve your oral health.