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Invisalign in Berkshire – not a secret anymore!

Perhaps you’ve never heard of Invisalign before, or perhaps you’ve spoken to numerous people without noticing their clear braces. If you’re still wondering what all the fuss is about, read on!

berkshire-invisalignInvisalign in Berkshire is a great way to finally rectify any minor dental problems you may have, while keeping it fairly discreet. Keep it a secret, or rave about it from the mountain tops, it’s your choice! In a nutshell, Invisalign braces are clear aligners that fit over your teeth. They’ve been made for you, and over time each aligner that you receive will slowly push your teeth into their correct place.

What can Invisalign in Berkshire braces fix?

This is a good question and one we often hear! Below are a number of ways that Invisalign can help you sort out your dental problems or challenges.

Simple overbites, gaps between teeth and overcrowding of teeth in the mouth are all fixable with Invisalign. These are the most common cases we see when it comes to why patients need Invisalign braces created. Our dental team will chat with you about what the best form of treatment is but, in many cases, clear Invisalign braces can be the best choice if you want a more discreet option.

Have a look at the Smile Gallery on our website, or read the reviews of past patients to see what conditions were worked on by our team and the outcomes. It’s also great to see the changes that happen when people make use of Invisalign in Berkshire.

How do I clean my teeth and my Invisalign braces?

It’s quite easy really. The beauty of your Invisalign braces is that you can remove them when you need to. Patients have removed them when eating, having a drink with friends, or when needing to clean them.

When they’re off, you can easily remove anything that may have been trapped in the clear braces. Rinse them with water, then pop them back into your mouth. One of our dental team will run you through what to expect and how to care for your Invisalign trays.

The comfort of Invisalign braces is not a secret either!

Made from clear plastic and created to fit over your teeth perfectly means that your experience of getting Invisalign in Berkshire will be nothing but simple. The clear plastic trays are created to gradually move your teeth into place; the most you’ll feel is a slight discomfort, but most patients don’t even notice.

If you’re in prolonged periods of discomfort, you can easily remove your clear aligners and give your mouth a break. This is the major difference compared to the metal braces that attach to the teeth and can’t be removed.

How long will I have to wear my Invisaligns?

When you arrive for your consultation at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, you’ll have a very good idea of how long the entire process will take to rectify and brighten your smile. Each aligner that you receive will work towards bringing your teeth into their correct place, and this will also give you a good timeline of when you can expect to finally flaunt your new smile!

Talk to us about this more during your consultation at our practice.

An investment in your future: Invisalign in Berkshire

The year is almost up, and like you, we can’t believe how time has flown. Where did 2019 go? But like you, we’re also looking forward to the festivities of the year-end, as well as the new year of 2020. With all of that in mind, now might be the best time to look ahead and get your dental work started for the new year! By getting your Invisalign in Berkshire, you are investing in your dental health and in your future. The following piece will run you through what you can expect when you visit us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice and what the process of getting Invisalign fitted is like.

invisalign-berkshireWhat can I expect when I get Invisalign in Berkshire?

You will have a consultation with us before we begin any dental work with you. You’ll know what to expect from the beginning and we always look forward to answering your questions. We are extremely proud of our team at The Old Windsor Dental Practice; each person you encounter with us will make sure you’re comfortable and up-to-speed with what’s going on. If you need some more insight before joining us then please take a moment to read a few patient reviews, or take a look at our Smile Gallery. You’ll see a number of patients who have had similar dental work done at our practice.

The Invisalign in Berkshire process goes as follows: a dental impression will be taken of your mouth. This impression is used to create unique aligners that fit your mouth and will be used to shift your teeth over time. The clear aligners are made in a laboratory and the best care is used when making each clear tray. You’ll be fitted with your Invisalign braces and this is the best time to learn about how each tray should be looked after.

Once you leave our dental practice, you’re always welcome to pop in again if more questions come to mind, or if you’re having any challenges with your new dental work.

The hidden gem

One of the benefits of getting your Invisalign braces fitted at our dental practice is that they are almost invisible to the untrained eye. You can eat, drink and brush your teeth as you normally would because you’re able to remove the braces. This is a good option for students, parents, or older adults that prefer to keep their dental work private.

Your hidden dental work will only be known to you and your dental team – unless you decide to divulge your hidden gem to the world!

Will Invisalign be painful?

You will feel slight discomfort as the dental structures gently move your teeth into place over time.  Invisalign braces are removable, which means that you can take them out when you need to. The clear dental structures are a great way to slowly and gently correct how your teeth fit into your mouth. If you feel any pain at any point, contact us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice to discuss what can be done for you.

How to tell if your dental implant is failing

No surgical procedure is completely fail-safe whether these refer to medical or dental procedures. This is a fact. There are always risks attached especially if a patient’s candidacy for a procedure is questionable. A top concern for our patients who require dental implants in Windsor is the success rate of the procedure. On the whole, thanks to developments in the dental industry, the procedure enjoys a high success rate.

windsor-dental-implantsA successful procedure does depend on a number of critical factors. The first of which is the experience and competence of the dentist performing the procedure. Why are experience and training non negotiable factors? A dentist well-trained in dental implants in Windsor will know the number of implants that will be required to provide adequate support for any tooth replacement device. This will also promote the success of the procedure and avoid exposing implants to undue stress.

At our dental clinic, we abide by ethical codes of practice as laid down by the relevant authority organisations in the dental industry. These regulations require our dentists to ensure our patients receive the highest level of quality dental care with the least exposure to risks that may affect their health.

What causes tooth replacement implants to fail?

Our dentists will first ascertain a patient’s suitability for a dental implants in Windsor procedure. The first priority will be to address issues with gum disease and jawbone quality, as implant success is heavily dependent on these two all-important criteria . There is little chance of success if gum health and jawbone density is poor, as this is needed to keep implants secure. Fortunately there are procedures and treatments available to improve these issues. Other common risk factors that will affect the health of the implants include smoking, medical conditions and poor dental maintenance.

There is a process to implant failure, which is why we encourage patients who have had implant procedures carried out to be able to identify the worrying signs that the implant may be loose. By identifying these signs, a patient can take appropriate action. Should a patient have any concerns over an implant, they should contact our clinic as soon as possible to arrange an appointment with one of our dentists.

Six signs an implant may be loose

Even though implant failure is rare, patients concerned about their artificial tooth replacement implants should look out for the following:

  1. Discomfort or pain
  2. Visible bone loss
  3. Bleeding around the implant site
  4. Discernible discolouration around the implant site
  5. Infection
  6. Implant wobbling when touched

Infections can happen at any time after a procedure and patients should seek immediate dental treatment should they suspect they have developed an infection. The serious consequences of untreated infections range from bone loss to the implant falling out.

Patients should seek professional dental care should they observe the following symptoms:

  • Bad breath persisting even after brushing and flossing
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pus around the gums
  • Fever
  • Problems with chewing
  • Inflamed or red gums

Regular dental check-ups with our dentists are what we recommend to patients who want to protect their investment in their implants. Give us a call today at Old Windsor for that all important check-up if you have not visited a dentist in a while.

What are the most common signs that a patient needs braces?

At our clinic, we offer various types of braces in Windsor to help patients address their specific teeth issues. These incredible dental devices are used to fix a wide range of teeth-related issues, from an overcrowded mouth and spacing concerns, to misalignment problems. With the availability of a select  choice of dental instruments to choose from, patients can find the most suitable option to help them address their individual needs.

windsor-bracesSome of the most frequently asked questions our dentists answer are patient’s queries with regards to the appearance of their teeth and how they can obtain a better-looking smile. Some patients are not even aware that they may need braces in Windsor until they visit our clinic. Some signs that indicate a patient requires orthodontic treatment are easily detected like an overcrowded mouth, but a patient may also exhibit signs that are less obvious to them (jaw pain and headaches) and these require the knowing eyes of a dentist to diagnose a dental concern.

How to tell if you need a teeth-correcting device

The following signs may help patients determine the need for braces in Windsor, however, only a professional dentist will be able to assess the patient’s condition by carrying out a proper dental examination to confirm whether the condition merits the need for treatment.

  • Upper and lower jaws do not align properly

Patients find that gaps have formed between their teeth when their upper and lower jaws do not fit together as they should. The condition is caused by thumb-sucking in childhood and genetic factors may also apply. Patients with this gap are at risk of experiencing infection and gum inflammation.

  • Overcrowding

Patients are often aware that a mouth crammed full of teeth detracts from a pleasing smile, but what may not be immediately apparent is the health concerns attached to this dental issue. Food particles can become trapped more easily in an overcrowded mouth resulting in a greater risk of bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. If treatment is not sought, this problem  can escalate, as inadequate spacing in teeth adds a further complication of making cleaning difficult.

  • Overbite

This condition is described as the upper front teeth protruding further forward than the bottom layer of teeth. One of the serious concerns for patients with an overbite is the increased odds of injury to the teeth should a facial injury occur.

  • Underbite

Another type of bite problem is the underbite, where lower front teeth protrude further than the front teeth in the upper jaw. A reason for this may be a disproportionate jaw size and can lead to a patient experiencing challenges in biting and chewing and expedited signs of facial ageing.

In addition to the above symptoms found in adults, parents concerned about their children’s teeth should look out for tell-tale signs such as extended thumb-sucking and breathing through the mouth.

The signs mentioned above can help patients determine whether they want to take the next step in seeking appropriate treatment. For patients who desire the best treatment plan to correct crooked teeth issues, contact Old Windsor dental clinic today to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. We will be more than happy to help you to a straighter smile.

Do you want to have dental implants, but are concerned about the procedure? A step by step guide to implant fittings by Old Windsor Dental Practice

Whether you have a single gap in your smile or could do with a new set of teeth, implants could be a great way to restore your smile to its former glory and allow you to regain functionality of your teeth.

windsor-dental-implantsFar more than just a prosthesis, at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we help patients regain their confidence with the help of dental implants in Windsor. If you are fed up with having to rotate your diet around what your current prostheses can handle, then dental implants in Windsor may be the answer you are looking for!

But are you concerned that having implants fitted will be uncomfortable? Have you heard of an instance in the media of an implant fitting going wrong?

Not to worry! We have composed a step by step guide of how our dentists fit dental implants in Windsor for you to read through before deciding whether this is the procedure for you.

Step 1

Our dentists will assess the condition of your jawbone with X-rays while also checking surrounding nerves and blood vessels.

If you do not have enough jawbone to accommodate an implant, our team may discuss bone grafting options with you.

Step 2

At your first surgical appointment, our team will numb specific areas in your mouth and using a scalpel, will make an incision and peel back the gum.

A pilot hole is then carefully drilled into your jawbone, as our team will gradually make this hole wider, preventing overheating of the site with regular flushing. This is important, as damaged bone can make it negatively impact on the success of any implants.

Step 3

We may use a self-threading implant to secure it in place but if not, a thread will be placed through your jaw which matches the thread of the implant.

Once your implant(s) are secured into your jawbone, we will place an ‘implant cap’ over the top to seal it and protect it from bacteria present in the mouth. This cap will also prevent excessive movement.

Your gum will then be sewn together with either dissolvable stitches or ones that require another visit to a member of our dental team to remove.

Step 4

And now, we wait!

It can take up to 6 months for your new implants to fuse with your jawbone, so you will be required to come in and see us for further X-rays and other tests to determine if your implants are settling successfully. If they aren’t, our team will discuss further options with you, such as further bone grafting.

If our team decides that your implants have fused, you can then have your new teeth fitted securely to your implants.

You will leave our surgery with a new set of natural looking teeth, that, with correct dental care, can last between 20 to 40 years!

Do you or your child have a brace fitting coming up?

It is one of the most common forms of dentistry performed today; despite the positive results and great smiles that are created by it, it is one of the most dreaded procedures in dentistry. What can you expect when you or a loved one has an orthodontic aligner fitted?

childrens-braces-windsorIf you or a loved one are told you need an orthodontic braces in Windsor, you may feel worried about what that entails and what impact it will have on your life.

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we are proud of the smiles we have created with the help of orthodontic braces in Windsor and can assure you, or your loved one, that in the long run, that gorgeous new smile will make it all worth it!

While we cannot guarantee how the wearing of an orthodontic aligner will impact on your life away from our surgery, we can assuage your worries as to how our dentists will proceed with fitting your braces in Windsor and can provide you with a bit more insight into the overall procedure.

Step 1

An initial consultation with our orthodontist will help us get a better idea of how we can help realign your teeth.

This involves a thorough examination of your teeth, along with X-rays and even moulds being taken if deemed necessary. Our orthodontist will devise a treatment plan with you and if you have any concerns or questions, this is a great time to ask, before you decide to proceed.

Step 2

This appointment will be extremely long, so we advise you not to book anything important for the rest of the day!

Our team will gently clean and condition your teeth, to provide a smooth surface for the brackets and the cement.

Your brackets are placed based on the overall design decided by your orthodontist, so don’t be worried if at first glance, they look a bit wonky! It is all with purpose.

Step 3

Once we are happy your brackets are secure, we will insert the wires.

This part may be a bit fiddly, but our dental team need to be confident that the wire will not move of its own accord and will be secure enough for future adjustments.

Step 4

Now that your new aligner is in place, our team will discuss with you how to take care of it properly, how to look after your teeth and gums throughout the treatment, as well as advising you on which toothpaste to use.

Depending on whether we feel you may benefit, we may book an appointment for you with our hygienist, who can advise you on brushing techniques and on which brushes are best suited to keep your mouth in top shape!

Remember, though this procedure may seem  a bit overwhelming, you may not have to wear your orthodontic aligner for very long and it is an investment in a straighter, healthier smile, that will last a lifetime!

What are Dental implants in Berkshire?

Dental implants in Berkshire are essentially a small titanium screw (typically less than one centimetre long) that is inserted into a hole within the gums. Dental implants are used when patients have lost a singular tooth, however multiple dental implants can be inserted when there is more than one tooth missing. One example of this is an All on four dental implant or a ‘bridge’. Dental implants can be used when a whole row of teeth are missing, as well as dentures (although these are not as permanent and have to be removed when eating and cleaning).

Dental Implants in BerkshireAn individual may choose to undergo dental implants if they wish for a permanent fixture within the mouth, such as a porcelain crown. A porcelain crown is a natural looking imitation of the natural teeth, and can be perfectly matched to the shade of the tooth. Maintenance in terms of dental implants is simple, and can be looked after in the same way as your natural teeth.

What are the benefits of receiving dental implants?

One of the benefits of receiving dental implants is the fact that they appear completely as if they were natural teeth; the shade, shape and alignment of the implant can be altered by us, which is a huge advantage to many of our patients who aim to achieve a natural smile. Losing teeth can have unexpected health concerns; a dental implant within the mouth can help reduce damage to the bone, whilst encouraging regrowth and stimulation. A lack of missing teeth within the mouth can help reduce the signs of aging or a ‘sunken look’. Dental implants restore the natural function of the teeth, meaning patients can eat and clean their teeth as they usually would.

Why choose us to undergo your dental implants in Berkshire?

At our clinic, we aim to deliver high quality, professional, and comfortable dental and orthodontic care. We fully understand that patients may feel nervous when visiting the dentist, which is why we aim to ease their concerns within an initial consultation. Nervousness and anxiety surrounding the dentist may arise for a variety of reasons, one of which being an irrational fear or phobia, or maybe a negative childhood experience.

Does the treatment hurt, and how do I book an initial consultation?

No, it shouldn’t hurt, although a small level of discomfort may be experienced during the treatment process. However, our patients are placed under a general anesthetic and will therefore be comfortable during the process. In order to book an initial consultation, you can easily enter your details via our website, and enter a suitable time for an appointment, by following a few simple steps.

How much do dental implants cost?

The price of dental work always differs greatly depending on the severity of the dental case, as well as the patient’s financial position. Implants and crowns start from around £1250, however payment plans can be arranged to fund this. Private dental insurance, such as Bupa, can also be arranged. We also offer interest free payment plans as finance options, and therefore you can choose to pay for your treatment in monthly installments.

What is mouth cancer and why is it important to have a mouth cancer screening?

Mouth cancer (also commonly known and referred to as oral cancer) is easy to spot, so it is vital to have regular dental check ups and appointments (typically every six months) to ensure the signs are spotted early, and so mouth cancer can be prevented. Mouth cancer causes ulcers and lumps, as well as other more severe symptoms within the mouth. Although it is not commonly known, mouth cancer (or ‘oral cancer’) can affect a large number of individuals’ lives, although it is not commonly heard of in comparison to other forms of cancers, such as lung cancer.

Mouth Cancer Screening in BerkshireWhat are some of the symptoms of mouth or ‘oral’ cancer?

Some of the few physical symptoms within the body can consist of ulcers and lumps (within the mouth and the neck), as well as a strange feeling of the lips. These lumps and bumps within the mouth will not fade or leave the body in the way that normal abnormalities would; ulcers will not disappear after several weeks for example. One common symptom may be the loss of one or several teeth within the mouth, as well as a red or yellow patch on the inside of the mouth. One other example, which may not be commonly associated with oral cancer, is essentially pain (this may be within the mouth itself, or even within the ear, or surrounding areas of the ear).

What can I expect from a mouth cancer screening in Old windsor Berkshire?

During a mouth cancer screening (commonly referred to as an oral screening) patients can expect a quicker consultation time than they would probably expect. A handheld device is used by us to check and assess the mouth area for ulcers, lumps, and any other signs of oral cancer within the mouth. We will then quickly analyse the abnormalities within the mouth and determine a diagnosis. Catching these symptoms early on can help prevent the development of oral cancer (hence the name of preventative dentistry).

We will assess and analyse your medical history, in order to help make your diagnosis. An assessment of your external mouth and inner mouth is also analysed, as well as the neck, and we will also carry out a physical investigation.

Why is it important to have regular check ups, and why do some individuals refrain from regular dental appointments?

Some patients may refrain from having regular dental check ups for a variety of reasons, one of which may be financial. Patients who don’t receive dental or orthodontic care under the national health service may avoid frequent trips to their local dental clinic. However, having a frequent dental check up and assessment is extremely important for maintaining dental hygiene, and preventing oral issues, such as mouth cancer. Early detection of mouth cancer, and other dental issues, can maintain a healthy mind and body.

One other reason for lack of visits may be due to nerves, a negative childhood experience for example can create a negative stigma of a dental environment. However, we are used to patients feeling nervous and we are able to accomodate for them by providing gentle and caring dental treatments.

What to expect with dental implants in Windsor

The ways in which we can cosmetically improve your teeth have come along in leaps and bounds over the years, thanks to ongoing improvements in the dental industry. Now we can straighten up those crooked teeth, and fill out a gap-toothed gum line, to leave you with a star quality smile.

Dental Implants in WindsorOne type of cosmetic treatment we can use to help you buff up those chompers, is through the insertion of an implant. Here’s a brief summary of what you can expect when you book an appointment for dental implants in Windsor.

What are they?

Although they sound pretty surgical, this treatment is fairly minor and not as overly invasive as it may seem. It basically involves the insertion of a prosthetic tooth into a pre chosen point in your gum line, to either fill in gaps or to replace critically damaged teeth. The new implant is normally made from Porcelain, and your dentist will take a cast of the area to ensure it blends in with the surrounding teeth, in order to give you a natural looking smile.

What does the procedure involve?

The treatment process itself is fairly minor and involves inserting a sterile Titanium screw into your jawbone. A cap is then placed on this screw and a prosthetic tooth is then fitted to it, either then or at a later date. Generally, there are two methods of implantation; the Endosteal and Subperiosteal.

The first method is as we described above, but the second involves implanting the screw below your gum-line but above the bone. This tends to be used when there is not enough healthy bone in your jaw to graft to, or reconstructive surgery of the area is not an option.

Even though it all sounds fairly complicated, in reality it’s fairly simple.

When you visit Old Windsor Dental Practice our team will take you through the implantation process step by step. We take things at your pace and will only proceed when you feel comfortable with your treatment.

Are there benefits?

There are numerous advantages to booking an appointment for dental implants in Windsor. To begin with, the prosthetic blends right in with your surrounding teeth and creates a natural, more pleasing smile. It’s also very easy to keep clean; we recommend just brushing it as you would the rest of your teeth, although try to avoid mouthwash for a while as the chemicals can irritate your gum’s ability to heal.

 Complications of implantation

Like any treatment, there are things that can go wrong if you don’t look after it. With implantation, you can run the risk of Peri-implant Mucositis, which is the inflammation of the area surrounding the tooth. This can occur when bacteria builds up around the implant and can cause it to become loose, as well as degrade the surrounding bone if it’s left untreated.

Hopefully this has helped clear up a few facts about the implantation process. If you’re curious about what this type of treatment can offer you, then please ask us on your next appointment.

The benefits of Invisible braces in Windsor

Thanks to ongoing improvements in the dental industry, there are now more ways we can help you improve your smile. More high-tech treatments have become fairly common, like a custom fitted brace. In fact, we have a lot of patients booking appointments with us for invisible braces in Windsor, as a great solution to their dental needs.

Braces in WindsorWhat are they?

The procedure is pretty self-explanatory, but here’s a brief summary for those that haven’t heard of this before. It essentially involves the fitting of a specially moulded brace that your dentist will use to slowly correct crooked teeth. A gentle amount of pressure is placed over the teeth, over a long period of time, in order to realign them, and you may need to come back in for a separate appointment for a new fitting of your braces in Windsor, so as to match your changing teeth.

The fitting process

The method of having them fitted is where things start to get interesting. Normally the procedure will involve a consultation meeting, and then your dentist will use a laser or LEDs to map out the layout of your teeth. This is done to ensure the brace fits correctly, yet still applies pressure at the right points along your mouth.

After the scanning is complete, a 3D image will be created, and this will be used to show you how your teeth will be realigned. A fun bonus of this stage is that you get to see how your straightened smile will look. Then a brace will be moulded, and you just have to wear it for as long as you’re instructed to, it’s that simple!

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, our team will ensure the fitting process is quick, easy and involves minimal discomfort to you at all times.

Are there benefits?

There are numerous advantages to using this type of treatment, which is why it has become so popular with our patients. The biggest benefit is that because the appliance is see-through, you won’t have to feel self-conscious about wearing it out and about.

Second, is that it’s incredibly easy to keep clean. We recommend that you use a small diluted amount of bleach mixed with water, then lightly brush this mixture over the appliance at least once every other day. Regular cleaning helps to get rid of built up bacteria and reduce staining.

Aftercare advice for patients

Once you leave our practice, there are a few things to keep in mind at home, in order to ensure your realignment goes smoothly and your appliance lasts.

There may be some discomfort over time, as the brace applies what our patients call “pressure” on the teeth. We recommend painkillers when necessary, to counter this, or short removal of the appliance. Although, if you do plan on taking it out, try to limit it to a few hours as it needs to be kept in place at least 22 hours a day. Also, when it’s removed, try to keep it in a hard-bodied container, as this will prevent accidental damage, as well as allowing the appliance to remain relatively sterile.

Hopefully this has helped to clear up a few facts about this unique treatment. If you’re looking to straighten up your smile, then try asking us about your options for realignment on your next appointment.