Surely one of the greatest advance in the science of teeth straightening has been the invention of the clear aligner? Up until 1997, the only way to get your teeth straightened was with brackets cemented onto your teeth strung together with wires that were progressively tightened by your dentist to pull your teeth into alignment. They were big, they were metal and they made eating harder and looking good almost impossible.
No wonder then that many teenagers or young adults with mildly wonky teeth decided to not go through the braces in Windsor. But, here we are in 2018 and braces in Windsor now include Invisalign, the brand name of the original clear aligners, which has been successfully used on over 4 million people worldwide.
Never heard of Invisalign?
At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we are so familiar with Invisalign that we forget that many of our patients have never heard of this innovative way of getting straighter teeth. It’s not as if you ever see anyone wearing them, after all. People are wearing them. You can’t just see them. This is because the clear aligners are made of transparent plastic that is so thin, only 0.3mm, that when someone puts their aligners on over their teeth, they disappear from view.
This is what makes Invisalign so popular amongst adults wanting braces in Windsor. Traditional bracket and wire braces are associated with gawky adolescence and being the nerd standing alone in the playground at school. This is not an image that most adults wish to project at work, especially if their career involves liaising with the public. Invisalign has replaced braces in Windsor for people who have mild to moderate misalignments and want to keep their treatment to themselves.
How Invisalign works
Invisalign aligners look like mouth guards. You receives a series of them and wear them in order, one after the other. Each aligner takes 7-10 days to do its part in gently nudging your teeth along the route to alignment, thanks to precisely positioned pressure points built into them. These points are calculated based on detailed measurements taken of your teeth and computer programming that works out how your teeth need to move to reach alignment.
In Windsor, dental implants have become most people’s first choice for replacing teeth. This is because dental implants are less hassle, more lifelike and last longer than the alternative replacement methods of full or partial dentures and fixed bridgework.
That said, here at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we can’t just fit you with dental implants without first doing some investigative work to find out what condition your jawbone is in.
What’s so important about your jawbone?
Your jawbone has to house your dental implants. We have to drill channels into it and then tap or screw in the titanium implants, which then have to be able to withstand immense chewing forces. If your jawbone has deteriorated in size and density, it will not be able to hold the implants in place when you chew. It would be a bit like putting a screw into mortar than good solid brickwork, and then trying to hang a really heavy mirror off it.
Your jawbone also needs to be healthy and vibrant so that, once the implants have been put in place, the bone will grow new tissue and blood vessels all over the surface of the implants. It is this that will hold your implants in place when you chew.
What affects the health of your jawbone?
The size and density of your jawbone is affected when you lose a tooth. The area around where the tooth was no longer receives the vibrations through the teeth that tell the bone cells to keep on renewing themselves. In fact, the bone interprets the lack of vibration as meaning that chewing has ceased, the bone is no longer needed, and the bone starts to dissolve itself and the gum recedes. You can lose up to 25% of the bone’s size and density in the first year alone after losing a tooth.
Your jawbone is also affected by diabetes and smoking, both of which can interfere with the all-important, post-operative healing process.
What to do?
If you want dental implants in Windsor, we can find out at the initial consultation if your jawbone is up to it, and if not, there may be ways we can improve the bone so it can take implants.
If you want to replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Berkshire, you need to know more or less what to expect, as it can be quite a journey from gaps to lovely new teeth that work as well as your natural ones once did.
This is the first stage of the process, and involves you coming in to see us at Old Windsor Dental Practice so that we can find out what you need and give your teeth and jaw a thorough examination. You can expect for us to take x-rays and scans of your jawbone because we need to find out if it is in good shape. Your jawbone needs to be strong and dense enough for it to integrate well with your implants and then to withstand the strain put on the implants when you chew with them. If your jawbone has started to deteriorate, we may be able to build it back up again with bone grafts, or we may be able to use extra long implants that anchor into your cheekbones, or to do a sinus lift. All this can add a few months to your treatment time.
This takes place under local anaesthetic, which is plenty to numb any pain because there are far fewer nerve endings in the jawbone than the teeth. That said, if you are especially anxious, we can offer you either intravenous or oral sedation so that you can feel really relaxed while we put your implants in. For this we need to drill a channel into the bone, and then either tap or screw in the implants.
It takes several weeks for the dental implants to integrate with the jawbone. For the first 24 hours, we recommend bed rest, and then a liquid diet of soups and smoothies for the next week. Over-the-counter painkillers should be enough to numb any pain.
We put these in place once the implants have integrated. One implant can hold up to three crowns. These are made from dental porcelain to match your teeth in size, shape and colour.
If you are faced with extraction, or you have had some teeth knocked out, at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we recommend that you replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Berkshire.
The reason we recommend dental implants is that they are the only method of tooth replacement that properly mimics your natural teeth by replacing the root of the tooth as well as the crown. You need your tooth roots. They may not show when you smile, but it’s your tooth roots that make chewing and speaking possible.
When you replace your teeth with something that doesn’t replace the roots, such as dentures, you’ll never get as good a chew as you do with your natural teeth. Dentures rely on suction to the gums to stay put, and even when they fit really well, they can only give you about a quarter of the power of your natural chew. Imagine what that means in terms of what you can and cannot eat. All sorts of delicious healthy, crunchy things like celery and apples are off the menu and you’ll be pretty much confined to a soft food diet.
The other thing about replacing the roots of your teeth is that dental implants help preserve the strength and integrity of your jawbone. When you lose a tooth root, the jawbone around where it used to be no longer receives the vibrations that tell it to renew itself. In fact, it doesn’t just sit there, it actively starts to dissolve itself, sending the calcium and other nutrients from the bone for use elsewhere in the body.
This dissolving process kicks in almost as soon as you lose a tooth, so if you want dental implants, it’s best to come in for a consultation as soon as you. You can lose up to 25% of the jawbone around a lost tooth in just a year after it’s failed.
If you have left it a while, come in for a consultation anyway. If your jawbone has deteriorated, we may be able to build it up back with a bone graft or do some other kind of preparatory work.
There are so many options for teeth straightening these days that there is now no reason why you should not have perfectly aligned teeth. In Windsor, braces are now fitted to be comfortable and best of all, discreet. The majority of braces are now near invisible, from removable aligners to braces being fixed behind your teeth. Even if the braces are fixed to the front of your teeth they can be made to match the colour of your teeth and therefore making them as inconspicuous as possible.
In Windsor, braces cover a range of problems created by misaligned teeth. It can be as simple as teeth being a little tilted inwards or outwards, to them being overcrowded or gappy to a variety of bite problems including underbites, overbites, and crossbites. Braces are not just for obtaining the perfect smile either, although that is definitely a perk in the outcome. Braces are fixing problems that can lead to more problems later in life. Straighter teeth equal healthier teeth.
Which braces option
There is now such a range of teeth straightening treatments available and our talented team of dentists will be happy to run through them all with you and come up with the perfect solution for your dental needs.
Our dentists at Old Windsor Dental Practice will be able to advise you on whether invisible braces are suitable to your needs. Invisible braces in Windsor are translucent, smooth, plastic aligners that over a specific period of time guide your teeth into their correct position. Another thing that makes invisible braces in Windsor appealing is they are also removable for eating, brushing and flossing. Saying that, these braces only work when they are being worn so for the most effective result, it is suggested the aligners be worn for at least 20-22 hours throughout the day.
The fixed braces system is usually done for more complex aligning. However, this treatment can also be as discreet as the removable aligners with some braces being made up of tooth-coloured brackets and clear wire. Of course, if you want the retro metal wire braces then that option is still available, including the elastics coming in a variety of bright exciting colours.
Dental technology is evolving to match the pressures of staying beautiful in our modern image-conscious world. We believe that the most beautiful part of any person is their smile. If you suffer from missing teeth, your self-conscious smile could be preventing you from being the most confident version of yourself, so, why not do something about it with the help of Old Windsor Dental Practice.
The problems with missing teeth
From just a single missing tooth to a group of missing teeth, there are many problems with basic everyday tasks. Simply eating your favourite foods can be problematic; the acts of biting and chewing can be rife with concern. Brushing your teeth can be awkward and painful. Missing teeth can affect your ability to speak clearly or cause involuntary clicking or whistling. Additionally, missing teeth from certain parts of your mouth can cause an unflattering ‘sunken’ effect as the bone tissue deteriorates.
There is an answer
In Windsor, dental implants are a popular and trusted choice to replace missing teeth effectively.
Our highly trained dentists carefully implant tiny titanium screws directly into your jawbone, into areas designated with accuracy via our digital imaging systems. Through a natural process called osseointegration, these tiny screws are assimilated into the jawbone. We can then install individual replacement teeth or bridges. The result is a long-lasting, dependably strong and natural feeling tooth or set of teeth.
Dental implants in Windsor have been used in cosmetic dentistry for long enough now to deeply understand how they work and how long they last – we can accurately predict the results and know it is a procedure we can rely on.
We are committed to providing you with the highest possible quality of dental implants in Windsor. We also offer a wide range of other services, from general treatments such as root canal procedures or fillings, to preventive procedures such as how to maintain fresh breath. Our cosmetic dentistry services also include teeth whitening and teeth straightening options as well as dental implants in Windsor.
If you are interested in more information on dental implants, contact our friendly team today to discuss your requirements and be one step closer to the most beautiful you.
Do you suffer from any misaligned teeth? A straighter smile can change everything – your confidence and your outlook on life.
Here at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we understand that the decision to have braces in Windsor is not one made lightly. We therefore do everything in our power to make sure that your experience is the highest quality that it can possibly be. Technology has evolved and the way to a straighter smile is much simpler.
Come into our modern, comfortable clinic and be greeted by our friendly staff. They will guide you through the forms we need to understand your medical history thoroughly, to provide you with the most appropriate braces in Windsor for you. All our treatments are tailored to the individual.
You will then be invited into a treatment room where one of our dentists will carry out a thorough examination of the face, jaw and teeth. We may follow this with x-rays and take digital images of your teeth. From here, a suitable treatment plan can be built as to what exactly your needs are. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at any stage.
Can I afford braces?
If you are happy to proceed with your braces in Windsor after your assessment but worry you may not be able to afford it in one lump sum, worry no more. We are happy to offer payment plans to spread the cost of your braces in Windsor.
Invisalign is a new and popular form of brace (used by millions of people worldwide) It straightens teeth using a series of near invisible (hence the name) aligners that we custom-make to fit perfectly over your teeth. You replace the aligner every 7-10 days, and with this change, the positioning slightly changes too, meaning your teeth are moved gradually towards the position they would look best in. Invisalign braces can also be removed any time and fit snugly so as not to cause problems with speech or eating.
So, if you are looking for a quality provider of braces in Windsor, contact our friendly staff to make the first step towards a straighter, more confident smile.
Our teeth can affect the way your whole body functions. When they are healthy, you tend to be healthy as well. However, decayed and broken teeth can create many problems, including further tooth loss. For this reason, replacing your missing teeth in Berkshire is vital.
At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, dental implants are our restorative treatment of choice for patients who have lost one, several or all of their natural teeth. Unlike conventional dentures and bridges, dental implants fuse to the jawbone and create a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth.
How do dental implants function?
Dental implants function just like natural teeth. These small, titanium, screw-shaped posts are surgically embedded in the jawbone, where they replace missing tooth roots. Because they are made of titanium, a biocompatible material, they have the ability to fuse with the jawbone, encouraging the regeneration of bone tissue. Once this process has been completed (it can take from a few weeks to several months), the dental implants are topped off with a dental restoration, such as crowns, dentures or bridges.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Most patients can have dental implants as long as they are healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and have enough bone left in their jawbone. Health conditions affecting the immune system, like uncontrolled diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and cancer obstruct healing and increase the risk of an unsuccessful recovery following the implant surgery. In these cases, a non-implant supported replacement may be a better option. Also, patients who smoke are strongly advised to quit because nicotine can impede the healing of dental implants.
Schedule your consultation appointment today
No matter how much information you think you have about dental implants, the only way to know for sure whether or not you are a suitable candidate is to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists at The Old Windsor Dental Practice. During your appointment, we will examine your teeth thoroughly and discuss your health, lifestyle, and smile goals to determine whether dental implants are the right treatment for you. Call into our surgery today and book your initial consultation.
With many dental treatments and prevention options available today, tooth extractions have become a less common procedure. Dentists try to do everything possible to restore a tooth to its original function, but sometimes this is simply not possible. Removing a tooth is the last option, but luckily there are many effective ways available to replace missing teeth.
At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we offer various ways to replace one, several or all of your missing teeth. These include dental bridges, crowns and removable dentures. We also offer dental implant solutions, ranging from regular dental implants to denture stabilisation. While dental implants are a viable treatment option for missing teeth with long-lasting results, other replacement methods may be more suitable for you.
Our dentists will examine your teeth thoroughly and help you decide which treatment is right for you. We approach each case on an individual basis and recommend treatment that would best suit your needs and overall budget.
If you are missing a few teeth in a row, then a bridge may be a good replacement option. A dental bridge is a series of crowns fitted over the gap created by the missing teeth, fixed onto the adjacent teeth. These adjacent teeth need to be ground down to support the bridge.
Dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for many years and are a popular restoration option for patients who have lost most of their teeth. Modern dentures are lightweight, well-fitting, comfortable and natural-looking.
A crown can be the most effective way to restore a cracked, heavily-filled or weakened tooth. A crown is a cap that will completely encase your damaged tooth and restore its function and appearance. Crowns are very durable and can dramatically improve the force of your bite. Your dentist might also use a crown to top a dental implant or support a bridge, replacing one or more missing teeth.
Dental implants are a viable way to replace one or more missing teeth, while they can also be used to support dentures or bridges. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into the jawbone, offering support and stability comparable to regular teeth.
There has been an increase in the popularity of dental implants over the last few years but surprisingly, the aesthetic appeal is not the only reason for this. Yes, confidence of clients may be improved when missing teeth are replaced but missing teeth can also result in the development of many other oral health issues which may not have been considered previously. How your smile looks is quite often a high priority but missing teeth can also affect speech, eating and even jawbone structure.
Health benefits of dental implants
In Windsor, dental implants can help reduce further damage to the surrounding teeth and gums. The deterioration of jawbone strength, gum disease and tooth decay are but a few of the later occurring problems which may arise as a result of missing teeth. The insertion of dental implants can improve the quality of your dental health. Missing teeth can potentially cause loss of structure of the jaw bone, which may result in premature ageing of the face. A missing tooth or teeth can also potentially cause surrounding teeth to move unnecessarily resulting in gaps elsewhere.
How dental implants work
At Old Windsor Dental Practice in Windsor, dental implants can offer the ideal restoration for patients provided they are in good oral health. Dental implants are a permanent way to replace one or more missing teeth. During a small surgical procedure, small titanium screws are inserted into the jawbone. Up to four new teeth can be joined to one titanium screw. In time, these gradually fuse with and strengthen the jawbone making dental implants the utmost sturdiest tooth replacement option. Dental implants are a permanent fixture which makes the replaced tooth or teeth feel like they have always been a part of your natural set of teeth. Unlike some other tooth replacement procedures there is no need to remove your dental implants for cleaning, and if you ensure a continuous practice of dental care, your implants will be able to last a lifetime.
Dental implants in Windsor offer a procedure which is safe, effective and proven to restore a great smile and the confidence of eating without any unfortunate mishaps.