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What is Invisalign and why is it a popular alternative for traditional braces?

Teeth-correcting technology continues to offer new exciting methods to patients looking to dental problems such as misaligned teeth, and crooked smiles. Clear dental devices are a popular method of treatment for patients of all ages. At Old Windsor Dental, we offer the Invisalign system as an effective treatment for braces in Colchester. Our patients love the fact that these clear dental aligners are easy to wear.

Braces in BerkshireInvisalign works in a similar way as traditional fixed dental devices to gradually move and straighten teeth. Unlike fixed devices that are so noticeable, this first-class dental treatment uses a virtually invisible aligner system.

Who is suitable for Invisalign?

Invisalign can successfully treat the following issues:

  • Teeth overcrowding

Overcrowding cases of up to 3mm works best with this form of treatment.

  • Spacing issues

Most suitable spacing issues are those cases with up to 3mm gaps.

  • Overjet issues

Best results can be achieved in overjet cases of up to 2mm.

  • Overbite issues

Overbite cases of up to 1mm are easy to fix.

For simple teeth-correcting cases, clear aligners are an effective form of treatment. For more complicated extreme cases, patients may have to rely on fixed dental devices.

What is the process involved?

We offer patients interested in clear braces in Colchester a very simple process. Our dental practitioner will talk the patient through the entire process, always ensuring that every step is understood. Patients are welcome to ask questions to address any concerns they may have.

Dental impressions are taken of the patient’s mouth which is sent to the laboratory where computer technology is used to calculate the required number of aligners needed to move teeth into the correct position. Thereafter a number of clear aligner trays are custom created for a patient. A fitting session is scheduled when the patient is shown how to use them with suggested guidelines on best oral care when using aligners.

Advantages of Invisalign

There are a number of challenges associated with fixed dental devices that clear aligners address. The following advantages are the most common reason for patients choosing Invisalign.

  1. Discreet invisible aligners

For patients in people-facing careers who need to correct teeth misalignment issues with dental devices choose clear aligners due to these instruments being discreet and barely noticeable.

  1. Aligners can be removed

The fact that these aligners can be removed when necessary during treatment makes them an attractive option especially as getting trapped pieces of food from out of the wires and brackets can be frustrating as well as time-consuming.

  1. Eliminate the embarrassment attached to wearing teeth-correcting devices

Seeing that the Invisalign aligners are almost invisible, patients do not feel self-conscious about having to wear them. This provides a boost in confidence.

  1. Cost-effective treatment option

Invisalign is manufactured in the UK which makes them an affordable teeth-correcting treatment.

Do you have teeth misalignment issues to correct to improve the look of your smile? Schedule a consultation with one of our dental practitioners at Old Windsor Dental to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment plan for you.

How to care for your braces

The progress of a patient’s dental treatment plan depends on how well they take care of all the components that make up their fixed teeth-correcting instrument: wires, brackets, rubber bands and hooks. This does mean that patients are required to make the extra effort to learn good oral habits and take the time to ensure the device is thoroughly cleaned. Any food particles left behind after cleaning can have disastrous consequences for the patient’s teeth, gums and will compromise treatment results. In the event of your braces in Berkshire becoming damaged or breaks, patients are advised to contact us at Old Windsor Dental as soon as possible for repairs to be made. The following care tips and guidelines for wearing orthodontic devices will help make wearing them more comfortable, prevent them from becoming damaged and keep teeth clean and healthy.Braces in Berkshire

  1. Follow dietary recommendations

Patients are often unaware of the impact the types of foods they consume can have on their teeth and damage caused to orthodontic devices. Patients on teeth-correcting treatments are restricted from consuming certain foods and beverages. In the early stages of the treatment it is best for patients to stay away from hard foods that can not only damage metal components of teeth-correcting instruments, but can exacerbate the discomfort of sore teeth and gums.  Sticky foods and foods that are a challenge to chew pose a risk to rubber bands and brackets and can force wires out of alignment.

  1. Keep dental wax on hand

Dental wax is a product designed to protect gums and ease the pain of wearing dental devices. It is also a miracle fix for covering protruding wires and loose brackets to prevent further injuries to gums and inner cheeks. Dental wax can effectively be applied to the metal parts of dental devices as a short term repair measure until they can be properly repaired by a professional dental practitioner.

  1. Brush teeth more than twice a day

Patients should take care to brush their teeth after every meal or snack. Every time you eat, small pieces of food get trapped in between the metal components found in some types of dental devices and removing these food particles as soon as possible becomes a key concern. The longer they remain behind in the mouth, the higher the risk of dental problems causing complications. Rinsing your mouth with water after meals is another good idea if you don’t have a toothbrush with you. Brushing teeth offers another benefit too – it can provide relief from pain and pressure from having devices adjusted throughout treatment.

Need a consultation for braces in Berkshire? Make an appointment at Old Windsor Dental today and take a proactive stance towards your dental health.

Ensure that your dental treatment to align teeth correctly is smooth and as comfortable as possible. The best way is to follow all guidelines from your dental practitioner and remember to treat dental devices with care. Patients generally wear teeth-correcting devices on average for 12 to 18 months which is why it is essential that you take care to protect their longevity and your oral health.

Looking for affordable dental implants in Windsor? Come to The Old Windsor Dental Practice

When you have gaps in your smile, in the modern world, it is almost impossible not to feel somewhat insecure. Everyday, we are bombarded with images of celebrities with perfectly straight, gap free smiles, so gaps or misalignments can become a more prominent issue if your smile is less than perfect.

Dental Implants in WindsorLuckily, due to the increase in demand for dental implants, more dental surgeries are offering them to their patients at even more affordable prices, turning that dream of having a beaming smile into a reality.

At the Old Windsor Dental Practice, our dental team is proud to be able to offer our patients dental implants in Windsor. After all, we want you to feel happy and confident about your smile!

What are dental implants?

With the global spotlight being shone onto dental implants, it is hard to believe that so many people are unaware of what they actually are.

The dental implants in Windsor that we offer our patients are comprised of two main parts; the implant and the prosthesis.

The implant(s) are typically small, titanium screws that are attached to the jawbone and must be deemed to be secure by your dentist before the prosthesis is fitted. This can take up to two months to confirm and includes multiple X-rays and scans, so you must have a patient disposition.

Depending on the amount of natural tooth loss you have, you may need fewer or more implants attached to your jaw for the fitting of the prosthesis.

The prosthesis that is fitted can vary from a single tooth, to partial bridge or an entire upper and lower set of dentures, to provide you with your desired, finished look.

Advantages of dental implants

The popularity of dental implants is climbing; with more patients than ever seeking them out across the UK to improve their smiles and confidence, there are other advantages of having dental implants in Windsor fitted, that stretch far beyond cosmetic appearances.

Improved bite

When you lose multiple natural teeth, your bite may become weaker and you will find it harder to bite into more solid foods like apples.

When dental implants are fitted, they improve the strength and precision of your bite, so you are able to bite into as many apples or pears as you desire without worry.

No rubbing or blisters

Dentures and bridges can and often do come loose, causing issues like rubbing and blisters to form on your gum line.

As prostheses are attached to the secure implants, they are unable to move and do not cause issues with friction or ulcers on your gum line.

Improved bone density

When you lose a tooth or teeth, the jawbone around the missing tooth recedes. If you have teeth around the missing tooth, can cause them to move out of line.

Implants improve your jawbone’s density and therefore secure any natural teeth that you have remaining around your missing tooth.

Have you been told you need braces by your dentist? Different braces we offer at The Old Windsor Dental Practice

When a dentist says the word ‘brace,’ most patients run a mile, regardless of their age.

Although orthodontic braces are a common procedure throughout the UK, many suitable candidates for the treatment refuse to undergo it; leaving them with misaligned teeth and an unresolved worry that braces will be mentioned again in the future.

Braces in WindsorIt is an understandable worry. In the past, we all remember that one kid at school who got bullied for wearing the traditional, orthodontic brace and of course, we all want to avoid that happening to us.

Luckily, as dentistry has advanced in recent years, different types of braces have been developed, allowing more people to undergo orthodontic work with discreet, removable braces.

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we can offer our patients a range of different braces in Windsor, tailored to help them resolve their misalignment quickly and effectively.

Different style of braces

There are many different types of braces in Windsor that our dental team can offer to our patients, many of them advanced in their physical appearance while also using more modern technology to straighten teeth. Many are designed to aid in the realignment of mild to moderate dental malocclusions, so may not be suitable for everyone.

Our braces in Windsor fall into three separate categories listed below.

Orthodontic braces

The traditional metal braces, orthodontic braces are the gold standard at correcting issues with bite and resolving more complicated tooth arrangements in the mouth.

Fixed with metal brackets to your teeth, these braces use metal wires to gently pull your misaligned teeth into the desired position, a procedure known as ‘tooth tightening.’

These braces may stay on for a few months or years, depending on the amount of treatment you require. Orthodontic fittings and tightening are usually performed by an orthodontist, with check-ups and hygienic cleans being undertaken by general dentists and hygienists.

Removable aligners

The most modern type of brace, removable braces are typically made from clear, malleable plastics, that are customised to fit over your teeth and use gentle pressure to realign the teeth. They are removable, but must be worn for at least 20 hours a day for you to benefit from wearing them.

One of the most popular removable aligners we offer our patients at Old Windsor is Invisalign, which uses computer technology and multiple, customised aligners to straighten mild to moderate misalignments.

Fixed aligners

More suited to younger patients whose teeth are developing, fixed aligners are minimal in appearance, with the brackets often being made from either clear or tooth coloured materials.

Similar to the orthodontic brace, fixed aligner braces use a system of brackets and wires to gently move the teeth into the required position through tightening of the wires, often before or after the patient has undergone orthodontic brace treatments.

Are you still worried about requiring treatment with braces? Don’t be, contact us today at Old Windsor to arrange an initial consultation.

Looking for a family dentist? General dentistry in Berkshire

When you move to a new area, one of the first things to establish is registration with a doctor’s surgery and a dental practice. This is particularly important if you have children or if you have undergone extensive dental work in the past.

General Dentistry in BerkshireAll dental practices often have a mix of restorative dental professionals alongside those practicing general dentistry in Berkshire. As the name suggests, general dentistry does not involve cosmetic work, restorative surgeries or orthodontic work.

Everyday dentistry is important as it can identify potential issues you may have and resolve dental emergencies when they occur. At Old Windsor Dental, we offer both general and cosmetic surgery, to keep your mouth in top condition and looking great too.

What is meant by general dentistry?

General dentistry in Berkshire is a term used to describe a group of everyday dental techniques and procedures that can be performed by any dentist. When you attend your dentist to have your bi-annual check-up, that is a type of general dentistry.

There are many other services that fall under this umbrella term.

Root canal treatment

A root canal is performed when the pulp of a tooth becomes infected through either injury or decay. These types of infections can lead to an abscess forming under the tooth which is extremely painful. If you can make it through the pain of the abscess without seeking treatment, chances are it will recur, and you may need to have the tooth extracted.

Emergency dental care

Following on from root canals, an abscess is considered a dental emergency as it may lead to sepsis. Other dental emergencies include lost or loose fillings, chipped or broken teeth and any unusual lumps or swellings appearing in your mouth, even if they are not painful to touch.

If you have any other unusual symptoms occurring with your gums or teeth, please contact us straight away.

Extractions/ Oral Surgery

In instances where there is extensive tooth decay or gum disease, dental extractions will need to be performed to prevent further pain or chance of infection. Similarly, some patients we see have impacted wisdom teeth that require removal, and this can be performed by a general dental surgeon too.

If you are worried about your wisdom teeth due to pain or swelling, please contact us straight away.

Jaw Pain

If you grind your teeth during the night, you may be suffering from a condition called temporo-mandibular joint disorder (or TMJ). This causes pain in the neck, jaw and can even cause headaches.

Concerned about jaw pain? Come and see us today.

Pregnancy

You probably wouldn’t expect to have to visit your dentist when you are pregnant, but hormonal changes during this time can cause issues with calcium, which in turn can cause decay or cracked teeth. It is very important to keep an eye on oral health during this time for both your sakes!

Snoring

Dentistry can stop snoring?

Yes! If you snore, our dentists can customise a series of oral devices or mouthpieces designed to help you and your partner get a good night’s sleep.

General dentistry in Berkshire is thriving at Old Windsor Dental in more ways than one!

Frequently asked questions about general dentistry in Berkshire

General dentists are probably the medical healthcare professionals that you will see most frequently throughout your life.

General Dentistry in BerkshireWhereas people visit their doctor when they are already unwell, people tend to visit their dentist as a measure of prevention. Interestingly, in modern dental practices, 65% are estimated to be either diagnostic or preventative procedures.

While a general dentist specialises to treat entire families, including young children, there is still a great deal of mystery surrounding these health care professionals.

Here at Old Windsor Dental, we have compiled our own FAQs that we as professionals are asked day to day about general dentistry in Berkshire.

What do general dentists do?

General dentists in Berkshire make up part of the largest percentage of practicing dentists at any given time, with 80% of all dentists across the UK being general.

These oral healthcare professionals provide the public with a wide array of services to ensure dental health.

Preventative

An examination from a dentist at your local surgery is the cornerstone of preventative dental treatment. Appointments for such as X-Rays, check-ups and cleaning, prevent several more complicated dental issues. As well as this, general dentists offer advice on how to look after your teeth, dentures and implants too.

Restorative

If during your biannual check-up, a problem is found, your dentist will ensure it is treated in an appropriate and timely manner.

Restoration includes filling decayed teeth, applying crowns, fitting dentures or bridges for missing teeth as well as securing loose teeth. Also, in the event a filling falls out or extensive decay leads to a dental emergency, a general dentist will not only correct these issues, but can even prescribe antibiotics in the event of an infection to help you feel better sooner.

Cosmetic

We are not talking about smile makeovers with extensive implant work here, but if you want to whiten your smile, a general dentist is able to whiten your teeth and perform a scale and polish too.

Some dentists may have qualifications in bonding, bridgework and veneers, but as a rule, most general dentists don’t.

Overall health concerns

Oral health can be an appropriate measure of your overall health.

If you suffer from diabetes, are pregnant or are taking medications like steroids, regular dental check-ups are advised.

General dentists can advise you on how to prevent cardiovascular issues caused by untreated oral infections or diabetes. They can also advise you on supplements to take during pregnancy to manage calcium deficiencies and are well versed in understanding side effects of medications you may be taking on prescription.

If you smoke, you should really visit your dentist twice a year, as smokers are at an increased risk of oral and throat cancer, dentists are able to identify signs of cancers and can refer you to a specialist in a timely manner.

General dentists are an important cornerstone of your health and are qualified to help you manage your teeth and gums.

If you need to see a general dentist in Berkshire please contact us today.

The Old Windsor Dental Practice

Our practice was officially established in 1981, and existed as a branch practice before that, meaning that our practice is extremely well established in the community, and truly understands the people of Windsor. It was taken over by Utpalendu Bose in 2008, who had been working at the practice since 1996. Our philosophy of putting the customer first hasn’t changed since 1981, and we hope to continue in this way in the future.

Dental Implants in WindsorWhat we offer

We offer the majority of dental services, including minor dental work and check-ups. We also offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry, meaning that we are able to work on your appearance, and tailor it to achieve the smile that you have always wanted. If you are concerned about crooked or missing teeth, then we recommend a consultation, where we can advise you whether a set of braces will be the solution for you, or more radical treatment such as dental implants. If you are looking for dental implants in Windsor, then this is also a treatment that is available at our practice.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a replacement for a tooth, that works by removing the tooth entirely (unless there is already a gap) and replacing it with a prosthetic tooth. However, unlike dentures or bridges, a dental implant is placed into the bone of the patient via a titanium screw, making an implant extremely sturdy. Your dentist removes any root left, and then with precision, drills into the jawbone with the titanium screw. Fascinatingly, the bone will grow around the screw once it has been implanted, further solidifying the foundation of your new tooth.

When would I need a dental implant?

Dental implants are necessary when the entire tooth has been destroyed or is missing for whatever reason. A dental implant is needed to replace the entire foundation of the tooth, essentially starting again from scratch. However, we would advise you on the best course of action with a consultation, and we can guide you on whether dental implants in Windsor are the best option for you. Dental implants are also a good method for anchoring in dentures or bridges, so if you are missing one or several teeth, then we may recommend one of them being a dental implant.

Is the treatment painful or in any way risky?

We cannot say categorically that this treatment would be without any discomfort. However, as the implants are fitted under local anaesthetic, there should be no direct pain from installing the implants. If you are concerned about pain, then there are painkillers available at our practice. In terms of risk, we can assure you that our dentists are greatly experienced, which means there is no reason to be concerned with this treatment. Our implantologist Ian Sneddon has been fitting and restoring implants for over 25 years, making him one of the most experienced dentists to fit dental implants in Windsor.

Do I need braces?

We don’t expect any of our patients to decide on their own whether they need braces or not, and after a consultation, we would guide you on which choice is best for you. Generally, teeth that are visibly crooked or misaligned will need braces in order to restore the teeth to their natural position. Teeth that are severely crooked can cause further problems, such as tooth erosion. However, teeth that are only slightly crooked can be simply an aesthetic issue and can make people self-conscious about their smile. If you think you need some braces in Windsor, then our practice will provide you will a full and extensive range to choose from.

Braces in WindsorMain Solution

If you have problems with your teeth, such as crookedness or misalignments of the jaw, then you are a likely candidate for orthodontic treatment. The main solution to this problem is usually fixed braces. Prior to your treatment, we would take a series of x-rays and photographs to determine the best course of action for your treatment. Fixed braces are fitted by attaching an individual brace to each tooth, passing a wire through and tightening them, this causes the teeth to be gently pulled into the correct position.

Benefits of having straight teeth

Aside from the aesthetic benefit of having straight teeth, there are a number of reasons that make having straight teeth a huge plus. One of the positives is the cessation of tooth erosion, which can be caused when too much contact is made between teeth that have become misaligned. The second is the prevention of too much plaque getting trapped, as if the teeth are not straight and lined up properly, it can create small gaps where brushing cannot reach easily. If getting braces in Windsor sounds interesting to  you for any of these reasons, then do not hesitate to contact us.

Alternative Options

We understand that getting braces fitted can be a daunting experience, and we also understand that wearing fixed braces as an adult might not fit your picture of a glamorous appearance. Therefore, we have a variety of more aesthetically pleasing options that may be more attractive.

Invisalign

If you are suitable, then Invisalign may be an option for you. We take a 3D scan, and then construct a projection of your treatment, to plan out how your teeth will look post treatment. Then we are able to produce a series of plastic, transparent braces, that gradually adjust a patient’s teeth towards our planned projection. One of the great benefits to Invisalign is that it is removable, so you are free to eat and drink whatever you like by removing the brace, although the brace does need to stay on for at least 20 hours a day to be effective. And with regards to appearance, the Invisalign brace is virtually invisible, meaning that most people won’t realise you are having dental treatment at all.

How do I find out more?

If you are interested in braces in Windsor, then our website is full of information, so please browse at your leisure. Also, feel free to book a consultation, so that we can give you the best advice possible on your next move, as at The Old Windsor Dental practice, customer care is our number one priority.

Is it time for a dental check up?

One of the most important things you can do for your general health is to look after your oral care.  This not only means exercising a great home cleaning regime of brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, but also ensuring that you visit your dentist for regular check-ups.

General Dentistry in BerkshireAt Old Windsor we know how important it is to have a dental practitioner that you trust, to look after all aspects of general dentistry in Berkshire, when it comes to your mouth and teeth! After all, we will be partners in fighting tooth decay and gum disease together!

What exactly is general dentistry?

As we all know prevention is better than cure, and that is very obvious in the world of dental healthcare. General dentistry in Berkshire aims at preventing disease, research shows that 65 per cent of all dental procedures are in fact preventative or diagnostic. Through promoting oral health care, many dentists help patients to avoid later problems such as gum disease or tooth decay.

At any dental practice worth its salt, a wide range of services should be offered, and at the foundation of any good practice, should be general dentistry in Berkshire. These include functions such as checkups with thorough examination of the patient’s mouth, gums and teeth, professional cleaning and ongoing discussion with checks on the patient’s general health.

What do these dentists do?

General dentists are those that look after people of all ages and who the patient sees for check-ups and initial consultations.  They will provide fillings if needed, but this is not all.  These professionals will also provide treatments such as a root canal procedure which is used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth, extractions and emergency dental care to name but a few.

Pregnant women and oral health

We also offer dental treatments to pregnant women, as pregnancy can play havoc with teeth and gums. During pregnancy, the hormone levels can get very high and this can affect how a woman’s body deals with plaque, which is the name for the layers of germs on the teeth.  This, in turn, can lead to pregnancy gingivitis, so it is very important for the patient to brush her teeth at least twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste. The patient should also floss or use an alternative method to clean between the teeth and should visit the dentist regularly.  Some pregnant women also see red nodules on their gums, known as pregnancy granuloma, our dentists can safely remove these.

Helping you to a healthy smile!

We provide dental preventive services to help our patients maintain good oral health by stopping diseases before they take hold of the teeth and mouth.  Your road to dental happiness is important to us and we will provide you with regular exams, x-rays and teeth cleaning.  We will also share our dental expertise and give you advice on how best to improve your home oral health care regime.

The old adage of prevention is better than cure has never been so apt!

How is your oral health these days?

We all visit the dentist regularly, or if we don’t we should!  But do you know how important general dentistry in Berkshire is for your well being? We don’t just mean your oral health either, but your general health and even your self-confidence can take a knock if your teeth are decayed or missing.

General Dentistry in BerkshireAt Old Windsor we know that it is very important not only for you to look after your oral care at home, by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, but also to have preventative measures offered to you at our dental practice. Starting at an early age, all of us should be taking trips to our dentist every 6 months to a year to have regular oral health checks and professional teeth cleaning.

These visits for regular oral examinations and hygienist appointments are the foundations of good oral hygiene, but why?  Because if you do not regularly clean your teeth, bacteria can build up to form plaque. Unfortunately, if don’t get rid of this plaque it can cause tooth decay, gum disease and in some cases, extractions.  Prevention, in this case, is definitely better than cure!

General dentistry in Berkshire

We all rely on our general dental practitioners to look after all aspects of preventative and diagnostic care of our teeth and mouths.  These dental professionals are not only proficient in check-ups and fillings there are also a whole host of other treatments that they are able to do.

A veritable array of expert treatments

It is such a shame that some people only visit the dentist when there is something wrong with their teeth. So many problems can be avoided by taking preventative steps, as in regular check-ups and oral exams. Regular dental visits are vital to saving your oral health and your money,  all issues from gum disease to tooth decay can be treated quickly if caught soon enough.

General dentistry in Berkshire includes a wide range of treatments and dental solutions that are both preventative and diagnostic, such as oral exams, teeth extractions for teeth that are unhealthy and cannot be saved, fillings to repair decayed teeth, root canal procedures for diseased teeth and dental implants.

Other forms of this dental work that are covered under the general heading can include,

crowns to replace missing teeth, removable dentures and tooth decay prevention.

Helping you on the way to good oral health!

At Old Windsor we are proud to help all of our patients to maintain healthy teeth, gums and mouths.  We see on a day to day basis, not only how our preventative measures can help with oral and general health, but also how they can boost a patient’s self-esteem. Knowledge is power and we will offer the best advice on how you can improve your dental care at home.

Through stopping disease and decay in their tracks your road to dental happiness will be a lot smoother and we will be with you every step of the way!!