The choice of whitening system that works best for you

If you are thinking of having teeth whitening in Berkshire, Old Windsor Dental Practice can offer you two different ways to achieve that brighter, whiter smile.

We believe that both at-home and in-clinic whitening systems are safe and effective and produce a great white smile, so that you can choose which of the two will work better for you.

Teeth Whitening in BerkshireAt-home whitening

Our package for teeth whitening at home requires a certain amount of self-discipline. When you choose the at-home whitening, you first come to us to have impressions of your teeth made so that we can create special trays that exactly fit your teeth.

You take these home, along with the whitening solution. The self-discipline comes in now, because you need to wear the trays for a short period every day for about two weeks to achieve the full results, although you will start to see a difference after a few days.

The advantage of at-home teeth whitening is that you now have the trays with which to do top-up whitening sessions when the brightness starts to fade.

In-clinic whitening

If you think you won’t be able to keep up the self-discipline, or you just need to get your teeth whitened super-fast for a special event, then at Old Windsor Dental Practice we also offer a whitening service in our clinic. This takes around 90 minutes and can lighten your teeth by between four and six shades.

We protect your gums and lips with a guard made from soft silicone, and, once the whitening gel has been applied, it is activated with a special lamp. This is done four times, each session lasting about 15 minutes.

The good news is that you can maintain your amazing new smile with top-up kits at home.

The not so good news is that teeth whitening cannot change the colour of any veneers, bridges or crowns that you may have, so if you want to go ahead with teeth whitening you may well have to get these changed afterwards.

Why not come into Old Windsor Dental Practice to see if teeth whitening is right for you?

Discretion is the key with invisible braces

You are probably so used to seeing adolescents with braces on their teeth that although you may register them, you don’t feel the need to comment on them. It’s just another kid with braces on. However, put those braces onto someone like yourself, a working adult in business clothes, and it’s a whole different story.

It’s just another person getting straighter teeth in Berkshire, but it’s not normal to see adults in braces. It’s hard not to react with stares and personal questions. It’s embarrassing for the poor person in the braces (especially if it’s you) and that may well be why you have not yet got around to doing something about your wonky teeth. But you can go for it now, thanks to invisible braces.

Straighter Teeth in BerkshireOver the last couple of decades, researchers have been working hard to come up with advanced materials and techniques to make braces less visible so that wearers can feel less self-conscious. At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we are doing brisk business in discreet teeth straightening.

One hugely popular way to straighten teeth uses invisible braces by a company called Invisalign. Their system is not even a variation on the traditional bracket and wires many people associate with braces. Instead it uses aligners, which are transparent thermoplastic resin trays, rather like mouth guards. These slide snugly over the teeth and are so thin that it is almost impossible to see them.

Invisalign aligners are a product of the digital age. They are 3D printed in a laboratory in the United States specifically for each patient, using detailed measurements collected digitally by their dentist. The dentist also uses this information to create a digital preview of the route the teeth will travel to reach their required alignment. Each aligner is designed slightly differently from the previous one, marking another step along the journey to straight smile heaven. The pressure from each slight move forward in tray design is what nudges the teeth along their trajectory.

Typically, you will wear each aligner for about 7 — 10 days before moving on to the next one. The numbers of aligners required varies according to your own particular issue.

It’s time to shine with Invisalign

Everyone deserves a dazzling smile. If misaligned teeth make you shy away from flashing your smile, a simple visit to Old Windsor Dental Practice might just be able to take care of that problem for you quickly and easily with the help of Invisalign braces in Windsor.

Invisalign braces in Windsor use an almost invisible, removable set of aligners that are changed every two weeks to move teeth towards their desired position. These clear and comfortable aligners will help align your teeth without interfering with your appearance.

Braces in WindsorThe treatment process

At your first consultation, an impression of your teeth is taken to ensure that Invisalign braces in Windsor are suitable to straighten your teeth. This impression is then changed into a 3D image. This image will include the predicted movements your teeth will go through as you undergo treatment, thus giving you a preview of what your new smile is going to look like before you begin treatment.

Once you begin treatment, you will be required to wear a different set of aligners every two weeks. During this period, your teeth will gradually move towards the desired final position. As you go through this treatment, you will have to visit one of our dentists regularly so that we can check your treatment is all going to plan.

What to expect with Invisalign braces in Windsor?

After you have received your first set of aligners talking may be a bit uncomfortable during the first few days. As time goes by, this slight discomfort will subside as you will get used to having them in your mouth.

We highly recommend that you maintain excellent oral hygiene throughout your treatment period and even afterwards. You should also always keep regular check-up appointments to keep your new smile as dazzling as possible, for as long as possible.

Depending on the severity of your dental issue, it may take one to two years to totally solve the problems your teeth have. But, in some cases, it can take as little as a few months to rectify minor dental alterations with the help of Invisalign braces in Windsor.

Regaining dental confidence

Missing teeth affect your life in several ways. The cosmetic difference is the most obvious: gaps in the smile are easy to see. The teeth that remain have to work harder, and there’s an increased risk of injuring them. As the years go on, missing teeth can lead to deterioration in the jawbone.

In Windsor, dental implants are a long-term solution to these problems. At the Old Windsor Dental Practice, we have plenty of experience in providing this treatment for all kinds of tooth loss. Whether you’re missing a single tooth from a sporting injury, or a whole set for more complex reasons, we have the skills and experience to fully restore your dental function.

Dental Implants in WindsorReceiving dental implants in Windsor

Your treatment begins with a conversation at our contemporary dental practice. The friendly team will discuss your dental health history, and come up with a meticulous plan to replace your missing teeth. It’s important that you have sufficient bone density and good enough oral health to receive the implants. We might need to do a bit of preliminary work to get you ready.

Then comes the minor surgical procedure, in which our dentist will place small metal posts into your jawbone. Following a short period of healing, you’ll come back to the practice to have your new teeth securely affixed to the posts.

Oral health advantages

Once you’ve received your Windsor dental implants, you’ll be able to enjoy their many benefits:

  • There’s no need to use messy adhesives to keep them in place, and they’re easy to keep clean;
  • Because the jawbone forms a strong bond with the implanted posts, the new teeth function like natural ones. You can enjoy your meals without having to cautiously opt for soft or mushy foods;
  • Speech can feel more fluent, because the stability of the new teeth can make certain words easier to pronounce;
  • You’ll maintain a healthy facial bone structure, without developing the sunken look that sometimes comes to the long-term wearer of removable dentures.

If properly cared for, Windsor dental implants can last for decades. They can have a long-lasting positive effect on your overall quality of life.

Fixed braces procedure

If you need fixed braces in Windsor, Old Windsor Dental Practice is here to help. At your initial consultation for fixed braces we will take x-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth in order to create plaster models; as our dentists will plan your treatment using these. Sometimes, permanent teeth need to be removed when the mouth is suffering from overcrowding, meaning there is not enough space in the jaw for all of them. These extractions are usually done just before the fitting of your braces in Windsor.

Braces in WindsorAt your second visit, your dentist will explain the treatment plan and the braces suitable for your condition. Before your fixed braces in Windsor are fitted, separators (like small plastic ‘doughnuts’) are placed between your molars for a week before to create spaces for the molar bands.

At your third and fourth visits bands are cemented and brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth. Subsequent visits (which are needed every 4-8 weeks) will be used to make adjustments to the braces. This will be by way of wire-changes, adding springs, elastics or other accessories to make your braces in Windsor as comfortable and successful as possible.

How long does treatment take?

The average period of treatment with fixed braces is two to three years. You will need to make time every one to two months to visit your dentist here at Old Windsor Dental Practice if you wish your treatment to finish successfully and on time.

What happens when treatment is complete?

After your braces in Windsor treatment is complete your fixed braces will be removed at what we call a ‘debanding’ appointment, followed by removal of cement and the polishing of your teeth.  Moulds of your teeth in their new positions are taken to make retainers to ensure your new smile lasts. After your braces are removed, it is very important to wear retainers to hold your teeth in their new positions for years to come.

If this sounds like the right choice for you, give us a call today and get the smile you have always wanted with the help of fixed braces.

General dentistry in Berkshire – an introduction

Everyone needs a smile that stands the test of time, and this is made possible by preventing problems before they even start. However, even if you have developed dental problems, an experienced dentist can help with personalised and comprehensive oral care.

At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we are passionate about prevention and will be sure to give you reasons to smile every time you visit. Our experienced dentists will examine your teeth and clean them thoroughly. General dentistry in Berkshire includes a number of treatments such as check-ups and cleanings and root canal therapy among others.

General Dentistry in BerkshireDental examinations

We strongly recommend all patients attend at least two check-ups and cleanings with our dentists and dental hygienists every year. This is an important step and should not be missed, even if you have generally good oral health. Common dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay can develop in such ways that patients do not realise anything is wrong until they have experienced significant damage. Our experienced dentists will identify these issues right away and provide the attention you need as soon as possible.

During your dental examination, your dentist will look into your oral health specifics with the help of digital x-rays and a visual examination. We are also happy to discuss personal goals or preferences you have for your personalised dental care, so we can provide effective recommendations. After that, our dental hygienist will thoroughly clear away plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, leaving you with a beautiful and healthy smile.

Root canal treatment

A root canal treatment can save a tooth that otherwise would have been lost due to tooth decay or infection. Also known as an endodontic treatment, a root canal involves the removal of the infected tissue and nerve in the tooth. To ensure stability, a permanent filling is then applied. Dental crowns are also essential to protect the area from bacteria and further infection.

Prevention is better than cure

Focusing on prevention by visiting the dentist twice a year and having regular cleanings, will help you enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile. To learn more about general dentistry in Berkshire, do not hesitate to contact us today.

The role of dental hygiene in oral health prevention

Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile beautiful. They can also tell your dentist a lot about your overall health, including whether or not you may be at risk of gum disease or tooth decay.

At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we believe that prevention is better than cure and for this reason, we urge our patients to visit us at least twice a year. Recent research suggests that the health of our mouth mirrors the condition of our body as a whole. Poor oral health is related to conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.

Dental Hygiene in BerkshireBrush and floss every single day

Brushing for at least two minutes every day is the single most important method for reducing plaque and preventing cavities, gum disease and other oral infections. Proper brushing can clean your teeth and gums effectively. Be sure to use a toothbrush that has soft bristles and replace it every three to four months. Flossing, on the other hand, removes plaque and food under the gum line and between the teeth that cannot be removed by a regular toothbrush.

Nothing beats a professional cleaning

Even if you are brushing and flossing every day, it is not sufficient to help you keep on top of your oral health. Only a dentist can remove the plaque from your teeth completely and reduce the likelihood of gum disease or tooth decay. Gum disease is caused by plaque bacteria and can significantly affect your overall health and well-being. Your dentist will examine your teeth thoroughly, inspect your gums and look for signs of decay or gum disease. They will then clean your teeth thoroughly and polish them. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, it is even more important to visit the dentist.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

To prevent oral health issues, practicing good oral hygiene is very important. Regular dental visits, brushing regularly, flossing and watching what you eat are all important steps in preventing dental disease and keeping you in good health. To learn more about dental hygiene in Berkshire, contact us today.

Why we love dental implants in Windsor

In Windsor, dental implants continue to increase in popularity among people who need to get one, some or all of their teeth replaced. And we can see why at Old Windsor Dental Practice.

Every now and then, someone makes a discovery that revolutionises the way people do things and it’s hard to remember what life was like before it came along. Think how much life has changed since the invention of the world wide web back in 1995. In only 22 years, the knock-on effects in terms of how we book taxis, accommodation, send money, do our banking, shopping, and find things out has changed beyond recognition, and it continues to change.

Dental Implants in WindsorWell, in the dental, indeed the medical world, the discovery of titanium as an implant material has had similar far-reaching and ongoing benefits for people everywhere.

What’s so great about titanium?

The body is incredibly sensitive to foreign materials showing up inside it, and when something that shouldn’t be there comes along, it mobilises all its immune system defences to get rid of it. Think of what happens when you get a splinter. The surrounding area gets very hot and swells up with pus and the splinter is pushed out. This is what the body does to most foreign objects, but, for some unknown reason, the body just loves titanium. Instead of rejecting it in a ball of pus, the body grows new tissues and blood vessels all over it, holding it in a loving embrace, fusing with it as much as it can.

That’s great for dental implants in Windsor. You need teeth to be very firmly anchored in the jawbone. Until the advent of dental implants in the 1980s, all people had to replace teeth with was dentures or bridges. Dentures rely on the gums for support and the gums don’t do a very good job, offering only about 25% of the stability teeth need to chew properly. Bridges rely on using neighbouring teeth to act as buttresses, and they have to be ground down to take crowns. Not ideal at all.

This is why we love dental implants in Windsor and we hope you will too.

Would straighter teeth give you a boost?

Does your heart sink when you look in the mirror? Crooked, unevenly spaced or crowded teeth can detract from your appearance and make you feel self-conscious. If you long to stop worrying about how your teeth look then having braces in Windsor could be the solution.

At the Old Windsor Dental Practice, we provide treatments that are focussed on straightening your teeth so that you relax and enjoy your smile again. We treat children and adults in Windsor. Braces could improve your appearance or anyone in your family and prevent the longer-term problems arising from misaligned teeth.

Braces in WindsorWho can have braces?

It is often considered that childhood is the best time to have treatment, when the jaw is still growing and developing. However, if you are an adult with wonky teeth, then it is certainly not too late to have them straightened.

As people have different requirements, we offer a range of options. Our adult patients have busy social and professional lives so often request treatment that is discreet. If you need a brace that is almost invisible then the Invisalign system may be most appropriate. These clear plastic aligners are very discreet and can be removed for eating, cleaning or special occasions. Fixed appliances are more suitable for correcting issues with the top and the bottom jaw meeting and are also frequently used with our younger patients.

What should I expect?

We want you to have a smile that you are proud of and a treatment that suits your lifestyle and budget. Your initial consultation is a chance for us to find out exactly what you would like to achieve. We also check the teeth and gums thoroughly to ensure that they are sound and make sure that you get the treatment that is right for you. We will talk you through every stage so that you are fully informed from start to finish. If you are looking for braces in Windsor then you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.

Take the first step towards having an attractive new smile today and contact us to see how we can help you improve your appearance and allow your mouth to function correctly.

Are toothy gaps ruining your looks?

Age is an obvious factor in the issue of missing teeth, but accidents or illness can be causes too. If you have lost one or more teeth then you will know that it affects your appearance as well as limiting what foods you can enjoy. If lots of teeth are missing then it starts to change how your voice sounds too. So many people put up with the problems associated with gaps as they are worried about having a loose denture, have experienced a failed bridge or are tired of coping with unstable bridges.

Dental Implants in WindsorAt Old Windsor Dental Practice, we often hear how people restrict themselves to a diet of soft foods and have resigned themselves to coping with ongoing difficulties due to missing teeth or unsatisfactory solutions. Fortunately, we can offer our patients in Windsor dental implants. These are an established technique for replacing teeth in a way that is durable, stable and natural-looking.

Options that work for you

Removeable dentures used to be the only option for replacing a full set of missing teeth. Now, you can choose dental implants in Windsor as a secure base for replacements. The implants are placed following careful planning and allowed to heal for eight to 12 weeks. During this time, the bones and blood vessels of the jaw mesh around the titanium implants to stabilise them. After this, a healing abutment is attached to the implants and we take impressions a week later so that your replacement teeth can be made. These are fitted after two weeks and then you are free to enjoy your new teeth.

Why have dental implants?

For some people, the main reason is to improve how they look. There are also many other reasons to consider dental implants in Windsor. You can eat a full diet again, stop worrying about unstable replacements and live without the inconvenience of having to remove your appliances for cleaning. Dental implants function just like natural tooth roots so they help to strengthen the jaw and, if cared for correctly, can last for decades.

Talk to us today and find out how you could benefit from having dental implants in Windsor.