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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.

The secrets behind discreet teeth straightening

If watch TV, it won’t have escaped your notice how many people have beautifully straight white teeth these days, and it’s not just the professionals. Yet, if you look at people rushing about their daily business, not so many seem to be sporting braces on their teeth. What is happening? How is everyone getting straighter teeth and yet not wearing braces? Are they having it done magically? Almost. It’s Invisalign, one of the first commercial products to come out of 3D printing.

In Berkshire, Invisalign is available from us at Old Windsor Dental Practice.

Invisalign in BerkshireThe name says it all

The brand name Invisalign sums up what this treatment is all about — invisible alignment. Rather than the traditional fixed bracket and wire braces that pull teeth into alignment, Invisalign’s inventor decided to use mouth guard-like aligners that deliberately don’t quite fit right to push the teeth into their correct positions.

Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation to see if this system can correct your alignment issues. If it can, we use a hand-held digital scanner to take detailed measurements of your teeth and jaws. These go into a programme that then makes a little animation to show how your teeth need to move to be brought into alignment.

You can actually see how your smile will look at the end of treatment, which is a great incentive. If you decide to go ahead with treatment, we send all the information off to the Invisalign laboratory in the US, where your series of aligners are 3D printed. Each one is a step along an incremental journey to alignment, and you need to wear it for about 7–10 days before moving onto the next one.

At 0.3 millimetres thick, these clear plastic straighteners are so thin that, once they are snapped on over the teeth, they are almost impossible to spot. Plus, as they can be removed for eating and teeth cleaning, you get to carry on with life as normal throughout treatment.

You do need to be disciplined about wearing your aligners for at least 20 hours a day if they are to do their job effectively.

Fill the gap with dental implants in Berkshire

Even though we’d all love to go the grave with every one of our teeth still firmly embedded in our jawbones, in reality most of us are going to lose a few, if not all of them as we grow older.

Decay is now less likely to be the cause of tooth loss because people in the UK have become better at cleaning their teeth and having regular check-ups. This gives dentists a chance to nip decay in the bud. Gum disease is a whole other ball game, however. Left untreated, as so often happens, gum disease moves on from attacking the gums to attacking the bone holding the tooth in place. As the bone is eaten away, the teeth become looser and eventually fall out. The problem that is that, now there’s a gap, the neighbouring teeth can also become looser and fall out.

Dental Implants in BerkshireIn Berkshire, dental implants are becoming people’s first choice for tooth replacement at Old Windsor Dental Practice, for several good reasons. All come down to the fact that dental implants replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown.

Dental implants have been available since the 1980s. They replace the tooth root with a post or screw-shaped titanium post. Titanium is a highly biocompatible material. It encourages the body to create new tissue around it, and the two integrate. The jawbone can then hold the implant firmly in place, which, when it comes to biting and chewing, is of paramount importance.

Eating

Implants can easily cope with the average adult male chewing pressures of 97kg or 200lbs. On the other hand, dentures can only cope with about a quarter of this pressure. With implants, being able to bite and eat as normal ensures a wide and nutritious diet. And this can make a huge difference in old age, when getting good nutrition is more important than ever for good bodily function.

Cleaning

All that is required to keep implants clean is diligent brushing and flossing.

Replacing

Dental implants can last for decades. Other replacement options have to be replaced every 5-10 years. So, the large initial investment seems much more affordable in the long-term.

Look no further

If you are looking for braces in Windsor, then you may want to consider a twin block brace here at Old Windsor Dental Practice. It is a removable appliance made by one of our skilled technicians to encourage the growth of the lower jaw.

What is a twin block?

A twin block is one of our powerful jaw aligning braces in Windsor. Made of two blocks (hence the name twin), the upper and lower blocks can reduce an overbite reliably and quickly in as little as six months.

Braces in WindsorWhen should a twin block be worn?

Twin block braces in Windsor work by harnessing the power of the chewing muscles so we always suggest you should wear it all the time. However, if you find your jaw becomes tired, you can simply leave the brace out for a short period and replace it easily when you can.

And you don’t need to worry about when you eat either, as the twin block is designed to allow you to eat with it in. Some of our patients find this difficult at first, so you take advantage of its removable nature and take it out for meals until you get used to the way it feels in your mouth.

We always recommend you try to wear your twin block all the time. Taking it out to eat while you get used to it won’t harm your treatment and your bite will still improve, but treatment will take longer if it is removed for long periods of time.

Is brushing and flossing easy?

Our patients are always happy to hear that they can remove the twin block and clean their teeth as normal with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Your twin block braces in Windsor also need to be cleaned in our special cleaning solution four to five times a week.

What happens if my twin block breaks?

The plastic or the wire parts of the twin block can sometimes break. If you are still able to wear the appliance, please continue doing so. If the appliance is unwearable, call us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to fix it.

Hang on to your jawbone

Some of our patients here at Old Windsor Dental Practice think that because bones can shrink over time, that the teeth will too. Teeth don’t actually shrink, but they can be lost due to decay, erosion and grinding. Harmful substances that we consume, such as smoking and drinking alcohol and sugary drinks, that can affect the teeth, gums and soft tissues in the mouth. Poor oral hygiene also contributes to tooth loss through decay and gum disease. However, when the teeth have failed, dental implants in Windsor can help our patients over the age of 18, by replacing their teeth and, at the same time, protecting their jawbone from shrinkage.

Dental Implants in WindsorDental options

There are plenty of options that our patients can turn to once their dental health comes to the point of tooth loss. The three that we generally offer our patients are dental bridges, dentures and dental implants in Windsor.

Dentures

If partial dentures are slipping around in the mouth, they can wear down neighbouring teeth over time and cause them to be more susceptible to decay and tooth loss. We need to maintain the enamel on our teeth to protect them from decay and infections. Replacing lost teeth with dental implants in Windsor helps protect remaining healthy teeth.

Also, weakened and sagging gum tissue, which can develop with extended periods of denture wear, can create dangerous pockets between the gums and teeth and expose the tooth roots to bacteria and decay.

Dental implants

Importantly, the implantation of dental implants in Windsor does not require the filing down of the patient’s teeth, as fixed bridges do. Also, instead of reducing the density in the jaw, dental implants in Windsor can maintain it through a process called osseointegration. This process allows the dental implants to naturally fuse into the patient’s jawbone and function just as well as the patient’s real teeth. This provides a protection from gum disease, further tooth loss and dental decay, as well as making it comfortable to bite and chew.

Dental implants possess the ability to restore our patients’ oral and dental health for years to come and helps maintain a strong, healthy jawbone for years to come.

Straightening your teeth with braces in Windsor

When we think of the perfect smile we will probably imagine a straight, white symmetrical smile that fills a person’s lips when they smile. Many factors can affect the appearance of our smiles

Genetics can affect how our teeth grow from an early age. Tooth loss and related issues can pull our teeth out of alignment if adequate tooth replacement isn’t sought soon after tooth loss.

Luckily, thanks to modern techniques and materials, braces have come a long way from the days of uncomfortable ‘train track’ braces in Windsor.

Braces in WindsorFixed braces

Fixed braces in Windsor are the most tried and tested method of straightening teeth. These types of braces have been in development for hundreds of years and have come a long way.

They can now straighten your teeth much quicker, in more comfort and with less obvious visual impact. In many cases, for adults, braces are manufactured from tooth-coloured and clear materials that make them much less noticeable than in the past.

Traditional fixed braces can solve problems with misaligned, crowded and gappy teeth. Having straighter teeth means that they are easier to keep clean, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, which are both leading causes of tooth loss in adults.

The length of treatment varies from patient to patient, depending what needs correcting and how much. On average, treatment will last between 18 and 24 months. After treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in place while they settle in.

Invisalign: modern alternative to traditional braces

Because of the rise in demand for alternative treatments to traditional braces, innovators have come up with more and more treatments.

One of the most successful of these here at Old Windsor Dental Practice is Invisalign. Invisalign uses a series of custom-moulded plastic trays that gradually reposition your teeth using gentle pressure.

Invisalign treatment benefits from being removable, making meal times much less of a hassle. It’s also easier to keep your teeth clean than with a fixed brace.

Invisalign is also almost as good as invisible when they are in use. Hardly anyone will notice you are even undergoing treatment with Invisalign.

Four advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces

Having crooked teeth comes with lots of problems. Having straighter teeth doesn’t just make your smile look better, but it’s easier to clean your teeth when they are straight, as there are fewer places that plaque can hide away. Straight teeth tend to last longer.

Here at Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, Invisalign treatment is being recommended to straighten adult patients’ teeth. In the past, if you wanted to straighten your teeth, the only option viable option would be traditional braces.

Traditional braces can get you great results, but there are downsides to this form of treatment.

Invisalign in BerkshireAppearance

In short: Invisalign looks better than traditional braces. Many people associate traditional braces with teenage years. Conspicuous metal wires and brackets often catch food and can get stuck. This simply doesn’t happen with Invisalign treatments.

When the patient is using Invisalign treatment, it looks as though they aren’t undergoing any treatment at all.

Comfort

When a patient chooses fixed braces, they can’t be removed without a professional’s help. At times, they can become uncomfortable.

When the dentist adjusts the patient’s braces by tightening the wires on the braces, the patient can experience pain. This is sometimes such that painkillers need to be prescribed.

Invisalign doesn’t have this problem as the aligners can be removed by the user whenever they choose.

This makes meal times much easier and more comfortable for the user.

Also, traditional braces are made from materials that can damage the gums, tongue and cheeks of the patient. This can be painful and uncomfortable for the patient. Clear aligners are made of smooth plastic that is much more comfortable to wear.

Cleaning

Because traditional braces cover most of the tooth, it can be much more difficult to keep them clean, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign trays can be removed when it comes to cleaning.

Treatment time

Traditional braces, on average, take between 18 months and three years to straighten your teeth. Invisalign takes between 12 and 18 months. Invisalign’s treatment is also fully planned beforehand, so you know exactly what to expect when the treatment is complete.

Invisalign: the clear alternative to braces

There has been a huge increase in demand for alternative teeth straightening treatment in recent years. Because of this surge in demand, more and more treatments are available at your local dental practice.

Here at Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, Invisalign is a clear alternative to braces. Traditional braces are the most tried and tested method of teeth straightening, but come with many downsides that could put people off.

Invisalign in BerkshireTraditional vs. alternatives

Traditional braces can achieve dramatic results when it comes to teeth straightening. In the past, they were your only real option if you wanted perfectly straight teeth.

Although traditional fixed appliances can achieve great results, treatment can be uncomfortable and take a long time. Average treatment time for fixed braces is anywhere between 18 months and three years.

The wires and brackets used in traditional braces can scratch and damage the inside of the mouth, and adjustments can be painful, sometimes to the point of painkillers being prescribed.

Another issue that adults may have with traditional braces is the visual aspect. Being associated with teenagers, some adults consider braces to be embarrassing and so avoid treatment.

Invisalign treatment

Invisalign is a more modern treatment that involves wearing custom-moulded tooth trays. At the start of your treatment, a full treatment plan will be put together, detailing how your teeth will move. At this stage, the tooth trays are made for the whole course of treatment.

Changing the tooth trays every 7-10 days is down to you and is done at home. You’ll need to return to the dentist to check how your teeth are moving.

One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign treatment is that the treatment is almost completely invisible. This is possible because the tooth trays are made from a strong, clear plastic. Most people won’t be able to tell you’re having treatment.

Another advantage of Invisalign is that the tooth trays are removable, making them much more practical. When it comes to mealtimes, you simply take the aligners out. It’s also much easier and simpler to keep your teeth clean, sticking to your normal oral hygiene routine.

Replacing knocked out teeth

If you have had a tooth knocked out, you are probably feeling a little bit traumatised by the loss of a body part. That’s to be expected. Losing a tooth, even if you lost it doing something you love (which is often the case with sporty types), is a big deal. So is deciding how to replace it. Often, if you have lost a tooth in a sporting injury or other accident, the tooth you have lost was at the front of your mouth, and now you have a gap that can’t be hidden very easily.

Dental Implants in WindsorThe good news is that you can replace it and no one will ever know the replacement isn’t your original tooth, if you invest in dental implants in Windsor.

In Windsor, dental implants are the perfect way to replace missing front teeth for a number of reasons. We can talk you through them when you come for a consultation with us at Old Windsor Dental Practice, but let’s take a quick look at a few of them now:

Dental implants are long-lasting

Dental implants can last for decades, probably the rest of your life, so, if you are quite young, that could mean 50 years or more. Compare that to fixed bridges and partial dentures, both of which wear out every 5–7 years and have to be replaced. Dental implants can seem like a big investment, but over time, they can work out cheaper than the alternatives.

Dental implants maintain your jawbone

You may not realise this, but when you have lost a tooth, the bone around where the root was starts to shrink away. It actually needs a root in it, sending tiny vibrations down into the jawbone. The vibrations tell it that it’s still in use and to keep renewing itself. Lack of vibration is a signal for the bone to dissolve itself, meaning you end up with a bit of jawbone that is much narrower and shallower than the rest.

Dental implants are easy to maintain

All you have to do is keep them free from plaque with careful brushing and regular visits to the hygienist.

To find out more about dental implants in Windsor, book a consultation with us.

A wide range of braces in Windsor

Here at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we strive to offer treatments to solve any of your dental-related issues. If you are looking to straighten your teeth due to health reasons or just to perfect your smile, we have a treatment for you.

In Windsor, braces can solve any of the following problems:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked/asymmetrical teeth
  • Upper front teeth that protrude
  • Reverse bite (upper teeth that bite the inside lower teeth)
  • Deep bite (upper teeth that cover the lower teeth too much)
  • Open bite (upper and lower teeth don’t meet)
  • Impacted teeth (teeth that grow in the wrong position).

Braces in WindsorThe treatment that you will require will depend on the exact problems that you want to solve. Our treatments take, on average, 18-24 months. Your dentist will be able to advise you best on which treatment will get you the best results.

Invisalign: a truly modern solution

Invisalign treatments are one of our most popular treatments for adults. This is because of Invisalign’s ease of use and its subtlety over traditional braces.

Whereas traditional braces require filling your mouth with metal wires and brackets that adjust your teeth, Invisalign uses clear plastic tooth trays. In your first appointments, your whole treatment is planned out thoroughly and your tooth trays are manufactured.

Your treatment takes place mostly at home, with only the occasional visit to the dentist to check on your progress. Where traditional braces require regular adjustments to remain effective, Invisalign treatment is controlled by yourself and does not require so many appointments for adjustments.

A huge benefit of this type of treatment is that it’s completely removable, making keeping your teeth clean easy and much less of a hassle than with traditional braces.

Modernising braces in Windsor

Although Invisalign can achieve great results, sometimes a fixed brace is more appropriate. Luckily, fixed braces have benefitted from newer materials and technology, making them less conspicuous and more effective than ever.

Fixed braces can now be made from tooth-coloured and clear materials, allowing them to blend in with your natural teeth. They can also act more quickly than in the past with innovative new designs.

Straighter teeth are easier than ever to achieve; to explore your options, visit your Windsor dentist.