Can you be too old for braces?

Are you one of the many thousands of adults who are unhappy, self-conscious, or even embarrassed by your smile?

Some adults spend years covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. They feel there isn’t many choices for them because they don’t want to wear fixed metal braces for years, or they are concerned that other corrective procedures could be too invasive or expensive.  Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.

Braces in CoalvilleA revolutionary combination of proven techniques, modern materials and innovative ideas – Six Month Smiles braces in Coalville are clear braces that gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.

Like most of our braces in Coalville, Six Month Smiles focuses on improving the appearance of the smile without looking to reorganise your bite. They are designed to straighten the front six teeth that show when smiling. This means that treatment can be faster than you might imagine.

Are they comfortable?

Six Month Smiles braces in Coalville use minimal force to move your teeth more comfortably. Many people think that the accelerated treatment means simply ‘tightening’ regular braces to get the teeth moving, but that isn’t true. Six Month Smiles uses traditional brace mechanics, but with an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, rather than the position of your bite.

Do Six Month Smiles braces damage teeth?

There are no more risks of root damage or other issues than those associated with traditional metal braces. Since the forces used with Six Month Smiles are lighter and teeth are seldom extracted, there are even fewer risks involved in the process.

What’s the catch?

Luckily, for our patients here at Ingrams Dental Practice there is no catch. If you are 15 or older, with crooked or spaced teeth and you’re not looking for a major alteration to your bite, Six Month Smiles braces in Coalville could be the solution for you. Maybe it’s time to take the first step towards improving your smile and your confidence with the help of Six Month Smiles at Ingrams Dental Practice.

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Dependably different dentistry

Here at Ingrams Dental Practice we have a genuine passion for providing high quality, extensive and complex dental treatments, from dental implants to cosmetic dentistry procedures. We always focus on keeping up to date with the latest technologies and strive for the highest standards of care possible for your dental implants in Coalville.

Our dedicated and experienced dental team are continuously learning, through additional training, to help you look after your new smile. They will educate you on maintaining excellent oral health and will provide you with affordable and durable dental implant treatments.

Dental Implants in CoalvilleDo I need dental implants?

Do you have a missing tooth? Do you have several missing teeth? Have you lost all your natural teeth? If you answer yes to any of the above questions, then dental implants in Coalville could be the solution for you.

Unfortunately, tooth loss can affect anyone of any age. Be it through disease, surgery, illness, accident, or tooth decay. Tooth loss can be distressing but it doesn’t mean having a gap forever. Dental implants and implant retained dentures offer a permanent fixed solution to missing teeth and can restore the beauty to your smile.

Is it a problem that I smoke?

A non-smoker has a much better chance in the long term with dental implants in Coalville. However, if you are a smoker please don’t be put off from booking a consultation for your dental implants in Coalville. The ideal mouth for dental implants is one with little or no bone loss and with no evidence of gum disease.

That said –just because bone loss has occurred doesn’t always mean you’re not suitable for dental implants. It may just take an additional procedure to get you prepared for them. Therefore, the consultation process is fundamental to assessing your suitability for dental implants in Coalville.

A full and comprehensive treatment plan including costs will be provided after your initial appointment. At Ingrams Dental Practice, you are under no obligation to commit to any treatment. We understand that having dental implants is a big commitment of time and money and that our patients need to consider every aspect before starting treatment with us.

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Braces in Coalville: your choices

Teeth straightening treatments have proliferated in recent years. This is mostly because the demand for teeth straightening treatments that fit around adults’ lives has increased.

With this increase in demand has come an increase in innovation. More modern braces can now be provided that straighten a patient’s teeth faster, more efficiently and less conspicuously than ever.

Here at Ingrams Dental Practice in Coalville, braces come in a few different forms. Each type of braces have their own separate advantages, so we’re sure we’ll be able to find a type that fits your lifestyle and needs.

Braces in CoalvilleCFast Smiles

CFast stands for Cosmetically Focused Adult Straight Teeth. This treatment is specifically designed to fit around an adult’s lifestyle. The treatment has an average treatment time of just six months and is suitable for correcting more minor issues.

The treatment is much less conspicuous than traditional braces because the brackets and wires are made from tooth-coloured and clear materials. With every CFast treatment, we also provide free tooth whitening, a free fixed retainer, removable retainer and 3D scan of your result in case you need to replace a retainer anywhere in the world.

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a modern treatment that can correct problems with overcrowding, protrusion and crooked teeth. The average treatment time for this treatment is just 4-16 weeks.

The Inman Aligner consists of a clear plastic retainer with two spring-loaded aligning bars that apply constant pressure to the teeth, easing them back to a more desirable position. Because the pressure being applied is constant, the Inman Aligner works very quickly.

The Inman Aligner is easily removable, making keeping your teeth clean much less hassle than with traditional braces.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles work much in the same way as traditional braces in Coalville, but are made from inconspicuous materials that people won’t be able to notice on your teeth.

Six Month Smiles focuses on the front six teeth that are visible when we smile, so the average treatment time is just six months.

With all of these teeth straightening options, it’s easier than ever to get straighter teeth.

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Get replacement teeth for lifetime

Losing teeth is a part of our lives that can sometimes be unavoidable. There are so many reasons we can lose teeth, from genetics to how well we have looked after our teeth over the years. Accidents are another common reason we could lose a tooth.

The whole experience can be extremely stressful and restrict us from enjoying the foods we like and smiling with confidence. Luckily, in Coalville, a dental implant can solve your dental woes once and for all.

Dental Implants in CoalvilleHere at Ingrams Dental Practice in Coalville, dental implant surgery is available to replace any number of missing teeth. Implants can last a patient a lifetime if they are looked after properly, so they are considered the most durable form of tooth replacement.

How a dental implant in Coalville can help

Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots that can be used to support a range of different tooth replacement options. If you have lost a single tooth, a single implant can be placed to support a single hand-crafted false tooth.

If you have lost more than one adjoining teeth, a bridge of two or more teeth can be created to fill the gap left behind. A single implant can be used to support a bridge of up to three teeth.

Implants can also be used to provide a stable foundation for dentures to be attached, stabilising them. This increases the practicality and usability of dentures.

How are dental implants inserted?

To have dental implants you need to undergo a minor surgical procedure. During this procedure, a small hole will be created in your jawbone. This is to allow the implant screw to be firmly fitted.

The aim of this procedure is for the bone and titanium implant to have as much contact as possible. This helps encourage integration, forming a more stable anchor.

Depending on the quality and stability of your jawbone, the recovery time can be a matter of months.

When your implant is fitted and your tooth replacement attached, it will be hard to tell you have had any false teeth at all as implants look just like natural teeth.

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Why straighter teeth are healthier teeth

Did you know that having straighter teeth are likely to be healthier? This is for many different reasons. Firstly, straighter teeth are easier to keep clean and clear of bacteria.

Many problems stem from the bacteria that feed on the sugars and other proteins in our food. When bacteria multiply and thrive on the surface of our teeth and gums, they secrete acids that damage our teeth.

Braces in CoalvilleThese acids cause tooth decay along with the acids in some foods and drinks we consume. These bacteria can also cause gum disease, which is another leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Keeping on top of our oral health is the best thing we can do to avoid tooth loss and other damage, and teeth straightening makes keeping our teeth clean much easier.

Teeth straightening options for adults

Here at Ingrams Dental Practice in Coalville, braces come in many different forms. Dental technology and materials have developed so much in recent years that new teeth straightening treatments have sprung up.

Demand for alternative teeth straightening treatments has driven innovations and ideas into new territories of practicality and usability.

Braces in Coalville: Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner works completely differently to a traditional brace. The system consists of a clear plastic retainer with two spring-loaded aligning bars that fit over the front four teeth. Unlike the traditional brace that needs adjustments to remain effective, the Inman Aligner applies constant pressure on the teeth, reducing treatment time drastically.

This aligner also benefits from being removable at any time, making eating and cleaning much easier than with a fixed appliance. Impressions of your teeth will be made in your first appointment and in your second your teeth will be smoothed to allow the aligner to fit and the teeth to move easily.

Braces in Coalville: Six Month Smiles

Some treatments offer very fast results by adjusting just the front six teeth. These treatments are considered cosmetic Six Month Smiles can treat minor cases in just six months.

This treatment is also less conspicuous, being made from tooth-coloured ceramics and clear brackets.

If you want a quick boost to your smile, this could be the type of treatment for you.

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Eat and chew with confidence with dental implants

Enjoying food is one of the many passions of life and shouldn’t be restricted by your teeth. Losing a tooth can be a traumatising experience, but here at Ingrams Dental Practice, we want our patients to know that it isn’t the end of the world. And we don’t think tooth loss should be allowed to restrict your food choices.

In Coalville, dental implants can be inserted to replace any number of missing teeth. A crown supported by a dental implant can be used to seamlessly replace a single missing tooth, an implant-supported bridge can replace multiple teeth and in Coalville, dental implants can even be used to support a whole set of dentures.

Dental Implants in CoalvilleHow dental implants work to replace teeth

Dental implants are said to be the closest thing to a new natural tooth. When they are inserted, they function just like a real tooth, but without the sensitivity to hot or cold and touch.

They can blend into a smile seamlessly and people won’t be able to notice you’ve had a tooth replaced.

To have dental implants, you’ll need to undergo a minor surgical procedure. During this procedure, a small hole will be created in your jawbone. This is to allow the implant to be fixed into place.

When the hole is made, the screw will be inserted into your jaw. The aim is for the screw and bone to have as much contact as possible to encourage integration. Over time they will integrate, creating a stable anchor that can last you a lifetime.

Benefits of dental implants

Dental implants can actually serve to protect the rest of the natural teeth in your smile. This is because they provide the same stimulation that a natural tooth does to the jawbone and gums.

When a tooth is lost and the required stimulation stops, the jawbone starts to recede along with the gums. This can pull teeth out of alignment and put them at risk of damage.

This is why dentists will insist on a tooth replacement option as soon as possible. We believe that in Coalville, dental implants are one of your best options for a lifetime of smiles.

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Why dental implants are so fantastic

Even though they have been around for almost 40 years, you may not have heard of dental implants in Coalville. And indeed, why should you, until you lose a tooth, either in an accident or through decay or gum disease? But, if you are now losing teeth, you are going to be mighty glad to hear about these little beauties.

Dental implants in CoalvilleDental implants in Coalville are replacing dentures, and fixed bridges as people’s first choice for tooth restorations. This is because dental implants from Ingrams Dental Practice offer advantages that are not available with dentures and bridges. Most stem from the fact that dental implants are embedded into the jawbone to replace the roots of the teeth. In contrast, dentures rely on adherence to the gum, and bridges are anchored onto healthy neighbouring teeth. Sadly, these teeth are ground down to receive the buttresses for the bridge and can never be used as real teeth in their own right again.

Keeping your jawbone healthy

Dental implants are the only method that replaces the roots of the teeth, and this turns out to be pretty vital for the health of the jawbone. When the jawbone has teeth in it, the tiny vibrations that go on all day as the teeth clack together are transmitted down the root of the tooth into the jawbone. These send a signal to the bone cells that the jawbone is still in active use and so the cells renew themselves. When the cells don’t receive that signal, they instead infer that the jawbone is no longer in use and start to resorb rather than renew themselves. Resorption is a process by which the bone cells dissolve themselves and release the nutrients, such as calcium, back into the bloodstream, to be used elsewhere in the body.

A shrinking jawbone is what gives people that sunken, pointy-chinned look, and it is also what causes the loosening of dentures so that they wobble around in the mouth.

With dental implants in Coalville, the jawbone remains strong and healthy, and you can continue to eat whatever you want, secure in the knowledge that your teeth can cope with multidirectional chewing pressures of up to 97kg or 200lbs, which is more than the average male chew.

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Your age is no barrier to straighter teeth

There are several misconceptions about dental braces, and one of them is that you have to have them when you are a teenager; that the teeth become set in the jawbone when you reach adulthood, and can no longer be moved around.

The good news is that this is not true, and you can get your teeth straightened with braces in Coalville at any age, at Ingrams Dental Practice. What does happen, however, during the teenage years is that the jawbone loses its malleability, and becomes hard. The teeth can still be moved within the jawbone though. All it takes is sustained pressure in one direction for 72 hours and the jawbone reacts to relieve it by resorbing the bone in front of the direction of pressure and building it up again behind it. This is how braces work, and they can work for adults just as well as they can for adolescents.

Braces in CoalvilleSo, if you are an adult who missed out on teeth straightening, we can help you get your crowded, twisted, undescended or gappy teeth in order. We have several systems of braces in Coalville on offer.

Six Month Smiles

These are discreet braces that use tried and tested bracket and wire technology to straighten the front six social teeth. These are the teeth that show when you speak and eat, the ones that most people feel concerned about if they are not straight. They have one root instead of three and so are much easier to move, and this can be done with gentler pressure than is required to move the molars at the back, which have three roots. Gentler pressure means that the brackets can be smaller, and these ones are also made of clear ceramic, so they blend in with the teeth rather than dominating them.

The Inman Aligner

Two spring-loaded aligner bows go behind and in front of the two front teeth, and can straighten various misalignments in only 6–16 weeks.


This system of braces in Coalville offers braces, aligners and invisible braces for cosmetic straightening.

To find out which system is right for your alignment issues, the best thing to do is to come into Ingrams Dental Practice for a consultation.

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Overcoming Obstacles with Sedation

By Dr Mike Ingram BDS MSc

For many people the thought of going to the dentist creates feelings of deep anxiety. For some this is such a problem that they do not attend a dentist at all; or only when driven to by toothache.

By not attending regularly small problems that could be prevented or treated conservatively often get left until they cause great pain and infection. By then usually the only solution is extraction of one or more teeth. Unfortunately infected teeth can be difficult to get numb, and they can also be difficult to extract. This does little to help the nervous dental patient as it makes them only more determined to avoid dental treatment in the future!

Many people have dental problems which they would like to have treated, but are so anxious that they can’t bring themselves to do something about it.

If you haven’t been to a dentist in years because you suffer from fear of dentist or dental phobia, help is at hand.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation Dentistry and Fear of Dentists

IV Sedation is a safe and effective method of controlling a patient’s anxiety. It differs greatly from General Anaesthesia, as the patient is conscious throughout. This makes it safer and possible to carry out in a normal dental surgery.

During IV Sedation, the patient has a sedative drug fed through a small cannula inserted into their forearm or back of their hand. The amount of drug given is carefully measured to give just the right effect. Patients feel relaxed and sleepy and often have no memory of the treatments they receive.

Other methods of sedation include Oral Sedation (where a dose of diazepam (Valium) is given before the appointment. The efficacy of this method varies greatly from person to person, with some people experiencing no discernable benefit whatsoever. Commonly people can have a ‘hangover’ from the effects of the drug wearing off. There is also still a considerable social stigma attached to Valium.

Inhalation Sedation (also known as Relative Analgesia) uses a mixture of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen (laughing gas). This is very effective for children but is usually not powerful enough to sedate adults.

Some dentists practise hypnotherapy to help ease patient’s anxiety. This can be very effective for susceptible patients.

With sedation dentistry or oral conscious sedation, dental patients will experience a state of very deep relaxation. You can still speak and respond to the requests of others.

Many dental patients take advantage of the different levels of sedation or sleep dentistry that allows the dentist to perform multiple oral treatments and procedures that might normally require more frequent dental visits.

Any treatment routinely carried out by your own dentist can be carried out under sedation including:

  • Extractions
  • Teeth whitening (bleaching)
  • Replacing dental crowns or dentures
  • Fillings, including root fillings
  • Gum disease treatment

Who is a Candidate?

Adults who have…

  • high fear of visiting the dentist
  • had traumatic dental experiences
  • difficulty getting numb
  • a bad gag reflex
  • very sensitive teeth
  • limited time to complete their dental care
  • complex dental problems

Adults who…

  • hate needles and shots
  • hate noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
  • are afraid and embarrassed about their teethWhatever is causing your obstacle having the smile that you want, help is at hand to help you overcome it.

Dr Mike Ingram is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry and runs Ingrams Dental Practice in Coalville with his wife.

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