With our orthodontic services we can help you achieve that beautiful smile you always wanted. Our professional team uses modern methods and techniques to enhance your smile whether simple or more complicated changes are needed. We believe in enhancing your smile without the need to extract teeth providing a more enjoyable treatment process. Depending on your needs we provide traditional braces with both metal or clear brackets, Invisalign®, retainers and habit control appliances. Our office is fully equiped with a panoramic and cephalometric xray system providing all diagnostic tooling in house.
Orthodontic braces are used by your dentist to align teeth in their ideal position as well as correcting the bite for maximum esthetic appeal and function. At Ingram Dental Centre we provide both the traditional metal braces and the "clear" ceramic braces. Braces are created using various components
Brackets are the small metal or ceramic attachment that holds an arch wire in place and provide hook points for rubber bands. The brackets are bonded in place using special dental bond that is both strong and won't damage the enamel of the tooth.
The arch wires are thin metal wires that fit into the brackets to provide pressure to the teeth. The arch wire is shaped into an ideal arch which will cause pressures to be applied to move the teeth into the ideal arch.
Ligature elastics are small elastics that wrap around a bracket to hold the arch wire in place. These elastics are typically replaced during each adjustment appointment.
Rubber bands are used to move the teeth. The elastics are strategically placed between brackets horizontally, vertically or diagonally providing the appropriate forces to move the teeth in the desired direction. The strength of the elastic band can be tailored to move the teeth at the desired pace.
Invisalign straightens teeth to give you the confidence of a great smile. Using a series of clear, virtually invisible aligners, Invisalign gently and gradually moves your teeth based on the treatment plan prescribed by your orthodontist or dentist. And, there are no wires or brackets so you’ll have confidence in your smile during and after treatment. In fact, most people won’t even know you’re wearing Invisalign. And, Invisalign aligners are removable so you can eat whatever you want and easily brush and floss as you normally would.
You’ll visit your orthodontist or dentist every 6-8 weeks and on average, Invisalign treatment takes less than a year.
How does Invisalign Work?
The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before moving onto the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.
How often do I need to wear my aligners?
It is recommended that you wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day and only remove them for eating or drinking, brushing and flossing.
Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?
Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as you get used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.
How much does Invisalign cost?
Cost is always a concern, and only your doctor can the exact price of treatment. In most cases, Invisalign treatment is comparable to the cost of traditional braces. In the U.S., the cost of Invisalign treatment ranges from $3,500 to $8,000, with the national average at about $5,000.
Does insurance cover Invisalign?
Because dental benefits differ from policy to policy, you should review your personal coverage plan and check with your insurance provider. In general, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.
Does Invisalign really work?
Yes. Over 1.5 million patients with a wide variety of dental challenges have been treated with Invisalign. Invisalign was developed with orthodontists and used in dental practices worldwide.
For more information, visit Invisalign.com