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The Inman Aligner is an orthodontic appliance that has been around for many years to treat problems with alignment of front teeth. They have gained popularity more recently due to the media attention that they have received and their advantages over fixed metal braces in front teeth straightening.
The Inman Aligner can be used for treating the top and/or bottom front six teeth only. Invisalign can potentially treat all of your teeth. When the jaw is too narrow sometimes we can use a pre-treatment appliance to expand and follow with Inman Aligner. The treatment time is usually faster than clear removable braces.
Here at Bath Spa Dentistry, Jason Hart is our Inman Aligner expert. During your consultation, Jason will discuss with you how the Inman Aligner could benefit you and straighten your front teeth or if alternatives are available. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about the Inman Aligner.
As time goes by, your teeth may move causing them to become crooked, some people have naturally crooked teeth. Most people believe that they would need fixed metal braces, however the Inman Aligner can be used to move your six front teeth to an ideal position quickly and effectively in a matter of weeks. When compared to the invisible braces such as the Invisalign system, the Inman Aligner can be more cost effective.
• They are an alternative to Invisible Braces.
• Only one appliance is required – no need to change every 2 weeks (although cases may be finished with clear positioners).
• Results can be faster than fixed or invisible braces.
• They can be easily removed to eat and clean your teeth.
Invisalign is made of a specialised plastic hence the forces are low and the treatment slower. The Inman Aligner incorporates tiny Nickel Titanium springs that are able to maintain a higher constant tension meaning it will be a faster solution.
The Inman Aligner can be used for straightening the top and/or bottom front six teeth only. Invisalign can potentially treat all of your teeth. When the jaw is too narrow sometimes we can use a pre-treatment appliance to expand and follow with Inman Aligner. The treatment time is usually faster than clear removable braces.
But as with any removable appliance you have to be good at wearing it!
No. Due to the gentle but steady orthodontic forces generated, the appliances are easily tolerated. We suggest that you take some mild pain killers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol for the first few days of treatment if you encounter any discomfort.
Yes. The Inman Aligner will affect your speech for a week or two. You will however acclimatise to the appliances over time and be able to speak normally with them in place.
It will take about one week of wearing the Inman Aligner to become acclimatised. Like anything foreign to your mouth, it may cause you to salivate more than usual for 24 to 48 hours and could affect your speech for 7 to 10 days, this would be the same for Invisalign treatment or any other orthodontic appliance.
You have the option of not wearing the appliance, however, the longer you wear the Inman Aligner the quicker the results. It is recommended that you wear the appliance for at least 16 – 20 hours a day.
Retention (using or wearing an orthodontic retainer) is a very important part of any orthodontic treatment as your teeth have a natural tendency to move back to their natural position over time. At Bath Spa Dentistry we give you the choice of a removable or fixed retainer but most of the time both are provided. A removable retainer is worn overnight every night for the first year. If the patient chooses they may reduce the number of nights a week the retainers are worn thereafter. However they must still be worn a few nights a week for life to help keep the teeth straight! A fixed retainer can be bonded to the back of the front teeth to retain the result. This orthodontic wire is very thin and cannot be seen from the front.
Case Studies ( Inman Aligner, Review of Experience )
The patient above is a 67 year old gentleman who didn’t like the appearance of his upper six front teeth. He never had perfectly straight teeth but over the years they had moved more and become discoloured and worn. The Inman Aligner was used and over a short period of time the teeth brought into line. Once the teeth were in line the powerful combination of tooth whitening and composite bonding was used to finish the case and turn back the years.
More examples ( Inman aligner before and after )
If you would like to know how much the Inman Aligner costs or whether it is a suitable solution for you, please get in touch with the clinic.