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Inman Aligner

inman alignerThe appearance of your front teeth can make or break the attractiveness of your smile. Crooked teeth have a negative impact on your overall appearance, especially if the affected teeth are located in the front of your mouth – where they can readily be seen whenever you open your mouth to smile, or even to speak.

The idea of having to go through orthodontic treatment to improve the appearance of crooked teeth may not be that appealing to everyone, especially since most orthodontic treatments take a long period of time to be completed – and causes a lot of disruptions in normal daily activities. The Inman Aligners gives you an opportunity to get your front teeth straightened in just six to 18 weeks – so you can proudly flash beautiful smiles whenever you wish to do so.

There’s no need to wait for years to have straighter teeth. The Inman Aligner improves your teeth alignment in just six to 18 weeks of treatment time.

What is an Inman Aligner?

The Inman Aligner is a removable orthodontic appliance that is used to safely and quickly move crooked front teeth into a more properly aligned position. The aligner can be used on its own as an orthodontic treatment, or can also be used in combination with other cosmetic treatments, such as dental veneers or dental bonding. The Inman Aligner works its magic in just six to 18 weeks, depending on the teeth straightening treatment that needs to be done; your dentist will be able to give you a clear idea of the time frame needed for your specific orthodontic need.

The Inman Aligner is designed to correct adult relapse and misaligned teeth. It is barely visible – apart from a single clear wire – and it is a removable orthodontic appliance, allowing the wearer to go brace-free for important occasions.

Advantages over a retainer

  • Can correct moderate crowding and rotation of teeth
  • More comfortable to wear as the spring is made of nickel titanium rather than stainless steel
  • No retention problems

Advantages over Invisalign

  • Less hassle and expense in a shorter period of time
  • Achieve great results with just one appliance

However The Inman Aligner is only used for treating the top and bottom front teeth whereas Invisalign can treat full arches (all your teeth).

How Does the Inman Aligner Work?

inman alignerThe Inman Aligner will need to be worn for about 16-20 hours a day, on a daily basis, for the orthodontic treatment to work properly. The discreet aligner is made up of nickel titanium coil springs that provide power to two aligner bows; these aligner bows, in turn, move in opposing directions – the system utilises a lingual coil spring that puts pressure at the back of the teeth that need repositioning, and a bar that is placed across the front of the teeth reverses the same pressure. The Inman Aligner gently guides the teeth into a more properly aligned position over a course of treatment spanning six to 18 weeks.

The components of an Inman Aligner work together to “squeeze” teeth together by pushing and pulling them into alignment

The movement of the teeth will need to be checked every two to three weeks by the dentist, to make sure that the orthodontic treatment is going as planned. The gentle forces exerted by the springs and the aligner bows work over an extensive range of movement – the reason why the Inman Aligner works on the teeth straightening in a quicker manner (when compared to other orthodontic treatment).

Who Will Benefit from an Inman Aligner?

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Inman Aligner is suitable for those who want to straighten mild overcrowding or protrusion of the front teeth, in a safe, discreet, and quick way. It is important to have a certified Inman Aligner dentist check on your suitability for the treatment, to determine your eligibility for the Inman Aligner system.

Benefits of Using the Inman Aligner

  • The Inman Aligner is guaranteed to provide teeth straightening improvement for the front teeth in as short as six to 18 weeks (depending on the severity of the problem, and how long the aligner is worn on a daily basis); this time frame is much shorter compared to that associated with other orthodontic treatments.
  • Although not entirely “invisible”, the Inman Aligner provides a discreet way of straightening teeth compared to the use of traditional metal braces.
  • The Inman Aligner is removable, making easier to clean the mouth and maintain good oral hygiene while the orthodontic work is being undertaken.
  • The Inman Aligner is a more cost effective orthodontic treatment compared to invisible braces, or traditional metal braces.

How long does it take?

Fitting the aligner takes two half-hour appointments, followed by 15-minute monthly check-ups.

Treatment can be achieved in as little as 8 to 16 weeks.

Does it hurt?

Patients may find they need to take mild painkillers for the first week or so. 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.

Is the Inman Aligner new?

Patients have been treated with Inman Aligners since 2000. In the United States approximately 450 to 500 new patients are prescribed treatment with Inman Aligners every month.

Is the Inman Aligner comparable to Invisalign?

No, the Inman Aligner is used for treating the top and bottom front teeth only. Invisalign can treat full arches (all your teeth).

Will treatment with the Inman Aligner be uncomfortable?

No. Due to the gentle but steady orthodontic forces generated, the appliances are easily tolerated. Your doctor may suggest aspirin or Tylenol for the 1st few days of treatment if you encounter any discomfort.

Will the Inman Aligner affect my speech?

Yes. The Inman Aligner will affect your speech for a week or two. You will however acclimate to the appliances over time and be able to speak fine with them in place.

Will I need to see the doctor frequently for adjustments?

The Inman Aligners are pre-programmed to reduce the need for office visits. Your doctor will prescribe a treatment according to your needs.

Spacewize: Dental Crowding Calculator

Spacewize™, the diagnostic dental crowding calculator is a quick and easy arch evaluation calculator to aid Inman Aligner case selection and treatment planning.

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