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Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is an orthodontic appliance renowned for moving teeth quickly. It is often recommended as an alternative to invisible braces for patients with minor orthodontic irregularities.

The Inman Aligner was developed in the USA and has since enjoyed great success all over the world.

It is a removable, comfortable device and is made up of a coiled spring and metal bar. This is an effective solution for the treatment of minor problems on the front teeth. It is not suitable for patients with more complex orthodontic needs as it can only achieve a limited amount of movement. The Inman Aligner has many of the same advantages as invisible braces. However, unlike invisible braces the aligner does have a visible metal bar.

We’ve tried to answer the most commonly asked questions here but you can also call us for more information or to book in for your FREE straight teeth consultation where we can discuss all the options with you and give you all information you need before you make a decision on whether braces are the right treatment option for you.

Who would benefit from the Inman Aligner?

The Inman Aligner works well for people with minor orthodontic issues looking to achieve results fast. They work best on problems with the upper and lower front teeth.

What is the procedure?

After carrying out an orthodontic consultation, the dentist will recommend this treatment and take necessary photographs and X-rays. He will then take some impressions of your teeth which will be sent to the laboratory to construct the appliance.

The aligner is composed of two sections: a coiled spring which is located on the inside of the teeth and a slim metal bar located on the front teeth. These parts generate combined forces to gently manoeuvre the teeth into the desired alignment. The device is highly effective, quick and relatively painless.

On the day of fitting, the dentist may need to attach small buttons on the teeth made from tooth coloured filling materials. These are to help engage the appliance and provide quicker treatment.

Does Inman Aligner treatment hurt?

Teeth can be slightly uncomfortable at first, with speech and saliva production affected during the initial stages. Wearers will soon get used to the aligner, but in the meantime pain relief medication can help to ease any pain, or you can ask your dentist for advice.

How long does treatment take?

Treatment times are a great deal shorter than with most other orthodontic treatments. The timescale will vary according to the individual, but treatment typically takes between 6 to 18 weeks – although results are visible within a couple of weeks. For optimum results it is advisable to wear the appliance for at least 20 hours per day.

Advantages of the Inman Aligner

  • Short treatment times: usually complete within 16 weeks
  • Improved comfort
  • Removable: allowing you to drink and eat normally and maintain oral hygiene
  • Convenience: only one aligner is needed

Disadvantages of the Inman Aligner

  • The metal bar is visible and so the appliance is less discreet than invisible braces
  • Limited movement: the treatment is not suitable for people with complex orthodontic prescriptions

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