The Inman Aligner - Fast and Low Cost Orthodontics
The Inman Aligner is a great new treatment that can boost the confidence you have in your smile in around just 8-16 weeks. It’s removable, fast and represents a totally new concept in cosmetic dentistry. It will straighten your natural teeth with less hassle and expense in a shorter period of time than any other orthodontic treatment. And because the treatment times are shorter, it also costs far less than a traditional brace!
The before and after pictures below show just what can be achieved in as little as 10 weeks. The treatment shown took one third of the time that a conventional bracket and wire treatment would have taken and cost the patient half the price.
How does the aligner compare with older, more traditional treatments?
Up until recently if you wanted to improve your smile you could choose either:
- veneers or crowns (which make your teeth look straighter by grinding away some of your healthy tooth and then bonding or cementing porcelain onto the tooth’s surface)
- train track or clear braces (which over a considerable number of months, align the teeth and move them into a better position)
The Inman Aligner usually does away with the need for crowns or veneers altogether The Inman Aligner is incredibly safe and involves fewer risks than veneers and crowns.
“It’s a fast, safe and cost-effective treatment and the benefits can last a lifetime.”
Why is it faster than treatments with traditional braces?
Because the Inman Aligner’s job is solely to straighten the smile at the front of your mouth, rather than improving your bite, the treatment times can be reduced to as little as 8 to 16 weeks.
Who is the treatment suitable for?
If you can say yes to any of these questions then the Inman Aligner may be just what you are looking for:
- you are unhappy with the appearance of your front teeth
- you have had orthodontic treatment in the past that is now relapsing
- you want a brace that is easy to insert and remove
- you want the option to remove the brace for important events in your life
- you want to avoid potentially invasive treatments like crowns or veneers
- You want straight teeth but don’t like the idea of wearing traditional train track braces that are permanently cemented in place for 12 – 24 months.
How does the Inman Aligner work?
The Aligner uses very light forces to push and pull the teeth simultaneously into a better position.
Does it hurt?
We have found that treatment with an Inman Aligner can cause some initial discomfort to the patient in the first 3-7 days. However, the level of discomfort is very similar to that experienced by patients who have been fitted with a traditional wire and bracket brace.
How visible is the Inman Aligner.
While the device is still visible, it is less visible than a conventional brace. But the Inman Aligner is removable, and if you need to take it out for a special occasions, you can.
What does the treatment involve?
After an initial short free consultation to find out whether the Inman Aligner is the right treatment for you, we carry out a detailed consultation, where we listen to what your goals are for your smile and then look thoroughly at your teeth, gums, jaws, jaw joints, and bite. In order to plan your treatment our Andover dentist will take impressions and photographs of your teeth and use them to simulate your tooth movements in the laboratory. We construct a bespoke Inman Aligner that is programmed just for you.
The Inman Aligner is easy to insert and remove. It works much faster than alternative orthodontic techniques, so most patients wear their Aligner for a period of 9-16 weeks. Because it is removable, the device can be taken out for important meetings, photographs, cleaning and social events. Ideally the device should be worn for 20 hours a day, but if you don’t manage a full 20 hours it just means that treatment will take a little more time. We review progress every 2 – 4 weeks to keep your treatment on track and to ensure sure you get to the desired result in as little time as possible.
The last step is in some ways the most important. To maintain your smile in its new improved position you need to hold the teeth in place. This can be achieved either using a clear snap in retainer that is worn at night, or by gluing a retainer behind the teeth where it will not be seen but will support them in their new position.