Inman Aligners are an affordable, removable brace thatprimarily focus on the straightening of the front teeth. The appliance provides good results in a matter of a few months, but with so many removable braces on the market such as Invisalign, how do Inman Aligners compare?
Inman Aligners are an affordable, removable brace for straightening the front teeth in a matter of weeks. The Inman aligner offers a way of realigning your teeth which may have drifted over time, for instance, if you had braces as a child and stopped wearing your retainers. In this situation, the teeth can move and misalign once again. This leads to wonky teeth or overcrowding at the front of your mouth. If this sounds at all familiar, Inman Aligner offer a less expensive solution to other brace options. When the teeth are overcrowded at the front of the mouth, the Inman Aligner is are an affordable and relatively quick solution.
One of the main benefits from choosing Inman Aligner is the low cost. Like other popular removable appliances such as Invisalign, the Inman aligner is also easy to remove for cleaning. Results from using the Inman Aligner are fairly fast, as only the front teeth move during treatment. Unlike Invisalign and most other removable aligners though, only one appliance is required throughout your treatment plan.
What is important to note about this type of treatment is that unlike Invisalign aligners or fixed brace options, Inman Aligners focuses on the patient’s front teeth, so whilst the duration of your treatment might only be several weeks or more, the reason for this shorter treatment time is the focus on the front teeth rather than the entire arch of the patient’s mouth. As such, Inman Aligners work best on minor cases and issues such as mild crowding of the front teeth, crooked front teeth or to fix a gap between your front teeth.
As a result, this type of treatment is not necessarily right for everyone but can be a great alternative to metal or porcelain braces for patients looking to ever so slightly change the arrangement of their front teeth and achieve a more beautiful smile in a short amount of time.
Prior to your treatment starting, a full dental check-up is recommended to ensure there are no cavities or major issues with your teeth or gums which could become a problem during the course of your treatment. We would also encourage you to get your teeth professionally cleaned by a hygienist prior to your treatment starting. This will ensure a good oral hygiene prior to fitting the braces especially on the lower arch as this is where plaque tends to accumulate and harden turning into calculus and tartar which would impede success in treatment.
Your treatment begins with a visit to your certified Inman Aligner providing dentist who will explain the overall treatment process and timeframes, show you what the Inman Aligner appliance looks like and assess whether or not the appliance is suitable for you based on your goals. If this method is not right for you, your dentist will explain other treatment options available and possibly even refer you on to an orthodontist should it be advised.
If the Inman Aligner is suitable for your case, your dentist will create your treatment plan according to your objectives and your dentist will offer advice over the best treatment for your case. At times you will require further restorative work once the alignment is complete like chipped or mishaped teeth but this can all be discussed prior to going ahead.
Getting the Inman Aligner made and fitted is a relatively simple process. Firstly, impressions of your teeth are taken to enable the laboratory to create your aligner. Secondly, the aligner is fitted to your teeth. Your dentist will advise you to wear your aligner for 16-20 hours every day. As part of your treatment plan, it’s likely you’ll need to visit your dentist at 2-3 week intervals.
Malocclusion of the teeth is the technical term used by dentists to describe a misalignment problem that can lead to serious oral health complications. Patients often refer to those misalignment problems as crooked teeth, wonky teeth, crowded teeth, overbite, open bite, cross bite or large spaces or gaps between the teeth.
These deviations from ideal ‘occlusion’ can range from mild to severe cases. With any of the above malocclusions, the teeth are not able to perform vital functions, which can have serious consequences on both your oral and digestive health, not to mention they can also impact your confidence at work, in social settings or in your relationship.
These issues could previously only be addressed using fixed metal or ceramic braces, surgery or simply accepted as is. This is no longer the case with technology and new material developments such as Inman removable aligners revolutionising the world of cosmetic dentistry.
Unfortunately the Inman Aligner treatment is not suitable for every case of malocclusion. The treatment is suitable for correcting mild orthodontic issues, such as light overcrowding. This treatment is often recommended for adults who need mild realignment prior to getting veneers or bondings fitted. Inman Aligners are also recommended as treatment in cases where there is mild relapse of the front teeth.
The brace works by making small adjustments to your front teeth only, meaning it is not effective to address more severe cases where the alignment and positioning of the teeth in the entire arch of a patient’s mouth have to be addressed. In those circumstances, patients might need to revert back to metal braces, ceramic braces or more invisible treatment options such as Invisalign clear braces.
Individuals who once wore braces in the past but have found the teeth have started to move again in the front of the mouth also stand to benefit from the Inman Aligner treatment. As Inman Aligners only help to correct issues with the front teeth, some people are likely to find that a different option, such as Invisalign aligners or fixed braces offer the best solution for straightening all the teeth and adjusting their bite.
Treatment with the Inman Aligner is relatively short as only the front teeth move throughout. However, your treatment time will depend on how far the teeth need to be moved, and your dentist’s recommendations. Most cases of minor misalignment of the front teeth can be corrected in 6-18 weeks. This fast and effective treatment is ideal for realigning teeth in weeks instead of months at a time.
It is worth re-iterating that only your front teeth will move with this type of treatment and that Inman Aligners are unable to move teeth more quickly than metal braces or ceramic braces as they use a similar type of process which requires both brackets and a wire.
To wear, the Inman Aligner looks like a plastic lined metal bar across your front teeth with a separate plastic lined bar running from behind the teeth you are treating. These two aligner bows are connected on either side by a coil spring and generate the gentle forces needed to move teeth into the desired position. Your Inman Aligner will look like a gum shield when you remove it. It’s important to note that Inman Aligners are available in white and clear options. As this option is more discreet, this is good news for individuals who aren’t keen to let anyone see they are wearing braces.
This being said, the Inman Aligners metal bar is going to be visible to other people although the plastic bows make it discreet.
Your dentist will let you know at the start of your treatment when to come back for your appointments. At each consultation you will have an opportunity to discuss any issues you are having with the brace, and your dentist can perform any minor adjustments needed. All this takes place during 4 to 5 dental appointments. The dentist will tell you how often you need to wear your Inman Aligners, and how you should care for them during your treatment.
Reposition buttons and IPR (interproximal reduction or ‘filing’) are required when removable braces alone are not able to perform actions, such as rotation of the teeth or where extra space is needed.
Inman aligners are only used for making small movements to the teeth in the front of your mouth, so attachments don’t need to be used but for more stubborn movements a tooth coloured reposition button may be incorporated. A filling material, button shaped attachment is adhered to a certain tooth to add more pressure or angle a tooth a certain way along with the aligner pressure.
Abrasive polishing strips are used between teeth that are too tight to move and add require more space in order to achieve their desired position. This ‘filing’ technique will be done at certain visits but you dentist will be able to discuss with you prior to implementing it. This will allow teeth to easily slide past each other as they are moved into position by the gentle forces applied from the NiTi coil springs on the opposing aligner bars on either side of the front teeth.
Inman Aligners are extremely effective in delivering fast results when only the front teeth are concerned. However, due to the limitations of this type of treatment, this method is not going to be a suitable solution for all patients interested in straightening their teeth, with more complex cases requiring the use of metal braces, ceramic braces or invisible types of braces such as Invisalign. When Inman Aligners alone are not enough to perform more complex movements, your dentist may recommend on of these other appliances.
Your Inman Aligners will need to be kept clean. Not cleaning your aligner regularly allows bacteria and tartar to build up in the mouth. We recommend cleaning your aligner twice a day to be on the safe side. Use an appropriate cleaner and method for cleaning your Inman Aligner in order to not distort the appliance. A soft brush and soapy water is sufficient or placed in a gentle cleaner called Retainer Brite can be used. As Inman Aligners are removable, there are no issues with brushing your own teeth, which can occur with fixed braces. Brushing and flossing can effortlessly carry on as normal throughout treatment. An electric toothbrush is highly recommended in most cases.
As with most orthodontic appliances, wearing the Inman Aligner can be a little uncomfortable at first. Within a few days of wearing the appliance any discomfort usually passes. People, generally speaking, get used to wearing their Inman Aligners in a relatively short space of time. Of course, being removable, this brace is going to be more comfortable than traditional metal or ceramic fixed braces.
From an appliance standpoint, wearing the Inman Aligner is more comfortable than traditional braces using fixed brackets and wires, especially since there are no actual brackets attached to your teeth and the appliance seats over the teeth and clasps on either side of the mouth.
However, as with all types of braces, tooth movement is obtained by applying pressure to each tooth individually in order to move them into the desired position. This gradual tooth movement is obtained by tightening the Niti Coil every couple of weeks which is done by your dentist during your periodic review appointments. For the variation of the Inman Aligner that allows for expansion, there is a midline screw that you yourself can activate when you dentist tells you to with a special key. After any of these adjustments the system might therefore feel quite uncomfortable for a few days, after which any sensitivity in your gums and teeth should slowly disappear.
In cases where only a little movement is needed, the price of Inman Aligners is quite reasonable compared to the other orthodontic treatments available. Prices start from as little as £995. Keep in mind that costs can differ between dentists, cities and between countries.
Once treatment is complete you may require final adjustments like contouring of the teeth edges or gums to make them look even more aligned and aesthetically pleasing prior to having your impressions taken for final retainers. Bare in mind that there may be additional costs such as any further dentistry at end of treatment.
As with any teeth straightening treatment, you will need to wear a retainer when your Inman Aligner treatment is complete. Retainers will allow your teeth to stabilise in their new position at the end of treatment. This is as important a part as the treatment itself since teeth continue to move throughout your life which could lead to a relapse after a few years.
There are multiple types of retainers that you can wear after your treatment, from fixed metal retainers that are thin wires permanently bonded onto the back surfaces of your teeth, Essix retainers, a removable plastic retainer which you can wear at night and Hawley Retainers that are a thin metal bar with an acrylic palate which you wear at night.
Be sure to discuss this with your dentist prior to starting your Inman Aligners journey as this could have an impact on the final cost of your treatment. Retainers are normally an additional cost but you may want to include them into your total from the beginning.
Inman Aligners are a great alternative to more traditional fixed metal or ceramic braces because that they are fully removable. This added convenience has made Inman Aligners very popular along with the relatively low cost and short treatment times. However, it is only a suitable treatment for cases addressing the front teeth and is not adequate for patients with more severe types of malocclusions and looking to improve the oral health and structure of their whole mouth.
Some people are under the impression that Inman Aligners achieve fast results in comparison to other types of braces. This is unfortunately not the case as teeth can only move at a certain speed and this movement is approximately the same regardless of the type of appliance used. The misconception comes from the fact the treatment length is short as it only works on your front teeth as opposed to the entire upper or lower arch.
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