Many adults will experience some tooth movement as they grow up, whether they had orthodontic treatment as a child or not. When adult teeth become displaced to the point of looking crooked, you might be tempted to think that an unsightly and uncomfortable brace is the only way to solve the problem. However, thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, the Inman Aligner offers the ideal solution for straightening out those front teeth quickly, painlessly and cost effectively.
What is the Inman Aligner
The Inman aligner is an accelerator removable brace designed by Donald Inman. It is designed specifically to align, to straighten the forefront teeth. These are the upper forefront teeth, or the lower forefront teet
The forefront teeth are traditionally the most impactful within the smile. You notice these first. This brace is able to straighten those teeth in about 16 to 24 weeks, so you’re looking at a four to six months treatment, which is a very short period of time. This brace has revolutionized cosmetic dentistry, because many of the people who previously wanted to straighten their teeth thought that either veneers or two years of braces were their only two options. Now, having other options means that more people can get the smile they’ve always wanted.
How does it work?
The Inman Aligner has been developed to align front teeth in a gentle and safe manner. The appliance itself is easily removable and the treatment is ideal as a standalone solution or as a precursor to other cosmetic dentistry, such as veneers or bonding work.
The appliance itself is made from titanium coil springs that work with the aligner bows to gently push teeth into their correct position. Once the teeth are in their new position, the aligner works like a retainer, holding them securely in place.
The Inman Aligner is suitable for treating a number of issues, including crowding, protrusion, rotations and cross bites, and is often used for pre-aligning prior to cosmetic veneer fitting, as this means there will be less preparation work to do and the veneers can be made super thin.
Different Types of Inman Aligner
Primarily, there are two variations and it all depends on what severity of crowding you have. One variation, and is a pure front/back movement, and it allows the teeth to be straightened. Another variation has something called, “A midline expansions screw.”
What this is, is that between the two sides of the Inman aligner, there’s a small little key slot, and you would place a small key as instructed by your dentist, and turn it once a week. What this would do is create an increase in the diameter of the Inman aligner. If we imagine a circle, if we increase the diameter, the radius increases. That’s how that will also help create a bit more space.
How long does treatment take?
The Inman Aligner is well known as the ’12 week wonder brace’, because that is how long a typical treatment will take. Depending on your current situation, you could see results in as short as 6 weeks, or you might need up to 16, but few people need to spend longer than this in their brace.
In comparison with other methods of teeth straightening, this method is incredibly rapid. Invisible braces such as the Invisalign usually require a period of 6 months or more before any results are seen.
Advantages of the Inman Aligner
- Simple, yet effective orthodontic remedy
- Easy to apply and remove for teeth cleaning and eating
- Treatment is painless
- Results in 6 – 16 weeks
- Only require monthly, 15-minute check ups
- Ideal for pre-cosmetic procedure straightening of front teeth
Considerations to keep in mind
- Only suitable for minor misalignment
- Some minor discomfort is sometimes reported in the first few days
- Speech may be affected
- Treatment is limited to the front sets of teeth only
Is the Inman Aligner right for me?
The Inman Aligner is designed for fairly minor corrections of the front teeth on the upper and lower jaws. The treatment will not correct any molar displacement, and other braces should be sought if this is the case for you. You need to commit to wearing the Inman Aligner throughout your treatment period, with most experts recommended 16 – 20 hours use per day. The device will need to be removed every time you eat, and your teeth thoroughly cleaned before it can be refitted. Finally, Inman Aligners are only suitable for fully developed, adult teeth, so juveniles and children should look for other solutions.
Will the Inman Aligner Work for me?
In order to determine this, we’ve got to ask yourself some questions.
Question number one, do I want to improve the position of my forefront teeth because this is what it will do, you won’t do anything but that?
If you want to move one of the canines, the pointed tooth, it’s not really going to do that.
Number two, do I want to move the position of my forefront teeth in a forwards, backwards position only?
What this means is that you want to keep the teeth at the same level, but move them kind of forwards, backwards and rotate them. Inman aligner is excellent for this.
It can move teeth a little bit up and down. For example, if you saw someone smiling, and one of their front teeth was higher up than the side tooth, it can move it a bit, but it wouldn’t be in my experience my number one choice to create height movements. Height movements mean moving the tooth from the gum position to include create more balanced smile. You can do it, but it won’t be our number one choice.
Will the Inman Aligner hurt?
When teeth move, they are exposed to a force. The Inman aligner is producing pressure, pushing the teeth forwards, and backwards. The teeth normally feels a little bit tender, this is because the bone and the gums around the roots of the tooth are remodeling so the tooth can move. It’s perfectly normal for them to feel tender.
You wouldn’t generally feel any kind of throbbing, or kinds of classic pain from this though, because it’s not affecting the nerve of the tooth. As long as all your teeth are healthy, you wouldn’t experience anything like that.
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