Dr Paul Abrahams discusses Straight Teeth in 12 weeks with the Inman Aligner
Straight Teeth in 12 weeks with the Inman Aligner
In recent years the Inman aligner has revolutionised dental braces around the world and is one of the fastest orthodontic braces available.
It has even made it to an article in magazines such as Marie Claire. Because the Inman aligner uses a unique system of springs which push and pull different parts of your tooth at the same time it is possible to straighten teeth in approximately 12 weeks.
This article takes a detailed look at the aligner, from the cost, the problems, the results and the process.
How does the Inman Aligner work?
At the beginning of treatment the aligner may only be putting pressure on a single tooth, but as the treatment progresses and that tooth moves into position other teeth will then be touched and affected which means these will also have pressure pushing or tipping them into the correct place.
The aligner has a wire on the front of the teeth and one on the inside part of the teeth with strings attached. The front part on the outside of your teeth will be pulling the tooth inwards and the inside part will be pushing the tooth outwards, thereby meaning it is rotated and pushed into the correct position.
This action is limited to smaller amounts, if your teeth are extremely rotated you may find that the Inman Aligner is not suitable for you, in which case another form of orthodontics may be best.
What results can be expected with the Inman Aligner?
The important thing to remember is that we should be limiting our goals and expectations, we are not trying to achieve the perfect result using this type of rapid orthodontics. We’re not necessarily trying to fix your bite although the bite can be affected and often improved.
With the Inman Aligner we are focusing on the front (anterior) six teeth and moving them to a more acceptable cosmetic position.
The process of having an aligner
The actual dental process is very simple.
- Your dentist will assess your teeth for suitability and have a discussion with you about the pros and cons of using an Inman Aligner.
- Dental impressions will be taken and sent off to the laboratory.
- About two weeks later the brace will be sent back to the dentist ready for your appointment.
- You have your dental brace fitted and the dentist will give you instructions on how to look after it and wear it.
Problems with the Inman aligner
One of the biggest problems people experience is not wearing the Inman Aligner for long enough each day. The recommended daily amount is to wear your Inman Aligner for 20 hours per day, only taking it out whilst you eat and brush your teeth.
This means it takes some effort on your part to ensure that you do your thing to be part of the process and help things along. If you only wear your liners for 11 hours per day you could end up doubling the amount of treatment time, which contradicts one of the main reasons for using this type of rapid orthodontics in the first place.
Will I be able to eat with an Inman aligner?
You will not be able to eat whilst wearing your orthodontic brace. You need to remove the aligner whilst eating and for cleaning.
What will the results be like after wearing the Inman Aligner?
How much does an Inman Aligner cost?
The Inman Aligner typically costs from £1200.
Would the Inman aligner work for me?
The Inman aligner is typically suitable for people with:
- Crowded upper teeth
- Crowded lower teeth
- Protruding front teeth
- Gaps between the teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Misaligned teeth
It is less suitable for people with biting problems and cannot be used to move back teeth. The aligner can also be used in what is known as pre-restorative alignment.
By using an Inman aligner to move the body of the tooth into the correct place it allows your dentist to restore them using veneers, bonding or crowns in a more conservative and natural way.
Does the Inman Aligner hurt?
They should not normally be any pain when wearing this type of orthodontic brace. You may find that your teeth feel a little tender for the first week or so but as the pressure from the brace reduces you should become more accustomed to this pressure.
What does the Inman Aligner look like?
The Inman Aligner is almost imperceptible, the part which wraps around the front of your teeth is clear and unobtrusive. Also, because the Inman Aligner is only worn for a couple of months it is a highly acceptable form of orthodontics.