The Inman Aligner is a wonderful and unique way of straightening teeth. It uses nickel titanium technology to very gently but constantly move teeth. It takes considerably less time than other types of orthodontic appliances - sometimes as quick as 4 weeks! If you have crowded teeth come and see us for a consultation to see if the Inman Aligner is right for you. Below are some frequently asked questions about the Inman Aligner.
Is the Inman Aligner new?
Although it is a relatively new product in the UK many patients have been treated with Inman Aligners to straighten misaligned teeth for over the last 8 years. Approximately 500 new patients are prescribed treatment with Inman Aligners every month so it is a tried and tested system for straightening teeth.
Is the Inman Aligner comparable to Invisalign invisible braces?
Invisalign is very different from the Inman Aligner and treatment is generally slower. The Inman Aligner is used for treating the front teeth only and is not suitable for the alignment of back teeth. Invisalign can treat full arches (including back teeth). When the back teeth need treatment ie the arch width is too narrow we can use a pre-treatment to expand the arches and then follow this with the Inman Aligner.
Will treatment with the Inman Aligner be uncomfortable?
Due to the gentle but steady forces generated by the Inman Aligner, it is easily tolerated. However we suggest that you use a mild painkiller such as paracetamol if you encounter any discomfort.
Will the Inman Aligner affect my speech?
The Inman Aligner will affect your speech for a week to ten days. You will however acclimate to the appliance over time and be able to speak fine with them in place. It may cause you to salivate more than usual for about 2 days.
How does the Inman Aligner work?
The Inman Aligner utilises a lingual coil spring that puts pressure on the back of the teeth that need repositioning and a wire across the front of the teeth that reverses the same pressure. These components work together to "squeeze" teeth together by pushing and pulling them into alignment. It is recommended that you wear the appliance for a minimum of 16 to 20 hours a day.
Won’t my teeth move back after treatment?
With any orthodontic treatment, once you have achieved your desired result retention is essential. Either a fixed bonded retainer or a clear night-time removable retainer can be used.