As get older our teeth sometimes develop crowding at the front and people will often think only a fixed brace can help. However, in some cases with moderate crowding and/or rotations, the Inman aligner may be able to help.
Confidental Clinic in Clapham Junction, Battersea offers the Inman Aligner which is a removable brace that straightens up the teeth in as little as 8 weeks. The Inman aligner is a cost effective method of straightening the front teeth as the treatments time are shorter.
Our dentists will first see you in our dental practice for a free consultation to identify what your requirements are and if you are suitable for the inman aligner. Your will also be presented with the alternative options that should also be considered before making your own decision. At Confidental Clinic Clapham, we offer the full range of tooth straightening options performed by our Specialists or General Dentists.
Why Choose Inman Aligners?
- Can be used to straighten teeth in a very short period of time with one appliance
- More severe cases can be finished with invisible clear aligners at the end of treatment
- Can be inserted and removed easily when required
- Cheaper alternative to some invisible clear braces like Invisalign.
Inman Aligner FAQ
Whats the alternatives?
Alternatively many cases can be carried out using the Invsalign method of moving teeth. This involves the construction of almost invisible clear plastic aligners which fit over the teeth and over a period of time will act to move the teeth. This a great way of moving teeth without having to wear braces which can look unsightly.
Won't my teeth move back?
A fixed retainer can be bonded to the back of the front teeth to retain the result. This orthodontic wire is very thin and cannot be seen from the front. Alternatively a removable retainer can be worn.
Will I need to see the doctor frequently for adjustments?
The Inman Aligners are pre-programmed to reduce the need for office visits. Your doctor will prescribe a treatment due to your needs. The Inman Aligner utilizes a lingual coil spring that puts pressure on the teeth that need repositioning and a labial bar that reverses the same pressure. These components work together to "squeeze" teeth together by pushing and pulling them into alignment. It will take about one week of wearing the Inman Aligner to become acclimated. Like anything foreign to your mouth, it may cause you to salivate more than usual for 24 to 48 hours and could affect your speech for 7 to 10 days. You have the option of not wearing the appliance, however, the longer you wear the Inman Aligner the quicker the results. It is recommended that you wear the appliance for at least 16 to 20 hours a day.
Will the Inman Aligner affect my speech?
Yes. The Inman Aligner will affect your speech for a week or two. You will however acclimate to the appliances over time and be able to speak fine with them in place.
Will treatment with the Inman Aligner be uncomfortable?
No. Due to the gentle but steady orthodontic forces generated, the appliances are easily tolerated.
Is the Inman Aligner comparable to Invisalign?
Invisalign is made of a specialised plastic hence the forces are low and the treatment slower. Inman Aligner incorporates tiny Nickel Titanium springs that are able to maintain a higher constant tension. It is used for treating the top and bottom front teeth only. Invisalign can treat full arches (all your 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 follow with Inman Aligner. The treatment time is usually faster than clear braces.
Is the Inman Aligner new?
Patients have been treated with Inman Aligners since 2000. In the United States approximately 450 to 500 new patients are prescribed treatment with Inman Aligners every month.
Prospective patients are required to read and understand the Orthodontic consent form prior to treatment.