As you age, your teeth can sometimes change position causing crookedness to develop. In the past people with alignment problems had very limited options. Fortunately, there’s been rapid progression in the world of braces and now there’s more options than ever to fix problems with gaps, crowding, overbite and underbite.
What is the Inman Aligner?
The aligner itself is similar in appearance to a regular gumshield but the casing which covers the teeth is transparent, making it very discreet. The Inman Aligner makes use of a coiled spring which puts a firm but gentle pressure on your teeth in order to tip them in the right direction. Part of the Aligner works behind your teeth, creating a piston-like action. This works in combination with the bar running across the front of your teeth to gently squeeze your teeth into the desired position. Due to this unique system, the time it takes to correct any dental problems with the Inman aligner tends to be much shorter than the treatment period required in other kinds of invisible braces. Another key difference between the Inman Aligner and other types of brace is that you won’t need to have an excessive amount of follow-up visits in order to adjust the equipment. This is due to the fact that the Inman Aligner is set up to automatically adjust itself, reducing the need for follow up visits. The Inman Aligner is suitable for adult patients and older teenagers who require only a small amount of orthodontic treatment. It’s also great for adult patients who need a small correction after a problem with any previous orthodontal work they may have had.
What is treatment like?
It’ll take you about a week to get used to wearing the Inman Aligner and you may experience excessive salivating and it can affect your speech for over a week. You can opt not to wear the Aligner sometimes, however it’s important to note that the more you wear your Inman Aligner, the quicker the results will become visible. And it’s normally advised that you wear the aligner for 16 hours a day at a minimum. Due to the gentle but firm pressure applied by the Inman Aligner, most patients report minimal discomfort throughout the treatment period. Results should become apparent after a few weeks and although the treatment period varies from case to case the majority of patients can be successfully treated within 14 weeks. After treatment a fixed retainer may be secured to the back of your front teeth in order to make sure the results are permanent. This makes use of a very thin orthodontic wire which isn’t visible from the front.