When You Want a Flexible, Fast Orthodontic Solution, Choose the Inman Aligner
Ready to take care of that one protruding tooth or your overlapping front teeth? The Inman Aligner is a removable appliance that is designed to align your front teeth as efficiently as possible. In many cases, an Inman Aligner is used as a stand-alone treatment for straightening a not-quite-perfect smile. And some dentists might recommend an Inman Aligner as a method of prealigning teeth prior to cosmetic dentistry treatments like teeth whitening or porcelain veneers.
How Does the Inman Aligner Work?
While wearing the Inman Aligner, your teeth are guided gently but forcefully into their new position over a large range of movement – this is why the Inman Aligner is able to work so quickly. Most cases can be completed within six to 18 weeks. If you are a suitable candidate for an Inman Aligner, your dentist will give you a realistic idea of what to expect from your course of treatment based on the kind of crowding you have.
In order to be fitted with an Inman Aligner, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and mouth. The aligner will be customized to fit you and only you but they are all similar in that they are made with coil springs that power two aligner bows which gently oppose each other – this force and squeeze effect is what guides the teeth into their new position. The inner bow pushes forward while the outer bow pulls back on the front teeth.
Compliance with treatment is, of course, crucial to success. Because the aligner is easily removable, it may be tempting to leave the apparatus off for a little while whenever you feel like it. But the aligner must be worn for at least 20 hours a day. If you opt to wear your aligner for less time, the treatment could take far longer to complete. Ideally, you only remove Inman Aligner before eating and when cleaning your teeth morning and night.
Am I a Good Candidate for the Inman Aligner?
Your dentist will give you proper guidance on the orthodontic treatment that is right for your smile, but if you have minor crowding, protrusion, rotation, or crossbite of the front teeth – upper or lower – then the Inman Aligner could be just right for your needs. If you are also in the position where you are having an orthodontic relapse – you once wore orthodontia but now your teeth are becoming misaligned again – Inman Aligner treatment can help.
What’s the Difference Between the Inman Aligner and Invisalign?
It may sound like the Inman Aligner is similar to Invisalign, but the treatments are unique and offer their own individual types of benefits. Both are worthwhile orthodontic options that offer amazing results. Your dentist will guide you in making the best decision for your smile.
Here are some similarities and differences between Inman Aligners and Invisalign:
- Number of appliances needed: In most cases, only one Inman Aligner is needed to straighten teeth over the course of treatment. Invisalign requires a series of trays that must be changed in order to gradually move your teeth into position.
- Checkups: It will be necessary to visit your dentist every two to three weeks for Inman Aligner checkups. Because much of the Invisalign treatment is independent and you have the ability to change to new aligners as indicated on your own, you only need to visit the dentist every six weeks or so.
- Time of treatment: An Inman Aligner can get your teeth into alignment in about 18 weeks (under five months) or less. Invisalign treatment typically takes 9 to 15 months, give or take. In both situations, these numbers often depend on your diligence in wearing your aligners and following your dentist’s treatment instructions.
- Ease of use: Inman Aligner and Invisalign both fit your lifestyle. You can remove the aligners to eat and clean your teeth normally, and you can remove them briefly for special occasions or photographs.
- Retainers: As with all types of orthodontic treatment, after you finish your Inman Aligner or Invisalign treatment, retainer usage is necessary in order to prevent your teeth from moving right back to where they once were. A removable retainer can be use or a lingually bonded retainer can be attached to the back of your teeth for convenience and longevity.
Why Should I Get an Inman Aligner?
Every method of orthodontic treatment is designed in order to correct misalignment. And when your teeth are in alignment it not only improves the appearance of your smile, but it also benefits the long-term health and condition of your teeth. It will also be easier to clean your teeth which contributes to their lifespan.
Crowding can worsen over time so, if your teeth are uneven, they are prone to greater wear and tear and more likely to develop cavities or staining in those hard-to-reach spots. Straight teeth are simply easier to tend to and help you avoid other corrective treatments in the future.
Ready for a beautiful, straight smile? Talk to Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez or Dr. Sharon Schmeiser in Miami, Florida, to determine whether the Inman Aligner or another orthodontic treatment is right for you.