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.
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.
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.
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:
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.