What is the Inman Aligner?
How does it work?
Is it comfortable to wear?
How often should a patient wear it? Does the amount of time it is being worn affects it’s effectively?
How different is the Inman Aligner from the other orthodontic alternatives?
Inman Aligner is a compromised orthodontic treatment since it can only move the front upper and/or lower 6 teeth. But it is faster and cheaper than fixed braces or clear aligners like Invisalign. All treatment with Inman Aligner is evaluated and planned by the computer to know exactly how much space we need to create or close. Every patient is presented with a 3D printed model (after treatment) before the treatment.
Who is a candidate for the Inman Aligner?
- Healthy teeth and gums
- Upper/lower front teeth with mild/moderate crowding and differential wear
- Relapse from earlier orthodontic treatment due to failed retention
- For busy people who cannot wear orthodontic appliance since Inman Aligner can easily be removed for an important meeting/phone call
- Preferably do 1 arch at the time and if you only need to treat upper or lower teeth
How long does a general case take?
What can patients expect when they start wearing it?
What’s involved in the treatment?
- Impressions and photos are taken.
- Discussion with the patient which tooth is in most favorably position, etc.
- Measure the width of one tooth for calibration.
- Instructions given how to insert/remove the Inman Aligner
- Place the composite “tags” to keep the bow in right place.
- If needed create space by “stripping” between the teeth with very thin diamond strips.