Inman Aligner

Inman Aligner Orthodontic Braces

It seems that nearly everyone is in pursuit of the elusive perfect smile.  For some people, that means whitening and bonding.  For others, a perfect smile comes in the form of straightening misaligned teeth.  Straightening often precedes the process of cosmetic treatment, with many users utilizing the Inman Aligner for a rapid tooth alignment prior to bonding or veneers.  Whether to feel more confident when you smile, or to simply correct some misalignment, there’s a strong chance that Inman Aligner can help you reach your goal.

Increasingly, people are turning to the Inman Aligner to provide a simple and fast means of straightening misaligned front teeth on both the bottom and top jaws.  The Inman Aligner is a removable, minimally-invasive invisible brace, fitted by a dentist, which corrects crooked teeth rapidly.

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The treatment process

A certified dentist will determine if you are an ideal candidate for the Aligner.  If you are a candidate, the dentist will take impressions that will be used to customize an Aligner to fit your mouth.  Once your custom Aligner is built, the dentist will oversee a custom fitting and make adjustments to ensure it fits properly.  The patient then commits to wearing the Aligner 16-20 hours daily.  The Aligner should be removed prior to eating.  After eating, your teeth and Aligner should be cleaned before replacing the Aligner.

What kind of teeth are candidates?

The Inman Aligner is designed to correct crowding, rotations, crossbites, or protrusion of front teeth.  Because it only treats front teeth, consultation will be needed to determine if your teeth are treatable using only the Aligner.  The consulting dentist will evaluate your teeth and determine if it is the most viable option.  The ideal candidate will understand that the Aligner needs to be worn 16-20 hours a day.  The longer you wear the Aligner, the faster your results.  As with other types of orthodonture, the candidate must recognize that maintenance is required after treatment in order to prevent relapse.  Thus, they must be prepared to commit to retention in the form of a retainer.  A fixed retainer can be bonded to the backs of the teeth, whereas a removable retainer is worn every night.  Often, people turn to the Aligner after relapse from a previous orthodontic treatment.

Will such fast change stress my jaw and gums?

The Inman Aligner completes its alignment treatment in a relatively quick turnaround time.  Most treatments are complete within 6-18 weeks.    The Aligner’s effect comes from the light pressure it exerts upon the chosen teeth.  Because the pressure is so low, the teeth do not exert much resistance against the Aligner.  The mode of action is a mechanism known as a nickel titanium “lingual coil spring”, which creates pressure against the teeth that require movement.  A second mechanism, a “labial bar” opposes the force of the spring to ensure that the lingual coil spring pressure is not excessive.  Together, the spring and labial bar combine to generate a gripping force, repositioning the appropriate teeth.    The actual tooth movement will only proceed within the natural ability of each tooth.  If an extremely high level of repositioning is required of your teeth, your dentist will probably recommend an alternate treatment.

Pros & Cons

The Aligner is a great tool if you are an appropriate candidate, as discussed previously.  It provides rapid results, is cost effective and removable, and only one Aligner is required.  They are less visible than traditional braces, and don’t necessitate as many trips to the dentist.  The Aligner is not without its limitations, however.  It can only straighten the front teeth, so misaligned teeth further back may require alternative braces.  The Aligner is slightly bulky, though most people adapt to this quickly, and are not affected by a lisp when speaking.  Lastly, the Aligner requires discipline, as it requires the wearer to keep it in for up to 20 hours a day for successful results.

Alternative treatments

Traditional braces can achieve the same results, though they can take two (or more years).  For many people, however, such “train track” braces are out of the question, both financially and aesthetically.  There are few other options, however, if your misaligned teeth happen to fall outside the domain of teeth that an Aligner can address.  However, there are several different types of braces from which to choose.  Stainless steel braces are the most inexpensive braces, though these are obviously the most visible.  Ceramic braces cost more than their metal counterpart, though they are designed to blend in with the teeth, and can break or chip more easily.  Lingual braces are the most expensive, though they are designed to bond and conceal themselves on the tooth backside, remaining unseen.  Their higher cost is due to the more complicated installation process. (source: