Inman Aligner will straighten your teeth in weeks, not years
If you need your teeth straightened but can’t face months and months of slow progress and don’t want to do anything as drastic as veneers, then the Inman Aligner could be the ideal solution. It is cheaper than fixed braces or Invisalign, as you only need one aligner for the whole treatment. We are experienced providers of Inman Aligners here at our clinic in Oakleigh, Melbourne and can help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.
What is an Inman Aligner?
The Inman Aligner is a super-fast brace that can fix your front teeth in a matter of weeks. The initial treatment only takes between 8 and 12 weeks, and if your front teeth have very minor issues it can actually take less than 8 weeks.
Although every effort is made to ensure the Inman Aligner is as discreet as possible, it is visible on the outside of your teeth. However when it’s only for two months it doesn’t seem like such an ordeal, does it? It is also a removable device so that you can eat and brush your teeth more easily than with traditional braces.
How does the Inman Aligner work?
The aligner works by having springs that power two aligner ‘bows’, one behind your teeth (pushing themforwards) and one in front (pulling them back). These opposing forces bring your teeth securely in line with each other very quickly.
To fit the Inman Aligner, you must first have a consultation at Station Square Dental to discuss your needs, so that we can closely examine your teeth to ensure it is the right course of treatment for you. You will then have impressions taken of your teeth so that the aligner can be designed and fitted specifically to your mouth.
After the initial fitting, you must wear the aligner at least 16 hours a day, preferably 20 hours. You must also have regular check-ups to make sure everything is proceeding as planned. All things being well, you will have a straight, even smile in no time at all! As with all braces, after you have finished the treatment you will need to wear a retainer to prevent relapse.
Inman Aligner treatment procedure
- Impressions are needed so that the lab can fabricate your custom made Inman Aligner.
- Initial fitting of the Aligner.
- Wear the Aligner 16-20 hours a day
- Regular Inman checks every 2-3 weeks.
As with other orthodontic treatment, after treatment is completed with the Inman Aligner, retention is recommended for life to prevent relapse. Retention can come in the form of a lingually bonded retainer or an Essix retainer.
Is the Inman Aligner right for me?
The Inman Aligner is not suitable for alignment or rotation of molars; it is purely designed with the front teeth in mind. If it’s your front teeth you’re worried about, crossing over, or pushed out of position by overcrowding, then the Inman Aligner might be exactly what you need. Come and talk to us at Station Square Dental to find out more about this speedy brace system.
FAQs About Inman Aligner
All braces cause some mild level of discomfort. Because the Inman Aligner works very quickly on your teeth, there is of course some discomfort caused by the teeth moving into new positions. However, after a while most patients get used to the sensation and do not report any problems.
You should rinse your Inman Aligner at least twice a day. And on one of these occasions you should give your Inman Aligner a proper clean with a tiny bit of hand soap and a toothbrush. While weekly you should give your Inman Aligner a thorough clean with an anti-bacterial denture cleaner.
Avoid scrubbing it with toothpaste as this is abrasive and never immerse it in hot water or alcohol solutions.
If neither of these options are available you can use a mouthwash to clean an Inman aligner, but be weary as many mouthwashes are alcohol based and change the chemical properties of plastics overtime.
Inman Aligner Case Studies
Inman Aligner Before & After: Oakleigh
What an amazing result in just 8 weeks for this young woman from Oakleigh. The Inman Aligner was able to expand the bite and align the front teeth for a beautiful smile.
The patient did not like the crowding of the front teeth and came in requesting the Inman Aligner. The lateral incisors are in cross bite.
What We Did
I used the Inman Aligner to slightly expand, create space and align the front teeth. We finished with a removable retainer for night time wear. She was very happy with the outcome.
Inman Aligner Before & After: Hughesdale
We were able to realign the lower incisor that had moved back with an Inman Aligner used for 8 weeks. A great-looking result for this patient from Hughesdale, and their teeth were easier to keep clean.
This patient did not like the in-standing lower central incisor tooth. She was finding it difficult to clean due to the overcrowding.
What We Did
I used the Inman Aligner to align the front teeth and then a removable retainer for nighttime wear. She was very happy with the result.
Inman Aligner Before & After: East Melbourne
This East Melbourne patient was thrilled with the results we achieved with the Inman Aligner. We were able to slightly expand the upper arch and straighten and level the teeth for a very pleasing result.
The patient did not like the crowding of the front teeth and came in requesting the Inman Aligner after having researched it. The patient was not keen on fixed braces and with the patient’s concern confined to the front 4 teeth meant that the Inman Aligner would be a suitable device.
What We Did
I used the Inman Aligner to slightly expand, create space and align the front teeth. We levelled the edges of the teeth with a few removable clear aligners to level she wanted and then a removable retainer for nighttime wear. She was over the moon with the outcome.
Inman Aligner Before & After: Mount Waverley
With just 8 weeks treatment with an Inman Aligner, this Mount Waverley patient had a smile that gave her confidence.
The upper left lateral incisor was sticking out and affecting the patient’s smile and confidence.
What We Did
After discussing options the patient decided on the Inman Aligner to align the front teeth, along with a little expansion and then a removable retainer for nighttime wear. She loved the result.
Inman Aligner Before & After: Caulfield South
With just 10 weeks treatment with an Inman Aligner, we were able to fix the protruding incisor and slightly crossed front teeth of this patient from Caulfield South in South East Melbourne.
The patient’s main concerns were that the upper left lateral incisor was sticking out and the upper front teeth were crossing over. Otherwise she was happy with way the rest of the teeth looked.
What We Did
After discussing options the patient decided on the Inman Aligner to align the front teeth, along with a little expansion and then a removable retainer for nighttime wear. She was very happy with the result.
Inman Aligner Before & After: Carnegie
These pictures show the results of the ABB (Align, Bleach and Bond) Protocol used with Inman Aligner. First we align, then whiten, then use composite bonding to tidy up the shape of the teeth. This Carnegie patient was extremely happy with the result.
This patient did not like the way his upper anterior teeth looked. They were crowded and mis-shaped. Previously he had a filling placed on the upper left central incisor to cover a space but he had never been happy with it. He had researched the Inman aligner and was very keen on using it to align his teeth.
What We Did
After discussing options, we decided using the Inman Aligner with the Align, Bleach and Bond (ABB) Protocol. This is where we straighten the teeth, gently whiten and then use non-invasive, cost-effective composite bonding to correct and tidy up the shapes and worn edges of the teeth. We started with the Inman Aligner for about 14 weeks, to slightly expand and align the teeth. After bleaching we rebuilt the teeth with composite and then finished off the alignment with a few clear aligners to tweak the positions of some of the teeth. He was extremely happy with the result.
Total treatment time was approximately 5 months.