The Inman aligner is a quick way of straightening teeth. They are an excellent alternative to Invisalign ‘invisible’ braces. Inman aligners are themselves of a discreet nature, though they are a completely different style from Invisalign aligners. They work by a system of springs, which push and pull the teeth into place. They are made up of wires and clear plastic, and are very similar to a retainer in their appearance and the way you wear them.
What are the Advantages of the Inman Aligner?
Inman aligners are cheaper than other ‘invisible’ braces, and sometimes cheaper than traditional braces. For a lot of people, this compensates for the fact that Inman aligners are not completely invisible. They also offer a more conservative treatment for people considering having veneers, which require a lot of grinding of teeth and are permanent. However, one of the biggest advantages of the Inman aligner is how fast it works. You can get a much quicker result than with other braces, from between six and sixteen weeks, depending on how long you wear them each day (your dentist will probably recommend a twenty hour minimum) and how complex your problem is. Relatively simple problems can be solved in just four weeks. They are removable, and so can be taken out to eat and clean, or for photographs and special occasions. Lastly, they need very little adjustment, and you only need one aligner for the whole process. This means fewer trips to the dentist. Because of their efficiency, discretion and cost-effectiveness, they are a great choice for treating adult relapse.
What are the Disadvantages of the Inman Aligner?
Compared to other braces, Inman aligners are very restricted in the level of movement they are able to produce. This is why they are most suitable for correcting misalignments, and even then they only work on the upper or lower front teeth. They are not quite invisible either, because there is a wire visible running across the front of the teeth, encased in clear plastic. However, they are still far more discreet than traditional braces, and the aligners are still being developed to become more and more discreet. They are not as widely available as other orthodontic treatments, so you may have to shop around before you find a dentist to fit them. As with all braces, the aligners may cause mild discomfort when they are first fitted, as well as affecting your speech. However, this should return to normal after a short while.