What Is An Inman Aligner and How Does it Work?

what is an inman aligner

​The Inman Aligner is a removable, simple appliance which may safely and quickly straighten and align the front six lower/upper front teeth. An Inman Aligner is ideal as a standalone treatment or merely to correct teeth alignment before other cosmetic treatments such as veneers or bonding.

How Does ​an Inman Aligner Fix Crooked Teeth?

The Inman Aligner has a single buccal and a single lingual bow which "pushes" your teeth into the correct position with steady and light forces.


Is the Inman Aligner Comfortable to Wear?


For the initial 3 to 4 days, you may experience tenderness or soreness in your mouth and an increase in salivation. After this initial period, patients state that it does become more comfortable.


How Often Should I Wear the Inman Aligner?


You must wear the Inman Aligner for 16 to 20 hours a day. A general rule is the more hours the Inman aligner is worn, the quicker the treatment and fewer hours, the slower the treatment.


How Different is it From Additional Orthodontic Alternatives?


The Inman Aligner is a compromised orthodontic procedure since it only can move the front lower and/or upper six teeth. However, it’s cheaper and faster than clear aligners like Invisalign or fixed braces. All procedures with the Inman Aligner are planned and evaluated by a computer to know precisely how much space is needed to close or create. All patients are presented with a 3-D printed model before the procedure.


The Inman Aligner: Who Is A Candidate?


Every patient – no matter the age, which presents with the following:


  1. Healthy gums and teeth
  2. Lower/upper front teeth with differential wear and moderate/ mild crowding
  3. Relapse from earlier orthodontic procedures because of failed retention
  4. For busy folks who can’t wear orthodontic appliance since the Inman Aligner easily can be taken out for a critical phone call/meeting
  5. Preferably do one arch at the time and if you only need to treat lower or upper teeth

How Long Will a Typical Case Take?


The majority of cases take from 6 to 12 weeks.


What is Involved in the Procedure?


After your initial assessment to check if you’re suitable for the Inman Aligner procedure:


  1. Photos and impressions are taken.
  2. Discussion with a patient about which tooth is within most favourably position, etc.
  3. Measure the width of a single tooth for calibration.

On the day of the Inman Aligner fitting:


  1. Directions are given on how to remove/ insert Inman Aligner
  2. Place composite "tags" to keep the bow in place.
  3. If necessary, create some space by "stripping" between your teeth with extremely thin diamond strips.

How is an Inman Aligner Cared For?


Brush with toothpaste and toothbrush and keep it inside the container when not being used.


Will I Need to Wear a Retainer at The End of My Treatment? What Type of Retainers Might Be Required?


You’ll always require a retainer after all types of orthodontic treatment so long as you want the teeth to remain aligned. For the best results and maintenance after treatment, it is preferred to use a multi-strained, fixed mouth retainer that is glued to the back of the teeth.


How Often Should I Go Back To The Dentist After Treatment?


The dentist usually sees patients for routine check-ups every 2 to 3 weeks. As treatment is done, the dentist sees them every 6 months to ensure the retainer is in ideal condition.

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