If you suffer from crooked, gapped, or misaligned teeth then you might be referred to an experienced orthodontic Manchester dentist for help. They can suggest a number of ways to help you achieve a great looking smile; one of them being Inman aligner treatment. But what exactly is it and how does it work?
When a smile dentist Manchester suggests the Inman Aligner you might be surprised to learn that it isn’t like your typical orthodontic brace system. For starters unlike many other types of braces it’s designed to be removable by the patient so that they can eat, drink, and clean teeth, without obstruction. Secondly, it does away with the traditional brackets and wiring in favour of sprung loaded bows which gently push and pull the teeth back into position. Ideally it’s used as a stand alone treatment but it can also be used prior to other cosmetic options such as teeth whitening, veneers, or cosmetic bonding.
So how does it work?
Unlike other brace systems Inman Aligner treatment utilises nickel titanium springs known as bows which push and pull the teeth back into the correct position. It’s designed to concentrate its efforts on the upper and lower front teeth that are visible when you smile. For this reason it won’t be a recommended course of treatment for those with more underlying teeth problems. That said, the Inman Aligner can offer the perfect solution for those with mild to moderate alignment problems who are looking to improve their smile quickly, perhaps for an upcoming event.
So how quick is it?
Your orthodontic Manchester dentist will have a better idea of how long your treatment will take when they examine your teeth closer. However as a general rule of thumb, treatment takes somewhere between 12 and 26 weeks to complete. When you compare it to conventional brace systems that can take between 2 and 3 years to complete, that’s fast! That said a speedy treatment does rely on the patient wearing the aligner for somewhere between 16 and 20 hours a day, preferably the latter. The bottom line is that if patients forget to put it in or don’t wear it for the required number of hours, treatment time will often take significantly longer. Ideally it should only be taken out when eating, drinking, and brushing the teeth, and should always be worn when sleeping. However the idea is that the patient has full control over their treatment.
If you’d like to know more about how Inman Aligner treatment can help you, or you would like to speak to an orthodontic Manchester dentist about ways in which they can help you to improve your smile, contact smile dentist Manchester at Church Road Dental and Cosmetics. We invite you to book a free no obligation consultation with Dr Shi Karim and the team to discuss your options. In doing so you’ll have a clearer idea of the types of treatments available, allowing you to make a fully informed dental decision. To make an appointment call us on 0161 660 1218 today and start the ball rolling towards a healthier smile and a happier you.