Do you find yourself covering your mouth when you smile or laugh? You might even be self-conscious about the way you look in photographs because of some crooked teeth at the front of your smile. If your smile is healthy, but suffers from some crooked teeth in the front, the Inman Aligner may be the perfect treatment for you.
This simple oral appliance works much like a standard retainer but uses an innovative alignment system to correct misaligned or crooked teeth. The best part is, unlike other braces options you’ll see results in a matter of not years-not months, but in a matter of weeks! Contact our Philadelphia office today to schedule an appointment to see if the Inman Aligner is right for you. Call (610) 272-0828.
Smiling Under Pressure – How The Inman Aligner Works
The Inman Aligner works like other orthodontic devices, applying steady, gentle pressure to the teeth that need to be moved. The teeth gradually move into their desired positions as your dentist adjusts the appliance during periodic appointments. Here’s a video that provides an effective visual aid in understanding how the Inman Aligner works:
Questions About The Inman Aligner
How long is the typical Inman Aligner treatment process?
Most patients undergoing Inman Aligner orthodontic treatment are able to reach their treatment goals within 6-18 weeks. When you meet with Dr. Siegel for the first time, he will advise you on whether or not the Inman Aligner is right for you and, if so, how long the treatment is likely to take in your case.
How is the Inman Aligner made?
The Inman Aligner is custom-made using molds of your teeth. Simply come to our office for an evaluation and fitting appointment, and during your next visit, you'll have your new Inman Aligner with the first adjustment.
Can I remove the Inman Aligner?
The Inman Aligner is designed to be removable as necessary, but it's important to wear the Inman appliance no less than 16-20 hours per day. For example, you can remove the appliance to eat a meal, but be sure to put it back in immediately after you finish the meal. It's also important to wear the Inman Aligner while you sleep.
How often will I have to revisit the dentist during the treatment process?
Regular visits are important to monitor the change in the position of the teeth and to adjust the tension of the appliance accordingly. You'll need to come in every 2-3 weeks.
Will I need to wear a retainer after my teeth are straightened?
Yes, orthodontic treatment almost always requires the use of a retainer, and the Inman Aligner is the same in this regard. To prevent relapse, you will need a retainer, but you have options when it comes to the kind of retainer that you will wear. Dr. Siegel will talk with you more about what kind of retainer is right for you.
Can the Inman Aligner treatment be combined with other dentistry like teeth whitening?
Yes, in fact, this is one of the exciting uses of the Inman Aligner. If you have front teeth that discolored as well as crooked, you may benefit from a combination treatment of the Inman Aligner and whitening or porcelain veneers or crowns. This combination treatment can be more conservative than a complete reconstruction of one or both arches, and provides better cosmetic results than whitening alone.
Getting Your Inman Aligner
Ready to get started with your own Inman Aligner? You're not alone. Contact our office in the Blue Bell area of Philadelphia and we'll set up an appointment for you to meet with Dr. Siegel. Just call (610) 272-0828.