With so many dentists specializing in cosmetic dentistry, thousands of people are seeking solution for their less than beautiful smile. Various types of braces and aligners are introduced in the market every year. After ceramic braces the latest renovation in teeth straightening technology was invisible braces. Inman Aligner is a combination of both traditional braces as well as the invisible one. Depending on the patient’s requirement and the quality of the material used, Inman Aligners have different advantages and disadvantages over other teeth straightening techniques.
Advantages: Inman Aligner is fairly invisible except for the string that runs along its center on both the upper and the lower parts of the aligner. It is made of a transparent plastic material that remains stuck to the entire row of teeth and also partially covers the gums.
There are different types of Inman Aligners that can vary in cost depending on the quality and material used. Some of them come with a white string instead of the standard steel-colored ones. This makes the aligner visibly more appealing because the white string is fairly undetectable as it gels well with the whiteness of the teeth. Thus, Inman Aligner is far better than braces in terms of appearance.
The string in the Inman Aligner is attached to a spring to its either ends that continuously pulls the teeth inwards. This gives a considerable amount of pressure on the misaligned teeth and they are pulled back to their normal position pretty quickly. Moderate alignments are treated in a matter of 6 to 10 weeks. This is much faster than Invisalign and even braces.
Inman Aligner is considerably cheaper than ceramic braces or invisible braces. Its cost might vary between 2000 to 4000 US dollars depending on the extent of complexities involved. Nevertheless, it is far cheaper than other popular treatment techniques prevalent today like Invisalign, the price of which usually hovers around 9000 to 10,000 dollars.
Yet another biggest advantage of using Inman Aligner is that it is completely removable. While eating food or while brushing the patient can keep it off for some time. He can also remove it for some time if he experiences any kind of discomfort. This is not possible in case of braces and not recommended in case of Invisalign.
Disadvantages: The main disadvantage of Inman Aligner is that it might not be suitable for everyone. Only a professional cosmetic surgeon can tell whether a patient’s teeth can be treated with an Inman Aligner. Patients with weaker gums or some other teeth complaint might not be a suitable candidate for this option.
Inman Aligner is not fit for treating advanced orthodontic problems. It works great only for the upper and the lower incisors.
As these aligners use the special spring technology, it exerts lot of force on the teeth, its roots and surrounding gums. This can cause considerable pain and discomfort in certain patients, especially those who have a sensitive tissue in these areas. Under such cases, patients are recommended to discontinue the treatment till their problem is solved.