Are your front teeth crowding even though you had braces when you were younger?
Frustrating, isn’t it?
Or maybe you were “borderline” regarding whether you needed braces or not as a child, and as you get older your teeth are crowding more?
Wearing a retainer after your braces are removed is an important part of the process to ensure teeth don’t begin to crowd again. It isn’t a matter of if, but when teeth start to move again.
As an adult, if you want your front teeth straighter without full braces, we can possibly help.
Introducing the Inman Aligner
If you’ve done research on how to straighten your bottom or top front teeth that are crowded, you’ve likely come across a variety of options, such as full metal braces or Invisalign. These can certainly work, but at Lifetime Smiles in Johns Creek, there is another option that we have found works very well in many cases – without the expense and time component of the other options.
The Inman Aligner.
The Inman aligner is unique because it is designed to correct a very specific set of problems in a relatively short period of time. If either your top or bottom four front teeth are crowded, then you should consider the Inman Aligner.
Here’s how it works:
The Inman Aligner uses two coil springs that gently oppose each other. This creates a gentle pressure that gradually pushes teeth into their correct position.
The coils are made of a nickel titanium material, yet cause minimal discomfort during the alignment process. Because you only wear it 16 – 20 hours per day, you can easily remove it for an important meeting or phone call.
The Inman Aligner is best suited for patients whose primary problem is crowding of the front teeth (either upper or lower teeth) – especially for patients who had braces as a child but didn’t wear their retainer afterwards, or who have always had slightly crowded teeth and are finally ready to do something about it.
Here’s a brief overview of the process:
The first step is to have an impression of your teeth taken so that an Inman Aligner can be created that fits you perfectly. At Lifetime Smiles we digitally scan the teeth and upload the files to the laboratory to make the aligners.
Once the Inman Aligner is fabricated, Dr. Forester will place the aligner and ensure a proper fit.
A typical patient will wear their aligner 6-18 weeks (a much faster result than traditional braces or Invisalign).
After the Inman Aligner is removed, Dr. Forester will educate you on how to maintain your results with some form of retention (such as a retainer).
For more information on how the Inman Aligner can help align your overcrowded front teeth, read our page dedicated to the Inman Aligner.
The Inman Aligner may not be as well known as some other methods for straightening crowded teeth, but at Lifetime Smiles we do things a bit differently.
At Lifetime Smiles, we’re all about helping you keep your teeth, gums, and smile healthy and happy – for a lifetime! To learn more about how Dr. Forester can correct your overcrowded front teeth with an Inman Aligner, give our Johns Creek dental practice a call today to schedule a complimentary evaluation.