What is an Inman Aligner?
The Inman Aligner is a removable appliance used to align front teeth quickly and safely in a matter of weeks. It can be used as a stand alone treatment or to prealign teeth prior to further cosmetic options such as tooth whitening, bonding or minimal veneers.
Is the Inman Aligner new?
Patients have been treated with Inman Aligners since 2000. In the United States approximately 450 to 500 new patients are prescribed treatment with Inman Aligners every month. At Sandycove Dental Care we have waited until studies have shown that the treatment is safe, predictable and effective. Both Dr Garry Heavey and Dr Sean Malone are certified.
How does it work?
The Inman Aligner uses tiny custom made hi-tech nickel titanium springs that push the teeth together from both sides gently and efficiently.
Is it suitable for everyone?
No. Each case needs to be carefully assessed. It is suitable for patients with mild crowding of the front teeth.
How long does it take?
Most Inman Aligner cases take anywhere from 12 to 26 weeks. Lower front teeth are normally a bit quicker than uppers. The length of treatment also depends on how much a patient wears their Aligner.
Must the Inman Aligner be worn all the time?
The Aligner will only work if you wear it every day for the treatment time. Ideally patients should wear the Aligner for 20 hours a day. It must always be removed before eating and you must clean your teeth and your aligner before you refit it back into your mouth.
It is okay to take your aligner out for photos, special occasions and eating as long as this is not for longer than a few hours. The Inman Aligner should always be worn while sleeping.
If you don’t wear it for at least 16 hours a day your treatment will take significantly longer.
Is the Inman Aligner comparable to Invisible braces?
No, the Inman Aligner is used for treating the top and bottom front teeth only. Invisalign can treat full arches (all your teeth). But when both treatments are suitable, the Inman Aligner is faster.
Will treatment with the Inman Aligner be uncomfortable?
Due to the gentle but steady orthodontic forces generated, the appliances are easily tolerated, occasionally people experience a little discomfort for the first couple of days.
Will the Inman Aligner affect my speech?
Yes. The Inman Aligner may affect your speech for the first few days. You will however get used to the appliances quite quickly and will be able to speak fine with them in place. Lower Aligners are easier to speak with.
Will I need to see the dentist frequently for adjustments?
The Inman Aligners are pre-programmed to reduce the need for practice visits. Your dentist will prescribe a treatment appropriate to your needs. Usually you will need adjustments every 2 weeks.
Because the Inman Aligner is so highly efficient, when a case is suitable, it will work faster than conventional orthodontic techniques. This is what makes it so revolutionary and also moves the Inman Aligner into the realms of cutting edge Cosmetic Dentistry making expensive porcelain veneers unnecessary.
Is the Inman Aligner the only appliance i will need?
In most cases the Inman Aligner is the only appliance you will need. Occasionally clear aligners are required to fine tune a case.
Is any aftercare required?
As with other orthodontic treatment, retention is necessary to prevent relapse. This is almost always in the form of a thin wire retainer fixed to the back of your teeth.
How much does it cost?
– Study Models
– X-rays if required
– Spacewize analysis
Inman Aligner Treatment €1450 per arch
– Provision of aligner
– All adjustment visits required
(6-10 visits, 1 every 2 weeks)
Clear Aligners €225 per arch (to complete case if necessary)
Fixed Retainers to avoid relapse €200 per arch
Is this treatment covered by my Health Insurance?
It is hard to say as there are so many different health insurance plans available. It is best to talk to your Health Insurer before treatment starts.
For further information see www.inmanalinger.com.
Is this treatment tax deductible?
Yes it is. We will give you a MED2 tax certificate at the end of treatment and payment.