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Inman Aligners

February 9th, 2015

From the desk of Dr. Fass

Do you have crowding in your lower front teeth? You’re not alone. In fact, teeth are constantly moving towards the front of the mouth and trying to crowd to the middle which leads to more crowding as we get older. Some find the appearance objectionable while others have discomfort due to the crowding, or even have the upper teeth begin to shift because of the force of the lowers.
Traditional orthodontics has always addressed the problem with complete treatment involving brackets on all the teeth and wires to move them to a more favorable position. Cases often last up to 2 years. Of late, more patients are choosing to move just the front 6 or 8 teeth to gain the wanted esthetics in a much shorter treatment time. Referred to as the “Social six”, the goal is just to correct the esthetic crowding and not to address all the bite discrepancies.
One such system is the Inman Aligner, and it uses a fascinating combination of old and new technologies to accomplish its goals. After taking some initial measurements and study models, we need to determine if the amount of the crowding can be corrected by the removal of slight amounts of enamel from each tooth and re-positioning the teeth in a straight line arch. Up to 2.5 millimeters can be gained in this way, enough for most cases to be completed.
Once we determine the case is possible, the model is scanned into the computer, the teeth reduced and moved in the digital model, and a new model of the final result is 3-D printed. An appliance with plastic flanges and wires uses titanium springs to force the teeth into the final position that the computer created. When put in the mouth, we begin to reduce the real teeth and they begin to move. The appliance is worn for 20 hours a day and the cases finished in 8 to 10 weeks.
Call our office if you would like to find out more about the Inman Aligner.
The appliance is worn all night, and for most of the day. Since the titanium springs put a slow steady pressure on the teeth, there is minimal soreness or discomfort. As the teeth move, more enamel can be removed as needed to create the space. The maximum amount is about half a millimeter from each side of each tooth. This has no negative effect on the teeth.

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