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What are Inman Aligners?

Inman Aligners have been around for many years and their effectiveness is second to none. They are primarily used to treat problems with the alignment of your front teeth- whether they are naturally crooked or they have moved gradually over time.

Compared to invisible braces, such as the Invisalign system, the Inman Aligner can be used to move your front teeth quickly and effectively, usually in a matter of weeks, and without the use of fixed metal braces.

How they work

Through the force of two opposing aligner bows powered by nickel titanium coil springs, the aligner gently guides teeth into their new position.

The forces are active over a large range of movement which allows the aligner to work quickly with the inner bow pushing forward whilst the outer bow pulls back on the front teeth.

The video below will show you how they work but our team will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Benefits of Inman Aligners

Cost effective

Only one appliance is required- no need to change every 2 weeks as with other systems

Faster results than fixed or invisible braces

Easy to remove during meals or when cleaning your teeth

As a stand-alone treatment or combine with simple whitening and bonding

Pre-alignment for cosmetic cases so teeth don’t need much preparation and veneers can be super-thin

What the Inman Aligner does

The Inman Aligner is perfect for straightening the front teeth only (as opposed to realigning all the teeth) and for treating crowding, protrusion, rotations, crossbites or for correcting orthodontic relapses.



My top front teeth have been crossed ever since I can remember but refused to get braces. My dentist at Gentle Dental told me about the Inman Aligner and I couldn’t be happier!


Q. How long does the treatment take?

Unlike traditional fixed metal braces, the Inman Aligner system can straighten your front teeth in a matter of weeks compared to years when you wear it for 16-20 hours a day. Depending on how much movement is required you’ll see amazing results in as little as 6 weeks and usually no longer than 18 weeks.

Q. Will the Inman Aligner affect my speech?

For the first week or two you will probably find that your speech is affected- some people describe it as trying to talk with marbles in their mouths. However, you will get used to it and you will be able to speak naturally.

Q. Is the Inman Aligner comparable to Invisalign?

Invisalign is made of a specialised plastic hence the forces are low and the treatment slower. Inman Aligner incorporates tiny Nickel Titanium springs that are able to maintain a higher constant tension. It is used for treating the top and bottom front teeth only. Invisalign can treat full arches (all your teeth).

When the back teeth need treatment ie the arch width is too narrow we can use a pre-treatment to expand the arches and follow with Inman Aligner. The treatment time is usually faster than clear braces.

Q. Is the Inman Aligner uncomfortable?

Though there are constant and steady forces being applied to your teeth, you’ll be pleased to know that most people have very little discomfort. Mild painkillers, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, can be used for a few days after starting treatment to help with any discomfort.

Q. Will I need to visit the practice frequently for adjustments?

The Inman Aligners are pre-programmed to reduce the need numerous visits to the practice, unlike other orthodontic treatments. We will prescribe a treatment tailored to your individual needs.

The Inman Aligner utilises a lingual coil spring that puts pressure on the teeth that need repositioning and a labial bar that reverses the same pressure. These components work together to “squeeze” teeth together by pushing and pulling them into alignment.

Q. Will my teeth move back when I finish the treatment?

Given enough time teeth have a natural tendency to move back to their natural position. For that reason, when you’ve completed your treatment we will give you the choice of a removable or fixed retainer.

The removable retainer is worn during the night for 4-5 nights a week and is gradually phased down to 2-3 nights a week. The fixed retainer is bonded permanently to the back of the front teeth. It consists of a thin orthodontic wire that is cannot be seen from the front.