Sunday, 15 December 2013

Inman Aligner

This is a bit of a different post today but I thought it might be interesting for quite a few people.

It's about the Inman Aligner which is a removable brace which straightens your teeth in several months time. 

I never really thought my teeth were that bad until I actually got my Inman Aligner. I mean I didn't really love my teeth but I honestly was not that bothered by them at all. My mum however was always saying that we should try and do something about them. When I was at school I had been to several author dentists however all of them said I wasn't applicable for a brace as my teeth weren't bad enough, etc etc. Anyway if I did want a brace (train tracks) I would have been looking at between £4,000 to £6,000 which obviously was not even considered. 

Several years later my mum started looking up on the Internet several types of braces especially more discreet ones used my celebrities and such. When we found out there was a local dentist near me who did Inman Aligners we thought we might as well give it a shot. 

The price of an Inman Aligner is £1,500 for one set (top or bottom). Luckily my bottom teeth are pretty straight so I was only interested in getting my top set done. It was pretty quick the whole process, after my first consultation I had a mould and things taken so they could see if I was applicable for the Inman Aligner. After this my brace was made and I was shown how to apply it. At first I found it really hard to attach to my teeth, I just couldn't seem to get it in and my mouth got really sore but after a week or so I got the hang of it and the rest was fine!

I personally only had to have my Inman Aligner on for about 3 months but obviously this can depend on how often you wear it and how bad your teeth are etc. 

Basically the Inman Aligner clips onto your teeth and pushes them into place. You also have some small sections of composite stuck onto your teeth for about a month of your treatment which are then later removed as they to help attach the brace. 

The Inman Aligner works, like I said, by pushing your teeth together. Every two weeks you have an appointment with your dentist in which he will check how your teeth are moving you will also have some IPR. 

This is a lot more scary then it sounds, basically your dentist will file between your teeth with some metal to create a tiny gap (which you can't even see) this allows your teeth to move into place when they are pushed by the brace. This happens about every two weeks or so. It doesn't hurt, it's just one of those cringey and uncomfortable feelings and trust me this is coming from me and I can't stand the dentist. That is literally all it is, no injections or anything. 

Here is my teeth before I started the treatment;

I find it really odd to look back at my teeth because it makes me notice how different they are now. I am actually so so glad that I decided to get the Inman Aligner. Obviously the brace isn't for everyone. You are supposed to wear the brace 24/7 and only take it out to eat. Of course, being a full time uni student this was not always possible for me. I didn't really want to wear my brace out in public because I didn't want to be embarrassed as it does make your mouth quite full and clumpy and it is hard to speak, especially at first. I tried to wear it as much as possible and usually still managed a good 15-20 hours wearing the brace per day and my results were still complete in about 3 months.

Several weeks on I already began to see changes in my teeth. Although at first the Inman Aligner creates a lot of pressure on your teeth as it is always pushing you begin to get used to this feeling. The first few weeks my teeth were quite tender and sore however the pain was not unbearable, it was just a dull ache and quite painful to chew on tough food. My speech when I first got the brace was also very lispy and all of my uni friends had a good laugh at me spitting everywhere but you mouth does quickly adjust to this new thing in your mouth.

I really was impressed with how my teeth were moving, it was hard to see it in person but when I looked back at my previous photo's the change was amazing when so little work was actually being done on my teeth. 

Here is a picture of what the brace actually looks like in your mouth, although a clear plastic it is still noticeable in your mouth and people would know it was there when you are wearing it. Also these photos were taken at a later stage when my teeth were more straight as it was easier to show how the brace actually looked.

One of the final stages of treatment is to get two bits of composite stuck onto your two front teeth to help anchor the brace and straighten out your front teeth. I was quite worried about this as I really did not want two bits of hard tooth material sticking out from my front teeth. However, as in the pictures they really are not that noticeable and are actually covered by your lip a lot of the time.

These final pictures are the finished product of my teeth. I only had to wear my inman aligner for about 3 months and I can not promote it any more. I am so so pleased with my teeth now and just looking back at the pictures shows a massive difference. I now only wear a retainer at night like any other person who has already had a brace. I also decided to have my teeth filed slightly as my canines reminded me of fangs and when straightening my teeth I found one of my front teeth was slightly longer than the other. This is again a quick and pain free process which just adds a finishing touch.

I hope this helps anyone who is considering getting and Inman Aligner. I know I read and watched lots of blog and videos before fully committing to mine.
Any questions are welcome.
Lots of love and straight smiles

Alice May



  1. That actually looks amazing! I had braces a few years ago, and now I'm supposed to wear a removable brace at night, but I haven't been, because it hurts my teeth, and now all of that work has been ruined.
    But that is such amazing progress!
    Eden xx

    1. Aw thank you :). Yeh that's a shame, I think so people get the Inman Aligner if that happens to them too. Does your night one not fit at all anymore?
      Thanks for reading xx

  2. wow such an improvement. ive had braces before and had to have 4 teeth removed, im meant to wear my retainer at night but I didnt for a week as my nan was admitted to hospital. when i got back it didnt fit anymore! so my teeth are back to crooked ><

  3. That looks really good, I can't believe how little time it took either. I bet you're thrilled with them :)
    Amy x

  4. Hi excellent blog post. I really appreciates with your article. thanks for sharing with us. Inman aligner

    1. Thank you, I really think the Inman Aligner is a great speedy and painless way to remodel teeth.

  5. It’s a good thing that your mum did her research on which procedure to get for your teeth. You guys were able to save a lot of money, and you were spared from grueling hours of pain, have you submitted to the traditional braces. Anyway, thanks for sharing your experience with us. Cheers!

    Felipe Roberson @ Philly Dentist