Pros and Cons of Inman Aligners
It used to be that if your smile needed some help reaching its potential, pretty much your only option was to go with traditional braces. They were bulky, unsightly and often uncomfortable. Worse still, because so many of us had them as teenagers, most people don’t like wearing them as adults. There seems to be a stigma attached to them. Fortunately, a new option is on the market and many experts think it may become the new standard. However, before you go out and get Inman Aligners in your mouth, consider the following pros and cons, courtesy of Dr Cashel at davidcashel.com
Easy to Remove
Like most cosmetic orthodontic products, Inman Aligners are meant to be worn at all times. However, just as with those who wear a retainer, you can easily pop it out if necessary. This makes cleaning your mouth much easier when wearing Inman Aligners when compared to traditional braces. Obviously, they can also be removed to eat or for a few minutes if you just feel like giving your mouth a bit of a break.
Probably the greatest advantage to wearing Inman Aligners is how fast they work. With traditional braces, you’ll probably have to put up with them for at least a year. Even Invisalign braces generally have to be worn for that long.
With Inman Aligners, though, most people are finding they only have to have them on for two months before they can see noticeable results. While some may need them in for as long as four months, others have been able to stop wearing them after just six weeks. It completely depends on the extent of the issue you’re looking to fix.
Another advantage over something like Invisalign braces is that you only need one Inman Aligner to get results. If you choose to go with Invisalign braces, you’ll have to see your orthodontist every two weeks to get a new pair. When you think about how long you could have to wear Invisalign braces for, it becomes clear that you may have to go to and from your orthodontist 20 to 30 to even 50 times before you get the smile you want.
You’ll also feel more comfortable wearing Inman Aligners because they’re practically invisible. So you don’t have to worry that your teeth will be marred by hardware that everyone will notice each time you open your mouth.
Metal Across the Front
That being said, there is a metal bar that goes across the front which will definitely be noticeable. Fortunately, it’s subtle—nothing like traditional braces where each tooth has a component attached—but people will still probably recognize its presence.
Can’t Help with Overcrowding
These aligners are also only meant to address the front of your teeth. While they have proven very effective for addressing issues with them, they won’t be much good for overcrowding issues. Again, it’s worth asking your orthodontist about though, because everyone’s teeth and the problems that affect them are going to be unique.
Not to Be Used for Treatment
At this time, Inman Aligners are not being used to treat children with bad teeth. While this could very well change by the time you read this, right now, you’ll have to go with traditional braces or something similar if your child is dealing with dental issues you’d like to address.
Don’t let the disadvantages involved dissuade you right away though. It’s still worth asking an orthodontist about this amazing method if you’d like a better smile in a short period of time. For those who are suitable candidates, the benefits will far outweigh the disadvantages where Inman Aligners are concerned.