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Moving and straightening teeth can not only improve your smile but also the overall health of your teeth and gums.

That’s because straighter teeth are easier to clean and look after.

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a simple removable orthodontic appliance which is used to straighten the front 4 teeth quickly and safely.

How does the Inman Aligner work?

The appliance consists of spring loaded aligning bars which fit easily over the front 4 teeth.  They oppose each other and gently guide the teeth into an ideal position. These gentle forces are active over a large range of movement, which is why the Inman Aligner works so quickly.

How long does treatment take with an Inman Aligner?

Most cases can be completed within 6-18 weeks as long as the appliance is worn for the desired time.

What’s involved in the Inman Aligner treatment?

  • Your dentist will carry out a full dental examination to ensure all teeth are healthy before commencing treatment.
  • Impressions are taken so that the dental lab can fabricate your custom made Inman Aligner
  • Aligner is fitted
  • Wear for approximately 20 hours per day
  • Regular check ups every 3 weeks
  • Once teeth are in the ideal position, teeth are retained with a fixed retainer

How often do I have to wear an Inman Aligner?

Complaince is paramount.  The Inman Aligner will only work if you wear it everyday for approximately 20 hours a day.  Any less than this and treatment will take longer.  It is okay to take the appliance out for photos and special occasions as long as you remember to put it back in as soon as possible.

Is the Inman Aligner comfortable?

As with any orthodontic appliance, the Aligner will feel a little uncomfortable for the first few days but after a week most people will have gotten used to their Aligner and have no problem wearing it.

Clear Aligners

These are a series of removable clear aligners for those patients who cannot or choose not to wear a fixed appliance.

How do Clear Aligners work?

Each aligner is designed to fit over the teeth and apply gentle forces to gradually remove teeth.  They must be worn for at least 22 hours a day for 2 weeks.  When the aligner feels passive, you can move onto the next aligner in sequence. This step by step approach ensures that you are only applying gentle forces to the teeth. Unlike fixed braces, they can be removed at any time.  

Am I suitable for Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are suitable for those with mild to moderate crowding or gaps in between the teeth.  They are also ideal for those not willing to wear fixed braces.

How long does treatment take with Clear Aligners?

Treatment time varies and depends on the  degree of crowding and how long each day the patient will wear the aligners.  We recommend wearing them for 22 hours a day but they need to be taken out for eating, drinking hot drinks and also cleaning the teeth.  They can be taken out for public speaking or if you are going to an important social event but you must remember to put the aligner in as soon as possible.

Treatment time can sometimes take a little longer than fixed braces as we can are only able to move teeth a fraction at a time.

Cfast

What is Cfast?

Cfast stands for “Cosmetically Focused Adult Straight Teeth”.  This fast, effective and affordable treatment works to correct the front 6 teeth- the teeth that make up your visible smile.

How does Cfast work?

Cfast involves clear brackets and a Nickel Titanium tooth coloured wire which together gently align the teeth into a better positon using very light forces.  Due to the clear brackets and tooth coloured wire, the brace is very discreet and hard to notice unless people are very close.

Unlike many clear aligner systems, the movement is more predictable with Cfast and is typically completed faster with average treatment time being less than 6 months.

Why is Cfast so fast?

Cfast focuses on just the front 6 teeth which you can see when you smile.  Teeth at the front of the mouth have just one root and the bone is less dense in this area so we are able to move teeth quickly compared to back teeth which can have 2 or 3 roots and where the bone is more dense.  Moving back teeth adds significant time onto the overall treatment time and can usually take 18-24 months.  Since most adults are not concerned about the position of these teeth and want to avoid lengthy treatment, Cfast is an ideal solution.

Is Cfast better than traditional braces?

Cfast shouldn’t be compared or confused with traditional orthodontics.  The main aim of traditional orthodontics is to move the teeth and jaws, mainly of children, into an ideal relationship so that they can function well when biting and chewing.

Cfast is aimed primarily at adults and is carried out for purely cosmetic reasons.  The alternative to Cfast or any other short term orthodontic option which we have available to us would be crowns and/or veneers which involve the cutting down of otherwise healthy teeth and can be quite destructive.

Are Cfast braces painful?

As with any orthodontic treatment, some discomfort for a few days after the appliance is fitted is normal.  As Cfast only involves gentle forces, there should be little or no pain.  As treatment commences you may find that teeth can become a little mobile and sensitive to pressure.  This is quite normal and will fully resolve once the braces are removed.

Are there any complications with Cfast braces?

Not everyone will be suitable for Cfast braces or even short term orthodontics and you may need to be referred for traditional orthodontics. 

There may be some issues with your existing teeth which would mean that we couldn’t commence with treatment or that the treatment plan would need to be modified.  Your dentist will discuss all this in full at your consultation appointment.

Will I need to wear retainers?

Regardless of what type of orthodontic treatment you opt for, whether it be the fixed Cfast braces or removable aligners, there is a possibility that teeth can move and return to their original position if not held in their new position.  The Cfast braces include 2 different types of retainer; a fixed retainer which is bonded to the back of your front teeth and a removable retainer.

Am I suitable for Cfast braces?

Cfast braces are ideal for crowded teeth or if you have gaps in between your teeth.  They are not designed to move your back teeth and will not change your facial profile.

Will I have any problems eating, speaking or cleaning my teeth with Cfast braces?

The most important aspect of Cfast braces is the quality of your oral hygiene.  Good oral hygiene is important as cleaning around a brace can be tricky.  We advise that you stay away from hard and sticky foods which may damage/dislodge brackets.  Heavily coloured foods can stain the brace as well but your dentist will be able to fix this.

Although it will take a few days to get used to the brace, it will have no effect on speech.

 

This patient had Cfast Braces to correct crowding followed by teeth whitening:

This patient underwent a combination of Cfast braces, teeth whitening and a single veneer to achieve this fantastic result.

Aftercare

Looking after your new smile is essential, so with all of our orthodontic treatments, we advise on retaining your teeth in their new position with either a fixed or removable retainer. 

Teeth whitening included!

Teeth whitening is included in the cost and is provided once treatment is complete.

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